Easy-Link is a small-sized Braille keyboard that allows users full access to a PDA, mobile phone or laptop. Easy-Link is portable and can fit in purse or pocket, so it can be a useful solution for visually impaired users who use a variety of technology tools in daily living.
The Eye-Pal is a one pound, portable USB scanner/reader capable of converting any printed material to Refreshable Braille, speech or text file.
The Juliet Embosser is capable of printing Braille on both sides of a page up to 56 characters wide. Features include regular Braille graphics, high resolution Braille graphics, and Dynamic Braille Scaling. With Dynamic Braille Scaling, you can turn on different Braille sizes, even within the same document. Built-in Braille sizes include Library of Congress Braille with or without increased line spacing, California sign Braille, or Jumbo Braille. Regular or high resolution Braille graphics can be used to make maps, simple line drawings, or math more accessible
The Tiger Software Suite allows users to quickly create Braille transcriptions of text and graphics from within programs such as MS Word and Excel. Users can also print the original text along with the Braille transcription. An assistive technology for writing skills.
The VP SpotDot combines a standard color printer with a Braille embosser. The printed documents appear visually-identical to those from a standard inkjet printer, but the embosser also impacts the paper so printed features are raised for touch. Use VP SpotDot to create embossed color images and diagrams, raised text and math characters and to translate and print Braille.
This article describes the Early Braille Readers Project, which provided a Mountbatten Pro Brailler and peripheral assistive technology equipment to 20 kindergarteners, first-, and second graders in Texas. The project included training and support in the form of site visits and teacher training for both teachers of students with visual impairments and classroom teachers, group workshops, and an electronic discussion group. The project had a positive impact on the students' writing and reading skills and participation in instruction and social interaction.
Appropriate accommodations can include the use of assistive technology devices.Thirty years ago, fewer than 100 such devices were commercially available. Today, more than 29,000 assistive technology' devices exist for individuals with disabilities and for aging adults (Bausch & Hasselbring, 2004), Too often, people think of these devices in temis of expensive laptop computers and sophisticated software.
With the passage of landmark federal laws, equal access to technology for all students, regardless of their abilities, has been getting increasing attention in the field of education. Although considering a continuum of assistive technology (AT) items and services for individuals with disabilities is a mandated practice, education and rehabilitation professionals are faced with challenges of providing effective AT service delivery due to lack of clear legal and practical guidelines.
Assistive technology is guaranteed by law to be included when appropriate on individualized education plans (IEP) for young children with disabilities. Yet, the full potential of technology remains unfulfilled due to insufficient knowledge of options available, limited professional development, and a dearth of evidence on its effectiveness for particular daily routines and activities. This article describes a proactive strategy for meeting the needs of young children with disabilities through an assistive technology toolkit approach.
Despite the emphasis on technology and the rapid proliferation of assistive technology devices, little is known about the specific uses of assistive technology with persons who vary in disability type, severity, and age. The present study conducted a comprehensive review and a systematic analysis of published reports of assistive technology and skill acquisition of persons with disabilities. Uses of assistive technology, its benefits and obstacles, are reviewed. The results provide indications why technology is often abandoned.