Question: Excuse short message, I’m not supposed to type! Are there any references to the types of voice activated software anywhere? Any personal recommendations? Can anyone tell me whether employers have a legal responsibility to provide voice activated software to an employee with RSI who keyboards as a substantial part of the job? Also, has anyone used shiatsu to any effect?
Answer 1: I don’t think you could quite say that an employer has a legal responsibility to provide voice recognition software, but they do have a legal responsibility under the Disability Discrimination Act to make reasonable adjustments to your work environment and practices and you could argue that the purchase of voice recognition software is a reasonable adjustment to make (but it depends also on the actual setup you have – if there is lots of noise then VR software wouldn’t be any good anyway).
Answer 2: the best way to approach this would be to talk to a Dept of Employment Disability Adviser. They can assess your needs and talk to employers and meet a fairly large part of the cost of equipment (the employer pays most of the rest).