Links of Interest:
The types of auxiliary aids or services required for effective communication will depend on the length, complexity of the communication, and format. Basic aids or services may be appropriate for brief or simple face-to-face exchanges, while more advanced aids and services may be needed for situations such as meetings, interviews, training, or employment counseling. In many situations, questions often arise: Who chooses the auxiliary aid or service? How do we find "qualified" sign language interpreters? Who must pay for the auxiliary aid or service if the customer is working with multiple agencies?
In addition to our online vision loss simulation presentation at http://acbvi.org/albums/Vision/index.html, the following videos are available and recommended:
Eye Disorders, Lighthouse International Lighthouse created these short videos to help inform, educate and sensitize the public about low vision. Interviews with a medical professional are included in each.Age-related macular degeneration
Vision Simulation Video, American Foundation for the Blind—Senior Site A very short (2 minute) video with 3 player versions available and a transcript. Great for a quick look at challenges to daily living when vision impairments become more severe.
A great Austrailian website with many web pages of information on the main types of assistive technology and adaptive aids for those who are blind or have vision impairments: Vision Austrailia, Adaptive Aids
JAN's Understanding and Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Its Regulations
This video provides you with information on the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and uses real-life examples from the Job Accommodation Network case study library. There is an accessible transcript and also a downloadable handout for this 43 minute presentation.
The JAN Multimedia Training Library provides training resources for JAN's users.
These materials may be used in group training or by individuals. They may easily be incorporated into larger training events. Some resources are for general audiences, some are quite specific.
JAN Webcast Archive / Rewind
If you missed a JAN Webcast, there are many listed in the JAN Archive / Rewind section from 2011 thru 2013 with about 1 Webcast from each month.
Using the iPad to Connect -
Parents, Therapists Use Apple Tablet to Communicate With Special Needs Kids
Applications, AT devices and programs for AAC are limited but there are new resources becoming available for preschooler, grade-school children, and even adults who have a limitation with speech and language. The video that accompanies this article shows demonstrations of iPad and iPod applications.
The Speech-Language Pathology Sharing blog features excellent information about assistive technology used by people who may have multiple various disabilities. Since the majority of the visitors to the blog will be looking for information about AAC communication needs, be aware that the author also includes a great deal of information about devices and applications that may be very helpful for a variety of situations.
Proloquo2Go, an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app
From the web site:
“Proloquo2Go™ is a new product from AssistiveWare that provides a full-featured communication solution for people who have difficulty speaking. It brings natural sounding text-to-speech voices, up-to-date symbols, powerful automatic conjugations, a default vocabulary of over 7000 items, full expandability and extreme ease of use to the iPhone and iPod touch.”
AssistiveWare is a company providing products for: Access for physical impairments, Access for vision impairments, Language and communication, Speech synthesis, voices and text to speech, and For kiosks and graphic tablet users.
AssistiveWare provides online podcasts and videos about assistive technology. There are many current podcasts and videos downloadable as video podcasts which are profiles of adults who need speech and language assistance, have physical access issues or are blind and use assistive technology to communicate. The series is called Exploring the Frontiers of Assistive Technology. This is what the websites tells about the series:
“A video podcast showing how people use assistive technology to communicate, express their creativity, play games and make so much more out of life. These videos show that there is no reason why people with physical, vision, speech or language impairments cannot use the same creative and educational software as every other Mac OS X user. There are a few episodes per year, each starring a different person. “
Dragon Dictate for Mac
This voice recognition software is now available for Mac users and replaces the older MacSpeech software option for general use.
Behind the Curtain: Blog about assistive technology with post on his iPhone user experience
Links from the blog include these:
Accessible Apps for iPhone and iPod Touch using VoiceOver
AppleVis for Vision Impaired Users of iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad : Directory and Accessibility of Applications
Color Identifier – an iPhone application names the colors of things you can photograph with the camera. Audio speaks the names of colors in real-time. “Augmented Reality app for discovering the names of the colors around you” – helpful for those who are blind.
podcast from This American Life
Crybabies: Act III The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease
“In California, a kind of crybaby cottage industry has popped up around, of all things, the Americans with Disabilities Act—the federal law that requires all public places to meet a minimum level of accessibility. Some people make a living by suing business owners for not being up to code. Alex MacInnis hung out with one of them. (16 minutes)” Please note that this podcast is available as a free mp3 download. It may not be online for very long.
