Interpretype® is a face-to-face communication system which meets Section 508 and ADA Compliance requirements by providing alternative solutions for individuals who are Deaf, speech impaired, or anyone in need of a non-verbal face-to-face conversation. Also known as an ITY, the new Interpretype does not require the use of on-site interpreters, VRS or VRI. However, the system is embedded with a capability to access these services whenever they are requested.
Standards-based reform efforts are highly dependent on accurate assessment of all students, including those with disabilities. The accuracy of current large-scale assessments is undermined by construct-irrelevant factors including access barriers, a particular problem for students with disabilities. Testing accommodations such as the read-aloud have led to improvement, but research findings suggest the need for a more flexible, individualized approach to accommodations.
In this large-scale study of students from Title 1 schools (N = 14,773), we used multiple-group latent change score (LCS) modeling to investigate the developmental relations between vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension in students with a school-identified learning disability (LD; n = 627) and typically developing students (n = 14,146). Students were tested for their vocabulary breadth and passage comprehension skills in kindergarten through fourth grade.
We were asked by Merit Software to conduct a quasi-experimental research study to evaluate the effects of its reading software on middle school students. Because the No Child Left Behind Act emphasizes the importance of evidence-based interventions and has set improving students reading comprehension as a goal, we agreed to take on this project. Scores from the Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition (SAT-9) for both the treatment and control groups were compared for 2002 and 2003.
Dragon Speech Recognition offers a variety of speech-to-text programs for home, school, and office use. Features accurate speech recognition, dictation and transcription.
Deafverse is a choose-your-own-adventure game for teenagers. Gameplay focuses on learning to self-advocate, make choices, speak up for access, and build confidence and real-world skills. The game and accompanying curriculum are designed, written, and engineered by deaf creators, software engineers, artists, and researchers at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, a national research center committed to helping deaf Americans succeed after high school.
Breeze is a USB sip/puff switch in a compact package. It connects directly to standard USB ports on computers, laptops and AAC devices and provides hardware emulation of mouse buttons or joystick functions. For special applications, sensitivity is selectable and dynamic pressure readings can be directly accessed through the USB interface. The integrated pneumatic port connects directly to a range of available user interface options including Headset and Gooseneck.
HeadMouse Extreme replaces the standard computer mouse for people who cannot use or have limited use of their hands when controlling a computer or augmentative communication device. The HeadMouse translates natural movements of a user's head into directly proportional movements of the computer mouse pointer. It works just like a computer mouse, with the mouse pointer being moved by the motion of the users head.
KeyStrokes is a soft keyboard that generates an image of a keyboard on the Macintosh display for those who cannot enter text using a hard keyboard. A mouse or a mouse emulator is used to select and enter characters by pointing and clicking on the keys.
SofType is a software utility which replaces the functionality of a standard keyboard with a full featured on-screen keyboard. SofType can be accessed using a mouse or mouse emulator. This software may be helpful for students who cannot access a standard keyboard.