Assistive Technology Reading and Writing Tools

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  • In 1988, Public Law 108-3464, The Technology Related Services for Individuals with Disabilities was passed, which made available Federal grants to every US state and territory to establish an AT Act Program. 1990 The Assistive Technology (AT) program was created in 1990 through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to the State of Alaska, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). Its purpose is to ensure all Alaskans have the assistive technology and related services they need to live, work and participate in their community.
  • FIND OUT WHAT POPULATION OF PRINT DISABLED STUDENTS THAT ARE NEEDING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR READING ARE IN THE ROOM
  • FIND OUT WHAT POPULATION OF PRINT DISABLED STUDENTS THAT ARE NEEDING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR READING ARE IN THE ROOM
  • FIND OUT WHAT POPULATION OF PRINT DISABLED STUDENTS THAT ARE NEEDING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR READING ARE IN THE ROOM
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  • Assistive Technology Reading and Writing Tools

    1. 1. Assistive Technology of Alaska Reading & Writing Supports Tips, Tricks, and Tools Mystie Rail, ATLA
    2. 2. ATLA <ul><li>Federal Tech Act Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-use and recycle </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other Activities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ordering AT devices and products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AT workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AT assessments </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Today we hope you learn – </li></ul><ul><li>old and new alternative formats to accessing text. </li></ul><ul><li>accessible text does not have to be expensive or time consuming to create. </li></ul><ul><li>new strategies to support the writing process. </li></ul><ul><li>new strategies to support the physical process of writing. </li></ul><ul><li>new resources that you can begin using TODAY! </li></ul>
    4. 4. ASSISTIVE READING &WRITING SUPPORTS <ul><li>WHAT IS ASSISTIVE “READING” TECHNOLOGY? </li></ul><ul><li>user is still able to use the cognitive process of understanding a written message </li></ul><ul><li>may need to be portable </li></ul><ul><li>encourages independent learning </li></ul><ul><li>can take the place of a human reader </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT IS ASSISTIVE “WRITING” TECHNOLOGY? </li></ul><ul><li>tool that can help meet the writing requirements </li></ul><ul><li>produce a hard copy </li></ul><ul><li>can take the place of pen/pencil </li></ul>
    5. 5. ASSISTIVE READING &WRITING SUPPORTS <ul><li>WHAT IT IS NOT! </li></ul><ul><li>not computer-aided instruction </li></ul><ul><li>not the only tool to be considered </li></ul><ul><li>not the answer to all reading & writing situations/needs </li></ul>
    6. 6. SETT
    7. 7. STUDENT <ul><li>EXAMPLES </li></ul><ul><li>learning disabled </li></ul><ul><li>visually impaired </li></ul><ul><li>physically impaired </li></ul><ul><li>other? </li></ul>Who are students that experience barriers to reading and writing? PRINT DISABLED BY DEFINITION MEANS ” cannot access print in the standard way”
    8. 8. STUDENT <ul><ul><ul><li>Identify the functional area(s) of concern? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special needs (related to area of concern) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current abilities (related to area of concern) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What does the student need that is difficult or impossible to do independently at this time? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. STUDENT <ul><ul><ul><li>your mission ~ FIND THE HOOK! </li></ul></ul></ul>science fiction volcanoes Lego's animals technology Dragons politics recent movies brown bears horses
    10. 10. ENVIRONMENT <ul><li>structural and physical </li></ul><ul><li>available supports </li></ul><ul><li>materials and equipment </li></ul><ul><li>physical, instructional, and technological access issues </li></ul><ul><li>attitudes and expectations </li></ul>
    11. 11. TASKS <ul><li>What specific tasks occur in the environment that enables the student to progress to the goal? </li></ul><ul><li>What specific tasks are required for active involvement in the environment – such as communication and participation. </li></ul>
    12. 12. READING TOOLS <ul><li>LOW to MID TECH IDEAS </li></ul><ul><li>Enlarged print </li></ul><ul><li>Audiobooks and/or digital books </li></ul><ul><li>Colored highlighter tape, paperclips, rulers, etc.. </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures with text </li></ul><ul><li>any other ideas? </li></ul>
    13. 13. WRITING TOOLS <ul><li>LOW to MID TECH IDEAS </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted writing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative input devices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>special keyboards, mice, switches </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Writing Guides </li></ul><ul><li>Slant board </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld voice recorder </li></ul><ul><li>any other ideas? </li></ul>
