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Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category

Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

In recognition of the widespread use of iPads in schools and

general education, Apple recently released a new Apps for Teachers category in the App Store.…

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is great, there are many excellent apps for so many subjects/ skills/ features/ assignments/ lessons etc. in general and special education. It would be great if there was a way for teachers to add/ recommend apps as well as other professionals. I provide training on apps and have SO many to add to this list!

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Linda Wallin's curator insight, January 17, 2014 10:05 PM

I am familiar with pages, keynote, numbers, notability, evernote, dropbox, annotate pdf, pbs, and edmodo. Look for videos on YouTube to see how they work.

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RoboDesk motorized wheelchair tray puts mobile devices front and center

RoboDesk motorized wheelchair tray puts mobile devices front and center | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

A researcher at Purdue University has developed a motorized wheelchair tray that is designed to make it easier for wheelchair users to

access mobile devices...

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"The RoboDesk was developed by Brad Duerstock, an associate professor of engineering practice in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and School of Industrial Engineering, who hopes it will make it easier for wheelchair users to study so as to increase their employment opportunities."

Assistive Technology-Leveling the Playing Field and providing equal opportunities! The video shows the tray in action.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GehfR-exObc

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CLASS, Inc.'s curator insight, November 10, 2013 10:58 AM

Great for AAC use!

CLASS, Inc.'s curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:33 PM

Fantastic!  So many times device access and mobility are at odds.

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Read&Write for Google Literacy Tools Make Cloud Collaboration Accessible

Read&Write for Google Literacy Tools Make Cloud Collaboration Accessible | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Read&Write for Google is a suite of literacy tools

designed to help

struggling students improve skills and make Google Apps for Education more accessible. Read&Write for Google is a suite of literacy tools designed to help students with print disabilities and English language learners improve reading, writing, research, and study skills

Diana Petschauer's insight:

There are many resources for students and educators in the Chrome Browser now and many Google apps and extensions to support literacy; Read and Write for Google is excellent to support reading/ writing/ and study skills! This article by Andrew Leibs sums up the features well! 

 

Try a 30 day free trial:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google/inoeonmfapjbbkmdafoankkfajkcphgd?hl=en-US

 

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AutisMate LITE the Communication and Life Skills App For Adults and Children with Autism

AutisMate LITE the Communication and Life Skills App  For Adults and Children with Autism | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

AutisMate’s Smart Scenes™ technology combines a traditional grid-display sentence builder with customizable visual scenes, which incorporate visual stories, visual schedules and video modeling into a single learning app.  AutisMate’s personalization allows users to employ images and videos from an environment the individual with autism is familiar, including their home, school or work.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is one of the most comprehensive apps I have ever used for students/ individuals with autism or any individual needing AAC or  life skills features that are built right into the app! Visual schedules and timers, customizable interactive scenes that are literally the rooms/ places that the student/ individual will be in daily, video modeling and sequencing, and communication; it's absolutely phenomenal! The Lite version is FREE and starts with an excellent step by step tutorial and allows you to experience much of what the app has to offer before deciding to purchase the full version. Well worth the price for students/ individuals who will benefit as it replaces so many other apps and having to use multiple apps.

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Elizabeth Ralston's comment, July 27, 2013 2:07 PM
I'm going to look into this. I need a customizable app for higher level students.
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Software & Android SmartPhone Help "Blind to See"

Software & Android SmartPhone Help "Blind to See" | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

"The Visus Visual Assist System provides visual and audio aids to blind people using the camera and other devices on a cellphone. "

Recogize objects, signs, Text (OCR) & faces and map the inside of a building for future navigation.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

Innovative Assistive Technology is being tested by students at the Carroll Center for the Blind. It carries a hefty price tag, and there are currently iphone apps that do similar, however I am very interested in comparing this software and the applications that sound excellent, such as recognizing universal symbols such as the bathroom, recognizing/ scanning faces, and mapping the inside of a building for future navigation. I believe a person would introduce themselves prior to having their face scanned, however it is great progress! You can read the full article here: http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/07/21/for-blind-kids-smartphone-shows-way/RCxI74zW3ENnpMtXP02oNL/story.html

 

If you have an iPad or iPhone/ iPod touch and want an app that identifies many words, symbols, objects, and colors, check out oMoby.

For OCR check out Textgrabber  (also available on Android) and for navigation BlindSquare is phenomenal.

