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Delhi People Sept 03 - SUNY Delhi

Delhi People Sept 03 - SUNY Delhi

Delhi People Sept 03 - SUNY

State University of New York November 2004, Vol. 3 No. 2 People People People Easy Access Thanks to the help of text-to-speech technology, SUNY Delhi students with learning disabilities are getting the help they need to excel academically. Linda Weinberg, Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities, says she is introducing students with dyslexia and similar impairments to several innovations that sound out the words from email messages and keyboard typing. Weinberg has seen the impact the text-to-speech software can make on a student’s academic success. She recalls introducing Brent Randall, a Hotel and Resort Management student, to this technology that has changed his life. “Brent’s reading comprehension limited what he could accomplish as a student. Reading lengthy texts always presented a problem,” says Weinberg. “This software allows him the freedom to work at home without the aid of a tutor.” Easily downloaded to a computer from the Internet, the software is available for around $30 for at-home studying. With only 10 minutes of training, students are well on their way to interpreting text with ease. Randall went from earning low Cs and Ds to being a B+ student. “All of my textbooks are now on compact discs,” says Randall. “I know that if Linda hadn’t introduced me to the software, I wouldn’t be at Delhi today.” Student Brent Randall takes a moment to review the text-to-speech software available at Delhi’s Learning Center with Coordinator Linda Weinberg before running off to his job in Oneonta. Randall has been so successful with his studies that he is able to work in the hospitality field while attending college. Weinberg is taking the technology to the area high schools. She firmly believes that if students like Brent are exposed to the technology early on, they will experience an easier transition to college. “The whole premise behind reading is that we need to read in order to learn. If you have a disability that won’t permit you to read efficiently, this software bridges the gap and gives you another avenue to learn.” More inside... Pro Bono Pool Q&A with Peter Daempfle Delhi on Caffeine

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