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Posted by Darrell Hyatt on August 14, 2008

Here is my latest podcast.  Enjoy!

Believe Transcript

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Here is the transcript of my latest podcast.

Hello and welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast.  My name is Darrell Hyatt.  I hope everyone is enjoying their last part of the summer vacation and doing all the things that they have wanted to do during this time off.

Today I’m going to be talking about what I call being a believer for your children and what do I mean by that? I mean simply that be a person who believes in your children in everything they do.  During this time of the year when children go back to school there tends to be a change to the schedule, new demands on their time and it can be a stressful time for everyone parents included, and this is particularly true with children with disabilities some of them tend not to like the change or disruption in schedule and that can cause some problems on its own.

But one of the biggest things that I’ve noticed is that if you tend to believe in your children in terms of what they’re doing how they’re doing it and helping them to develop their goals and then figure out a plan as to how they’re going to reach those goals and by what date they’re going to achieve their goals that can be very important along with the parental support and guidance to help them reach the goals they have set for themselves.

It also seems that during this time of year when school starts and so on other people are making choices and decisions for them saying that you have to do your homework, you have to do chores you have to do whatever it is, in the case of children and disabilities it may be things like going to physio or doing your exercises and so on but if they have the guidance and the knowledge that you as parents believe in them that believe will transfer to them as well and they will begin to realize that what ever goals they set for themselves whatever expectations they set for them self that they can achieve.

Now I don’t mean to say that they should set impossible or unrealistic goals and that may be an area where parents and other people who are close to them can help them to differentiate between unrealistic goals and realistic goals.  The point here is that if you believe in your children and help them to reach their objectives they will believe in themselves as well.

It may not be always doing the big things that helps them to realize that they can achieve whatever they want and dream as large as they can and yet still achieve those dreams.

So the best advice for the best advice I can do is not only to love your children and be as large a part of their life as possible but believe in them and help them to believe in themselves.

If you have any questions comments were concerns please e-mail me at or visit my web site  Thank you very much.

Summer 2008

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on July 16, 2008

Here is my latest post. Enjoy

Summer 2008 transcript

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Here is my latest podcast transcript.  Enjoy!

Hello welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast, my name is Darrell Hyatt.  Well I am  glad to say summer is finally here and I for 1 am glad it has arrived.  Summer is a great time for children and families, it gives us a chance to do the things that we haven’t had time to do earlier the kids have more freedom to play and explorer the area around them.


It’s a great time for learning outside of the school setting and for many children they actually learned as much during the summer as they do in the structured classroom, so take this opportunity to explore the world with your children and help them learn and enjoy the beauty and the adventure that’s around them.


Recently I had the opportunity to spend some time with two of my nephews, it was a great adventure and I had a lot of fun with them they have certainly grown-up and I look forward to spending much more time with them.  So as the summer progress  enjoy the time that you have together and do those things that you would normally do as a family such as going to the swimming pool, going camping whatever it is that you do as a family.


I will be back next month to continue with tips on adaptive technology and Other Computer Areas that may be of use and help to Individuals with disabilities, but I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know to take the time and enjoy the summer. Thank you very much.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns please e-mail me at and visit my web site which Is

Create a transcript

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on June 14, 2008

Here is my latest podcast in response to interest about how I create the transcripts for my podcast.  I have outlined the steps and the software I use to create the transcripts.


How to Create a Transcript for Podcasts

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Here is the transcript of my latest podcast. I created this podcast in response to interest in how I created the transcripts of my podcasts.

Welcome to the Enabling Abilities to Appear podcast. My name is Darrell Hyatt. In this episode I will be talking about a piece of software called Dragon Naturally Speaking. This particular software is a voice-recognition system for people have difficulty using the keyboard and want to speak to type. Although the software has many uses and many advantages over typing, I’m going to be talking about it today from the perspective of using to create the captions and transcripts for an audio podcast.

This is the software that I use not only for the dictating my documents for my business, but I also use it as I say to create the transcripts for my podcasts as well as a captions for my video projects.