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Make Math Accessible with MathJax-Free

Make Math Accessible with MathJax-Free | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Accessible Pages with MathJax

MathJax was designed with accessibility in mind and has several powerful features to make math easier to see and read, both for ordinary users as well as those with print and learning disabilities.  Two accessibility features, the ability to scale all math in a page or zoom in on a particular equation, are built in to MathJax.  In addition, MathJax works with MathPlayer to make math accessible to screen readers, to screen magnifiers, and to learning disability software.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

It makes such a significant difference for individuals with print disabilities or learning disabilities, including those who are low vision or Blind, to access Math and math text with magnification and/ or read aloud in the proper format and order; this is excellent!

http://www.mathjax.org/

 

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Diana Petschauer's comment, July 14, 2013 7:06 PM
And Fast Fig app-free in the Chrome Browser: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fastfig/bogefeobnkbodnohkifkjfdipjmdljkd?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon
blsewb's curator insight, July 17, 2013 8:47 AM

check out for ProEd

abraham nyarko's comment, February 14, 2014 6:17 AM
this was good
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MakerBot and Robohand -- 3D Printing Mechanical Hands

MORE INFORMATION makerbot.com/robohand robohand.blogspot.com MAKE A ROBOHAND thingiverse.com/thing:44150 SUPPORT ROBOHAND Indiegogo.com/projects/robohand Whe...
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3D Printing is incredible for designing/ inventing assistive technology!

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Hack A Day-Building custom game controllers for people with physical disabilities-LOW COST Solutions

Hack A Day-Building custom game controllers for people with physical disabilities-LOW COST Solutions | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

From Caleb Kraft, Senior Editor of Hack A Day and brilliant creator: "Gaming, as you can imagine, is very important to [Thomas] and people like him. It offers a release of frustration, like it does for all of us, but also a

level playing ground. When he’s in the game, he’s like everyone else."

Diana Petschauer's insight:

Amazing and Inspiring Blog and Videos, also check out the photos. Others are encouraged to assist, create, engineer, contribute, and learn. Of course we all know assistive technology and games are being utilized as supportive and motivational learning at home and in the classroom, and when an escape is needed, it is much deserved.

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Diana Petschauer's comment, June 24, 2013 10:08 PM
Be sure to check out the Controller Project:
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http://thecontrollerproject.com/
Diana Petschauer's comment, June 24, 2013 10:10 PM
As well as Ablegamers: http://www.ablegamers.com/
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Voice Dream: Text To Speech App

Voice Dream: Text To Speech App | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

The Best Text To Speech Reader App for iPhone and iPad, Easy to

Read text from PDF, ePub, Word, and Text files in Dropbox, Google Drive or on your device. Read books from Bookshare and Gutenburg! Text to speech with highlighting, choose colors and backgrounds,increase font size, many fonts available including the Dyslexie Font. Many child and adult voices to choose from, you can even add notes, highlights, bookmarks, or edit text.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is still the best app I recommend often for text to speech for Bookshare books, scanned documents/ handouts/ worksheets, newspapers and articles from the web, and more. Excellent features for assistance with reading!

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Diana Petschauer's comment, June 5, 2013 9:04 AM
Voice Dream Reader version 2.8 is out! It's a big release with many new features like Pronunciation Dictionary and Configurable Navigation which are more advanced than any text-to-speech reader in the market.

You can see the full description of all the new features in the blog post:

http://voicedream.us7.list-manage.com/track/click?u=aa9e87703f66ce1d03f1ee787&id=13c428fb16&e=ead9097fea
StudentSupport@EdinburghCollege's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:07 AM

Voice Dream is an accessibility application that can be used to convert text to speech. Compatible with iPad and iPhone, Voice Dream also offer a free, trial version of the software featuring all the functionality of the full-version. Use the software for reading text documents, lecture notes, proofreading essays or coursework, or for accessing resources.  

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Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR

Scientific Advances In Prosthetic Limbs | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

The Modular Prosthetic Limb (MPL), developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency provides 26 degrees of motion, including independent movement of each finger, in a package that weighs about nine pounds and has the dexterity of a natural limb

Diana Petschauer's insight:

The third video by CNN is phenomenal, watch how user's control the arm with their thoughts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elZU29F4Bbc&feature=player_embedded#!

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Tablet Stand with Storage

Tablet Stand with Storage | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Designed for the classroom, the Belkin Tablet Stand with Storage keeps technology within reach and at comfortable positions for viewing or typing. Tablet stand with attached storage box keeps headphones, pencils, and other school supplies organized and accessible.

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What an excellent idea!

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Karen Jackson Stindt's curator insight, May 29, 2013 8:54 AM

great idea!

Willemien's curator insight, October 30, 2013 11:26 AM

ziet er goed uit

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'Wearable robots' give improved mobility to people who are paralyzed

'Wearable robots' give improved mobility to people who are paralyzed | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
When Michael Gore stands, it’s a triumph of science and engineering.
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Awesome...

"The technology has many nicknames. Besides “wearable robot,” the inventions also are called “electronic legs” or “powered exoskeletons.” This version, called Indego, is among several competing products being used and tested in U.S. rehab hospitals that hold promise not only for people such as Gore with spinal injuries, but also those recovering from strokes or afflicted with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy."

