Getting Started with ASR: Exploring Audio-Supported Reading with Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Resource for Parents, Teachers, and Students
National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
The purpose of this document is to identify a few simple technology tools (hardware and software) that will allow students, parents, and teachers to try out ASR first hand to determine if ASR’s presumed advantages are useful to, and thus appropriate for, particular learners with visual impairments. Resources available for investment of time and money will have an impact on choices for the selection of technology tools that will vary by user or user group. This resource is intended to increase the comfort and confidence with which such decisions are ultimately made.
This document provides potential users of ASR and their parents and/or teachers with examples and procedures for exploring the potential of listening while reading for the purpose of increasing efficiency in tasks dependent on access to information contained in text.
Testing and trying various combinations of tools and resources will yield the best results for users. Options described are meant to provide those new to ASR with enough information to get started quickly and easily.
For more information, see our page on Audio-Supported Reading.
Equipment or system where principal function is creation, conversion, duplication, control, display, interchange, transmission, reception, or broadcast of data.View in glossary
Audio-Supported Reading (ASR)
Technique used to support the rapid reading of digital text by displaying portions of text with synthesized speech.View in glossary
Jackson, R. M. (2014). Getting Started with ASR: Exploring Audio-Supported Reading with Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Resource for Parents, Teachers, and Students. Wakefield, MA: National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum. Retrieved [insert date] from http://aem.cast.org/about/publications/2004/getting-started-asr.html