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Overview of Accessibility Features in iOS 7

This video provides a general overview of some of the new features for accessibility in iOS 7. These features are covered in more detail in their own videos ...
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Luiz Perez provides a YouTube review of some of the new iOS 7 Accessibility options.

Although this info is not hot off the press,  for those of us who are suffering from the  overwhelming effects of school start up  and technology changes, -  this might be our first glimpse at those feature.

Thanks to  Luis Perez who simplifies and shares his expertise for all to benefit from!


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Nike Unveils Shoes For People With Special Needs

Nike Unveils Shoes For People With Special Needs | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Thanks to a plea from a teen with cerebral palsy seeking shoes he could put on his feet independently, Nike is introducing sneakers designed specifically for people with disabilities.
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This isn't an app and not quite the type of AT we typically think about. But if you stretch the concept just a bit... if adaptive shoe laces are assistive technology, then a special shoe could be assistive technology, right.

I thought this was a great news post about a teen with strong determination and self advocacy skills. Kudos to the teen!

 

Looking forward to seeing these shoes on store shelves or web based stores!

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Monitoring System Takes Stigma And Stress Out Of Aging Independently

Monitoring System Takes Stigma And Stress Out Of Aging Independently | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
For any senior who has cringed at the infamous "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up" ads, there's a new product in store that can take the stigma out of aging, far more discreetly.

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Wearable technology has around for a long time for aging in place.  Alert pendants used for falls and emergencies have been around for a long time providing assistance for falls or emergencies for individuals who live alone. 

New movement sensing technologies such as Lively system, provide monitoring from afar with small monitoring modules, watches and apps that shares the information to care takers at a distance.

The Lively app, watch and monitoring devices are available as a starter kit and monthly subscription. This appears to be appropriate from some individuals with mild mobility or cognitive challenges who remain in their home. Check out more about the devices and application at Huffington Post.

 

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5 Must-have tools for Ed Conferences

5 Must-have tools for Ed Conferences | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
It's summer, time for teachers to recharge their cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually e...
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Jacqui Murray provides a great list of tech tools to help you organize information gleaned during workshops, conferences or even webinars viewed from your workstation or mobile device. My favorite is Notability app for iOS which provides me a method of organizing by broad topics and topics. An audio record tool is also available and ability to take a picture within your notes of  slides or devices presented.

My other favs include OneNote, Google Docs and Evernote, all free. Being consistent in using one is most important for later retrieval (where did I save that???).

Thank you to Jacqui for sharing her expertise for PLN tools!

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ARC Pen for Parkinson's Disease - The Assistive Technology Daily

The ARC pen might look laughably large, but it could be the perfect option for folks with Parkinson’s disease. It was created by a group of students from UK’s Royal College of Art and the Imperial College London to combat a Parkinson’s symptom called micrographia.
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I love The AT Daily website, they find the best AT innovations! Here is another innovative AT idea, the ARC Pen for Parkinson's Disease. Created by neuroscientists and students to combat writing challenges of individuals with Parkinson. As OT's we have all worked with individuals like this. Weighted pens and stabilization can help sometimes but the research on the use of this ARC Pen is very promising. How exciting! Check it out on The AT Daily website from those clever folks at the North Carolina AT Program!

Thank you AT Daily for scouring the market for all things AT and sharing them to improve the quality of the clients we service!

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Be My Eyes | Remote Help for the Blind - The Assistive Technology Daily

Be My Eyes is an app that allows blind people to request remote help from a sighted person when needed.
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Assistive Technology Daily share a new iOS app that provides human assistance to individuals with visual challenges using remote connection. Check out  the AT Daily Post.

 

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Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic

Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
After testing the app for a month with two classes of students, I can endorse Study Habits as the best student productivity app for iOS. Compared to its competitors, Study Habits provides the richest array of features and augments its planning capabilities with proven study aids.
 

The app enables students to manage their time, monitor their GPAs, and adopt effective study habits. Thanks to its educational-psychology-based learning and motivation strategies, Study Habits is unparalleled in the productivity app market. Read on to find out what Study Habits can do and why no other student planning app compares.

Via John Evans
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iStudiez Pro app for iOS has generally been the recommended app for the post secondary and secondary students. Edudemic reviews a new student planner app that monitors use of time, grades and schedules. It has received good recommendations for post secondary students. Time to check it out and reconsider app recommendations!

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Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone

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First Touch-Free Smartphone, designed for people with disabilities
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Thanks to Assistive Technology Daily for posting information about the Touch Free-Smartphone development.

Read on about the Sesame project for accessing Android phones hands free!

What a great advance!

For more information check out the information here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sesame-touch-free-smartphone

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This Holiday Season Be Nice, Not Naughty: Use the Most Readable Low Vision Font

This Holiday Season Be Nice, Not Naughty: Use the Most Readable Low Vision Font | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
It is holiday greeting card time! Tis the season to remember friends and family, whether across the street or across the globe. Be nice to those on your mailing list who may have low vision, and co...
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Here are a few tips from IPAT that can help improve access to print for individuals with low vision. Not only can these tips be helpful to individuals with low vision, but are factors that might also support individuals with visual perceptual or learning challenges. H/T to IPAT for sharing their expertise!

