What challenges do individuals with speech impairments face in operating computers?

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Speech impairments alone generally do not interfere with most computer use. However, advanced computer-based speech synthesizers are close enough to human quality to act as substitute voices and thus provide a compensatory tool for students who cannot communicate verbally. Students with portable systems can participate in class discussions once adapted computers provide them with intelligible speaking voices.

[A hand is shown on a communication device] Select the image to the right to view a captioned video clip, in Real Player format, of a young man using a communication device to participate in class.

For more information, consult the DO-IT publications, Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology, Working Together: Computers and People with Sensory Impairments, and Technology and Universal Design.

Last update or review: January 24, 2013