First I will start by giving you some details about Dragon itself. The current version that is available is version 9. You can get the software in four different varieties — there’s the standard version, preferred, the medical version or a legal version. I am using the preferred version of the software which is $199. The standard version is $99.
Now, in terms of the computer, you need to run the software according to the Dragon web site which is, the preferred version requires a Pentium 4 processor or equivalent of 1GHz and a minimum of 512MB of ram. I would strongly recommend that you at least double that memory requirement. It also requires that you have a sound card, and if you want to use the Internet browsing capability of Dragon you need Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher. As long as your system means those minimum requirements you will be fine when you install the software it automatically checks to make sure that you do meet the minimum requirements if your system does not it won’t install the software for you.

In terms of creating the transcripts and so on, the first step is to record your audio for your podcast, which is what I’m doing at this very moment. I’m using a software package called Audacity and this is a free audio recording program that you can download from the Internet. I’m using this one because I found that for my voice it tends to work best with the recognition of Dragon, which I will talk about shortly.

Once you’ve recorded your audio file, you want to save it as a .wav file and so the first step once you open audacity you want to make some changes to some of preferences settings, which are under the edit tab. The first of which you want change is the audio input output tab and you want to make sure that your playback and recording device is set to your headset. When you purchase Dragon you will get a headset as well as the software. Once you’ve installed Dragon, go into Audacity or whichever audio recording program you using and make sure that your playback and your record device are set to your headset.

The next one that I want change in particular for Audacity is the channel. There you want to make sure that your only using one channel and creating a mono recording. Tthis is for two reasons: 1) a mono recording will be smaller in size, and 2) Dragon does not like and does not transcribe well with a stereo recording.

The next tab in Audacity that we want change is the quality tab. Under there we have the sample rate which we want to have as 22050; again this is a requirement for Dragon to be able to create our transcripts. The next one, again under quality, is the sample rate and you want that to be set for 16-bit.

The final tab that we want to make some changes to in Audacity is the file format tab. Here we want to make sure that the file format is set to wav 16-bit pcm. And finally, we want to make sure that under mp3 we’ve got Lame (yes, Lame!) selected there.

Now that we have made all the changes we want to our Audacity settings, you can go ahead, as I said, and record your audio podcast and make sure that you save it. Once you’ve saved it the next step is to go into Dragon itself. Load your user settings and, then once it comes up, go into the sound tab. There you will see transcribe your recording and here is the key to creating a transcript.

Tell Dragon that you want to transcribe your recording and it will come up with a dialog box that asks you which type of recording is it — is a wav file or is it from a Pocket PC or a mobile recording device? Under wav file, you simply browse until you find where you saved your audio recording and then Dragon will bring up its DragonPad, which is the dictation window and it will start transcribing your audio recording of your podcast. If it’s not in the proper format of wav and 16-bit and so on, Dragon will not transcribe it. You may have to fiddle with it, but hopefully with the changes you’ve made in Audacity or whatever audio recording program you are using, it will begin to transcribe your text. It will just be a straight transcription word for word with no formatting

Now you have to go ahead and transcribe you recording after you’ve made it, before you make any editing changes to the audio file in whichever editing program you us. Generally, editing the audio file first will make the recording unusable by Dragon. Therefore you have to transcribe the recording right away before you do any editing and then edit the file after you’ve created the transcription. Then, of course, you must do any editing you want on the audio file before you post to your web site, your blog or wherever you’re going to put the finished recording.

Once you start working with a transcript, you will want to check it for accuracy because, even if you’ve used Dragon for quite awhile and trained it as I have, there still can be some errors in the transcription of Dragon. What I recommend is having an audio player opened as well as your transcript text so that you can listen to the audio file and read the text at the same time to make any changes that are necessary to the text so they match your audio file.

After that, it’s simply put the audio and text together on your web site as you normally would and now you have the ability to create transcripts for any audio project that you wish, simply and easily as well as have a program that you can use for dictation in other areas of your business for other projects.

I see Dragon as a worthwhile investment for many reasons. Dragon can help you in many different ways throughout your work day. If you have any questions comments or concerns or any show ideas you’d like to see presented here please e-mail me at Please feel free to visit my web site to see all the resources that I have available I look forward to hearing from you.

