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1 Using Assistive Technology Anne Comfort, M.Ed. Meighen Centre Mt. A.

2 Which one would you pick?

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6 What do you really need? Technology needs to be suited to the individual; not the teacher. Important factors: Availability and cost; training time; ease of use

7 Other factors Personal experiences; likes and dislikes Computer skills; known and ability to learn Ability to overcome the Learning Curve

8 Consider this: AT is imperfect. It always will be….. AT works; it can change lives…. The most essential human factor in AT is that it is not merely about the technology and the devices themselves. AT is primarily about people Assistive Technology: Essential Human Factors by T.W. King.

9 Todays menu Text to speech software Speech to text software Notetaking programs Time to try out the software Free Stuff! Questions

10 Text to speech software Reading Software Possible uses? Clientele?

11 Speech to Text Software Newer versions have shorter training time Turns your voice into printed text Possible uses? Clientele?

12 Notetaking tools Pens Software Recorders Possible uses? Clientele?

13 ClaroRead Demo Likes Microsoft Word Easy to use

14 Kurzweil 3000 The Gold Standard Version differences Learn Station vs Professional

15 Kurzweil Demo

16 Read & Write Gold

17 Dragon Naturally Speaking

18 EchoPen

19 questions?


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