This week’s giveaway is for an amazing software package called WordQ+SpeakQ (which retails at $279). WordQ+SpeakQ software bundle is a word prediction and speech recognition tool designed for students from 2nd grade to college, and adults who struggle with writing.
Working alongside standard writing software, WordQ suggests words to the user (WORD PREDICTION) and provides SPOKEN FEEDBACK that allows users to hear their mistakes (i.e., run-on sentences, spelling and punctuation errors). SpeakQ plug-in software enhances WordQ with simple, speech-to-text functionality (SPEECH RECOGNITION).
It is ideal for students learning to write, but also for students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, or autism spectrum disorder. Working alongside standard writing software (like Microsoft Word), WordQ suggests words to the user and provides SPOKEN FEEDBACK that allows users to hear their mistakes (i.e., run-on sentences, spelling and punctuation errors). SpeakQ plug-in software enhances WordQ with simple, speech-to-text functionality.
One particularly inspiring way this software has changed a life is the story of Carly Fleischman, a young woman with autism who credits WordQ for helping her find her voice. “I have learned how to communicate through the help of technology and now I am able to shed some light on the myths and misperceptions about autism, “ she says on her website, carlysvoice.com.
When Carly Fleischmann was a young child, her parents were told she’d probably need to be in an institution. Today, this autistic 16-year old who also has apraxia (that prevents her from speaking orally) communicates on a regular basis with the help of WordQ software.
WordQ was developed at Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. It was designed specifically for people who struggle with writing, often due to various kinds of learning disabilities. The company’s VP of Learner Development, Neil MacGregor, struggled with his own learning disability. In a world where text driven knowledge and writing are today’s social currency, he knew that many kids are held back from achieving their potential in school, their personal lives, and later – in the workplace, because of their struggles with writing, and set out to create state-of-the-art assistive software now allows users to combine their strengths to compensate for their writing weaknesses.
We have a complete software package of WordQ + SpeakQ to give away to one lucky reader! Enter to win by leaving a comment with how you think you would use this software.
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This giveaway will be closed Saturday at 11 p.m. and the winner will be announced next Sunday!