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Announcing Crowdsourced Subtitles for Your YouTube Channel!

Announcing Crowdsourced Subtitles for Your YouTube Channel! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
We are very proud to launch a major new Amara.org feature-- free crowd subtitling for every personal YouTube user! Want to make your videos accessible to people around the world who speak a differe...
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I hope everyone will contribute to this phenomenal tool offfering accessibility to many individuals. "

Amara always let you crowdsource captions and subtitles for your online videos, including YouTube. Now you can link your YouTube channel to Amara so that your YouTube viewers are brought into the process, and their work is automatically updated. This expands the reach of both language and disability access to the expanding world of video in education, work, entertainment, and cultural inclusion."

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FDA Approved Bionic Eye

FDA Approved Bionic Eye | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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"he FDA recently approved a bionic eye that will bring limited vision to people who suffer from a specific type of blindness."

 

Positive Progress!

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Find Accessible Businesses with AbleRoad iOS App

Find Accessible Businesses with AbleRoad iOS App | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
AbleRoad is an app and website that enables persons with disabilities to find, rate, and review local shops, restaurants, theaters and other businesses based on their accessibility to persons with mobility, sight, hearing, or cognitive impairments.
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As an empowering, crowd-sourcing Site, AbleRoad needs people to download the cool, free Apps, populate the Site with content (ratings & reviews), and spread the AbleRoad word.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3TEIlI1kGk

App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ableroad-ratings-reviews-for/id581427882?mt=8

 

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iPhone Maps For The Blind, Using Haptic Tech

iPhone Maps For The Blind, Using Haptic Tech | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Imagine an urban route you know well--extremely well. It’s the kind of comfortable path you walk from your front door to the bus stop five days a week, or the shortcut you follow to your favorite coffee shop.
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Awesome Technology Evolving!

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The Eye Tribe-Eye Gaze Access to Tablets

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This technology will be phenomenal as it evolves and improves! Most especially for individuals who need access to communication, the internet, the community and environment, etc. due to a physical disability, injury, or because they are non-verbal. Some individuals are currently using Tobii eyegaze for communication and access: http://www.tobii.com/en/assistive-technology/global/

This is significant to access everything in regards to daily living, and can be a critical component of communication for an individual.

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Diana Petschauer's comment, February 27, 2013 4:48 PM
CNET Video on EyeTribe: http://theeyetribe.com/
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How Teachers and Technology Can Let Students Take Control

How Teachers and Technology Can Let Students Take Control | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

"For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November,who has been talking about ways to get students to own their learning for years, draws on his experiences as a teacher, principal and education consultant to tell stories about some of the ideas he sees as integral to education."


Via EDTC@UTB
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Powerful Article and Insight: “We might have robbed kids’ natural ability to take control of defining their own problems by spoon feeding them little tiny problems one at a time.”

 

It is certainly time to get out of this educational rut of conformity, and foster learning by supporting students' curiosities, strengths, learning styles and preferences. Educational and Assistive Technology combined with excellent teaching and guidance allows students to research, create, collaborate, contribute, and foster their own learning. Instead of educating and creating "woker ants," we need to educate and encourage entrepreneurs and leaders who will compete globally when they graduate. 

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Audrey's comment, February 24, 2013 3:56 PM
The International Baccalaureate.s principles are based on learners taking control.
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Speech Buddies

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Innovative Assistive Technology for Speech Therapy

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Potential for professionals as well as students receiving SLP services in school, and ELL students/ individuals. (English Language Learners)

More Info Here:https://www.speechbuddy.com/slps

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RSLSteeper Switch, The Perrero, Now Available in the U.S.! Access to the iPad beyond bluetooth!

RSLSteeper Switch, The Perrero, Now Available in the U.S.! Access to the iPad beyond bluetooth! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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This switch interface has just become available for sale in the U.S. via Jim Rogers at TFE! Educators receive a discounted price! Jim's contact info is jrogers@tfeinc.com 

 

http://www.tfeinc.com/

 

Very exciting opportunity to provide further access for students and other individuals!

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Tech Transformation: 1:1 programmes and personalized learning

Tech Transformation: 1:1 programmes and personalized learning | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

"It's HOW the technology is being used, rather than WHAT technology is being used that leads to personalized learning."


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Maggie and Kathleen express my perspectives as well; phemonal blog and insight! It is difficult for me to assist a school and hear them say they have chosen to only adopt google apps or iPad apps, or have chosen between Apple or Android, or Mac rather than Windows...this stifles learning opportunities in many ways. Just as adults have learning prefernces and technology preferences (for work and personal use), our students can learn to make the same self-assessments about their own learning, and choose technology that works best for them and helps them succeed in school.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, February 17, 2013 4:11 PM

I must agree with Maggie on that 1:1 programs can support a personalized learning environment. I would add that in a personalized learning environment, helping learners develop the skills so that they can choose and use the technology for a task is key to help them become self-directed and independent. In an effective 1:1 program, each learner would have their own set of tools and apps to support their learning.

