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1 Free/Open Source Enabling Technologies

2 Enabling Technology Timeline

3 Enabling technologies can make a significant difference to wide range of people. Not only people with disabilities!

4 Benefits and Risks of free software Benefits Free from fear of wasting money Not as complex as commercial systems Available to all Risks No support Malware and Viruses Limited functionality For further information follow the following link: Fostering Independence with free portable software tools

5 Eduapps Collections of free software to support anyone using a computer

6 MyStudyBar How to get MyStudyBar > Download > MystudyBar Download a ZIP folder Click on the Zip folder and select Extract all files Copy all the extracted files and folders onto an empty USB Stick Further instructions available via

7 Tools to Support Vision and Reading  Sonar mouse ring  Magnifier  VuBar  T-Bar  SSOverlay  Rapidset

8 Apps Sonar sonar sonar  VuBar 

9 Apps Rapidset -

10 Opening MyStudyBar Insert your MyStudyBar pen drive into the USB Slot on your computer. Click on ‘My Computer’ which will either be on your start menu or on your desktop. Select the folder called ‘MyStudyBar_Win7’

11 Opening MyStudyBar Select ‘MyStudyBar’ application. MyStudyBar will appear on your screen as a toolbar.

12 Text to Speech Voices Scottish Voices Available for staff and learners in Scotland via: Heather Stuart

13 Text to Speech Apps  Orato  Balabolka  Lingoes Talking Dictionary

14 Apps XMind

15 Case Studies Using VU Bar with students on Supported Learning programmes - Using Mind Mapping Software to Plan Graded Units at City of Glasgow College -

16 Using RapidSet - South Lanarkshire College offers MyStudyBar across the college - SLanark3http://www.rsc- SLanark3

17 Case Studies Free applications assist dyslexic media student at Stratford-upon- Avon College - Free mind-mapping supports visual learners - Visually impaired student achieves positive results through the benefit of accessible resources - Coatbridge College students identify which resources meet their learning needs -

18 Free/Open Source Enabling Technologies

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