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Assistive Technology 2.0: Special Tech. Features 3/28/2013 By: Vicki Windman Assistive technology (AT) is a hypernym that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitation devices for people with disabilities. What are the differences between low-, mid-, and high-technology? What’s “hot” in 2013? Special education expert and T&L blogger Vicki Windman shares her insights and interviews other experts to answer these questions and more. In 1996 I “touched” my first desktop computer. Turn the clocks forward to 2013, and we now have many more choices to meet the needs of these children. How has the field of AT changed in the past few years?

Koffler: AT in schools wasn’t really being used effectively until about three years ago. Vicki Windman: I have been writing about apps aligning to Common Core standards that make it easy for teachers to match both curriculum and standards, as well as meet IEP goals. What assistive technology programs are you using and how are you using them?

Giufre: We are no longer sitting in our offices.

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Stickykeys for Computer Accessibility. Abstract: StickyKeys is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keyboard keys simultaneously. Detail: StickyKeys is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys simultaneously. When a shortcut requires a key combination, such as CTRL+P, StickyKeys will enable you to press a modifier key (CTRL, ALT, or SHIFT), or the Windows logo key and have it remain active until another key is pressed. Do you have problems holding down two or more keys on your PC?

StickyKeys is designed for people who have difficulty holding down two or more keys simultaneously. To use sticky keys please try the following: To change Windows XP and Vista StickyKeys options 1. 2. . * To use the shortcut that allows you to turn StickyKeys on or off by by pressing the SHIFT key five times, select the Use shortcut check box. * To display an icon for StickyKeys on the taskbar when StickyKeys is turned on, under Notification, select the Show StickyKeys status on screen check box.

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HCI and Aging Population. IBM to Collaborate With Universities to Make Mobile Devices More Accessible. Abstract: Research initiative to explore an open common user interface platform for mobile devices. Detail: Could Help Make eGovernment Services and Economic Opportunity Available to More Populations IBM ( IBM), the National Institute of Design (NID) of India and Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo (RCAST) today announced a new collaborative research initiative to explore an open, common user interface platform for mobile devices, to make them easier to use for disadvantaged populations around the world.

Software developed by IBM Research and the universities will be made available as open source, and other materials developed will be made publicly available, in order to allow governments and businesses around the world to take advantage of the technology. The new research partnership is part of the IBM's Open Collaborative Research program, an initiative to foster innovation through university-industry research collaboration. About IBM. Wireless Association® to Focus on Accessibility and Disability Issues. Author: CTIA-The Wireless AssociationPublished: Jul 09, 2010 (Revised: Jul 09, 2010) Abstract: The wireless industry has a long history of developing and supporting services for the disabled community. Detail: CTIA-The Wireless Association® to Focus on Accessibility and Disability Issues in July Edition of 'Wonder of Wireless' and Blog To Honor the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act Throughout the Month.

CTIA-The Wireless Association® and the wireless industry have been leaders in driving an ever-growing range of choices and opportunities for all consumers, including persons with disabilities, because wireless devices are uniquely positioned to meet these needs. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, CTIA has dedicated the July edition of "Wonder of Wireless" (WOW) webcast and our blog (www.ctia.org/blog) to focus on accessibility and disability issues. Related Topics Discuss this Document Cite This Document. Talking Touchscreens on Computer Devices. Abstract: Talking Touchscreens and Patients Computer technology targets underserved populations in health care.

Detail: Talking Touchscreens and Patients - Computer technology targets underserved populations in health care Multimedia talking touchscreens, housed in computer kiosks at clinics and hospitals, are helping researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and clinicians at local health care centers enhance patient-centered care for patients with diverse language, literacy and computer skills. The easy-to-use touchscreens read questionnaires, provide patient education material and collect patient data. Each piece of text on the screen has sound attached to it, and users record answers by pressing buttons. The talking touchscreens are currently being used in a Cancer Care Communication study funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Hahn's current study includes up to 200 study participants.

Related Topics Discuss this Document Cite This Document. Co:Writer University Edition Writing Tool Helps College Students with Disabilities. Abstract: Word prediction writing tool accommodates individuals with writing disorders and physical disabilities. Detail: NEW Co:Writer(R) University Edition Writing Tool Helps College Students with Disabilities Express Clear Thoughts; Write with Proper Spelling and Grammar. Word prediction writing tool accommodates individuals with writing disorders and physical disabilities.

Specifically designed to support postsecondary students in writing assignments. Works in all common writing applications and includes hundreds of topic dictionaries. Don Johnston just announced its new Co:Writer University Edition writing tool at the AHEAD Conference in Denver, Colorado. This writing accommodation will help postsecondary students with writing disorders and physical disabilities express their thoughts more clearly with proper spelling and grammar. Co:Writer acts like a personal writing assistant and uses FlexSpell technology to predict words and phrases students wish to write. Learn more about Dr. Taking Brain Computer Interfaces to the Next Level.

Author: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LausannePublished: Feb 17, 2011 (Revised: Feb 17, 2011) Abstract: Shared Control approach to facilitating human-robot interactions employs image sensors and image-processing to avoid obstacles. Detail: Brain-machine interfaces make gains by learning about their users, letting them rest, and allowing for multitasking. You may have heard of virtual keyboards controlled by thought, brain-powered wheelchairs, and neuro-prosthetic limbs. But powering these machines can be downright tiring, a fact that prevents the technology from being of much use to people with disabilities, among others.