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n2y: Each week, students connect with the world through symbol-supported news articles

n2y: Each week, students connect with the world through symbol-supported news articles | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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New-2-You:Each week, students connect with the world through symbol-supported news articles and dozens of worksheets, games, and activities. News‐2‐You stands alone as the national newspaper for special education. Check out the Speaking version powered by Lexiflo from TextHelp, press the Play button at the top. https://www.n2y.com/news2you/sample/speaking/regular.aspx

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Martha Bobbitt Myers's curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:37 PM

Requires a paid subscription But I love all the content! Check out the entire Unique curriculum.

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Talkler Lets You Hear, Delete, and Reply to Emails Via Voice

Talkler Lets You Hear, Delete, and Reply to Emails Via Voice | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Talkler is a VoiceOver-compatible iOS app that enables blind and visually impaired persons to use voice commands to listen to and manage emails.
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Awesome App for Users who may be Blind/Low Vision, Print or Reading Disability, Physical Disability, and convenient for all of us trying to read emails on the way to a meeting or appointment!

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Meet The Clarity Ensemble, The Phone That Closed-Captions Your Conversation In Real Time | TechCrunch

Meet The Clarity Ensemble, The Phone That Closed-Captions Your Conversation In Real Time  | TechCrunch | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Most of the time when we cover a new phone launch, it's all about something that's small, lightweight, fully-featured, and mobile -- and often it's aimed at the cutting edge of hip young consumers.
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"It provides sophisticated amplified audio like a hearing aid, and real-time text captioning of the ongoing conversation on a seven-inch screen."

Large buttons as well which is considerate. I am quite suprised that a person is still involved, though voice recognition continues to imrove!

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The UX Future: “Touchscreens” Even for the Blind?

The UX Future: “Touchscreens” Even for the Blind? | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Braille bumps on touchscreens? Input and output on any surface? Companies like Nokia and Microsoft say you ain't felt nothing yet.

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iReadWrite App Released Today in App Store! From TextHelp, Producer of Read & Write Gold

Get iReadWrite on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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For fans of Read and Write Gold (Literacy Software) from TextHelp, such as myself, iReadWrite has just been released in the App store!

Support features in iReadWrite include:
Text-to-speech
Word Prediction
Phonetic Spell Checker
Homophone and Confusables Checker
Dictionary
Picture Dictionary
Customizable Background and Text Colors
Choice of Voices and Fonts
Importing and Sharing documents

 

I just downloaded it myself! Here is a link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ireadwrite/id600843386?mt=8

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Anne Bain's comment, March 11, 2013 2:59 AM
Some new amazing technology now in an app
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Assistive Technology Videos: Two Broke AT Girls!

Assistive Technology Videos: Two Broke AT Girls! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
The inspiration behind our video series was brought on by a project we had to do for our assistive technology class at Illinois State University this semester. (Shout out to Dr. Brian Wojcik!) We were assigned to create a ...

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Awesome Low-Tech solutions for very little $ ! Love it!

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Recognize images and text and speak it out: Talking Goggles

Recognize images and text and speak it out: Talking Goggles | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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Looking forward to this app being approved!

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Diana Petschauer's comment, March 14, 2013 10:29 PM
Thanks, Martin! :)
Diana Petschauer's comment, March 17, 2013 8:06 PM
This app worked well and quickly. I took a photo of a few products from my cupboard and it identified them immediately, and offered access to the internet to learn more.
Martijn van der Spek's comment, March 18, 2013 6:44 AM
Thanks for trying it out Diana. We plan to submit an update today that adds a few more features. Any recommendations are welcome!
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APH: Press Release: Orbit Research and APH Introduce the World's First Handheld Talking Graphing Calculator

APH: Press Release: Orbit Research and APH Introduce the World's First Handheld Talking Graphing Calculator | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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Excellent for accessible Science and Math! Also check out Independence Science Talking Lab Quest: http://www.independencescience.com/

 

APH talking graphing calculator will be available for the 2013 school year: http://www.aph.org/newsrel/20130226Talking-Graphing-Calculator.html

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Students stuck in remote parts? There's an app for that

Students stuck in remote parts? There's an app for that | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

"Students on the University of Leicester's new distance learning MSc in security, conflict and international development face more challenges than the average distance learner. For example, some students might spend weeks with no access to an internet connection, working in a refugee camp in post-conflict countries. How does the university make sure these remote students have everything they needed to carry out their studies?"


