Using Dragon Dictate and other accessibility tools for writing/research
May 13, 2014 9:35 AM Subscribe
If you have figured out how to write research papers as a student with RSI (De Quervain's in this instance), please share tips, tools, or online resources that have helped you.
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It seems I have De Quervain's tenosyvitis in my dominant hand. I'd modified my typing (but probably typed more than I should have) and in a very short period have found myself unable to use a knife or grip a glass. I still have to write things, though. Right now I am pecking with my whole hand. What are some up to date and effective ways of doing things that have worked for you? Lots of questions here already but wondering if new research or tools or advice have come along since.
- I got Dragon Dictate 4 for Mac. It has controls to operate various programs and is ok for dictation, except I've so far had issues with vocal fatigue (after 10 minutes of training it up). Any resources or experiential advice on building up to talking that much and often without ruining my voice (e.g. a schedule)? I want to keep my voice in good shape. Apparently people prone to tendinopathies are vulnerable here. I have a background in voice but my technique is shit now and was probably never 100%. I trained Dragon up on a good mic and speak quietly but it's still led to hoarseness.
- Talking my thoughts out in a logical way when I am by myself is not something I am good at, it appears. It feels like a totally different skill from regular writing, which seems to let me tap into a broader base of vocabulary, and elaborate more complex ideas. Any resources on this? Emails and short, plain-language writing are fine, but I have to use some vocab that for now is still on the passive side. Thinking about grammar and formatting, as you must in Dictate ("new paragraph, period, comma"), at the same time as thinking analytically and creatively is a challenge. (I'm pausing a lot, reaching for ideas - they're just not to hand.)
- Text expanders for Mac - any good ones? Thinking this might help. Or a keyboard with predictive text as good as my HTC One's?
- Worried about overusing my non-dominant hand - any thoughts on this? I remember from using crutches that when you use weaker bits more than usual, they start to go funny. I need at least one good hand.
Obviously people manage with broken arms and all kinds of other issues so this is doable.