TechNEWS

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!

 

Creative Advocate in Disability Award – Nomination deadline July 25

nomination for VSA Creative Advocate Award

U.S. Access Board Webinar: Application of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards (May 7)

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The next webinar in the U.S. Access Board’s free monthly series will take place May 7 from 2:30 – 4:00 (ET) and will cover application of the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards in new construction, alterations, and additions. The session will address the scope of the standards, which encompass a wide range of facilities in the public and private sectors, and review scoping provisions for spaces and elements, general exceptions, and other provisions relevant to application. Questions can be submitted in advance of the session (total limited to 25) or can be posed during the webinar.

For more information, including registration instructions, visit accessibilityonline.org

 

Algebra Readiness: Equipping K-8 Students for Success

Algebra Readiness: Equipping K-8 Students for Success

This event takes place on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

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As the focus on standards-readiness grows, educators need reassurance that they’re not just teaching students how to pass a test, but also supporting their exploration, creativity, and deep understanding of applied knowledge. Joe Trahan, former middle school teacher, will discuss the pedagogical approach to preparing students for formal algebra. He’ll share opportunities educators have to introduce the exploration of abstract concepts at an early age—at a time when students are more focused on concrete mathematical concepts.

Topics covered will include:

• Opportunities to foster mathematical exploration at an early age
• Digital tools to support concrete and abstract mathematical manipulations
• How to assess readiness and intervene appropriately for students that have gaps

This webinar is targeted toward middle school educators as well as elementary educators interested in supporting deeper understanding of applied knowledge in math.

Guest:Joe Trahan, former pre-algebra and algebra teacher, Bethesda, Md.; curriculum designer, DreamBox LearningModerator:Kelly Urlacher, curriculum designer, DreamBox Learning

Registration is FREE but is also required to attend this event. Take a moment to register now.

Inclusive Library Services

I wanted to share an interview that I did for Jessica Franco, a URI Library School Graduate Student Intern to our ALL ACCESS in the Libraries Project.  Libraries have an important role to play in helping to reduce barriers to information for persons with differing needs and abilities.  I talk about that in this blog post.

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Inclusive Library Services Interview

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.

Senator Jack Reed views accessible technology at Cranston Public Library

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Senator Jack Reed visited the Cranston Public Library in Cranston RI to see the newly refurbished computer lab and maker space.  He spent some time wit 3-D printers and learning about the Assistive Technology Exploration Station, where patrons of the library can explore access features of Microsoft and Apple systems, and experience digital scanning, screen-reading, switch scanning, and other assistive technology supports.  The AT Exploration Station is funded through ALL ACCESS in the Libraries, an IMLS project taking place in the Cranston Public and Providenc Public Libraries.  For more information, go to http://allaccessri.org/ ;

(pictured L to R Stefanie Metko, Senator Reed, Ed Garcia (CPL Director), Elizabeth Dalton (TechACCESS consultant), Jack Martin (PPL Director).

Note from Dr. Dalton: ALL ACCESS in the Libraries is such an exciting project to work with.  Libraries are perfect partners for building access to technology for ALL persons – and especially for those who have learning and other challenges – because public libraries serve EVERYONE!  More to come…

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.