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Mr C goes to school: Soulver- a great math app for students who can't show their working!

Mr C goes to school: Soulver- a great math app for students who can't show their working! | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Steven Cordwell shares another math writing equation option for iOS - the app Soulver.

Check out his blog post for more information. But just a heads up Steven is an Aussie - so If you are stateside and looking for the app it is available from US iTunes here: (4.99)  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soulver-notepad-calculator/id348142037?mt=8

Thank you for visiting OT's with Apps Steven and sharing this math app option!

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Special Issue: At what age should we put babies on a digital media diet? : The Digital Media Diet

Special Issue: At what age should we put babies on a digital media diet? : The Digital Media Diet | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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I have long enjoyed The Digital Media Diet that can bring research and perspective on young children's learning in the digital age. They bring thought provoking questions and research on the subject.

In my workshops and posts I have referenced the guidelines of the American Pediatric Academy for screen time for children- resulting in interesting discussions and reflections on exposure and use. In this article The Digital Media Diet addresses screen time guidelines and provides a developmental perspective on that. This information is an important perspective for OT's and teachers to review and consider as we use the technology for children with developmental challenges.

An interesting read from The Digital Media Diet, thanks for keeping us all informed!

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Flip Writer AAC | Two Displays

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Flip Writer lets you type a message on the keyboard, and this message is displayed on two displays,
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AT Daily reviews Flip Writer app. Free, with in-app purchase for word prediction, provides a flipped display for a communication partner. Wow, I remember when these types of devices were specialized and quite expensive .  Flip Writer AAC is developed by the creators of Spell Better.

If you need a text based communication device, check this out.

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Touch+ - Makes Any Surface Multitouch

Touch+ - Makes Any Surface Multitouch | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
A small, sleek bar that "sees" your hands, the Ractiv Touch+ (formerly Haptix) makes any surface multitouch and more! Touch+ is the first to let you control your computer from any surface and with simple hand gestures. From web browsing to designing, Touch+ makes interaction simple, practical, and powerful.
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AT Daily shares another new technology find that provides access to your computer from any surface.

 

It will be interesting to see this as it rolls out.

 

Thanks to Assistive Technology Daily who scours for all things AT and shares it with all of us!

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Smart Apps For Special Needs: 10 Apps for Teaching Emotions and Calming Skills

Smart Apps For Special Needs: 10 Apps for Teaching Emotions and Calming Skills | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Smart Apps for Special Needs provides apps for emotions and calming skills. There are great suggestions listed, any more you can add?

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Review: Flipwrite iPad Keyboard

Review: Flipwrite iPad Keyboard | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
I've read several nonscientific studies that concluded students type equally well whether they use iPads or traditional keyboards (click here; scroll to 'Keyboarding: iPad vs. Traditional'). These ...
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Jacqui Murray at Ask a Tech Teacher reviews the Flipwrite iPad Keyboard. This keyboard provides multiple options with the use of the iPad. Check out her review on Ask a Tech Teacher where Jacqui provides her expertise in the area of keyboarding and technology tools.

 

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Proloquo2Go for Apple Watch! Use the app as a single switch on iPhone

Proloquo2Go for Apple Watch! Use the app as a single switch on iPhone | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Right after we released the first AAC app for Apple Watch, Proloquo4Text, we now release the first Apple Watch app that allows users with fine motor impairments to use the Apple Watch as a switch to access an iPhone: Proloquo2Go! Version 4.0.1 serves as a single switch for Proloquo2Go on the iPhone.
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Wearable as AT are here! AssistiveWare syncs the Apple Watch with Proloquo2Go with the Apple Watch as a switch.

 

Wow!

Check it out at AssistiveWare.

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MusicGlove Helps Stroke Patients Use Their Hands Again - The Assistive Technology Daily

MusicGlove Helps Stroke Patients Use Their Hands Again - The Assistive Technology Daily | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Friedman hopes to change that with MusicGlove, a wearable computing device designed to help patients improve their fine motor skills. The glove is outfitted with tiny sensors that track the user’s hand movements. Patients use it to play a Guitar Hero-style game that involves pinching and gripping notes on the screen of a tablet.
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OT's have you seen this new wearable device? The MusicGlove  was designed to improve fine motor skills. What are your thougthts? Any experience with this device?

 

HT to AT Daily for sharing great tech tools for individuals with disabilities!

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Audio Notetaker Version 4 Launched: Integration with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and more! | Adaptive Technology Resources Blog

Audio Notetaker Version 4 Launched: Integration with Dragon NaturallySpeaking and more! | Adaptive Technology Resources Blog | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Audio Notetaker is a great note taking tool for Windows PC. It has a synchronizing iOS app for recording and importing audio recordings to the Audio Notetaker software. The features of the software include recording audio tagged with presentation slides imported (such as PPT) into the software, audio recording separated by speakers chunks of messages, typing notes during the recording or at a later time and color coding the audio recorded are just a few of the tools offered.

