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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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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
*Please excuse the typos :-)
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 | 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!

Via Susan Bainbridge
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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.

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Students develop assistive technologies - MIT News Office

Students develop assistive technologies - MIT News Office | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
Undergraduate teams create helpful phone apps and devices for people with disabilities.

Via notuniquecc
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Wonderful program. It would be ideal for companies like Keurig to consider Universal Design, and all users while designing their products, such as tactile guidance and voice navigation built-in/ embedded in their touch screen on coffeemakers. Until then, students applying their ingenuity for the purpose of access and awareness is excellent!

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Developing a Business Case for Accessible PDF

Developing a Business Case for Accessible PDF | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

The benefits of accessible electronic documents go well beyond people with disabilities and the organizations interacting with them. With PDF/UA support in readers and AT, older and mobile device users could benefit from a tailored - yet consistent - reading experience of PDF/UA conforming files. Once search engines index PDF content using PDF tags, almost everyone who uses the internet with benefit from improved search results.


Via Chuck Hitchcock
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Accessibility is Universal and benefits everyone.

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19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators

19 Free Text To Speech tools for Educators | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

At the following list you will find 19 Free Text to Speech tools that your students' will appreciate. Some of them you have to install and some you will install on your browser. The most awesome about these tools is that are FREE!


Via Kathleen McClaskey
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Free Text-to-Speech resources, Natural Reader is one of my favorites.

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Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 4:31 AM
The link does't work!
Lee Hall's comment, August 23, 2013 9:15 AM
I don't know why that one doesn't work anymore try this link: http://elearningindustry.com/19-free-text-to-speech-tools-educators-tts-teachers
Susan's comment, August 23, 2013 5:38 PM
Now it works, thanks!
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Voice Dream Reader App

Voice Dream Reader App | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Voice Dream Reader is an iPhone and iPad app that lets you listen to any articles, blog posts, reports, papers, and books using text-to-speech.

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Amazing Text to Speech with Highlighting, access to Bookshare Books, word docs, pdf's, the web, dropbox, and more. Dictionary and Highlighting tool, edit, and several fonts including the Open Dyslexie Font. More voices available for download.

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Assistive Technology in Action (video) | Paths to Literacy

Assistive Technology in Action (video) | Paths to Literacy | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
Video of young boy with visual impairment using Mountbatten brailler and other assistive technology.

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:52 AM

As a follow-up to my last post, students are learning to read Braille at a young age, leading to success in the classroom as they progress through K-12 and higher education with the use of Assistive Technology.

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Yale Center for Dyslexia: John Irving's Story | Dyslexia Tutor: News ...

Yale Center for Dyslexia: John Irving's Story | Dyslexia Tutor: News ... | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity is worth visiting. Here is material from Author John Irving, the brilliant novelist who was also dyslexic. Go to http://dyslexia.yale.edu/Irving.html. Orton-Gillingham tutoring in Columbus ...

Via Lou Salza
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Brilliant NH author with Dyslexia, the reason for his creative works...

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Speech Buddies

Speech Buddies | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

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 | 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 | Scoop.it

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


Via Kathleen McClaskey
Diana Petschauer's insight:

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 | 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 | 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.
Diana Petschauer's insight:

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 | 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 | Scoop.it
Braille bumps on touchscreens? Input and output on any surface? Companies like Nokia and Microsoft say you ain't felt nothing yet.

Via Allison Hermann, PhD
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Run Mobile Apps on Windows PC or Mac with BlueStacks | Android App Player

Run Mobile Apps on Windows PC or Mac with BlueStacks | Android App Player | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
Download Bluestacks here and run upto 750,000 Mobile Apps on Windows or Mac
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This has great potential if more education and accessibility apps get on board, so students without a mobile device can have access via their computer or laptop!

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ChromeVis: Free Magnification in Chrome, Magnify Text and Change Font Color & Background

ChromeVis: Free Magnification in Chrome, Magnify Text and Change Font Color & Background | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

ChromVis Free extension for magnification and Font preferences.

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Select Text to be read, click ChromVis Button, and text is placed above website in a box to read. Press numbers 1 through 7 to change font colors and background. Press "equals" key to enlarge text. Quick, easy, and free, and other options as well.

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VoiceNote: An Excellent Voice-to-Text (Speech Recognition) App for Google Chrome | Free

VoiceNote: An Excellent Voice-to-Text (Speech Recognition) App for Google Chrome | Free | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it
Diana Petschauer's insight:

After reading Paul's Review I had to try this myself, and it is phenomenal! Accurate and Efficient, and I love the buttons for punctuation! Excellent for our students with learning disabilities or Dyslexia, or for any student to type faster with less spelling errors! There is no training involved. For students with speech difficulties due to CP, Apraxia, Aphasia, etc., I still recommend Dragon Naturally Speaking, as it can learn to type (be trained)according to a specific user's pronunciation; for all others VoiceNote is a great free option! Simply add it in Google Chrome and Begin using!

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DragonBox - Innovative Ipad App for Learning Algebra

DragonBox - Innovative Ipad App for Learning Algebra | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

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"DragonBox is making me reconsider all the times I’ve called an educational app “innovative.” Many educational apps are some form of flashcard, a way to enforce rote repetition and memory with some veneer of interactivity and multimedia layered on top. To be honest, I’m pretty tired of interactive picture books — yes, there are definitely some fun ones out there, but they’re not really any more “innovative” than pop-up books read out loud by an adult. It’s just an extension of the medium.

 

Here, though, we have an app that is allowing kids to learn a tricky subject through a gradual introduction of new rules and concepts — just like playing through an in-game tutorial where you first learn to look around, then walk, then jump, then pull out your weapons and fire, and then you’re off and running and you never had to sit down and read a manual. When the developers tested their app with hundreds of students in Norway, they found that more than 30% of them were able to solve equations after an hour of playing the game, and that rate more than doubled after two hours." 

 

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Via Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com
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Free Evernote Clearly Makes Pages Easier to Read

Free Evernote Clearly Makes Pages Easier to Read | Assistive Technology for Education | Scoop.it

Via Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com
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One click on the web makes it easier to read, share it instantly with your evernote App! Change font and Colors with one click, easy and intuitive, awesome.

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Drs Fernette and Brock Eide at DyslexicAdvantage.com's curator insight, December 15, 2012 9:53 PM

Evernote Clearly on Firefox or Chrome Browsers can reduce visual crowding on webpages and optimize letter sizes and some fonts for people sensitive to these issues (some dyslexics, some people with certain types of vision problems).