Bermuda Tech Week 30 april 2010 - Free Assistive Technologies


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This ppwerpoint was created as part of a presentation to TechWeek '10 in Bermuda on 30 April 2010. It provides an overview of free, portable and web based assistive technologies to support people with disabilities

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  • In many organisations accessibility is associated with a particular group of people (disabled learners) and a particular group of staff (learner support or disability officers). This perception is unhelpful for two reasons: It may fail to recognise the spectrum of accessibility needs which goes beyond learners with declared disabilities. It may fail to recognise the very significant role that well informed teaching and learning staff e.g. lecturers, trainer, tutors, librarians or technicians, can bring to the learner’s experience.
  • Assistive Technology triangle – from Access technologies to Productivity then free, portable and online.
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  • MyStudyBar puts a whole range of individual and essential tools at your fingertips. Together, these have been designed to support the study skills and other support needs. MyStudyBar has 6 sections; each has a drop down menu offering personal choice, flexibility and independent learning, particularly for those learners who require additional strategies to support their learning. With over 15 apps to choose from. MyStudyBar is the perfect study aid.
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  • NVDA stands for Non Visual Desktop Access and is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. NVDA provides feedback via synthetic speech and Braille enabling blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows. Created by Michael Curran in Australia This is an option for those who don’t need the full scope of a commercial screen reader or need a quick solution when away from home. Some of its features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation.
  • A DAISY Digital Talking Book (sometimes referred to as a DAISY book) combines all of the features of the written text and the audio recordings of the text, in a single structured format. By combining and synchronising the text and audio in this way, you have the option of reading the text and listening to the recordings independently or simultaneously. As the audio is played, the corresponding text is highlighted - providing a cognitive link between the spoken word and the text, and delivering text based materials in a totally accessible format.
  • Impossible to cover every potential learning difficulty – highlight some of the more common issues Dyslexia – one of the more common barriers to learning.10 % of population (or more) show some signs of dyslexia More common in males than females As common as being left handed
  • A straight forward text to speech application. All text input is carried out through the clipboard. Settings allow Orato to read either on demand or automatically when new text is added to the clipboard. Other options will display the text if required, with highlighting of the word or sentence being spoken. Orato can either be installed to the hard disk or copied onto a pen drive for portable use.
  • Balabolka is a Russian word that means “chatterer”.  Balabolka is also very good free text-to-speech software for the PC, running in all versions of Windows–from  Windows 2000 through Windows 7.  There are two versions of the program, one that is installed on a host computer, and a portable version that will run from a USB flash drive. Balabolka is available in the following 15 languages:  English; Bulgarian; Chinese, Czech; Dutch; French; German; Hungarian; Italian; Polish; Brazilian Portuguese; Romanian; Russian; Spanish; Ukrainian.
  • Click n Type – Guide to Its potential use with learners at: http://www.bltt/org/software/clickntype/index.htm MouseTool clicks the mouse for you. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Tendonitis. Who'd have thought that those tiny little mouse buttons could ruin your life? MouseTool: Clicks and drags the mouse Sends Left-, Double-, or Right clicks Knows which of these to send into which window Can be controlled by hotkeys you define Versions are available for Windows, and Linux. And, soon, for Mac OS X!
  • The system was developed by Jeffrey Bigham and run by the University of Washington in Seattle. At present it is freely available to anyone who wishes to use it; just go to the website and follow the instructions. WebAnywhere is intended to enable a blind person to access the web from any computer that has a sound card. The user first accesses a special website that provides text-to-speech and the basic controls of a screen reader and through this site they access the website they are interested in WebAnywhere is intended to enable a blind person to access the web from any computer that has a sound card. The user first accesses a special website that provides text-to-speech and the basic controls of a screen reader and through this site they access the website they are interested in
  • Accessibility Essentials series provides a wide range of guidance in creating accessible learning materials
  • Bermuda Tech Week 30 april 2010 - Free Assistive Technologies

    1. 1. Free Assistive Technologies Yes Free!
    2. 2. This Means Inclusion for Everyone! Assistive technologies can make a significant difference to a much wider range of people. Especially free technologies that can help many people.
