[bksvol-discuss] Re: Auditory Processing Disorder and Reading Accessibility

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Gary Petraccaro" <garyp130@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 7:09 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Auditory Processing Disorder and Reading Accessibility


What about this voice mentioned below and where do you get it?
Thanks.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Monica Willyard" <rhyami@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, December 14, 2009 4:34 PM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Auditory Processing Disorder and Reading Accessibility


Hi Valerie. I'm probably an odd exception to the auditory processing
disorder group. I don't know what is typical, and I'm learning more about it as I go. I was only correctly diagnosed this year, as an adult. Like Nicole, I like the new Acapella voice Bookshare gives us and would love to have all of my devices and programs use that voice, especially JAWS. I'm going to buy
it for my computer as soon as I can afford it.

You mentioned that people with auditory processing disorder don't recognize TTS speech as sound. That confuses me a little. Do you have any books or web
sites you could recommend about this? If there is no information on
Bookshare, I will look for a couple of books to scan about it. I seem to be backward if this is normal. Then again, I'm blind too, so maybe normal isn't
really applicable.

I do well using specific types of speech, and there are some human readers I
can barely comprehend. My inability to understand certain readers makes
those books inaccessible for me unless I scan them for myself. That's
something champions of audiobooks probably don't really understand. I look
at the name of the narrator of a book or listen to a sample of the speech
before even considering buying it from Audible.

I like books that are in a text format so I can use a voice that I
understand clearly. I prefer Braille if I can get it. If not, I need a
fairly constant, very clear, and unaccented voice to cope with reading. When I have to use a device with a confusing voice, I use my computer to record books into mp3 files using a voice that I do understand well. Then I put my
good files on the bad device and can function well.

Knowing what I'm dealing with, and that it will benefit our deaf/blind
members as well, I usually end up scanning books I want to read from NLS
unless they have the book in WebBraille. I often end up scanning my Audible
books too, especially ones that I want to learn from or read in depth.

Monica Willyard
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." -- Peter Drucker

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Valerie Maples
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 8:18 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Publishers and Bookshare As a Library

I have to agree with Judy. As a matter of fact, Nichole would never listen to a synthetic voice until the acapella voices that are now available on her
device. I don't know anyone who prefers TTS over audio books and most are
more than willing to pay for the alternative. The only people who learn to accept TTS are those who need a wider range of books or budget constraints make the other alternative unaffordable. Then there are people with auditory
processing disorders who do not even acknowledge TTS as speech as it is
processed slightly differently in the brain.

In my opinion we need to constantly be exploring and expanding all mediums
all of text accessibility and in a cooperative effort like Bookshare, I
think that everyone comes out winners. I know that even though I have a
membership now I will probably almost exclusively be a volunteer due to time
constraints, but being a member will allow me to check how certain things
are handled in the final process or view how proofreaders have handled my
scans.

Interesting dialogue everyone...
Valerie


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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Judy s.
Sent: Saturday, December 12, 2009 2:39 PM
To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Publishers and Bookshare As a Library

I view the disabling of TTS as about as silly as the digital
rights management.

<snip>
I don't know a single sighted person, other than myself, who will
willingly listen to listen to a book that they can read by
listening to it in a synthetic voice.  Me?  I can't afford
expensive audible downloads, and the NLS's offerings are very
limited in my tastes, so listening to books via bookshare
downloads using either DAISY or Text Aloud has become an acquired
taste, one I've become used to and actually very much enjoy.

If sighted readers were the least bit interested in hearing books
read with a synthetic voice, I suspect the market would be
flooded with that sort of book.  Why?  It is much cheaper for a
book publisher to produce that en masse than it is to hire a
professional reader and studio to produce the master for each and
every book that becomes an audible book.

I really doubt that sales of human-read audible books would waver
one whit if ebooks had TTS enabled. It would expand the market of
ebooks available to the sighted/disabled reader, but that's about it.

Just my opinion.  Grin.

Judy s.



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