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Assistive Technology | Center for Academic Technologies

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CSU Monterey Bay

Center for Academic Technologies and Assistive Technology work with faculty in making course material accessible to students requiring assistive technologies. Demonstrations, training and support of assistive technologies are available.

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Free for Download: The Updated Freedom Stick

Free for Download: The Updated Freedom Stick | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
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One free [downloadable package of software] allows students the ability to make almost any computer a fully accessible device. Students can convert text to audio, get their ideas down by speaking, They can draw, manipulate photography, create visual or audio-visual presentations, calculate mathematics a variety of ways, organize themselves, try a different keyboard, support their spelling and writing… and most importantly, learn the power of

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Download Free Windows Software to Make PC More Accessible

Download Free Windows Software to Make PC More Accessible | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
The University of Athens has created an online directory where persons with disabilities can download free Windows software to make their PC more accessible.
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10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | Free Resources from the Net for EVERY Learner

10 Apps for Learners Who Struggle with Reading and/or Writing | Free Resources from the Net for EVERY Learner | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
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Our mission is working for a world with zero barriers. Worldwide, the Zero Project finds and shares models that improve the daily lives and legal rights of all persons with disabilities. The focus of the year 2014 is accessibility.
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the AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder

the AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
Take notes synced to audio with the bestselling AudioNote app. AudioNote combines note-taking and voice recording software to create a powerful tool that saves you time while improving the quality of your notes. Available for iOS, Mac, Windows, and Android.
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TinyTake - Best Free Windows Screen Capture Software

TinyTake - Best Free Windows Screen Capture Software | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
Make the most of your screen captures. TinyTake gives you all the tools to capture, annotate, and share screen captures and screen casts for free.

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Paul McKillop's curator insight, August 25, 2013 3:34 AM

Alternative to Camtasia and the like.

173 Sud's curator insight, August 25, 2013 7:38 AM
 TinyTake is a free screen capture software for Microsoft Windows. With TinyTake, you can capture images and videos of your computer screen, add comments and share them with others in minutes.
Terheck's comment, September 1, 2013 4:54 AM
You can also try Greenshot : very nice, free and Open Source : http://getgreenshot.org/
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Postsecondary Education & Universal Design for Learning Online Module

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The Florida Consortium on Potsecondary Education & Intellectual Disabilities


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Universal Design for Learnining Training Module

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, July 28, 2013 4:39 PM

Universal Design for Learning for Postsecondary Education (UDL) is a new online module developed using UDL principles to teach postsecondary educators the concepts, strategies, and benefits of UDL. The module includes six parts:

> Overview

> Introduction to UDL

> Network-Based Goals provides guidance of how to structure a learning activity...

> Methods presents flexible strategies to support student learning.

> Materials guides you in the selection of flexible media and materials...

> Assessing Students offers considerations for designing assessments...

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Adaptech Research Network | October 2012 - Updated Database of Free & Inexpensive Computer Technologies

Adaptech Research Network | October 2012 - Updated Database of Free & Inexpensive Computer Technologies | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it

The Adaptech Research Network consists of a team of academics, students and consumers. We conduct research involving college and university students with a variety of disabilities in Canada. We are based at Dawson College in Montreal and have been in existence since 1996.

 

They have updated their extensive database of free and inexpensive adaptive technology, including Windows and Mac OS based items and Apple Apps (i.e, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad).

 

They also reviewed built-in accessibility features for Apple computers, Windows 7, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad.

 

 


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ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers"

ebooks and accessibility; "readable with eyes, ears and fingers" | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
Last week I attended the one-day conference "E-books and accessibility : ugly duckling or adolescent swan?" at Senate House in London. This was an excellent event organised by JISC TechDis, EDItEUR...

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Perform OCR with Google Docs – Turn Images Into Digital Text

Perform OCR with Google Docs – Turn Images Into Digital Text | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
Google Docs can now perform OCR on digital images. You can upload an image containing typewritten or printed text (like a fax document or a scanned newspaper clipping) to your Google Docs account and it will turn that image into editable text.
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Google Guide to Google Apps Accessibility

Free Technology for Teachers: A Google Guide to Google Apps Accessibility | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
A Google Guide to Google Apps Accessibility http://t.co/8wjZSC47 @Taml17 #mwgs #GoogleCT #AppsCT...
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Disability.gov - Welcome to Disability.gov, the federal government website that provides quick access to national and local resources for people with disabilities, their families, friends and organ...