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Video: Assistive Technology | Learning Disabilities - NCLD

Video: Assistive Technology | Learning Disabilities - NCLD | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Experts share their insights on assistive technology for students with learning disabilities. Watch this video for more information!
Diana Petschauer's insight:

Excellent advice in this video regarding assistive technology consideration for students.

Here is a link to the Video:

http://www.ncld.org/learning-disability-resources/videos/video-assistive-technology-ld

 

 

 Also, here is a link to Assistive Technology and the IDEA Law:

http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/atech.index.htm

 

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CanPlan App for iPhone & iPad-Schedule and Planning app with Photos and Audio & a reminder- FREE!

Simple Sequencing for Accomplishing tasks for those who need assistance with planning, scheduling, task management and completion. 

Diana Petschauer's insight:

CanPlan is a phenomenal App for Students and Adults who benefit from scheduling/accomplishing tasks with supportive pictures, instructions, and audio. In addition, set a reminder so it gets done! For students in school, the community, or at home, as well as aging adults who need this support...and it's currently FREE in the itunes store!

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Donna Farren's curator insight, September 12, 2013 10:49 AM

Wow this is great - wish their was an android version too!

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Teen's inexpensive 3D-printed prosthetic could aid amputees in the third world

Teen's inexpensive 3D-printed prosthetic could aid amputees in the third world | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Easton LaChappelle, a 17-year old high school student,

is developing an alternative to

advanced prosthetic arms and hands using freely available online resources...He started with Legos at a science fair and now is working with NASA!

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is excellent, what a brilliant and well-meaning young man; this will make a significant difference in the lives of many. Awesome.

http://www.gizmag.com/easton-lachappelle-3d-printed-prosthetic/28685/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=6128234b18-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-6128234b18-90865821

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Watch "The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty"-Phenomenal and Worth Watching!!!

Watch "The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonomaCounty"-Phenomenal and Worth Watching!!! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

High School Dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential. Designing for the Average reaches ZERO students and individuals, we need to personalize learning, adjust learning according to strengths and weaknesses, and Ban the

Average. Design to the Edges.

There are 1.2 million drop-outs in the US each year, at least 4% that are gifted intellectually, at Least 50,000 brilliant minds...

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is an excellent Talk/Video and worth watching! Assistive Technology and Educational Technology can help personalize learning and create a flexible/ adjustable learning environment that nutures individual strengths/ skills/ knowledge and potential!

 

http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Myth-of-Average-Todd-Rose-a

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Thank you!
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Introducing Reading Champion - Texthelp's Newest iPad App!

Diana Petschauer's insight:

'Children can do the following: 

1.listen to a passage being read aloud using text-to-speech with highlighting 
2.record themselves reading the passage aloud
3.look up any unfamiliar words using the dictionary
4.listen to their own recording and re-record as desired 
5.mark their own progress by selecting words they found difficult

Gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded. Children and their parents or teachers can access progress graphs to see the improvement that they have made.

 

This is excellent for practicing and improving reading while tracking progress! Try it for free from the app store:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reading-champion/id645814938?mt=8

 

Also available from TextHelp is a phenomal app for writing using word prediction called iReadWrite: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ireadwrite/id600843386?mt=8

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blsewb's curator insight, July 27, 2013 9:35 AM

Reading Champion/TextHelp

Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:05 PM

Thank you Diana for sharing this app that can make a difference for thousands of learners!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, January 30, 2014 1:55 PM

This would be a great app to have loaded on the ipads at the library. 

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Max Virtual's Cynaps Connect Assists Individuals with Conductive Hearing Loss

Max Virtual's Cynaps Connect Assists Individuals with Conductive Hearing Loss | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Cynaps: Hands-Free, Ears-Free, Bluetooth Bone Conduction Headset in a Hat!" This is for people who  have conductive hearing loss. Similar to BAHA devices, this hat is a  self contained hearing device that amplifies and directs sound to the  inner ear through bone conduction (vibration). Use while Working, Biking, Gaming, Socializing, etc. Hearing/ Listening enhancement in a hat!

