CSU Accessible Technology Initiative Section 508 Procurement Training February 11 12, 2008

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CSU Accessible Technology Initiative



Section 508 Procurement Training

February 11


12, 2008



Assistive Technology Q and A

Presented by


Penny Peterson, Coordinator

HTC & Accessible Media Project


CSU Long Beach


penny@csulb.edu


Assistive Technology Products


Assistive devices

enable people
to function within a range of
abilities that contributes to their
personal independence at home,
school, work, and leisure
activities.


Types of Computer
-
Aided

Assistive Technology



Electronic pointing devices

used to control the
cursor on the screen without use of hands. Devices
used include ultrasound, infrared beams, eye
movements, nerve signals, or brain waves.



Sip
-
and
-
puff systems

activated by inhaling or
exhaling.



Wands and sticks

worn on the head, held in the
mouth or strapped to the chin and used to press keys
on the keyboard



Joysticks

manipulated by hand, feet, chin,
etc. and used to control the cursor on
screen.



Trackballs

movable balls on top of a base
that can be used to move the cursor on
screen.



Touch screens

allow direct selection or
activation of the computer by touching the
screen, making it easier to select an option
directly rather than through a mouse
movement or keyboard.


Braille embossers

transfer computer
generated text into embossed Braille output.



Braille tactile embossers

transfer
computer generated graphics and
illustrations to embossed Braille output.



Refreshable Braille displays

provide
tactile output of information represented on
the computer screen.




Alternative keyboards

featuring larger
-

or
smaller
-
than
-
standard keys or keyboards,
alternative key configurations, and keyboards
for use with one hand.




Keyboard filters

are typing aids such as word
prediction utilities and add
-
on spelling
checkers that reduce the required number of
keystrokes.



On
-
screen keyboards

provide an image of a
standard or modified keyboard on the
computer screen that allows the user to select
keys with a mouse, touch screen, trackball,
joystick, switch, or electronic pointing device.


Reading tools and learning disabilities
programs

include software and hardware
designed to make text
-
based materials more
accessible for people who have difficulty with
reading. Options can include scanning,
reformatting, navigating, or speaking text out loud.



Screen enlargers, or screen magnifiers
, work
like a magnifying glass for the computer by
enlarging a portion of the screen which can
increase legibility and make it easier to see items
on the computer.




Screen readers

are used to verbalize, or "speak,"
everything on the screen including text, graphics,
control buttons, and menus into a computerized
voice that is spoken aloud.




Speech recognition or voice recognition programs
,
allow people to give commands and enter data using
their voices rather than a mouse or keyboard.



Text
-
to
-
Speech (TTS) or speech synthesizers

receive
information going to the screen in the form of letters,
numbers, and punctuation marks, and then "speak" it out
loud in a computerized voice.




Talking and large
-
print word processors

are software
programs that use speech synthesizers to provide
auditory feedback of what is typed.



TTY/TDD conversion modems

are
connected between computers and
telephones to allow an individual to type a
message on a computer and send it to a
TTY/TDD telephone or other Baudot
equipped device.



Light signaler alerts
--

monitors computer
sounds and alerts the computer user with
light signals.


Tim Jin, BA, Communications, types on a computer using his
toes instead of his fingers.

Tim was born with Cerebral Palsy.

Sitting in the Center of the photo
below is Jennie Benson Moody,
MS Special Education, who is a

Practicing School Psychologist.

Jennie has been blind since birth.

Placing a CCTV in an area where it can be accessed
for general reading tasks is an equitable
accommodation for folks with vision limitations.

Where to find Assistive Technology


The following slides of adaptive equipment
and software vendors represent a small
sampling of the available resources
university AT planners can review for their
AT acquisitions. The hot links to the
vendor’s web sites will lead planners to
many types of AT that may not be included
in the initial link, so look around and have
fun playing with the toys!


Adjustable

Tables and Workstations


sis usa, inc.

