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The world of AT is vast and changes on a daily basis! The principle AT resources on this page relate to speech to text software, text to speech software, mindmapping, note taking and other study skills.

There is a wealth of untapped potential in your mobile phone and tablet technology...that is free. Introducing TapTapSee. Exam Countdown on the App Store. Microsoft Learning Tools in Office Lens, Word Desktop and Word Online. Ian Bean AT resources. The One Show: Rosie King and Brain in Hand. Control Alt Achieve: 21 Chrome Extensions for Special Needs and Struggling Students. Technology can be a powerful tool to assist students with special needs or any sort of learning challenge.

Control Alt Achieve: 21 Chrome Extensions for Special Needs and Struggling Students

In particular the Chrome web browser allows users to install a wide variety of web extensions that provide tools that can help all learners, regardless of ability level. In this blog post we will take a look at 21 Chrome web extensions that can assist students in five main categories: Text to SpeechReadabilityReading ComprehensionFocusNavigation Some of the tools fit into more than one topic, but each is only listed once.

Certainly this list does not cover all of the useful web extensions available for struggling learners, but it is a great place to begin. 5 ipad apps that can help students with dyslexia. It is estimated that around one in ten people have dyslexia – a common learning difficulty which can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling.

5 ipad apps that can help students with dyslexia

But dyslexia can cause more than just spelling difficulties, because it effects a person’s self-esteem and self-worth. Many dyslexics feel that they are “stupid” or “dumb”, but this is simply not the case. And in fact, most dyslexic students are no different to their non-dyslexic peers in their understanding of their academic subject. Research shows that many dyslexic students can benefit from using apps to help aid their learning. Note Taking Tools. 8 Good Apps for Visually Impaired Students. We received a few requests in the past from teachers inquiring about apps for the visually impaired.

8 Good Apps for Visually Impaired Students

Below are some of the popular apps we would recommend for teachers. We have also included a list of some useful resources where you can access a wide variety of other apps to use with the blind and the visually impaired. Check them out at the end of this post. KNFB Reader. TapTapSee - Blind and Visually Impaired Camera.

Digital textbooks / eBooks for Primary and Post-primary

Voice Aloud Reader. Kid in Story Book Maker: Create and Share Personalized Photo Storybooks on the App Store. MyStickies. The Android Podcatcher. SnapType for handwriting difficulties. Addressing Dyslexia. Apps list for communication difficulties. My Study Life. The Fabulous: Daily routine and organiser. Convert a File. How to use search engines like a pro: Search engines are pretty good at finding what you’re looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short.

How to use search engines like a pro:

For those occasions there are a few little known tricks which come in handy. So here are some tips for better googling (as it’s the most popular search engine) but many will work on other search engines too. 1. Exact phrase. Read&Write for iPad. Google Keep. Brain in Hand. How Advanced Technology Is Being Used To Great Effect In the latest edition of Professional Social Work, a viewpoint article features Jane Carolan, Director of Client Services at Wirral Autistic Society.

Brain in Hand

Whilst posing the question ‘Can machines replace humans in providing support to service users?’ She shares some of the fantastic results they have seen using Brain in Hand. To read the full article visit 25 September 2015. Dot: Braille watch. What’s new in Windows 10 for people with dyslexia? Overview At the end of July, Microsoft released a new version of the operating system that’s running most of the world’s computer.

What’s new in Windows 10 for people with dyslexia?

It is called Windows 10. Microsoft received much criticism because of the confusing interface of Windows 8 and this version fixes many of the biggest issues. The interface of Windows 10 is somewhere between Windows 7 and 8 – this means it will be familiar to users coming from either. Microsoft also promised that it will continue improving it in future updates without waiting for another big release. CourseNotes. Voxdox free app convert books to audio. Widgit Symbol Resources. Assistive Tech LearningWheel. 5 Assistive modes you never knew existed on your iPad. Words by Sean Douglas For Dyslexics, tablet computers (the iPad in particular) can be a great alternative to desktop or laptop computing.

5 Assistive modes you never knew existed on your iPad.

The form factor, clean interface and their ability to be used almost anywhere, make tablets a great companion for any dyslexic. I now use my iPad more and more, while my laptop looks on like a green-eyed monster, as I cradle my iPad and stroke its smooth glassy face. Even though tablets help us stay connected and productive in any location, there are many issues Dyslexics face that can’t be alleviated by using an iPad. Many third party apps are available to help make the iPad more Dyslexic friendly, but after meeting Darryl “the iPad Guru” Bedford, at the Bett Show earlier this year, we realised there is a whole world of accessibility built right in to our iOS devices.

