Category Archives: AT_Software

Virtual Keyboard

A virtual laser keyboard can connect to your mobile, tablets, or PC and projects an image of a virtual keyboard onto a flat surface such as a desk or a table. Then you can type on the projected keyboard surface … Continue reading

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iBeacon (Beacon) Technology

The term iBeacon and Beacon are often used interchangeably. iBeacon is the name for Apple’s technology standard, which allows Mobile Apps (running on both iOS and Android devices) to listen for signals from beacons in the physical world and react … Continue reading

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Voice typing using Google Docs

Voice recognition can help people with their writing. Google Docs offers Built-in Voice typing and Google Chrome is available on various systems (Windows, Mac, Chromebook). There is no voice training required like other speech recognition software. This allows you to … Continue reading

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Speech Recognition

Speech recognition (SR) is the translation of spoken words into text vs. Text to speech (TTS) system converts normal language text into speech (Wikipedia). The speech or voice recognition feature (i.e. Siri or Google Now) has been added to many … Continue reading

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Text-to-Speech (Read Aloud) options

Do you or someone you know has difficulty in reading? If so, a text-to-speech feature may be helpful for reading. Text-to-speech options have helped persons who are blind, have low-vision or suffer from Dyslexia. Scanning/Reading devices such as DaVinci HD/OCR All-in-one desktop … Continue reading

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Closed Captioning (e-captioning)

As new accessibility laws are in effect, meeting web accessibility requirements are becoming more challenging. Closed Captions (CC) help individuals with deaf or hard of hearing view videos and make it more accessible as captioning describes dialogue and audio cues such … Continue reading

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Tar Heel Reader

Tar Heel Reader offers free, easy-to-read, and accessible books. These books area created by teachers and students. You can download these files and use them as slide shows in PowerPoint. These books can be speech enabled with the following voices  … Continue reading

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Low-cost Literacy Tools

Many research studies have found that the combination of both visual and auditory presentation of text used by Text-to-Speech (TTS) software increases comprehension skills, especially for struggling readers. Some of the higher-priced literacy software ($800 – $1300), such as Kurzweil … Continue reading

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Can free/Low-cost software and apps replace expensive educational software?

Most of the language tools on the market have common features such as text-to-speech, word prediction, spelling, highlighting, Thesaurus, Synonymous, etc.  I listed a few free/low cost software a few weeks ago, and some of these software also have similar features.  Do you think that … Continue reading

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Free / Low-cost options

In my line of work as an Assistive Technology Specialist, I often see how technology can help individuals with special needs; however, I have found assistive technology devices and software on the market are typically, very expensive.  I have not tried all … Continue reading

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