Welcome to 1st Voice Solutions Ltd
Since June 2000 Rosalind Lawless BA (Hons) Director of 1st Voice Solutions Ltd has been providing Assistive IT Software training and advice for:
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software
- Inspiration, Spark-Space, MindView and MindManager mind mapping software for visual learning
- Olympus digital voice recorders in their own right and for use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking
- textHELP Read&Write and ClaroRead software to assist people with reading and writing difficulties
1st Voice Solutions Ltd is a Nuance Certified Advantage Partner and Trainer for Dragon NaturallySpeaking and holds Certified Trainer Status for textHELP Read&Write, and ClaroRead and Accredited Trainer Status for Inspiration.
Specialist Advice can be provided on
- Alternative ways of using a PC instead of the conventional keyboard and mouse
- How to manage various impairments (disabilities) - RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury, Arthritis, MS, Dyslexia, Manual Dexterity Issues etc., by the use of specialist Assistive IT Software Solutions and Training in the work, home, or study environments
About Rosalind Lawless
Rosalind Lawless has RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury, which in 1997 forced a total career change before she could return to employment.
She has undertaken IT Qualifications - ECDL and Pitmans, a Teachers Certificate and NVQ Assessors Awards; all using Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software.
Often life has proved challenging both personally and professionally (!) but it does mean Rosalind can today deliver training and provide advice with both empathy and understanding for her clients' in a friendly and relaxed manner. All training is supported by training materials and practical exercises to reinforce the techniques covered.
Training is always customised to the client's needs and typically delivered on a 1:1 basis at the client's location. Many past clients have been able to successfully stay at work, return to work, or undertake qualifications. References are available on request; please see below comments from 2 clients following their 1st Voice Solutions Ltd training.
Kim's comments on her 1st Voice Solutions Ltd training
"Having used a keyboard for approximately 20 years, initially it was alien to dictate and execute commands by voice [using Dragon NaturallySpeaking]. However, with Rosalind's patient tuition and jargon free training manuals, I soon overcame my apprehensions and now actually enjoy the freedom associated with this medium.
Unlike many tutors of voice-activated software, Rosalind has personal experience of RSI. This awareness ensures that, wherever possible, trainees are encouraged to implement keyboard shortcuts, sticky keys and verbal commands to minimise difficult key depressions and mouse movements.
In addition to eradicating the former hand and shoulder discomfort I experienced when typing, the ability to work at my computer station for longer periods has significantly improved my productivity. Therefore, the introduction of Dragon NaturallySpeaking is both a personal and organisational asset."
Lisa's comments on her 1st Voice Solutions Ltd training
"I would like to say [a] huge thank you for all your support over the last few years, it has been a pleasure to meet you and train with you. I'll keep in touch with [you] regarding my future plans just in case I need to call on your expert knowledge and support again within another organisation.
You have been a true inspiration to me and have supported me through some of my life's most difficult times and for this I am forever grateful.
Once again huge thanks, take care and please keep making a difference to people's lives, you do it so well."
Reasons to have training
So whether you are an inexperienced computer user, who is perhaps lacking in confidence, or an experienced computer user who due to changed circumstances now has to use Assistive IT Software; 1st Voice Solutions Ltd's training can be adapted to suit you. 1st Voice Solutions Ltd has taught people ranging from a 15 year old who needed to use Assistive IT Software to assist with GCSE Studies; through to a 90 year old who learnt to successfully use Dragon NaturallySpeaking.
A speech recognition training programme Rosalind designed in 2000 received 1 of only 16 European Awards made that year by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work.
Alexander Technique and Workstation Assessments
Click on the following link for information from Rachel Stevens on the Alexander Technique and Workstation Assessments to help in the management of RSI type conditions in the Bristol and Gloucestershire areas.
Contact 1st Voice Solutions Ltd
Rosalind Lawless BA (Hons) Director
Telephone: 07712 645 046
Note: 1stVoice is a US vendor for Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software. If you are looking for sales, support or training within the US (as opposed to the UK) in Dragon NaturallySpeaking, please contact 1stVoice through this link.