We all need adaptive technology

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on May 14, 2008

Here is my latest podcast.


We all need adaptive technology transcript

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Here is the transcript for my latest podcast.  I found out , we can all use some form of adaptive technology.


Hello and welcome to the Enabling Abilities to Appear podcast. I found out recently that we all need some adaptive technology at some point or another. Recently, the senior center that I volunteer at has developed a new computer lab and one of the things that’s happened is the computers has been moved onto the floor rather than the desktop and they now have ten computers in a lab, two computers to a table.

When I recently went in there I realized that I can’t reach the on/off buttons on the computer towers and I was speaking to one of the other individuals in the lab and said that I was to have to make a stick of some sort with a rubber or soft end on it so I could go around and turn on the computers and next thing know, I know as of last week the individual had gone and made such an item for me and left it in the computer lab.

So yesterday when I went in there to teach a class the gentlemen was there and showed me what he had made and I tried it, it worked very very well so it that definitely solves that problem for me but it did bring to mind the fact that you never know when your needs are going to change or what situation will dictate that you need to look for a solution.

It also shows me that sometimes the simplest solution is the best. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something complicated or difficult to create or obtain and reminds me of the adige keep to simple, and in this case simple was the optimum solution for this problem. So when you’re faced with a situation that you’re not sure what the solution is, I suggest starting with the simplest things first to see if you can find something that works and even if you don’t find a solution right away it may lead you to a more creative solution and something that you may not have initially thought about as a solution, may indeed turn out to be the best solution for your situation.

If you have any questions or comments or ideas for podcasts, things you’d like to see talked about on this podcast please e-mail me at You can find more information about myself and the services that I offer at Thank you very much.

Essentials of A.T.

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on April 12, 2008

Here is my latest podcast.   I discuss key points in developing AT solutions.


Essentials of A.T. Transcript

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Here is the transcript to my latest podcast.  I discuss some key points in developing at solutions.


Hello and welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast.  my name is Darrell Hyatt.  In today’s podcast I’m going to talk about some things that may seem obvious to some people and maybe not to some others.  The topic I am going to discuss is some essentials that we need to consider when looking at using the computer as an adaptive technology aid. 

One of the first things and need to look at is the computer the appropriate tool or device to be using for this individual for adaptive technology, if the answer to that question is yes as it is in a significant number of cases then we need to look at several other items including, can the individual see the computer screen and see the icons as well as any applications that we may need to run on the computer to achieve our ultimate adaptive technology goal and of course there are many many things that we can do to ensure the individual can see the screen and see the icons and see the applications.   

Many of the adaptations and need to be made can be need right within Windows themselves for example you can make the icons larger, you can make the screen resolution smaller or larger depending on which you need. 

Another consideration is can the individual access the keyboard and mouse to interact with the software that we may need to use and again here there are adaptations we can make within the Windows XP and Vista itself to make using mouse and keyboard more user-friendly.  We can also in both cases use items such as a switch adapted mouse, a trackball or an onscreen keyboard or many other options. 

One of the final things that we need to look at is how does this individual, how can they get the information they’ve now got whether it’s word processing document they’ve created or something else how do they get that out of the computer into a format that others can read so that they can take it with them is in a matter of using software to communicate for them and speak for them.   

,We need to ensure that they have a way to communicate this information communicate their ongoing needs and just  interact with others and society in general.  The key points here are it’s not only a matter of how do we make the computer and other adaptive technology usable for individuals and clients, it’s a matter of what are they going to use these tools for in the end result so not only do we need to look at how do we put all the pieces together, we also need to consider what the end goal is for these individuals.   

Where they want to go, what new skills are we showing them how to do, what abilities are we assisting them to develop and throughout this whole process adaptive technology is simplya tool for them to reach very end goal. 

If you have any questions comments were concerns please e-mail me at I look forward to hearing from you if you have any ideas for future podcast’s please let me know also feel free to visit my web site for a wide variety of concepts and ideas that may be useful for you.  Thank you very much.