Professor José del R. In a typical brain-computer interface (BCI) set-up, users can send one of three commands – left, right, or no-command. The so-called Shared Control approach to facilitating human-robot interactions employs image sensors and image-processing to avoid obstacles. Related Topics Discuss this Document Cite This Document. Human Cues to Improve Computer User Friendliness. Abstract: Research in computer graphics and computer vision tries to make using computers easier. Detail: Lijun Yin wants computers to understand inputs from humans that go beyond the traditional keyboard and mouse. "Our research in computer graphics and computer vision tries to make using computers easier," says the Binghamton University computer scientist. "Can we find a more comfortable, intuitive and intelligent way to use the computer?

It should feel like you're talking to a friend. This could also help disabled people use computers the way everyone else does. " Yin's team has developed ways to provide information to the computer based on where a user is looking as well as through gestures or speech. One of the basic challenges in this area is "computer vision. " To some extent, that's already possible. Yin says the next step would be enabling the computer to recognize a user's emotional state. "Computers only understand zeroes and ones," Yin says.

Related Topics Discuss this Document. The Role of Assistive Computer Technology. Abstract: Individuals with disabilities are realizing the benefits of working with a computer equipped with assistive technology. "As more individuals with disabilities realize the benefits of working with a computer that is equipped with the necessary assistive technology, computer vendors will likely increase their support.

" Detail: Individuals with disabilities are realizing the benefits of working with a computer equipped with assistive technology. Individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities continue to use the personal computer in a variety of ways. Often, it is a tool that provides them with independence, a pathway to a world that would otherwise be difficult to navigate. To facilitate the process, assistive (or adaptive) computer technology is any piece of equipment that is customized to make life easier for a person with a disability.

A host of examples are worth noting: Reprinted with permission - www.scioto.com Related Topics Discuss this Document Cite This Document.

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People with Disabilities, Jobs and Technological Accessibility in America. Abstract: Some of todays technologies enable us to interact with each other on business levels despite a persons disability. Detail: Americans, as well as everyone else around planet Earth, have a variety of technologies available to them at low or no cost that enable us to interact with one another in many ways. Some of these technologies enable us to interact with each other on business levels, despite a person's disability. These technologies include operating systems, office packages, phone service, and much more. The Ubuntu Operating System and Accessibility Features The Ubuntu Operating System is free of charge for anyone at all to download from the Internet, burn to a CD or DVD, and use.

Ubuntu has a built-in screen reader named, 'Orca,' that is flexible and uses various combinations of speech synthesis. Orca uses Braille, as well as magnification, and helps to provide access to applications and toolkits that support the AT-SPI or Gnome desktop. Ubuntu - www.ubuntu.com Related Topics. Apple iPad 2 Accessibility Features Review. Abstract: A review of the new Apple iPad 2 accessibility features for visually impaired and persons with disabilities. "The same VoiceOver screen reader available on the Apple iPhone also comes standard on the iPad 2. " Detail: The iPad2 is produced by Apple Inc. and started to be sold in the United States on March, 25th, 2011.

The original iPad version 1 came equipped with some convenient accessibility features for persons with disabilities, the iPad 2 has expanded on those features. The iPad 2 is a tablet computer meaning that rather than having a traditional laptop with a screen and a keyboard, you just have a touch screen, to navigate you simply touch the screen. The iPad 2 is a little different to the first iPad version. Two main things that were added to the iPad 2 with applicability to Accessibility were FaceTime and PhotoBooth. The same VoiceOver screen reader available on the Apple iPhone also comes standard on the iPad 2. iPad 2 Facts and Accessibility Features: Facts:

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How to Get an iPAD for a Child with a Disability. Author: United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern ConnecticutPublished: Apr 12, 2012 (Revised: Jun 04, 2013) Abstract: iPAD funded by UCP Bellows Fund a national program that provides funds to individuals for disability related equipment. "Not only has Chloe’s vocabulary increased, but the iPAD has helped to develop her sign language vocabulary, fine motor skills, musical abilities and even taught her to learn shapes and colors. " Detail: iPad Makes a Difference in the Life of a Non-Verbal Child. The exclusive Stonington Country Club will open it's doors again this year for the United Cerebral Palsy Brian Morrison Memorial 11th Annual Golf Tournament.

Fine foood, fun and for a good cause is the theme of the day. On May 7, more than 100 golfers will gather at the exclusive Stonington Country Club for a cause that is helping at least one three year old communicate. “It’s been unbelievable,” says Cloe’s Mom, Amy. “Time is of the essence with language. Definition(s) iPad Related Topics Cite This Document. Essential Accessibility - Tools for Website Accessibility. Author: Wendy Taormina-WeissPublished: Jun 17, 2012 (Revised: Mar 24, 2014)Author Contact Information: Abstract: Essential Accessibility is a creative and innovative means of providing people with disabilities with the tools they require to connect through the Internet. "Essential Accessibility also includes a page reading system for people who have difficulties with reading.

" Detail: With Essential Accessibility, you can integrate your best communication practices with your online activities to deliver a transformational brand experience that has universal appeal. Organizations that are purpose-driven are aware that building websites with the highest accessibility standards, to include offering assistive technology, are vital to connecting with more customers, people, stakeholders, and partners. Download Essential Accessibility Essential Accessibility, Empowering the Disability Community Essential Accessibility System Requirements.

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