How speech recognition helps with disability and accessibility


This webinar features Derek Austin along with two panelists: Peter Cracknell, Qld State Manager, Quantum Reading Learning Vision and Jim Sprialis, Director Sprialis Consulting and Education and Accessibility Specialist at Voice Recognition Australia. Together they’ll explore the state of speech recognition looking at how it can help and how it fits in with a range of other accessibility technology.

How speech recognition helps with disability and accessibility
Date and time
On Demand
45 minutes
During this interactive session our specialists will discuss:

What role does technology play in accessibility?
How can you benefit from Dragon speech recognition?
How does speech recognition assist with accessibility?
Recommendations for using speech recognition to help with disabilities and overcome accessibility barriers

About the presenters

Derek Austin,
Dragon Business Manager,
Asia Pacific Nuance Communications

Derek has over 15 years’ experience with innovative speech recognition at Nuance Communications, Inc., the publisher of the Dragon software. He is currently responsible for Dragon speech recognition business in the Asia Pacific region. Derek is originally from Brisbane and is now based in Sydney. He has lived in the UK, France, Hong Kong, and Taiwan during his career. He holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a postgraduate Diploma of Computer Science, and honours degree in Psychology from the University of Queensland. You can find him on LinkedIn and he welcomes new connections.

Peter Cracknell,
QLD State Manager,
Quantum Reading Learning Vision

Peter’s connection with the Assistive Technology field began in 1989, when he was asked to review and improve disabled access to The London Coliseum, home of English National Opera. This work introduced him to emerging technologies for blind and hearing impaired people, and in 1994 he joined Telesensory as a computer trainer for blind people. Migrating to Sydney in 1996, Peter continued with the Australian Telesensory distributor (Optek Systems) and joined Quantum in 2002. In 2005 Peter was asked to set up the thriving Queensland branch, and is now a senior manager in the Quantum leadership team

Jim Sprialis,
Director, Sprialis Consulting and Education and Accessibility Specialist,
Voice Recognition Australia

Jim Sprialis is a leading influence in the field of technology and inclusion. He has been an educator for 28 years and during the past decade, managed the South Australian Education Department’s Inclusive Technology Service. Jim now runs his own consultancy service and offers expert advice, presentations, professional development programs and training and support in a broad portfolio of assistive technology solutions to schools, the tertiary sector and workplaces. With a specialist knowledge base around disability and learning difference such as dyslexia, Jim works in partnership with Voice Recognition Australia in delivering the robust solution that Dragon provides in productivity and lifelong learning.

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