The latest version has just gotten mightier - new features of integrating DNS recorded audio to the software and transcription to text is now available.

Wow, amazing tools for secondary and postsecondary students. Application as a workplace tool for creating reports and organizing meeting notes when note taking is a challenge could definitely be helpful tool.

Check it out at Adaptive Technology Resources , supplier and trainer of Audio Notetaker.

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Lanyards and Straps for iPhones and iPod Touches | ATMac

Lanyards and Straps for iPhones and iPod Touches | ATMac | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
There are not a lot of ways to permanently attach a strap or lanyard to your iPhone or iPod Touch - but there are probably more than you think there are. Here are our best suggestions.
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A HUGE H/T to Ricky Buchanan for the extensive post on ATMac on Straps and Lanyards for your iPhone! There are dozens of fabulous suggestions on ways to attach and secure a device using straps, lanyards and cases.

 

What a extensive list - well worth checking out!

Thank you much Ricky for your time and for sharing your resource list.

 

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Henry Evans And his Telepresence Robot - The Assistive Technology Daily

Henry Evans And his Telepresence Robot - The Assistive Technology Daily | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Paralyzed by a stroke, Henry Evans uses a telepresence robot to take the stage -- and show how new robotics, tweaked and personalized by a group called ..
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A big H/T to  The Assistive Technology Daily who scours the Internet for the most interesting and state of the art AT news!

One of their recent posts review a telepresence robot. What a fabulous way for individuals who are medically fragile to be a presence literally anywhere. Do you know of any students, who are medically fragile and receive virtual education at home? Visualize them being present in the classroom with a telepresence robot!

How long will it take before we see this at school?

 

What fabulous opportunities technology (and some cash) can offer!

 

Thank you to The Assistive Technology Daily!

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Smart Apps For Special Needs: Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 and Assistive Technology

Smart Apps For Special Needs: Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 and Assistive Technology | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Smart Apps for Special Needs provides information on the newly signed ABLE Act of 2014. The ABLE Act provides the ability of individual on SSI to save additional funds for items and services related to their disability. As describe in this article from Smart Apps, this provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to save $$ for devices or equipment like AT. Read on for more information to this long needed opportunity for individual with disability. Thanks to Smart Apps for Special Needs for their time and expertise in sharing this information. As scooped from : http://www.smartappsforspecialneeds.com/2015/01/achieving-better-life-experience-act-of.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=FeedBlitzRss&utm_content=Achieving+a+Better+Life+Experience+Act+of+2014+and+Assistive+Technology Carol
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Sign Language Recognition for a Tablet

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This sign language recognition for a tablet known as UNI, the case uses gesture recognition technology developed by Leap Motion to translate sign language into audible speech
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This is so awesome! Sometimes there are assistive technology that just make you tear up - in a good way for the awesome potential it can offer individuals with disabilities. This sign language recognition tablet - Uni - was one of those ! Oh my, think of the possibilities - what an incredible tool being developed by Ryan Campbell at Leap Motion. Sign recognition and text to speech for DHH.

Watch this video and read the interview and you'll want to help fund the IndieGoGo campaign for Uni production!

 

Check out the full interview and article at: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/motionsavvy/

This is so cool ... and think of the possibilities!

 

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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students' brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.
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Working with special needs students in an inclusionary setting  frequently requires interventions on the fly as we support students in the classroom while following the teachers instruction. In my experience, often we are in classes where writing is the focus. Ali Parrish provides low to high tech options that can be done on the fly - especially when wielding a mobile device!

Check out her great suggestions for writing organization and production suggestions!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Organize Your Thoughts With Google Keep

Free Technology for Teachers: Organize Your Thoughts With Google Keep | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
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Richard Byrne from freetech4teachers.com give a quick overview of Google Keep app for iOS, Android and web based. Another option for organizing ideas, bookmarks and notes that can be accessed on many devices with Internet connection. 

 

So many options!

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CoWriter Universal: Word Prediction Software

CoWriter Word Prediction software had become a universal product that is compatible with devices like the iPad and Chromebook!
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Don Johnston's CoWriter has universal presence among all devices, from computer based to mobile devices.

Check out The AT Daily's post about the new product.

How exciting!

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How One Dyslexic Speed Reads

How One Dyslexic Speed Reads | OT mTool Kit | Scoop.it
Dr. Matthew Schneps is one of the most respected scientists in the research of dyslexia. He heads up Laboratory for Visual Learning, a joint program of Harvard University and University of Massachu...
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Winston S. Chen, developer of Voice Dream Reader app, shares the personal experience of how a person with dyslexia speed reads using his highlighting and text to speech in a somewhat different manner. Read Winston's interview and explanation of how this works for this unique case. Or is it unique? Maybe it could be more typical for some dyslexics?

 

Voice Dream Reader is one of my favorite and highly recommended apps for reading. Winston Chen has developed this app to a level comparable to no other iOS app that supports struggling readers. 

 

For middle, high school and college students this is the app I recommend to access text. 

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