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ClaroSpeak and ClaroPDF

ClaroSpeak™ is the first assistive technology app from Claro Software, available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. ClaroSpeak is a high-quality text-to-speech reader capable of speaking any accessible text with a range of human-sounding high-quality voices. ClaroSpeak offers the option of visual highlighting in-sync with the spoken words, a great range of colour and font settings to allow for optimum reading and word prediction to help with writing. ClaroSpeak is a quality app for proofreading text through listening, helping with reading and literacy de”elopment and creating audio files from any text.

ClaroPDF is an accessible, professional and user-friendly PDF Viewer, Reader and Annotator.

View text PDF files and listen to them with a human-quality voice and synchronised highlighting. Annotate and mark up text or image PDF files with full compatibility with other popular PDF apps and programs in Windows and Mac.

ClaroPDF is designed as an accessible productivity, reading and study PDF tool for all.

These apps are $2.99 each.

GoTalk Now app

Attainment has been making augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools for 25 years. Our experience is front and center in GoTalk NOW, a flexible, easy-to-use, yet powerful app for people who have difficulty speaking.

NOW combines the simplicity of GoTalks (Attainment’s popular original AAC device) with the dynamic capabilities of an iPad. GoTalk NOW has all the essentials of an effective AAC app, like adjustable page layouts, customizable navigation, recorded and text-to-speech capabilities, an included symbol set and the ability to use scanning. You can choose 1, 2, 4, 9, 16, or 25 locations per page.

The new NOW offers three styles of communication pages: Standard, Express, and Scenes. In Standard pages, the action occurs when the location is pressed. In Express pages, recorded or text-to-speech messages build in a speech bar and play in sequence when the bar is pressed. Scene pages are built around a single photo or image. When you arrange invisible hotspots over people or objects in the photo, the hotspots play speech, music, or videos!

Additional features include:
• Use images from your iPad camera, photo library, or the Imagine Symbol set.
• Search the Internet in-app for the perfect image or icon.
• Purchase SymbolStix or Widgit Symbols libraries in-app.
• Crop, scale, or rotate an image using your fingers.
• Combine multiple images in a single communication location.
• Color pages, borders, and text with any hue.
• Record your voice or use our free text-to-speech voice.

This app is $79.99 in the iTunes Store

TechACCESS Staff Jayne Rabideau now Certified in Unified English Braille (UEB)

The United States has moved from English Braille American Edition (EBEA) to Unified English Braille (UEB). The Braille Authority of North America (BANA), affirmed January 4, 2016, as the date by which the United States will implement the general use of Unified English Braille (UEB). This action was based on a year of dialogue and planning that included the UEB Transition Forum.

UEB Online is a training program for sighted people to learn Unified English Braille (UEB). Unified English Braille has been adopted by many countries and replaces standard English braille. The Unified English Braille (UEB) code was developed by the International Council on English Braille to harmonize braille across codes and between English-speaking countries. This program is the first online UEB training tool. The program is suitable for professionals supporting children and adults with vision impairment. This course must be completed with 100% accuracy.

Congratulations, Jayne!

 

SnapType for Occupational Therapy

With SnapType, students can take a picture of their worksheets, or import worksheets from anywhere on their device. They can then use their iOS device keyboard to add text to these documents and print, email, or share their creations.

This FREE app is available here.

Check out the KNFB Reader App!

The highly anticipated KNFB Reader converts printed text into high quality speech to provide accurate, fast, and efficient access to both single and multiple page documents with the tap of a button on the iPhone. Picture accuracy is facilitated by a Field of View Report, Automatic Page Detection, and Tilt Control. Our app allows users to capture pictures of virtually any type of printed text, including mail, receipts, class handouts, memos and many other documents that you may encounter. Proprietary document analysis technology determines the words and reads them aloud to the user with high quality text-to-speech and Braille access. Individuals with print disabilities will benefit from the synchronized speech and text highlighting capabilities. KNFB Reader will revolutionize access to print materials for the mobile professional and busy student by providing advanced state of the art mobile reading technology in a single hand-held device.

Price: $99.99 at the App store.

 

UPAD App

This versatile app allows users to take notes AND annotate PDF’s.

UPAD lets you “handwrite” in a choice of colors and widths and allows you to choose from 30 different papers in its “template gallery”.  The gallery includes several line width and color choices, along with different graph papers.  You can import and edit images from iPhoto into your documents.  UPAD also allows you to open PDF files directly from your e-mail or any other apps via the “Open in UPAD” dialogue box.  Documents can be organized into folders and password protected for security.

There is a FREE version of the app (with limited functionality) or you can download the full version for $4.99 in the App Store.

 

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Todo Math app

This is an amazing FREE math app that offers 18 multi-level games and 31 curriculum-based activities focused on foundational math skills.  Games include: Number Tracing, Counting, Tallies, Cookies, Falling Blocks, Equation Maker, Word Windows, Patterns, quick Addition, Quick Subtraction, Quick Multiplying, Quick Facts, Little Farm, Same or Different, Matrix, Days and Weeks, Train Time, and Ferris Wheel.

There are two different modes of play: mission and free choice; 3 player profiles with reports included; and custom settings for lefties and students with dyslexia.

You can download this app from the  iTunes Store.

 

DyslexiaQuest

6 games test memory and learning skills as the Yeti Master explains the signs of dyslexia.

The games are designed to assess working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills. The app is designed for a single player and does not support simultaneous multiple users. It addresses 3 age ranges: 7-10 years, 11-16 years, and 17+.

$1.99 in the iTunes store.

 

Digital Literacy: Why it’s Important

With the transition to online testing platforms, the need to address digital literacy is critical.  Many students lack the necessary digital literacy skills required to successfully access the computer.  Digital Literacy is defined as “The ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills” (American Library Association’s Digital Literacy Task Force).  For students in today’s world, technology is an academic expectation and impacts the way we work with students and deliver instruction/therapy.

 

Here are some resources for a Digital Literacy Curriculum:

Common Sense Media

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/curriculum

Microsoft Educator Network

http://www.pil-network.com/Resources/Tools/Details/8ef0f267-2d4a-4f05-aa0c-6ac0048e5526

US Digital Literacy

http://digitalliteracy.us/

 

Here are some Digital Literacy Checklists and Assessments:

http://www.open.ac.uk/libraryservices/beingdigital/accessible/accessible-pdf-35-self-assessment-checklist.pdf

 

http://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/

 

http://literacy.broadband.ri.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Internet-Basics_Manual-v4.pdf

 

http://www.atomiclearning.com/assess-yourself

 

http://www.doe.mass.edu/odl/standards/sa_tool.html

 

PhotoCard by Bill Atkinson App

This FREE app allows you to use one of the 220 pictures (or many more stamp and sticker designs) or one of your own photos from your photo library to create custom-designed postcards and then send them as eCards or as real postcards you can mail.  Type or dictate a message on the back and decorate your postcard!

This is a  great way for students to capture their summertime fun and share it with others!

Download this app at the iTunes Store