Ergonomically
accessible workstations (hand
crank & electrically motorized
tables).

http://www.sis
-
usa
-
inc.com/



Ergo In Demand, Inc.



http://www.ergoindemand.com/adjustable_compute
r_workstation.htm



Da
-
Lite.
http://www.da
-
lite.com/products/product.php?cID=16&pID=194


Braille Embossers


GW Micro

https://www.gwmicro.com/Catalog/Braille_Printers/



ViewPlus


http://www.viewplus.com/products/accessories/


Tiger® Braille Printer ever! The ViewPlus Pro
is your marathon braille production machine
able to handle large volume runs of braille and
tactile graphics, printing all sizes and types of
paper/media.

Sighted Electronics

http://www.sighted.com/english/embossers.html



Basic
-
D and Basic
-
S

Double or single sided Braille printers


Everest


Double sided Braille printer

for cut sheet paper


Index 4X4 PRO


Double sided Embosser

for Braille Magazines


4 Wave Professional


Double sided Braille printer

for cut sheet paper


Acoustic cabinets



Enabling Technologies

Single
-
Sided Braille Embossers



Romeo Attaché

Our most transportable single
-
sided basic embosser.



Romeo Attaché Pro

Our most feature
-
rich transportable single
-
sided embosser.



Romeo 25

Transportable single
-
sided basic embosser, flexible & tough.



Romeo Pro 50

Faster, feature
-
rich transportable single
-
sided embosser with
Romeo durability.



Thomas

Single
-
sided desktop embosser.



Marathon

Highest capacity in single
-
sided Braille.

Double
-
Sided Braille Embossers



Juliet Classic

Value in extra
-
wide
-
line interpoint.



Juliet Pro

Feature
-
rich extra
-
wide
-
line interpoint.



ET

Value in speedier interpoint.



Juliet Pro 60

Feature
-
rich speedier interpoint.

Commercial Production Embossers



BookMaker

Production interpoint at 80 characters per second.



Braille Express 100

Production interpoint at 100 characters per second.



Braille Express 150

Production interpoint at 150 characters per second.



BraillePlace

Production interpoint at 300 characters per second.



PED
-
30 Plate Embossing Device

Platemaker for Braille publishing.

Signmakers & Labelers



PrestoBraille

Industrial
-
strength Braille signmaker.



KGS Braille Labeler

Braille labels made easy


Braille Keyboard Displays


The NEW BRAILLEX
®

EL
-
80s


The flattest 80 cell Braille display world wide.




The NEW BRAILLEX
®

EL
-
66s


A large Braille Display in a compact desktop unit.



The NEW BRAILLEX
®

EL
-
40s


The smallest Braille Display ever made and it utilizes the Easy Access Bar.



The NEW BRAILLEX
®

EL
-
40sd


The handsome 40 cell desktop Braille display.



The BRAILLEX
®

EL 2D
-
80


The summit in efficiency.



The BRAILLEX
®

EL 2D
-
66


The clever intermediate size Braille Display
.


Braille Note Takers



GW Micro
https://www.gwmicro.com/Catalog/Braille_Sense/



Braille Sense
.
Braille notetaker.



Freedom Scientific
http://www.freedomscientific.com/index.html



Braille Lite.

A refreshable Braille
output device.

Braille Translation Software


Duxbury Systems


http://www.duxburysystems.com/



Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT)

and

MegaDots: Print to Braille
translation software applications.

APPLE

http://www.apple.com/accessibility/



Apple's accessibility features for the
Macintosh computer system

Augmentative

Communication Devices


Prentke
-
Romich, Company


http://www.prentrom.com/



Communication Products


Adaptive Technology Software Products


Adaptive Technology Computer Access


Switches & Mounts


CCTV’s



Technologies

http://www.ashtech.ie/



High resolution portable color CCTV (TViZoom, Liberty,
Liberty Plus, Prisma).



Sighted Electronics
http://www.sighted.com/



Magnilink. Desk top CCTVs (Seagull, Penguin, Colibri).



Optelec, Inc.

www.optelec.com



Desk Top CCTVs, Hand held magnification devices.

On
-
Screen

Character Enlargement Applications


AiSquared

http://www.aisquared.com


ZoomText.
An on screen magnification interface.



Freedom Scientific

http://www.freedomscientific.com/index.html


MAGic.
Screen magnification application.