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Excellent article: iPads and apps offering access to higher education, including those who study abroad in remote areas. Apps for the iPad that are phenomenal for college students include iAnnotate, ExplainEverything, Noteability, Notebook+, VoiceDream, EverNote, AudioNote, Typ-O HD, WolframAlpha, Readability, Dropbox, CloudOn, and CaseFiles by McGraw Hill.

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How an FDA-Approved Retinal Prosthesis Came To Be

How an FDA-Approved Retinal Prosthesis Came To Be | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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Innovative Progress: "The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System was recently granted market approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which marks a significant milestone in the development of a therapy that has spanned more than 20 years. It was at Johns Hopkins University, in the early 1990s, that I, along with Drs. de Juan, Humayun and Dagnelie, with some early support from FFB, carried out the very first short-term (one hour or so) experiments with human volunteers. We demonstrated that electrical stimulation of the retina could, indeed, produce spots of light perceived by blind patients."

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A keyboard that rises up from flat touch screens

A keyboard that rises up from flat touch screens | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
A startup creates a physical keyboard for touch-screen devices, like smartphones or tablets, that appears when you need to type and disappears when you're done. CNET's Sumi Das tries it out. Read this article by Sumi Das on CNET News.

Via Allison Hermann, PhD
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 Innovative Technology continues! Universally this is beneficial to all users, and can make a significant difference for anyone who is Blind or Low Vision. Even individuals who are losing sight to aging. It is exciting to think how this can also be used with touch  screen devices or appliances in the future!

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Allison Hermann, PhD's curator insight, February 16, 2013 9:32 AM

Another example of how haptic screens improve mobile tech accessibility.

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Interact-AS Professional and Consumer Editions

In 1883, the editor of the American Journals of the Deaf wrote, "It is not unreasonable to hope that some instrument will yet be contrived that will transcri...
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Excellent communication and instant transcription system for those who are deaf or experience hearing loss, also being used in classrooms today!

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E-Text Platform Provider's Accessibility Announcement | EDUCAUSE.edu

E-Text Platform Provider's Accessibility Announcement | EDUCAUSE.edu | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Last week, Courseload, an e-text platform provider that has consistently participated in the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 E-Text Pilot Series, announced that it had achieved major progress in making its platform's collaboration functions (e.g., peer and faculty highlighting and annotation) accessible in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the technology accessibility guidelines established for federal agencies under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.


Via Chuck Hitchcock
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Positive Progress!

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New American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

New American Foundation for the Blind App Helps People with Vision Loss Easily Take Notes on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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"For the millions of Americans with vision loss looking for a simple, convenient way to take notes at work, at school, or at home, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today launched the AccessNote™, a specialized notetaker for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch."

 

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Latest News - RSLSteeper-Switch Access to the iPad and Apps that far surpasses Bluetooth!

Latest News - RSLSteeper-Switch Access to the iPad and Apps that far surpasses Bluetooth! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Diana Petschauer's insight:

I was able to try this switch with my own iPad and apps at ATIA, and it is phenomenal! It works with several apps that my students and clients use, icluding VoiceDream and AAC! It not only offers access to the ipad through scanning and switch selection, but also to far more apps than any bbluetooth switch! Awesome, promising, innovative technology, just getting to the U.S.!

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Diana Petschauer's comment, February 2, 2013 9:33 AM
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Diana Petschauer's comment, February 2, 2013 9:44 AM
Here is the Pererro Switch and you can also check out the environmental control app EvoAssisthttp://assistive-technology.co.uk/products/pererro
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Harvard’s Alternative to Google Books - IEEE Spectrum

Harvard’s Alternative to Google Books - IEEE Spectrum | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Universities launch a digital public library (RT @westphal: Harvard entwickelt Alternative zu Google Books. Offen und unabhängig: http://t.co/euVdQbCv Vorbild für hiesige Unis!

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"The Digital Public Library of America hopes to produce a search engine that will coordinate with these institutions, creating a single search portal that will direct users to every single book they need, in any collection....

he just might be able to offer what Google won’t: words without ads. “It’s free and open to all,” he says, “a sustainable national resource that will not be beholden to commercial influences.”  

Excellent!!!

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Mediajockeys's curator insight, January 19, 2013 10:12 AM

Kijk! Wat een fijn 1.0 initiatief!

Lees ook Diana's bijdrage voor nog meer fijn nieuws.

Elahe Amani's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:49 PM

A good read if e-book is an alternative to your students.