Here’s our step by step guide to our 5 favorite iOS accessibility features. The Accessibility Menu. AccessApps. EduApps software is free and will always remain free – please help towards the costs of our server, maintenance and continued development of EduApps.

These are free to download and the file contains a complete suite of access apps of all kinds. Worth a look. – myuniplan
AccessApps

Wordflex - Brain-friendly English dictionary for your iPad.

Much more interesting than using a thesaurus. Download a free version before committing to the full app. – myuniplan

Connected Mind (mind mapping) ChromeVox. MyVisBar « What is MyVisBar?

MyVisBar «

MyVisBar is a floating toolbar which delivers a range of open source and freeware applications to support learners with visual difficulties. The floating toolbar is a high contrast (yellow on black) toolbar offering 6 quality applications; Magnify (DesktopZoom, a desktop magnifier), Speech (Thunder screen reader), Write (Q10, a high contrast text editor), Read (T-Bar for colour masking), Resize (change your desktop resolution) and Focus (Sonar ring to track the mouse cursor).

Please note: DesktopZoom has not been updated since 2009 and may not work on Windows 7/8.1 operating systems. Download MyVisBar. MyStudyBar « What is MyStudyBar?

MyStudyBar «

New version released : Go to the Download page to get the latest version of MyStudyBar MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package. Easy to install, simple to use, handy and effective, MyStudyBar provides comprehensive learning support at the desktop, where it is needed. Voiceover. Readability. Note taking express - audio to text by email. Scroll down to learn more. we bring you notes at blazing speeds What is Note Taking Express? SprintPlus for reading, writing and spelling. Easylinks AT Tutorials Page. Grammar Check, Spell Check & Proofreading – Ginger.

Ginger revolutionizes your writing experience. Communicate effortlessly with accurate, expressive text on the go or at your desktop. Emoji For those times when emojis say it better than words, have fun expressing yourself with hundreds of characters to choose from. Word Prediction When speed is of the essence, amplify your typing with smart word prediction that suggests your next word as you’re typing it. Customizable Themes Use a theme that suits your lifestyle. Grammar Checker Write with complete confidence knowing that the world’s leading proofreader has reviewed your text for any spelling, grammar and punctuation issues.

Sentence Rephraser. Global AutoCorrect. Notability. Never Miss A Word. Read&Write for Google™ ,announcify.com. Apps for OT’s.

A very wide range of apps to assist with any activity. Time management and organisation particularly good. – myuniplan

InstaGrok.com. Letter Bubbles : The Typing Game! Typeonline - free online touch typing course in five lessons. Touch Type Read & Spell: TTRS Ireland. Fx Free Software & Assistive Software, download site for VuBar, TBar, Edgeless & other applications. T-Bar (1376Kb) KwikLoupe (527Kb) RapidSet (1.12Mb) Mouseketeer (559Kb) Vu-Bar 4.5 (521Kb) Notability. Text to Speech Software. Screen Reader Converts Text to Voice or Save to Mp3. Web Apps Page - Read&Write. Web Apps are perfect for today's on the go lifestyle! The new suite of Texthelp Web Apps works within browsers (e.g., Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome and Firefox) on iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone and other mobile devices as well as on PCs and Macs. Read&Write Gold users benefit from using familiar features when on the go, with instant access to these powerful web support tools.

*NB. Coloured Overlays for Reading. C-Pen - Digital Highlighter. Rewordify.com: Understand what you read. Grammar and Spell Checker for Better English Communication - Ginger Software. Never Miss A Word.

Colour blindness

Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine. Dobsons choice: search engine for people with learning disabilities. Rory's Story Cubes. Alexciom Speech Board. Assistive Technology and Choosing a College. If your child uses assistive technology (AT) to help with learning and attention issues, he may want to ask prospective colleges about what AT services are available on campus. Here’s a list of questions for your child to ask prospective colleges about their policies and programs. Have your child refer to this checklist when investigating prospective universities. You and your child may want to think about these questions, too. Amanda Morin A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

Ergonomic Vertical Mouse. SoundingBoard. Details SoundingBoard transforms your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into the latest in communication technology. In just minutes, you can create custom boards with up to 20 message locations using AbleNet symbols or your own photos.