OCR

(Not to be confused with the Office of Civil Rights!)

Optical character recognition applications, text scanners,


assisted reading and writing software

and hardware applications.




Freedom Scientific

http://www.freedomscientific.com/index.html



WYNN 3.0, literacy software for assisted reading and
writing.



Arkenstone

http://www.freedomscientific.com/fs_products/software.asp



OPENBook. An optical character recognition system (OCR
text scanner & reader).



Lisa Smolen & Associates

http://www.access4reading.com



Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 for the PC,


Kurzweil 3000 for the MAC,


textHELP
!

On
-
Screen Keyboard


Innovation Management Group, Inc.


http://www.imgpresents.com/

On
-
screen Virtual Keyboards

and Pointing Device Utilities



Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre
http://www.wivik.com/

WiViK on
-
screen keyboard

(virtual keyboard)

TTD/TTY


What is it?
http://www.captions.com/tty.html



What is a TTY Relay Service?



How to Use it.
http://www.consumer.att.com/relay/



Ultratec Superprint Pro80™ Gold
TTY.
http://www.ultratec.com/ttys/printing/superprintpro80.php

Voice Recognition


Dragon Naturally Speaking.



http://www.lhsl.com/naturallyspeaking/



A voice recognition input device.

Screen Readers

and

Speech Synthesizers


Freedom Scientific
http://www.freedomscientific.com/index.html



JAWS Screen Reader.



GW Micro
www.gwmicro.com



Window/Vocal Eyes. A screen reader.


https://www.gwmicro.com/Catalog/Window
-
Eyes/



Additional Speech synthesizers.
https://www.gwmicro.com/Catalog/Speech_Synthesizers/


Word Prediction



Applied Human Factors, Inc.


Word prediction

http://ahf
-
net.com/sooth.htm



WordQ

http://www.wordq.com/


Word prediction writing Software


MORE TOYS!!


The following three vendor slides are
provided as an overview of additional
adaptive technology used by folks who
have a disability. You will find assorted
software, hardware, communication
devices, & CCTV’s to embossers, & smart
assistive access devices.

A T Kratter, Inc.

www.atkratter.com/


New! Reading Machines


Computer Screen Magnification


Speech Access & Screen Readers


PDA's and NoteTakers


Braille Devices


Tactile Graphics


Learning Disabilities & Dyslexia


Adaptive Keyboards


GPS Navigation



HumanWare, Inc.

humanware.com/


Assorted adaptive and assistive access devices:

http://humanware.com/Products/Complementary/complemen
tary_products.asp



Victor Reader

is a line of digital talking book players that
allow reading of talking books recorded in digital format.


Trekker

is a revolutionary system that uses
GPS and digital
maps

to help blind persons find their way in urban and rural
areas.


The
SmartView video magnifier

is a low vision aid that
enlarges objects, actions and text onto a display screen


myReader

portable CCTV
http://www.pulsedata.com/myreader/usa/default.asp


Maestro

is a
PDA using a text
-
to
-
speech technology

adapted application and a tactile keyboard membrane over a
PDA touch screen.


Captioning Vendors


Automatic Sync


info@automaticsync.com


http://www.automaticsync.com/


877.278.7962


$70 for 0
-
20 hrs


$55 for 21
-
50 hrs




PeopleSupport Rapidtext, Inc.

kfurlan@peoplesupport.com



Kathy Furlan


1801 Dove Street, Suite 101,


Newport Beach, CA 92660


1
-
800
-
234
-
0304

ext 47124


Fax:


949
-
258
-
5639




Enjoy the Toys!!


Contact Information:

Penny Peterson, ITC

Coordinator, CSULB DSS High Tech Center & Alt Media Project

1250 Bellflower Blvd. LA5
-
173

Long Beach, CA 90840

562
-
985
-
1672

penny@csulb.edu


Photo of a frog diving into a pond,


by Tim Flach.


References


http://www.microsoft.com/enable/at/types.aspx



http://www.access
-
board.gov/sec508/brochure.htm



http://www.calstate.edu/Accessibility/EIT_Procurement/