Section 508: The Road to Accessibility
Section508.gov is a resource for information on Section 508 of the Disabilities Act. The web site also contains a searchable database of accessible products by supporting vendors. This portion of the site, called Buy Accessible, offers an online resource for vendors to post information on accessible products and for buyers to research accessible products.
Tips for Deaf-Blind communication, use of sign language
Extensive listing of programs, government websites, associations, guidelines, physical conditions and ergonomic topics online. This page is provided by Workrite Ergonomics, a manufacturer of many power lift desks used in Arizona Resource Rooms.
Web article with charts and details about alternative sign language communication for those who are Deaf-Blind. The article includes Tactile signing, using a block alphabet to write letters in the hand, communicating with Braille on the hand, Tadoma (tactile lip-reading), and Visual Frame signing.
A vendor site with photos available per search on Medic Air portable cushions to improve seating ergonomics
Assistive Technology video on youtube.com features a wide-variety of products for multiple disability needs and has web site links in this captioned and narrated video.
DynaVox product video for Augmentative Alternative Communication
ZoomText Training Videos, aisquared.com
Upcoming Free Webinars Presented by Ai Squared
- Tuesday, June 26th from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
We'll be hosting a free webinar entitled "An In-Depth Look at the i-loview". It's designed for beginning and intermediate i-loview users or anyone curious to learn more about the device. It will show you in real time how to use the i-loview on various types of printed content as well as run you through all of the features and settings of the device. While it's free to participate, you do need to sign up.
- Tuesday, July 24th from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Derek and Becca are giving another free webinar entitled "ZoomText Reading Tools - Tips and Best Practices". It's designed for beginning and intermediate ZoomText users and will walk you through how and when to use specific reading tools in ZoomText as well as the SpeakIt tool and Reading Zones. Sign up today!
Learn about assistive technology in a telephone that captions conversations for a Deaf person to make calls to a hearing person with a non-intrusive operator providing real time captions. Three videos of this topic are available: Why CapTel is important, See a CapTel call, and a video where the Discovery Channel featured this advancement in technology.
Tutorial: Web Accessibility for Cognitive Challenges
The WebAim.org article is an excellent guide for those who design web pages for the best accessibility for all. The number of people who have learning disabilities and cognitive challenges far outnumber people who have physical and sensory disabilities combined. Recommended for all those who prepare documents and websites with accessibility as a priority.
Online Converter of PDF Documents to WORD documents
PDF to Word is a handy online-application to convert a PDF document into either a WORD document or an RTF document (.rtf file extension), which can be viewed by all computer users.
How People with Color-blindness view a webpage
View a tutorial and demonstration about the accessibility concerns of people who must use websites and miss important content because of the color choices of a web developer. There is a free download available of the program called Chrometric, which is for web designers to be able to view any web page to see how it will be perceived.
YouTube video tutorials on captioning videos
While the process takes practice and careful proof-reading, it is possible to caption videos that are hosted on YouTube. One caution: you will need to review the actual captions with a person who relies on the captions to describe video content. This accessibility feature is important for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing to get the most out of some videos. The following video tutorials are helpful:
Dolphin Guide: http://www.yourdolphin.com/productdetail.asp?id=30
Dolphin Guide is a menu system that "turns your computer into an easy-to-use reading system". The simple menu system makes using a computer easier for seniors and people who have cognitive challenges. An in-built screen reader and screen magnification system helps those who are blind or have vision impairments.
Dolphin products: http://yourlowvisionstore.com/. Select link to
Your Low Vision Store, American supplier of Dolphin Assistive technology and software, along with AT products like JAWS, ZoomText, Guide, Humanware, CCTV's, etc.
REACH Interface Author: http://ahf-net.com
On-screen keyboards and other assistive technology products. Applied Human Factors is a company that provides software for a unique series of customizable on-screen keyboards.
Picture Planner Icon-based Personal Planner: http://www.cognitopia.com
Picture Planner is a software program to simplify daily, weekly, monthly and task planning for those with cognitive challenges. Find out how it is used in schools and independent living settings here: http://www.cognitopia.com/learn.php
Tutorial on Readabiity Online Screen Magnification for Articles: http://vodpod.com/watch/1832869-readability-an-arc90-lab-experiment-on-vimeo
How to Install and Use "Readability", an online viewing application that changes a web article to be the size and style best suited for your needs. No ads other content appears on the page. You may select font size and even get an inverse, high contrast option. Find this free online application at: Readability http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/
TED Talk, video with Oliver Sacks
A famed neurologist discussing visual hallucinations for some visually impaired people, especially those with Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS). Link to transcript and video that requires a flash player.