    3. 3. <ul><li>I cant read the information on the screen </li></ul><ul><li>The information on the screen is too small to see. </li></ul><ul><li>I can’t adjust the font and colour backgrounds to suit my personal preferences. </li></ul><ul><li>The words keep jumping around the screen. </li></ul><ul><li>I find it difficult to navigate. </li></ul><ul><li>I can’t click the mouse buttons. </li></ul><ul><li>I can’t see the keys on the keyboard. </li></ul><ul><li>I keep miss-hitting the keyboard keys. </li></ul>Issues for people accessing computers
    4. 4. Assistive Technology Triangle <ul><li>Initially regarded by many as being useful only for people with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of their benefit to a wider audience in personalising what people access on their computers. </li></ul><ul><li>Increases productivity for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing range of free and more recently portable resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing number of web based assistive technologies also. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Portable Assistive Technologies <ul><li>MyStudyBar </li></ul><ul><li>AccessApps * </li></ul>
    6. 6. AccessApps <ul><ul><li>Open Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning and Organising Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading and Writing Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible Browsers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keyboard and Mouse Alternatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Games </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. What’s on MyStudyBar? * <ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>XMind mind map </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>T-Bar screen reader </li></ul><ul><li>ssOverlay – change colour of screen </li></ul><ul><li>Orato text reader </li></ul><ul><li>Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Lingoes talking dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>LetMeType and word prediction </li></ul><ul><li>Balabolka writing support/MP3 </li></ul><ul><li>Vision </li></ul><ul><li>NVDA screen reading tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Speech Recognitio n </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Speech Recognition </li></ul>
    8. 8. Open Office What do People with Dyslexia Think? <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>With my budget computer at home, I found it difficult to do college work because I did not have MS Word at home so I had to use word pad which I didn't like to use because it did not offer me the right tools to complete work </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to Guy a Dyslexic Student at Coatbridge College, Lanarkshire Scotland talk about using Open Office </li></ul>
    9. 9. Planning & Organisational Tools <ul><li>Xmind and Freemind Mind Mapping tools </li></ul><ul><li>Mozilla Sunbird - Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Hott Notes 4 – Sticky Notes </li></ul>
    10. 10. Visual Support <ul><li>Vu Bar – read text one line at a time </li></ul><ul><li>Sonar Mouse Ring </li></ul><ul><li>EnorMouse (works best with windows vista) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Visual Support <ul><li>Virtual magnifying glass </li></ul>
    12. 12. Non Visual Desktop Access <ul><li>Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a </li></ul><ul><li>free and open source screen reader for </li></ul><ul><li>the Microsoft Windows operating system. </li></ul><ul><li>Reads text on documents and web pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Enables blind or vision impaired people </li></ul><ul><li>to access computers running Windows </li></ul><ul><li>for no more cost than a sighted person. </li></ul><ul><li>This is an option for those who don’t need </li></ul><ul><li>the full scope of a commercial screen </li></ul><ul><li>reader or need a quick solution when </li></ul><ul><li>away from home. </li></ul>Listen to a users experience at: Watch the NVDA Tutorial Other reviews of NVDA
    13. 13. Amis DAISY Reader <ul><li>What is Daisy? </li></ul><ul><li>Case studies </li></ul><ul><li>Susan uses DAISY to Access Open </li></ul><ul><li>University * </li></ul><ul><li>Visually-impaired learners benefit </li></ul><ul><li>from audio and synchronised text on </li></ul><ul><li>their mobile phones </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstration of how a DAISY player </li></ul><ul><li>can be used to enable blind and </li></ul><ul><li>visually impaired people access to </li></ul><ul><li>their favourite books. </li></ul><ul><li>A DAISY Digital Talking Book combines </li></ul><ul><li>eatures of the written text and </li></ul><ul><li>audio recordings of the text together. </li></ul><ul><li>By combining and synchronising the text </li></ul><ul><li>and audio in this way, you have the option </li></ul><ul><li>of reading the text and listening to the </li></ul><ul><li>recording independently or </li></ul><ul><li>simultaneously. </li></ul><ul><li>As the audio is played, the </li></ul><ul><li>corresponding text is highlighted – </li></ul><ul><li>providing a cognitive link </li></ul><ul><li>between the spoken word and the text, </li></ul><ul><li>and delivering text based materials in a </li></ul><ul><li>totally accessible format. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Accessible Browsers <ul><li>WebbIE A Text Based Browser </li></ul><ul><li>Use in collaboration with Thunder Screen Reader </li></ul>WebbIE strips out all extra visual information and provides the person with purely the text from the webpage. Helpful for anyone who finds webpages overly detailed or distracting Find web pages with a few keystrokes. Find out more.
