I have a family member who is blind and we are having a hard time getting Dragon Dictate and VoiceOver to not step on each other. VoiceOver works well when using the keyboard, but when you open Dictate is starts "hearing" VoiceOver and things get messy very quickly. If VoiceOver is turned off right after opening Dragon Dictate, and turned back on when done using Dictate, it sort of works. The problem is that for straight dictation Dictate is better, far more accurate really. VoiceOver and "OSX Dictation" only do so much.
Has anyone found a solution to this problem?
Try muting speech when you load dragon. That should work.
Another option is using headphones with an attached microphones. As the VO sound goes only to your ears and never reaches the microphone there will be less conflicts.