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1 Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology Solutions for Higher Education Dr. Estella Landeros Dugourd (NVCC) Kara Zirkle (GMU) Korey Singleton (GMU) Marvin Clemmons (Norfolk State) AHEAD in Virginia – March 22, 2013

2 Tools for Organization/Task Management

3 iProcrastinate (iOS/Mac) O iProcrastinate for iPhone is a simple, yet powerful task management application that syncs wirelessly with iProcrastinate on your Mac, or over the internet via iCloud, or Dropbox. O Great for anyone who is looking for a mobile, easy-to-use task manager. O Cost: Free (iTunes or Mac App Store) O

4 Wunderlist (iOS/Mac/Android/PC and Web) O Wunderlist is a very simple, well designed and easy-to-use task management tool. You can create to-dos and assign them to certain lists such as "Shopping", "Work", "Private“, etc. O You can share your lists with others. This will increase your productivity in every aspect of your life. O Cost: FREE (


6 Tools for Notetaking

7 Note Taking Express O Web-based notetaking service O Costs: O Standard Notetaking O 3-day turnaround ($5 per recorded hour) O Express Notetaking O 24-hour turnaround ($10 per recorded hour) O Live Notetaking via Skype (notes emailed after class ($15 per hour) O Audio Transcription – Literal translation ($0.75 per recorded minute) O

8 MyScript for Livescribe O Application that converts handwritten notes into electronic text O Windows XP or later, Mac OS X 10.5 or later O Cost: $29.99 O Website: livescribe/description/ livescribe/description/

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10 Sonocent Audio Notetaker O Application offers a visual and interactive way of note-taking O Supported by both PC and Mac O Cost: $149.99 (single-user); other types of licensing options available as well. O Website: e/audio_notetaker e/audio_notetaker DEMO

11 Noteability (iOS) O Apple lists Notability as the best selling note taker of 2012! *** ON SALE 60% OFF ** O Cost: $1.99 (iTunes) O Notability powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad. Notability encourages productivity to be beautiful. Use our gorgeous retina ink to capture information, while liberating yourself from piles of paper and books by keeping this data in Notability. O

12 Evernote (iOS/Mac/Android/PC and Web) O Capture anything.- Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see. O Access anywhere - Evernote works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there. O Find things fast - Search by keyword, tag or even printed and handwritten text inside images. O Cost: FREE (


14 SoundNote O SoundNote tracks what you type and draw while recording audio. O While playing back your recording, just tap a word; SoundNote will jump right to that point in the audio. O When you're done, share your text, drawings, and audio notes via email, or transfer them directly to your Mac or PC. Audio notes are recorded in standard M4A format: One hour of high quality audio is only 20MB. O Cost: $4.99 ( 9577 ) 9577


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17 Tools for Reading/Writing

18 e-Speaking O Easy software solution to enable you to control your computer, dictate emails and letters, and have the computer read documents back to you. O Cost: Free O http://www.e- speaking.comhttp://www.e-

19 Natural Reader O A text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. O Reads Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails. O Can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV. O Cost: Varies; Free version available O http://www.naturalreaders.com

20 Natural Reader (Feature Comparison)

21 Natural Reader (Costs)

22 Natural Reader (Costs for Education)

23 iReadWrite (iOS) O Texthelp’s new reading and writing iOS app O Features include text-to-speech with highlighting, word prediction, spell checker, confusable word checker, dictionary tools, customizable background/text colors, different voices/fonts, and ability to import/export documents (.txt,.rtf) O Works with iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later O Cost: $19.99 (iTunes) - $29.99 after introductory period ends O

24 Ginger Software

25 Cost: Varies; Free version available

26 CloudOn (iOS, Android) O Productivity tool that lets you use your iPad to create, view, and edit files directly in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. O These applications will work the way you expect them to, and your files will look the way you want them to. O Works with Dropbox, GoogleDrive, Box and iCloud. O Cost: Free (


28 Brevity O Word Completion - Write entire words with just a few letters. O Built-in word lists (dictionaries) containing thousands of words for multiple languages: O Auto-expansion - Any words not contained in the word lists (e.g. slang) are automatically added as you type and any capitalization is remembered O Cost: $.99 O ?mt=8 ?mt=8

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30 Tools for Digital Text (Books, DAISY, documents, etc.)

31 O Web-based tool that enables you to upload your document, have it converted into an alternative, accessible format, and then emailed back to you. O Support for several different formats O Cost: Free; university-specific solutions available though O O (accessible version) DEMO

32 AbbyFineReader Online Pros: O Familiar software used in accessible text converstion. O Converts Scans and PDFs to editable text. O Extract text from document photos. O Create searchable PDFs for archiving O Free - Free - Cons: O Must create an account. O Limited to 20 scans per month.


34 Voice Dream Reader (iOS) O Dyslexia friendly font, Focused Reading Mode to help with focusing attention, and full VoiceOver support and customizable font size and color for visually impaired. O Listen to PDF and Word documents, ebooks, articles and Web pages anywhere with offline text-to-speech. O Built in integration with Dropbox, Bookshare, Pocket, Instapaper and Gutenberg makes it easy to import read material. O Cost: FREE - $9.99 O DEMO

35 Tools for Blind/Low Vision

36 Tactile Graphics O Examples from Norfolk State Univ. O Statistics O Biology

37 ZoomReader (iOS) O In combination with your iOS device's built-in camera, ZoomReader lets you magnify and read printed text by first taking a picture of an object like a book or menu, then converts the image into text using state-of- the-art Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. ZoomReader will then read the text back to you using a natural-sounding voice. O ZoomReader to help you read a newspaper in the comfort of your living room, this quick and powerful program does everything a dedicated video magnifier can do – from the convenience of your iOS device and at a much lower price. O Works on iPhone 4/4S/5, iPad 3/4, iPad Mini, and iPod (5 th gen) O Cost: $19.99 (iTunes) O

38 AccessNote (iOS) O AccessNote is the first notetaker for the iOS platform designed particularly for VoiceOver users looking for a highly efficient, feature-rich note taking experience. In addition to being a low cost alternative to traditional note takers. O AccessNote will allow users to combine efficient note taking with the countless other features and functions of the iOS devices. This will allow blind and visually impaired people in classroom or business settings to use the same popular iOS devices that their sighted peers are using. O Cost: $19.99 O 7188?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 7188?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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40 Tools for Sound Amplification

41 SoundAmp R (iOS) O iOS app that turns your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into an assistive listening device by using the internal microphone for your device. O Works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. BT not supported, iPod touch (2 nd and 3 rd gen require headsets with microphone). Lite version does not support multitasking. O Cost: $5.49 (iTunes), Free (Lite version) O

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44 Other Common Apps EbooksNote TakingMind MappingBlind/Low Vision Deaf/HOH eTextbooksAudioNoteiThoughtsMagLight+iSign Light AudibleAudiotoriumSimpleMind +EyeReadIP-Relay BlioSimplenoteMindMeisterSayTextClearCaptions iBooksGoodNotesRead2GoCaptionfish AudiobooksinClassSubtitles

45 Additional Resources O http:// O with-disabilities/ with-disabilities/ O O O O O O http:// /?gclid=CJqi5umxi7YCFalQOgod5ykAOghttp:// /?gclid=CJqi5umxi7YCFalQOgod5ykAOg O O O

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