Assistive Technology – View Talk

Viewtalk is a web based video messaging tool that is the ideal solution for video messaging within the education framework, allowing pupas, teachers and parents to interact, share ideas and communicate in an enclosed and private environment.

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Viewtalk gives SEN  Schools/Inclusive Support Units the opportunity to fully explore the potential of this real-time, pupa-safe, collaborative technology. It allows their pupas to learn, communicate and share with their fellow pupas from anywhere in the world in ways that were previously impossible.

Viewtalk makes it easy for teachers and parents to guide their pupas through this exciting new world of web-based video communication, whae avoiding the many dangers of unregulated public sites. Using this unique new software and a normal Internet connection, it is simple to use and users will need hardly any technical knowledge to get started.


 

SPECIALKIDZ BRIEF SURVEY OF TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE


DRAGON NATURALLYSPEAKING

Allows teachers to read and respond to students’ essays and assignments quickly and easily. One secondary school history teacher who uses Dragon decreased the time spent grading papers by 40 per cent. In addition, Dragon provides a permanent electronic copy of all his comments, valuable in writing both end-of-term evaluations and college recommendations. Used by children to change speech to text. Children who are introduced to a speech recognition program begin to develop their writing skills by using their voice.

THE GRID 2

Allows people with limited or unclear speech to use a computer as a voice output communication aid, using symbols or text to build sentences. You can also access your Windows desktop and other programs, with the built-in Computer Control features.

GINGER PREMIUMA

Virtual English tutor that checks and corrects spelling and grammar automatically. It also has a text-to-speech reader that reads text aloud before and after Ginger corrections. Includes an error statistics reporting tool. Also available as standard version, which is an automatic spelling and grammar checker.

PENFRIEND SOFTWARE

Benefits users with dyslexia, visual impairment or physical disabilities, allowing them to write faster by predicting the next word they want to type, and promoting better spelling and grammar. Comes on a USB memory stick, no installation required.

WORD SHARK SOFTWARE

Combines the excitement of computer games with the development of literacy skills. It has 55 games to develop reading and spelling, using 9,000 pre-recorded words grouped in lists using a phonics-based approach. Words can be added to provide tailored support.

INSPIRATION VERSION 9

Helps with visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations. It can help learners to explore ideas, structure their thoughts, take notes, organise information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports. Built-in text-to-speech and an automatic spell checker.

READING PENS

Enhance reading skills by scanning and inserting any text using the touch screen and virtual keyboard. Select words to hear them spoken aloud with definitions from the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. Innovative portable learning tools for students of a second language and for people with reading difficulties (such as dyslexia). Adapted for readers of all ages, these tools provide reading autonomy and fluency, and enhance text comprehension.

ENGLISHTYPE JUNIOR

Provides a multi-sensory approach, as instructions are spoken and written, and its vocabulary is graded to match the National Curriculum. There are also high-frequency non-phonic words, letter combinations, homophones and phonemes, so parents can help children practise reading and typing at home.

SCOMM UBIDUO

For use at home, school or work, the highly portable UbiDuo allows those with a hearing disability to start a conversation immediately, without the need for pen and paper or a sign language interpreter. For more information go to www.scomm.com/ubiduo

SPELLEX COMPREHENSIVE

Claims to be the most accurate, up-to-date and complete UK English spelling checker software ever. It contains more than 130,000 terms from business, technology, finance, law and medicine not found in other spell checkers.

SPELLEX BIOTECH SOFTWARE

Turns basic English spell checkers into a bioscience word expert to help students master agronomy, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, ecology, microbiology, organic chemistry, pharmacology and more. Contains more than 130,000 biotechnical terms.

APPLE IPOD TOUCH 8 GB (4TH GEN)

Touch-screen technology for users who struggle with reading words, magnification, voice controlled functions, and VoiceOver gesture-based screen reader in over 30 languages.

OLYMPUS ME-32 COMPACT ZOOM MICROPHONE

Small and lightweight microphone for precise recording in the classroom with a voice recorder. It has its own stand, a screen to cut down wind noise when used outdoors, and a versatile zoom microphone, ideal for mobile lecture and small meeting recordings.

