Why dictation software has kept me in the conversation

James Hanlon, head of product of aio* on how dictation software helps him tackle dyslexia

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Dyslexia (struggling with reading) and dysgraphia (struggling with writing) are two different, if linked things.

I’m dyslexic but not, so far as I know, dysgraphic — but what I do notice, and what I also see is little mentioned, is just how tiring writing can be. If you’re dyslexic, then being articulate and organizing your thoughts can be tricky, and that can transfer to the written format too.

I don’t feel I have a challenge with the physical act of writing and the process of organising and expressing myself is the same no matter how I’m doing it.

But it can be so tiring. I just don’t feel comfortable with it.

But dictation software has got to the point where it is near analogous to writing. And that means I am able to express myself, with a lower level of cognitive load. Ergo: I’m getting more done.

And the enhanced ability to express myself clearly is key in a distributed company where communication is often done in the written format. That reliance on good communication has made me understand just how big a challenge dyslexia can be in a world where the written word is the currency of debate and and conversation. If you’re not comfortable with that process, then you’re excluded.

Dictation software isn’t perfect (this piece was dictated, but needed an edit), but, for me, it’s the passport back into conversation. And that’s huge.