Lighting Up Your World: A Closer Look at Illuminated Magnifiers Part 3
From AFB AccessWorld, Technology and People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. This article by experts in the field of low vision is very helpful to discuss a proper low vision evaluation and selecting an illuminated magnifier. In depth articles, three parts.
Dialing Phone with Mouthstick - How a professional uses a mouthstick to dial a standard business phone, a low-tech alternative to using wireless telephone technology.
Introduction to Human Guide - BJ Bolender, ACBVI Training Coordinator
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Empowerment Zone - Empowerment Zone is a resource for information and technology for people who have disabilities. There is a very large link section and the developer is known for creating accessibility programs and applications.
Meeting the Challenge of Finding Employment - An article from the blog "Fred's Head", a part of the American Printing House for the Blind. This comprehensive article gives a great deal of general advice and links for all job-seekers yet there is a strong focus for job seekers who also have a disability.
Hire Disability Solutions - The mission statement of this web site says it all "We empower companies to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace, while providing workers who have disabilities with opportunities to succeed". The Career Center sections are specialized for either Job Seekers or Job Employers.
Simply Google - Ever hear about the amazing online resources, special projects, and applications that Google provides that you have never heard of? Check this extensive link resource out for hours of fascinating projects. This chart was provided on the Usability Views web site.
Low-Cost Screen Readers - NFB article reviews four free or low-cost screen readers: Thunder, NVDAS, System Access, and WebAnywhre.Designing Housing for Disabled People - Alternate concept to universal design for disabled housing.
MIT develops camera for the blind - Elizabeth Goldring smiles as she shows a visitor photos she's taken — and can see — with her blind eye.
Scott Macintyre - Blind Singer - Audition - American Idol 8: auditions in Phoenix for American Idol 8. This is a bit dangerous — if he makes it to the Top 36, he will get the sympathy vote for sure. In fairness, he is a very technical singer! His notes were very precise.
Internet Explorer 8 improves with age: Users of Assistive technology will notice that Internet Explorer 8 RC1 is incompatible with versions of Job Access With Speech (JAWS).
Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations: This online document in PDF format provides a great deal of useful information for those facilities that are improving accessible eggress for clients who have disabilities.
ADA Experts - ADA news, articles, products and links.
ALS Foundation for Life - Helps improve the quality of life for people affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
AT Solutions - Offers plans for do-it-yourself devices to assist persons with disabilities.
Attention Deficit Disorder Links - Information on ADD/ADHD from research sites to products, services and books.
Cornucopia of Disability Information - Community resource offering disability information for consumers and professionals.
Guide to hearing loss
Topics include the impact of hearing loss; available resources and services; communication options; assistive technology; and coping strategies.
Making mobile phones and PDAs accessible to the blind and visually impaired
Device puts steering at the tip of the tongue
The team reported on their device to a meeting of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America in Washington.
Tongue Drive system lets persons with disabilities operate powered
A new assistive technology developed by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology could help individuals with severe disabilities
A new assistive technology developed by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology could help individuals with severe disabilities lead
New Assistive Technology Products
Keep current on the most recent assistive technology hardware and software solutions released on the market. Source: AbleData.
Advocacy, Survival & Independence – Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy
ASL Pro is a completely FREE online ASL educational resource web site featuring over 11,000 ASL signs! Try out their ASL Video Dictionaries at http://www.aslpro.com/cgi-bin/aslpro/aslpro.cgi
icommunicator for AAC needs
Over 100 videos about Assistive Technology: YouTube Videos about AT
GW Micro podcasts- GW Micro podcasts in this archive link are great for tutorials in audio formats about Window-Eyes, BrailleSense, BookSense, and other software programs of assistive technology for the blind or vision impaired. This particular link is from a CSUN seminar March 18, 2009, about the new features in the latest version of Window-Eyes: http://www.gwmicro.com/Audio_Video_Archive/Presentations/audio/features.mp3
Demonstration tutorial for General Dictation in Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 - Short tutorial videos are now posted on the Nuance web site. This General Dictation video is very short but shows how the voice recognition program uses verbal commands to make a computer navigate and produce documents.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking tutorial on Web Shortcuts- Tutorial demonstrating using spoken commands to use web shortcuts for navigation on web pages. Knowing the simple commands makes it easy to use the Internet with voice recognition software.
Dragon 10 Preferred NaturallySpeaking Demo In Word - Dragon Preferred 10 NaturallySpeaking Demo in Microsoft Word.