    14. 14. READING TOOLS <ul><li>HIGH TECH </li></ul><ul><li>OCR Scanner and Magnification Devices </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial Software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read & Write Gold (PC & Mac) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading Made EZ (PC & Mac) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Claro Read (PC & Mac) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kurzweil (PC & Mac) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WYNN (PC) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Handheld devices such as an iPod or Kindle. </li></ul><ul><li>Livescribe Pulse Pen </li></ul>
    15. 15. WRITING TOOLS <ul><li>HIGH TECH </li></ul><ul><li>Handheld devices </li></ul><ul><li>Livescribe Pulse Pen </li></ul><ul><li>Headmouse + OnScreen Keyboard </li></ul><ul><li>Talking Word Processor </li></ul><ul><li>Software: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speech-to-text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Prediction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mindmapping </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. READING SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS <ul><ul><li>Homophone Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Speaking Dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word Prediction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choice of Reading Voices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlighting (collection of highlights) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanning Options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Text Alteration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Colored Backgrounds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio conversion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Platforms </li></ul></ul>VARIETY OF FEATURES AMONGST PROGRAMS
    17. 17. SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS PERSONAL USER PREFERENCE
    18. 18. DRAGON: The Other White Meat
    19. 19. FEATURES <ul><li>What do you want to do? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dictate into all applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Control menus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Format & edit by voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mouse control by voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web & browser links by voice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Smart formatting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to create scripts & macros creation </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. AM I A GOOD DRAGON SLAYER? <ul><li>Motivation is KEY! </li></ul><ul><li>Speak fairly clearly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can’t mumble or slur </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accents are not a problem </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cognitive Impairments </li></ul><ul><li>Print Impairments </li></ul>
    21. 21. PRE-PLAN DRAGON EXECUTION <ul><li>USER – Are they able to use DNS independently </li></ul><ul><li>DRAGON – Which version is going to be the best & most flexible </li></ul><ul><li>MICROPHONE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compatible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Durable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comfortable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purpose of Dragon? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COMPUTER </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed, Memory, plenty of Space </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ENVIRONMENT – Where will they be using Dragon? </li></ul><ul><li>SET UP </li></ul>
    22. 22. INITIAL SET UP
    23. 23. New in DNS 10.1 <ul><li>Accents now available </li></ul><ul><li>Version 10 starts & launches applications faster </li></ul><ul><li>Dragon Voice Shortcuts – natural language </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Search web for Plantronics” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Search desktop for Dragon Presentation” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Search Amazon for Foot Bath” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Search YouTube for Dragon videos” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Option to not train after initial setup </li></ul><ul><li>AND THE BEST ONE YET! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New third option for “special” training specifically for people with impaired speech or children </li></ul></ul></ul>
    24. 24. WORD-PREDICTION <ul><li>Uses knowledge of syntax and word frequencies to predict the next word in a sentence as the sentence is being entered, and updates this prediction as the word is typed. </li></ul>
    25. 25. MIND-MAPPING <ul><li>HELP FLIP THE SWITCH </li></ul>
    26. 26. MIND-MAPPING <ul><li>HELP FLIP THE SWITCH </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Mind mapping </li></ul><ul><li>Clustering </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic organizers </li></ul><ul><li>Response journal </li></ul><ul><li>Free writing </li></ul><ul><li>Answering questions </li></ul>www.bubbl.us www.webspiration.com http://freemind.sourceforge.net FREE
    27. 27. “ DIGITAL NATIVES”
    28. 28. E=M 2
    29. 29. KIDS TODAY <ul><li>ADULTS TOMORROW.. </li></ul>
    30. 31. THANK YOU! Thank you for attending this session! Please help us improve the quality of our presentations by completing your session evaluation form. WWW.ATLAAK.ORG CHECK OUT OUR BLOG FOR MORE INFO ATLAAK.WORDPRESS.COM del. FOLLOW US…. TWITTER @ATLAAK FACEBOOK.COM/ATLAAK

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