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Assistive Technologies Presentation

  1. 1. Assistive Technologies Jamie Mutch IT Facilitator Dept. of Education
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Graduated B.Ed. - UPEI – May 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Holland College – Adult Ed. - Math and Computer </li></ul><ul><li>IT Facilitator – Dept. of Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maternity Fill-in (Lana MacIsaac) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Responsibilities <ul><li>Internet safety (Technology in Education) </li></ul><ul><li>School web pages (Technology in Education) </li></ul><ul><li>Special Projects (Tech. in Ed./Student Services) </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technologies (Student Services) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(research, purchase, install and train) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>80% Tech in Ed. / 20% Student Services </li></ul>Kurzweil – Text-to-Voice for LD / Visual impaiments
  4. 4. Assistive Technology <ul><li>Hundreds of products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Handout with a few highlighted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aid students – cognitive and intellectual development </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in the regular curriculum (if possible) </li></ul><ul><li>Achieve their IEP goals </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion in classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Software and hardware </li></ul>
  5. 5. Students using Assistive Technology <ul><li>Learning Disabilities and/or students struggling in a particular area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Text-to-Voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scans and reads printed text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Books on CD </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Surf the web </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Available at UPEI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joanne McCabe - Student Accessibility Services </li></ul></ul>Kurzweil 3000
  6. 6. Students using Assistive Technology <ul><li>Learning Disabilities and/or students struggling in a particular academic area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice-to-Text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students unable to write or type </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speech recognition and word prediction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Surf the web </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Full control of computer </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Available at UPEI </li></ul></ul></ul>Dragon Naturally Speaking SpeakQ
  7. 7. Students using Assistive Technology <ul><li>Learning Disabilities and/or students struggling in a particular academic area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Prediction Software for word processors and email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word prediction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar support </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Vocabulary support </li></ul></ul></ul>Co:Writer WordQ
  8. 8. Students using Assistive Technology <ul><li>Learning Disabilities and/or students struggling in a particular academic area </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading/Language Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Struggling readers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Language development </li></ul></ul></ul>earobics Rosetta Stone Start-to-Finish Books
  9. 9. Students using Assistive Technology <ul><li>Cognitively / Intellectually Disabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students functioning much lower level than peers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IntelliPics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IntelliMath </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IntelliKeys </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>IntelliTalk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom Suite </li></ul></ul></ul>IntelliKeys Classroom Suite
  10. 10. Students using Assistive Technology <ul><li>Physical Disabilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted hardware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>AlphaSmart keyboards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Touch Screens </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Big Keys </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Half Qwerty Keyboard </li></ul></ul></ul>AlphaSmart Touch Screens Big Keys Half Qwerty
  11. 11. Students using Assistive Technology <ul><li>Other Areas (typically not my area) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blind and visually impaired </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zoom text </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CCTV </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Braille devices </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deaf and Hard of Hearing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FM systems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Assistive Listening Devices </li></ul></ul></ul>Zoom Text Braille Devices FM Systems
  12. 12. Accessing Assistive Technology <ul><li>Dept. of Education Budget </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$25,000 to $35,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Procedure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Needs determined by the schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requests to Special Education Consultants (ESD/WSD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Districts/Boards prioritize requests send to Dept. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Department purchases and installs software/hardware </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. AT Demos <ul><li>AlphaSmart: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rugged keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portable and user friendly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Up to 8 files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connectivity to PCs and printers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor penmanship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slow to copy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disgraphia </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. AT Demos <ul><li>Co-Writer: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Prediction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor penmanship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficulty Spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dyslexia </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. AT Demos <ul><li>Dragon Naturally Speaking: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast text entry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtually full control - verbally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids think it is cool! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Slow to copy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disgraphia </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. AT Demos <ul><li>Kurzweil: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scan text - OCR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surf the web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids think it is cool! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Students: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LDs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attention issues </li></ul></ul>

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