As an acknowledgement of the role its Dragon NaturallySpeaking software plays in helping people with disabilities overcome hurdles in their daily lives, Nuance will receive the prestigious Team Hoyt Award from Easter Seals – a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that children and adults with disabilities have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play – on June 19.
The award will be presented at the Easter Seals Evening of Empowerment gala in Boston, which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the organization’s Assistive Technology program.
”As a company that has long admired and supported Easter Seals’ pioneering efforts in assistive technologies, we at Nuance are truly honored to be recognized for this year’s Team Hoyt Award,” said Peter Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Nuance. “The 25th anniversary of the Easter Seals Assistive Technology program serves as a great reminder that many of the innovations that we now deliver to improve the way that all of us interact with technology started as assistive applications.”
Easter Seals’ Assistive Technology program was launched in 1988, and Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition software has been a key resource for the organization, as it’s sought to assist and train individuals with disabilities. For people with disabilities who have difficulty using a computer, mouse or keyboard, or understanding documentation and on-screen directions, Dragon serves as a welcome resource for simpler and more convenient computer access.
Easter Seals’ President, Kirk Joslin, praised Nuance’s voice recognition software and the opportunities it presents to those with disabilities.
“Thanks to Nuance, countless children and adults with disabilities now have opportunities to learn, demonstrate what they know, work and participate in their communities,” Mr. Joslin said. “Dragon NaturallySpeaking empowers people with disabilities to reach their full potential. It changes lives.”
The Team Hoyt Award was established in 2006, in honor of inspirational athletes and father-son tandem, Dick and Rick Hoyt, who have served as Easter Seals volunteers for over 40 years. The Hoyts have been standout athletes all over the country, as Dick has pushed Rick in a specially-designed wheelchair through marathons, triathlons, and many other athletic competitions.
The Team Hoyt Award seeks to honor companies and individuals who exemplify the courage, determination and dedication to helping people with disabilities overcome the hurdles in their lives that the Hoyts display on a daily basis.