E4i Insight Want to Learn How Assistive Technology (AT) Can Help You? Read http://t.co/HJkqUP1a8V’s... http://t.co/xFkq4r6WTv (Education)
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FingerReader: ring-like device helps visually impaired read ...

FingerReader: ring-like device helps visually impaired read ... | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
... Listen Now! The INDATA YouTube Channel · A11y- Basic Web Accessibility Videos ... With advancements in technology, there are several devices already available to help individuals with visual impairments read.
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4 Ways Technology Can Help Empower Teachers And Students

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Ed tech should be a means, not an end, to improving our education system.
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Assistive Technology Blog

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Learn about assistive technology for people with reading disabilities, low vision, blindness and other disabilities.
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Tips and Tools for Assistive Technology users.

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Using Windows-based tablets as assistive technology

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Guest post from Trevor Mobbs, Assistive Technologist at Beaumont College.  Scope’s Beaumont College offers both residential and non-residential programmes for young disabled people, all of whom are...
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iseewhatyousay - YouTube

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1931856606/iseewhatyousay Please take a moment to check out the Kickstarter! The iseewhatyousay (I See What You Say) dev...
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What is it? Device, the "iseewhatyousay" a device for the deaf and hard of hearing. Using a combination of speech-to-text, bluetooth which can take voice input and output that to text on a remote device.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Add Voice Comments to Your Google Documents

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Add Voice Comments to Your Google Documents | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, February 26, 2014 3:57 PM

A great way to give feedback on student work. Usually I do this in Microsoft OneNote but now I can do it on Google Docs.

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Earl™ | The Accessible Vision-Free iOS App that Allows You to Listen to Content by Using Your Voice

Earl™ | The Accessible Vision-Free iOS App that Allows You to Listen to Content by Using Your Voice | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
RT @EarlSpeech: @ATBlog2 Assistive Technology Blog is now being read by #Earl http://t.co/uraAr6yGf9 Get the lastest on #assistivetech news…
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ATbar new version with AItype word prediction and Acapela English and Arabic voices | AccessiBlog

ATbar new version with AItype word prediction and Acapela English and Arabic voices | AccessiBlog | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it

The ATbar created by the University of Southampton has been re written and updated. 

 

This tool which in a previous existence, was trialed by the University of the West of Scotland Enabling Support Team who placed this on their departmental website.  This case study featured as one of the iTech case studies by the JISC RSC Scotland (http://bit.ly/H9OBUv).

 

The standard ATbar Lite is a bookmark that can be dragged to the browser toolbar (or added to favorites).  Fonts can be enlarged, their style changed with increased line spacing to aid readability. There is a spell checker and dictionary. Text to speech for reading selected text uses a female Acapela voice in both languages.

 

The use of Readability reduces clutter on a web page and word prediction comes thanks to AItype. It works with all plain text edit boxes.

 

The entire look and feel of an accessible web page can be changed to offer high contrast mode with linear text or just colour changes to the text and links. The toolbar colour can be changed. It is possible to reset pages and exit the toolbar at anytime.

 

When a new web page is loaded the toolbar has to be relaunched.


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Unpacking the JISC Techdis Toolbox

This RSCtv session introduced the JISC Techdis Toolbox. This resource was designed primarily for learners based on feedback from former students who were asked “what should your tutor have told you but never did?”

 

The Toolbox offers a range of guides, 'how tos' and multimedia resources to help people to work smarter, more efficiently and (most importantly) with inclusion in mind.


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New Accessibility Features for the iPad in iOS 6

New Accessibility Features for the iPad in iOS 6 | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
Has everyone updated to iOS 6? I’m very excited about the new Accessibility features. I’m most excited about the new Guided Access feature. This new feature is going to be so helpful during my therapy sessions!

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Margaret McKay's curator insight, February 25, 2013 12:22 PM

Learning about Guided Access and came across this nice wee article.

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Use Google Docs as a Batch PDF Converter

Use Google Docs as a Batch PDF Converter | CAT AT CSUMB | Scoop.it
Looking for a free batch PDF converter? This article describes how you can convert several Office documents, PowerPoint Presentations and Excel Spreadsheets into the Adobe PDF format online at once using Google Docs.
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