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Assistive Technology:

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Assistive Technology:
Making Public Computer Labs Accessible

AT Resources
For reading:
Select and Speak by www.ispeech.org
SpeakIt! by Trajche Petrov
Read&Write for Google Docs by TextHelp
Too Long, Didn’t Read (TLDR) by tidrstuff.com
Readability by readability.com

For writing:
Writer by writer.bghugelabs.com
Voice Recognitionby www.nonelike.me
Mind Meister by www.mindmeister.com
Ginger by www.gingersoftware.com

For organization:
Evernote Web Clipper by evernote.com
Google Chrome Apps & Extensions
Co: Writer by Don Johnston - $290
Windows and Mac
www.donjohnston.com

WordQ by Quillsoft - $199
Windows and Mac
www.wordq.com

Typ-O - $9.99
Mac only
Mac App Store
Word Prediction Software
Windows OS Speech Recognition
-Free with XP, Vista, 7, 8
-Found in Control Panel – Ease of Access Center

Mac OS Speech Recognition
-Free with Mountain Lion OS
-Found in System Preferences - Accessibility
Speech Recognition
Ginger Software
Free (Premium; sale: $59; MSRP: $118)
Checks spelling and grammar
Windows only
www.gingersoftware.com

Ghotit Real Reader and Writer
Sale: $179 or Monthly $29
Checks spelling and grammar
Windows and Mac
www.ghotit.com
Spelling and Grammar Checkers
Built in speech recognition on Windows and Mac

Dragon NaturallySpeaking or Dragon Dictate
Price: $100-$599
Windows Or Mac
www.nuance.com
Speech Recognition
Software created with specific needs in mind
Customizable finger combinations
One-handed typing
High contrast
Auditory cues
Learn touch typing
Examples
-Type to Learn 4: Agents of Information by Sunburst- $80
-Mavis Beacon by Broderbund - $20+
-www.typingweb.com
-www.typingclub.com
Keyboarding Software
Computer Access
Tools
Inspiration/Kidspiration by Inspiration
$59
www.inspiration.com

Draft:Builder by Don Johnston
$150
www.donjohnston.com

Bubbl
Free
www.bubbl.us

MindMeister by MeisterLabs GmbH
Free-$4.99-9.99-14.99/month
www.mindmeister.com
Mind Mapping Software
Pen Mouse
Trackball/joystick
Ergonomic
Alternative sizes
Touch pad
Touch screen
Electronic tracking devices
Track head or eye movement
Wrist rest
Access utilities
Electronic pointing devices
Adapted Mice
Resources:
www.microsoft.com/enable/products/windows7/default.aspx
www.apple.com/accessibility/macosx/vision.html
Display and Appearance
Font, style, color, size
Icon size
Screen resolution
Cursor width and blink rate
Magnifier
Sounds and Speech
Keyboard and Mouse
Braille & Large Print White/Black
Label Stickers for Keyboard
WiVik (on-screen keyboard)
Keys-U-See
Variable sizes and colors
Variable positioning
Ergonomic
One-handed
Braille Keyboard
Programmable
On-Screen
Keyguards
Wrist rest
Keyboard holders/trays
Alternative Keyboards
Foot Switch
Bumpy Saucer Switch
Gel Pad Switch
Styles and types
Placement
Requires special hardware and software
Switch interface
Switch and Switch Software
PACER and The Simon Technology Center
What is assistive technology (AT)?
AT for public computer labs
Resources for AT
Agenda
Not-for-profit organization
Serving parents of children with disabilities
Primarily staffed by parents of children with disabilities
Over 30 different programs.

PACER Center
The Simon Technology Center is dedicated to making the benefits of technology more accessible to children and adults with disabilities, through a collaborated effort involving parents, professionals, and consumers.

Simon Technology
Center
Webinars
-www.pacer.org/pacerwebinars
-www.pacer.org/webinars/archive-listing.asp

TechNotes
-www.pacer.org/stc/news.asp
-www.pacer.org/forms/index.asp, sign up for monthly newsletter

Still Useful Product and Equipment Referral (SUPER)
-www.pacer.org/stc/super
STC Services
Simon Technology Center Facebook Page
www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Technology-Center/67317820730?v=wall&ref=share

Twitter
http://twitter.com/PACERSTC

YouTube
www.youtube.com/pacercenter
Or search Simon Technology Center

Simon Technology Center BlogSpot
www.simontechnologycenter.blogspot.com

Simon Technology Center Website
www.pacer.org/stc
The STC Is Online!
Assistive Technology Information and Referral
Lending Library
-A.T. (Assistive Technology) Finder
-http://www.pacer.org/STC/atfinder/
Free Consultations
Individualized Trainings
Workshops and In-services
-www.pacer.org/workshops

STC Services
Selection
Information and Referral
Evaluation Services

Acquisition
Services to locate funding
Information and Referral

Use
Trainings
Technical Support Services

Assistive Technology Service
Any item, piece of equipment, or product system:
purchased commercially off the shelf
modified
customized

Used to:
increase
maintain
improve functional capabilities of a person with a disability

Assistive Technology Device
Services
Devices
What Is Assistive Technology?
Daily Living Aids
Mobility & Ambulation Aids
Recreation & Sports
Environmental Controls
Sensory Aids
Vision & Hearing Technology
Computer Access
-Tablets, alternative keyboards, accessories
Communication Tools
Education and Employment: Tools for Reading, Writing, and Math
Assistive Technology Categories
No Tech
Simple Modifications
Without Technology
AT Continuum
Assistive Technology is not a person doing the work of technology
Assistive Technology
by Tina Hanson
PACER Simon Technology Center
12/13/2013

Reading Tools
Writing Tools
Google Chrome
Extension
The Simon Technology Center
Lending Library
Consultations
MN STAR Program
mn.gov/star
Goodwill/Easter Seals
Walkers, Crutches, Canes, Commodes, etc.
Loan to consumers for up to 4 months
www.goodwilleasterseals.org
AT Resources
Built-In Accessibility Features
Text Compactor
Free
Creates summary
http://textcompactor.com

Rewordify
Simplifies text for the user to easily understand
http://rewordify.com/

Simple English Wikipedia
Free
http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Simplifying Reading Materials

Free web-based technology: http://tarheelreader.org/
Target readers: older learners with low reading level
Books written by members
Find books to read that are written by others
Write and create your own books
Text to speech built in
Wide range of topics available for a wide range of ages and reading levels
Not all book are appropriate for children!
Tar Heel Reader
Text-to-Speech Programs
Read text out loud to the user
Varying features:
-Most read web pages, email, Word documents, etc.
-Some read ebooks
-Generally affordable
Examples
-Snap&Read by Don Johnston
http://www.donjohnston.com/products/snap-read/index.html
-Natural Reader
www.naturalreaders.com
High Tech
Very advanced
May incorporate computers
Medium Tech
Relatively complex
Electronic devices
Low Tech
Less sophisticated
Affordable tools
Eye Gaze System
Evoluent Vertical Mouse
Adjustable Angle Switch
Questions?
Thank you!
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