I am applying for summer internships as a software engineer intern (the typical duration is around three months) in the USA. I need to use speech recognition for medical reason: I have some temporary issues with my right wrist, which makes the use of the keyboard painful. I have at least one year of recovery in front of me, perhaps several. It does not affect my productivity by all means, I'm actually more efficient with it, but many companies use open-offices (vs. private offices).
When using speech recognition, I don't have to talk very loud (~ 60 dB): when working in the same room with friends, some of my friends don't care, some do. I can therefore work in an open-office but the people close to me should be OK with me speaking to the microphone frequently (or otherwise be assigned to some smaller room with no or few colleagues that are OK with me).
When should I bring up that I need to use speech recognition in the recruitment process? On my application, during the interviews, after I have the acceptance notification, or after accepting the offer? And how can I approach this tactfully?
I fear that asking to use of speech recognition at work before I get the acceptance notification might lower my chances to be accepted. But at the same time informing them that I need to use speech recognition after accepting the offer might annoy them.