Ah, Jackie, are we bringing back Shorthand again? Trouble is, we don't have the machines that can really hack it now ... or the teachers. So I guess what they're really wanting is various passages read at speeds, or a machine that can be variable. Jaws or Window-Eyes set to various speech settings may suffice for the documents, but I'm not sure that you'll find a really suitable machine for very high speeds these days. I'm interested to know what happens with this one so keep me posted, please. -- Carol carol.pearson@xxxxxxxxxxxx ----- Original Message ----- From: Jackie Cairns To: Access UK Mailing List Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 7:10 PM Subject: [access-uk] Help required please? Hi List The tutor of the online course I am doing in Sports Journalism has sent me the request pasted below. Does anyone have any suggestions I could pass onto him please? The info he is looking for is below my signature. Many thanks for any help. Jackie I wondered if I could pick your brains? We are developing online shorthand training for journalists, and I have been recording dictation passages as voice files, which we send as email attachments. This works quite well. But I wondered - do you know any good sites where there are audios or podcasts etc containing passages of people speaking? It doesn't really matter what the passages are about, or how long - though if you new any shorthand dictation sites this would be wonderful! We've searched the web high and low, with limited results ofher nthan BBC news-type podcasts - but it occured to me that there might be facilities for the blind that we may not have heard of? Or - are there any good, free screen readers available to download - so that we could send people text, which could be read to them - though preferably the students would be able to select the speed at so-many words per minute.