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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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IN SOME JOB SITUATIONS A BLIND OR LOW VISION EMPLOYEE MAY NEED TO PERFORM COMPUTER TASKS AT THE SAME SPEED AS SIGHTED CO-WORKERS.

TO THIS END, ONE ACCOMMODATION IS TO OPERATE THEIR SCREEN READER AT FASTER THEN COMMON TALKING RATE WHILE MAINTAINING FULL COMPREHENSION.

SPECIFICALLY, COMMERCIAL AUDIO BOOKS ARE READ AT ABOUT 150 WORDS PER MINUTE (WPM) WHICH IS THE APPROXIMATE SPEAKING SPEED OF MOST PROFESSIONAL RADIO AND OTHER VOICE TALENTS. HOWEVER, THE HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND HAS DESIGNATED 300 WPM AS THE STANDARD FOR BLIND COMPETITION IN THE WORKPLACE.

AS AN EXAMPLE, HERE ARE THE RELATED VALUES FOR THE MACINTOSH VoiceOver (VO) SCREEN READER...

1. VO-ALEX 35% = 150 WPM = NORMAL TALKER

2. VO-ALEX 50% = 300 WPM = FAST TALKER

3. VO-ALEX 60% = 400 WPM = EXTREME FAST TALKER

CONVERSELY IN A WORK OR EDUCATION SETTING, SOMETIMES OTHER PERSONNEL MAY FEEL SEGREGATION ABOUT FORMATS THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND LIKE SECRET BRAILLE MARKINGS OR UNINTELLIGIBLE VERBAL INFORMATION.

FURTHER, ACCELERATED TEXT-TO-SPEECH MEANS LOSING THE ENGINEERING MIRACLE OF TOP-QUALITY ARTIFICIAL VOICES WHICH NOW ONLY LACK THE HUMAN MIRACLE OF CADENCE.

FOR DETAILS ABOUT A DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE TITLED SCREEN READER LISTENING SKILLS PLEASE CONTACT...

HADLEY SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
PHONE: 1-800-323-4238
E-MAIL: INFO @ HADLEY DOT EDU

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