HIMS BOOK SENSE XT VERSION

A lightweight audio book player that enables print-disabled learners to access textbooks, course materials and reading for pleasure. Built-in text-to-speech engine. Compatible with a wide range of audio formats including DAISY.

HUMANWARE VICTOR STREAM PORTABLE DAISY PLAYER

Enables visually impaired learners to read and navigate through complex school textbooks, as well as novels and magazines. Its built-in text-to-speech can also read books in text formats such as Bookshare. Removable SD card for storage.

IRLEN OVERLAYS

Coloured acetate overlays to make reading easier in cases of Scotopic Sensitivity, or Irlen Syndrome. Each sheet has a glare and non-glare side. Two sets of 10 (A5 9” x 12”). Ten colours available, please call for options and combinations.

CROSSBOW OVERLAYS

Coloured A4 size overlays for occasions when use of a reading ruler is not appropriate. Ten colours available.

CROSSBOW VIRTUAL READING RULER 3

Works like an ordinary reading ruler, removing screen glare and stabilising the print on any area of the page. Can mark the line or paragraph being read. Customisable colour options..

COLOUR EXPLORER SOFTWARE

Allows the best combinations of background colour, text colour and contrast. Once set they can be applied to all documents.

SENSEVIEW P430

This portable magnifier has four levels of brightness and six viewing modes. It offers ‘still shot’ functionality allowing the capture of images normally too far away for handheld magnifiers. Magnifies from 4x to 22.5x.

JAWS PROFESSIONAL 12 SCREEN READERJAWS®, the world’s most popular screen reader.

Developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content, JAWS reads aloud what’s on the PC screen. JAWS enables you to work with Lotus Symphony, a suite of IBM® tools for word processing, spread sheets, and presentation creation and with Lotus Notes® by IBM. JAWS is also compatible with Microsoft® Office Suite, MSN Messenger®, Corel® WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer™, Firefox™ – and many more applications that are used on a regular basis on the job and in school.

HIMS BRAILLE SENSE PLUS QWERTY NOTETAKER

Enables users to word process, access the web and send and receive emails using real-time translation between Braille and text. It supports Daisy, ANSI/NISO, NIMAS and Bookshare formats amongst others. It can play saved playlists.

HIMS VOICE SENSE BRAILLE NOTETAKER

Users can word process, email, surf the web, and listen to music and talking books. Built-in GPS receiver and electronic compass. 4GB memory. Information can be shown in text on the LCD window for use by a sighted assistant.

SUPERNOVA ACCESS SUITE

SuperNova is a full screen reader offering magnification, speech and Braille support, giving people with visual impairment the freedom to access Windows in the way that suits them best. Developed for all visually impaired users, from low vision to blind. It is ideal for both individual users, who experience varying or deteriorating eye conditions during a working day or for institutional settings, such as in school or work, that need to provide solutions for visually impaired groups with a range of sight difficulties.

DTX ERGONOMIC PRECISION MOUSE

The ergonomic mouse enables users to operate in a more vertical wrist posture while allowing the hand to work in the precision grip. Right- or left-handed.

MONSTER KEYBOARDS

Sturdy, with high visibility large key tops, the Key Monster keyboard is ideal for children and adults with fine motor control problems or tremors. Available in a range of colour options with the choice of upper or lower case letters on keys. Please see price list at the back for different options available.

MALTRON SINGLE HANDED KEYBOARD

The shape and letter layout of these single-hand keyboards take into account the limited number of keys that can be accessed quickly and comfortably using one hand, left and right handed models available.

ORIGIN HEADMOUSE EXTREME

Designed for users who are unable to use their hands, and translates head movements into proportional movements of the mouse pointer on screen.

SMARTNAV HANDS FREE MOUSE

Natural Point’s SmartNav 4 is a reliable and accurate, hands-free mouse alternative that allows complete control of a computer by naturally moving the head.

 

Produced by Ken Carter & Jessica Harrison,  April 2014