Assistive Technology Tool Description Examples and Links What kinds of special needs it helps with

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Nov 17, 2013 (3 years and 7 months ago)

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Assistive Technology Tool

Description

Examples and Links

What kinds of special needs it
helps with

Optical Character Recognition
(OCR) Software



*
Converts scanned, digital,
printed, and handwritten pages
into searchable and editable
electronic text.

*
Through word recognition and a
voice synthesizer, reads the pages
out loud.

*
Also recognizes text embedded
in graphics.

*
Recognizes multiple languages.

Readiris 12


OpenBook


Free OCR Software



SARA


video demo

Blind


Visual impairments


Dyslexia


Reading disabilities

Personal Frequency Modulation
(FM)
Listening
System
s




*Transmits speaker’s voice
directly to u
ser’s ear
.

*Consists of a

wireless
transmitter microphone worn

by
the speaker and a
n

earphone
receiver used by the listener.

*Receiver transmits sound to
hearing aid either through direct
audio input or through a looped
cord.

Easy Listener


Hearing Helper, William’s Sound


Comtek Communications


FM Systems
-

Informational video

Hearing impairments


Attention disabilities

Alternative Keyboards


*Keyboards with customized
appearance and function
.

*May reduce input choices, group
keys accordin
g to color/location,
add graphics to aid
comprehension
.

*
One handed keyboards.

*Keyboards for those who type
with one finger or a mouth
stick/head pointer
.

Intellikeys


Intro to Alternative Keyboards
-

video

Writing disabilities


Motor control dis
abilities

that
affect ability to type


Autism


Communication disabilities

Speech
Recognition Software




*User speaks into a microphone
and the spoken words appear on
a computer screen as text
.

*Responds to voice commands to
control web browser, open
programs,
use menus,
edit text,
and type.

*Programs train to fit your voice,
speech patterns, and
customizable preferences.

ViaVoice


MacSpeech


Dragon Naturally Speaking


Demo video



Writing disabilities


Visual impairments


B
lindness


Motor disabilities that inhibit
effective use of keyboard/mouse

Talking Calculators




*Built
-
in speech synthesizer

*Reads out loud numbers,
symbols, and operation
/function

keys that a user presses

*Vocalizes answer to problems

*Provides visual and auditory
feedback to help students ch
eck
accuracy of input and verify
answers

*Multilingual

Independent Living Aids


MaxiAids


Abledata


Video: Talking calculator in use

Visual impairments


Blindness


Math disabilities