 

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is excellent, I like that an individual can use it with their own hat or helmet and personalize it to their own style or needs/ activities. Promising Assistive Technology! These videos are also worth watching about the Cynaps:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSkz0DqSNuQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-xER6sc4ts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yunD-MBOfjk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIP6St7zOzk

 

Website for MaxVirtual: http://www.maxvirtual.com/

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The first PDF reader for visually impaired people: Swiss National Association of and for the Blind SNAB

The first PDF reader for visually impaired people: Swiss National Association of and for the Blind SNAB | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

The Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), in collaboration with the Access for All foundation and the service provider xyMedia, has developed an important innovation for visually impaired people. The VIP PDF-Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with PDF files. This innovative product is now available free of charge to Windows, Mac and Linux users.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

If you open the second document on creating an accessible PDF in Google Chrome, you will have the option to translate it to English, such as here:

http://blog.axespdf.com/index.php/leserseite/items/cheatsheets-pdf-barrierefrei.html

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This Glove Could Help Deaf-Blind People Communicate With Anyone, Anywhere

This Glove Could Help Deaf-Blind People Communicate With Anyone, Anywhere | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

And the research behind it could change how we all interact with computers, technology, and with each other.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is phenomenal technology with SO much potential for individuals who are deaf-blind and other uses and users, including those who need AAC. Currently deaf-blind users can also communicate with anyone, anytime using certain refreshable braille displays, if they know braille, and the person communicating with them does not need to know braille, and they work with laptops, iPads, iphones, etc, such as this one:

http://www.hims-inc.com/products/braille-sense-u2-communicator/

 

Tom Beiling is a genius and his article can be clicked on above or seen here:http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/06/this-glove-could-help-deaf-blind-people-communicate-with-anyone-anywhere/277240/

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The link for that Braille display is here:http://www.hims-inc.com/products/braille-sense-u2-communicator/
Karen Jackson Stindt's curator insight, June 30, 2013 12:39 PM

One can only dream!

Bandar Al-swyan's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:15 PM

New devise been trending in the field of berlin Germany for a wile. The idea of the devise is a glove in which interaction between technology and human is made. The glove work is a mouse pad and keyboard that have the sign language instead of the normal text one  

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OrCam - See for Yourself-Harnessing the Power of Artificial Vision

OrCam - See for Yourself-Harnessing the Power of Artificial Vision | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
OrCam harnesses the power of Artificial Vision to compensate for lost visual abilities.
Diana Petschauer's insight:

This is phenomenal, innovative Assistive Technology!

"OrCam harnesses the power of Artificial Vision to compensate for lost visual abilities. OrCam is a sensor that sees what is in front of you, understands what information you seek and provides it to you through a bone-conduction earpiece. " Check out the video:http://www.orcam.com/

 

 I hope to see these demonstrated/ exhibited at the next ATIA or CSUN to try them myself and "see" how accurate they are!

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NBP - iPad Tactile ScreenShot Quick References

NBP - iPad Tactile ScreenShot Quick References | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

"These tactile screen shots of various iPad screens show you "what" appears "where" on the your iPad - from the buttons and camera lenses to the the home screen apps, the App Store, messages, settings, keypad, contacts, iBooks, & iTunes."

Diana Petschauer's insight:

These are very helpful guides for a student or adult who is Blind or Low Vision and would benefit from the braille or tactile guidance while learning to use an iPad or iOS device.

"Readers will get a clearer sense of how to find icons and elements on the screen, as well as how to manipulate and interact with them."

I also recommend the app VO Starter, for individuals who want to learn how to use the built-in VoiceOver, as VoiceOver and the app guide them through step by step lessons:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vo-starter/id586844936?mt=8

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Defining My Dyslexia

Defining My Dyslexia | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Perhaps I’ve succeeded not

despite of, but because of,

my disability.

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Such a Phenomal Article by an excellent author and medical student!

"Studies using cognitive testing and functional M.R.I.’s have demonstrated exceptional three-dimensional and spatial reasoning among dyslexic individuals, which may account for the many successful dyslexic engineers. Similar studies have shown increased creativity and big-picture thinking (or “gist-detection”) in dyslexics, which correlates with the surprising number of dyslexic entrepreneurs, novelists and filmmakers."

 "Today’s educational environment exacerbates dyslexic weaknesses. Schools misidentify poor spelling and slow reading as a lack of intelligence; typically diagnose the condition only after students have fallen behind; and too often fail to provide dyslexic students with the audio and video materials that would help them learn. Until these disadvantages are removed, “disability” most accurately describes what young dyslexics confront."

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Maccessibility » Prizmo OCR App for iOS Enhances VoiceOver Support

Maccessibility » Prizmo OCR App for iOS Enhances VoiceOver Support | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

"It provides voice guidance to help position your iPhone when taking document pictures, and will find the text orientation automatically if it’s turned left, right or upside down. Prizmo’s quick capture mode provides a fast path from picture to speech synthesis for an improved workflow, and it provides a high-quality voice reader"

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This update is excellent for low vision and blind users, and benefits all users!

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1-to-1 Essentials Program

1-to-1 Essentials Program | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Step by Step Videos and Guidance for Roll-Out and Implementation of a 1:1 program for Educators and Administrators.

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Very Helpful and Realistic Guidance, and it's FREE!

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