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Research Project: The use of text-to-speech tools and talking books for university studies

Anna Hampson Lundh, a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University is looking for people who are blind or vision impaired who are willing to be interviewed about their use of text-to-speech tools, talking books, and other audio-based technologies to read for their university studies. The interviews will be conducted via phone or another technology of your choice (such as Skype, FaceTime, or Messenger).

Despite the fact that some text-to-speech tools, talking books, and other audio-based technologies have been available for a long time and are increasing in popularity, there has been little research looking at how people learn to use these tools to read. To better understand what it means to read by listening, I would like to interview up to 20 people about this.

If you are currently pursuing or have pursued university studies within the past few years and would like to share your experiences of using text-to-speech tools, talking books, and other audio-based technologies for your studies, it would be great to hear from you.

To participate in the research, please contact me on anna.hampsonlundh@curtin.edu.au or 08 9266 7291.

If you choose to participate in this study, you will receive a small reimbursement for your time in the form of a Coles Grocery e-gift voucher. The voucher will be emailed after the interview.

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2018-0502). Should you wish to discuss the study with someone not directly involved, in particular, any matters concerning the conduct of the study or your rights as a participant, or you wish to make a confidential complaint, you may contact the Ethics Officer on (08) 9266 9223 or the Manager, Research Integrity on (08) 9266 7093 or email hrec@curtin.edu.au.