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Enjoy this overview of the services available from the Assistive Technology Services department at Advancing Opportunities. For more info, visit

Enjoy this overview of the services available from the Assistive Technology Services department at Advancing Opportunities. For more info, visit

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  • Workbook: Refer to Appendix 1 in back of workbook – “A Brief Introduction to the SETT Framework” Presenter says: The SETT framework was developed by Joy Zabala as a way for school based teams to focus their technology solutions for students with disabilities. The SETT is not an evaluation process but instead is a way to ensure that all the factors that lead to technology success are identified before a tool is put in place for a student. For our purposes, since we will be speaking about adults – we will change the “S” from “student” to “skills”.
  • Presenter says: Now that we have discussed the input into the computer, lets spend a couple minutes discussing some software tools that could assist people with either physical or learning disabilities.
  • Just remind them to use this service
  • Lisa – Demo Livescribe Pen Livescribe pen – about $125 Sound note app - $4.99 – performs the same functions as Echo on iPad
  • Lisa – Demo Co:Writer Mike – Demo Kurzweil or Read:OutLoud Presenter says: For people that struggle with reading and writing, perhaps providing auditory support may help them. There are many tools available to enable the computer to read information back to the person to assist with comprehension. One example of this type of tool is a scan and read software tool such as Kurzweil 3000. This tool allows the person to scan in a page directly into the computer and have the computer read this information back. Presenter: Perform a quick demonstration of features of Kurzweil. Presenter says: As for word predication, this type of tool will assist with completion of words by providing a list of words that the computer “thinks” the person is trying to type. If the word is on the list, the person can simply click the word with the mouse or select a corresponding number and the computer types the remainder of the word. This type of tool can increase someone’s typing speed considerably. Presenter: If time permits, show a quick demonstration of word prediction, either Co:Writer or WordQ
  • Presenter says: A software solution that we are asked about all the time is using voice recognition software to enable a person to type into the computer with their voice. While on the surface people expect this to be a easy solution, it is actually one of the more difficult tools to use effectively. There is more to this tool than simply “Talking”. Instead, the person has to complete this entire cycle for each sentence they type. First the person must think about what they want to type. Then they must compose the sentence in their head. For someone people, they may not have the skills to construct a sentence in their head. Now, they speak the sentence into the computer. Once the sentence is in the computer they have to read what the computer wrote and check to make sure it is accurate. This step may become a hurdle for an individual that does not read. If that is the case, they may need auditory support like we discussed in the last slide. If the computer typed the wrong information, the person must now correct that information. This requires various voice commands and formatting skills. Now after all that, the person can finally move onto the next sentence and the whole process starts again. Presenter: If there is time, either give a quick demonstration of Dragon or have someone from the crowd use it. If you pick a volunteer, don’t do voice training, show how the program works right out of the box.
  • Mike / Lisa – Demo a couple apps
  • Mike / Lisa - Demo a couple apps
  • Presenter: Make sure to take one minute to make sure that there are no questions before moving to the next section. No questions – enjoy the activity for next week. I am looking forward to talking with you in the discussion forum.


  • 1. Who are we???? Assistive Technology Services Dept. Advancing Opportunities• 20 + Years• Mobile assistive technology services• Serves individuals with all disabilities• Diversity of staff
  • 2. What do we do?????• Assistive Technology Evaluations – Written Recommendations – Technology Training• On Going Technical Assistance• Presentations; Workshops• Technology Lending Center
  • 3. Technology Evaluations• Focused on specific tasks• Completed on-site, collaboratively with school based team• Written recommendations – Tools – Training
  • 4. FFS Evaluation Rates• Evaluation – $880; plus – ½ hourly rate for travel• Training – $110 per hour (minimum 2 hr. per visit); plus – ½ hourly rate for travel
  • 5. On Going Technical Assistance• Regularly Scheduled Visits• One AT Specialist• Consumer can be: – One student – Classroom – Staff• Fee: $90/hr. + $45/hr. Travel
  • 6. Presentations / Workshops Existing Pres. •Full Day (>3) – $880; plus ½ hourly rate for travel •Half Day (<3) – $500; plus ½ hourly rate for travel
  • 7. Presentations / Workshops New Pres.•Full Day (>3) – $1900; plus ½ hourly rate for travel•Half Day (<3) – $1160; plus ½ hourly rate for travel
  • 8. Before we talk about tech: The SETT FrameworkS = SkillsE = EnvironmentT = TasksT = Tools Adapted from Joy Zabala,
  • 9. Technology for Reading and Writing Assistance
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  • 11. Note Taking / Organization• Livescribe Pen• Soundnote app
  • 12. Reading and Writing Assistance SoftwareVarious software titles can provide assistanceto people struggling with reading & writingFeatures may include: • Auditory support • Word prediction
  • 13. Voice Recognition softwareThe Process of Writing with Voice Think Compose Edit Talk Check Read (Fonner )
  • 14. Dedicated Netbooks Smart Software eReaders & Phones & Tablets Apps Mobile Tech Options
  • 15. Why use “Everyday Technologies” as Assistive Technology? • Easy access- they are out there • Easier to support- family, other people know the basics • More socially acceptable
  • 16. Apps for Reading
  • 17. Apps for Writing
  • 18. Want to Learn More! Visit our Website Visit our Blog @
  • 19. See you on ?????For Part 2 of this training! Assistive Technology Services (888) 322-1918