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Become a Dragon Master: Hands-on Training Workshop on Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Proposal No: 200

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Length of Session (in hours): 2Format: Lab Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Become a Dragon Master: Introduction and QuickStart tips on setting up Dragon NaturallySpeaking for individuals & lab situations. Gain hands-on experience in the setup and use of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.


Experience a hands-on workshop on how to set up, customize, import vocabulary, including specialized vocabulary, and show others how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in both individual & laboratory environments. Workshop will focus on the Windows environment. Handouts will be available for both Windows and Macintosh formats. Demonstrations as well as hands-on training will be included in the workshop. Presentation & training materials also available on portable transcription devices, including maximizing the use of speech to text portable recording devices. Also covered in the workshop will be tips and tricks on when and how to use Dragon.


  1. overview of dictation software technology, including when, where and how it\\\'s used in different environments
  2. how to setup and customize the software for optimum benefit & use
  3. how to set up an effective training program at your campus

Speaker Bio(s)

Wink Harner

Wink Harner - Has been an active member of ATHEN for 25 years and served for nearly a decade on the ATHEN Executive Board as Member-At-Large. Wink was invited as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Texas AHEAD conference. She is the former director of disability services at Mesa Community College in Arizona, the Adaptive Technology Specialist for the DR office at Southern Oregon University. She currently works in freelance adaptive technology consulting and provides specialized alternative text conversions in math, sciences and foreign languages. She has been a professor of multiple languages for more than 25 years having completed her doctoral studies in Spanish, Portuguese, & French. Since August 2016, Wink developed and taught the adaptive technology in higher education core course for CUNY's Masters of Science in Disability Studies Program. In 2023 she developed a course in professional development for AHEAD in adaptive technology in higher education. She has presented at adaptive technology conferences for decades. For fun, Wink plays trombone in 2 symphonic wind bands and a jazz band, as well as performing as a professional storyteller with the Portland Storytellers Guild.