    15. 15. Dyslexia <ul><li>Scotopic sensitivity and visual difficulties experienced </li></ul><ul><li>by many learners with dyslexia </li></ul>Issues for Dyslexic People? Simultations of Different Disabilities
    16. 16. Reading and Writing Support <ul><li>RapidSet TBar </li></ul><ul><li>SS Overlay </li></ul>
    17. 17. Orato and Rapidset <ul><li>Orato is a straight forward </li></ul><ul><li>text to speech application. </li></ul><ul><li>Simply highlight some </li></ul><ul><li>text, press speak and </li></ul><ul><li>Orato will read back words </li></ul><ul><li>highlighting them as you. </li></ul><ul><li>RapidSet gives readers the </li></ul><ul><li>chance to change the colour of </li></ul><ul><li>font and background on any </li></ul><ul><li>MS Office environment </li></ul>Both helpful for people with poor vision, dyslexic people and those who need help reading text.
    18. 18. Dspeech text to speech and save as MP3 <ul><li>Listen to Janet Explaining </li></ul><ul><li>How She Uses DSpeech </li></ul>Dspeech will hook into the speech engine on any windows PC you use and will either read out text or convert to MP3
    19. 19. <ul><li>Watch the tutorial </li></ul>Balabolka is also very good free Windows text-to-speech software . It includes magnification (2X to 16X) and spell checking.   It is also keyboard accessible. This software will create audio files from text–MP3, WAV, OGG, WMA to be saved and listened to on an iPod or other mobile device.
    20. 20. Audio Book Cutter <ul><li>After you have created </li></ul><ul><li>your text as MP3 (with </li></ul><ul><li>Balabolka, Dspeech or </li></ul><ul><li>RoboBraille) this tool </li></ul><ul><li>will help split them </li></ul><ul><li>to make them </li></ul><ul><li>easier to listen to in </li></ul><ul><li>smaller chunks . </li></ul>
    21. 21. Lingoes <ul><li>lingoes is an easy and intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>dictionary and text translation </li></ul><ul><li>software. </li></ul><ul><li>It offers lookup dictionaries, </li></ul><ul><li>full text translation, capture </li></ul><ul><li>word on screen, translate </li></ul><ul><li>selected text and </li></ul><ul><li>pronunciation of words in </li></ul><ul><li>over 80 languages. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Power Talk <ul><li>PowerTalk is a free program that automatically speaks any presentation or slide show running in Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows. </li></ul><ul><li>The advantage over other generic 'Text To Speech' programs is that PowerTalk is able to speak text as it appears and can also speak hidden text attached to images. </li></ul>Find out more about Power Talk Power Talk website
    23. 23. Click N Type and Mouse Tools may help people with mobility issues or RSI problems
    24. 24. Keyboard and Mouse Alternatives <ul><li>Dasher * </li></ul>Dasher is a communication system controlled by moving your mouse to the right of the screen. Instead of using a keyboard, the user writes by continuous steering, zooming into a letters which then create words by predictive text. Dasher can be driven by a regular mouse, by touch-screen, or by eye control.
    25. 25. Case Study: Paul <ul><li>A student with Cerebral palsy, aged 23. </li></ul><ul><li>Studying for a degree in Business Studies and IT. </li></ul><ul><li>Uses a Head mouse which connected to his on-screen keyboard. </li></ul>
    26. 26. What does Paul think about Dasher? <ul><li>His on-screen keyboard used to require a lot of tiring head movement... </li></ul>
    27. 27. But with Dasher he simply moves his head pointer across the Dasher screen to find the letters that make up the correct words. This is then produced at the top of the Dasher screen
    28. 28. Paul also felt that there was no need to click or dwell…just ‘drive’ through to the next word. This was far less exhausting for him and made it so much easier to create text independently.
    29. 29. What else does Paul think about Dasher…? <ul><li>Paul estimates that Dasher is about 4 times quicker… </li></ul><ul><li>… even new users can achieve 25wpm very quickly. </li></ul>
    30. 30. What other features are there in Dasher? <ul><li>Word prediction which helps guess your words.. </li></ul><ul><li>Dasher can learn new text as you type and remembers typical words you use for next time. </li></ul><ul><li>Text can be sent to other applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Even via Bluetooth cell phones to text others. </li></ul>Dasher adds text by moving the mouse to the right
    31. 31. . . . and talking of sending text to Word. . . <ul><li>Paul completed his final thesis - all done with Dasher which helped him achieve an excellent degree in Business Studies and IT last summer ! </li></ul>
    32. 32. All of these tools can be downloaded and run from a USB pen drive from: <ul><li> </li></ul>
    33. 33. Web Based Assistive Technologies
    34. 34. JISC TechDis Toolbar <ul><li>This free application can be installed on a </li></ul><ul><li>website or downloaded onto an individual PC, </li></ul><ul><li>working seamlessly across all operating systems </li></ul><ul><li>to provide significant benefits for everyone </li></ul><ul><li>using the internet, especially those with a disability. </li></ul><ul><li>This is an excellent resource for businesses, schools, </li></ul><ul><li>colleges and any organisation wanting to ensure </li></ul><ul><li>that viewers can access the content of their website in </li></ul><ul><li>an accessible way </li></ul>Watch a webinar tutorial about the JISC TechDis Toolbar
    35. 35. <ul><li>Other web based text to speech converters </li></ul><ul><li>RoboBraille </li></ul><ul><li> * </li></ul><ul><li>Watch a video about RoboBraille </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    36. 36. Other web based Assistive Technologies CleanPage <ul><li>Removes advertisements and other junk from a webpage, and extracts the main text based content: </li></ul><ul><li>This main body text is then fit on the screen, spoken aloud, emailed, printed, imported for speed reading or editing, zoomed in and zoomed out </li></ul><ul><li>All the features can be easily accessed by one click on the toolbar or through a keyboard shortcut </li></ul>
    37. 37. WebAnywhere Screen Reader <ul><li>WebAnywhere is intended to enable a blind person to access the web from any browser on any computer that has a sound card. </li></ul><ul><li>At present it is freely available to anyone who wishes to use it. </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to a podcast about WebAnywhere </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Watch a video on You Tube </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    38. 38. Making Everyday Resources More Accessible Accessibility Essentials Series <ul><li>Making your computer more accessible for you </li></ul><ul><li>Producing MS Word documents that are more accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Producing inclusive MS PowerPoint </li></ul><ul><li>Making PDFs as accessible as possible </li></ul>Follow this link to view an example of guidelines from Accessibility Essentials
    39. 39. Thank You! Any Questions ? Download this PowerPoint at:
    40. 40. Commercial Assistive Technologies Alternative Formats Recording Tools Planning Tools Communication Tools Visualisation Tools Writing Tools <ul><ul><li>Texthelp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Claro read </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kursweil 3000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Penfriend </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CoWriter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio Notetakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dragon Naturally Speaking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ZoomText </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mindmanager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JAWS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WindowEyes </li></ul></ul>Reading Tools Alternative Formats
    41. 41. ... But for some people free technologies can offer similar support <ul><li>Where can I get more information? </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Alternative Formats Recording Tools Planning Tools Visualisation Tools Writing Tools Communication Tools Reading Tools
    42. 42. Save as Daisy Add in for MS Word 2007 Creates Accessible eBooks for Free! <ul><li>How? </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft ‘Save as DAISY’ add in for Word. </li></ul><ul><li>This lets you turn Word 2007 documents straight into DAISY/Digital Talking Books which can be read by Amis </li></ul><ul><li>Simply choose &quot;Save As&quot; from the Word 2007 file menu. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Learn More at: </li></ul>