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Examples of Assistive Technology

Electronic Reader in Word (Text to Speech)

The 'Speak' feature in Word 2016 makes reading word documents more accessible. It is ideal for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language is not English. This video will show you how to activate the free 'Speak' feature in Microsoft Word 2016.Microsoft Word is free to current WIT students and staff. If you would like to install Microsoft Office 365 please click here and follow the instructions online.

 

Electronic DC (Text to Speech

Adobe® Reader® DC  is free software with a Read Out Loud function that uses the text-to-speech voices on your computer to read PDF files out reading  PDF documents more accessible. It is ideal for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language is not English. This video will show you how to activate the Read Loud feature in reader in Adobe. To install the latest version you can click here  Adobe® Reader®)

 

Voice Typing (Speech to Text)

You can type and edit by speaking into Google Docs. This feature is ideal for students with dyslexia and or a physical disability where typing might be difficult.

This feature is free, it is available in Google Chrome. You  must ensure that your microphone is working and turned on. Devices and microphones vary, so check your computer manual for instructions. Microphone settings are typically in the System Preferences on a Mac, or the Control Panel on a PC. You will also need a gmail account and access to the internet.

 

Typing Trainer

Typing Trainer is a web course that teaches you the efficient touch-type method for free. You can also check your typing speed and accuracy in the Typing Test section of the course.

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Read & Write Software is  installed on PCs in the Luke Wadding Library and the IT Labs across the campus.

Read & Write software makes reading documents more accessible. It is great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language is not English. From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read & Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.

 

 

Ginger

Ginger Software is great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Thanks to the electronic reader, the online grammar checker, punctuation, spell checker and  tools which can automatically detect and correct misused words and grammar mistakes.  Ginger is available to all students and can be downloaded for free from http://www.gingersoftware.com/  free version has limited functionality.  Students that have been recommended 'Ginger' at their Needs Assessment will have access to the Ginger Premium Edition, where they can enjoy of the software. The Assistive Technologist will set the student up with the software.

 

 

Pen

The Echo Livescribe allows students to  capture words, diagrams, scribbles, symbols and audio - syncing audio recordings to the written notes in the special dot paper. Students may have difficulty writing notes and listening to the lecturer at the same time. The Livescribe Echo smart pen can record everything the student hears and writes so that they never miss a word. 

For more information about LiveScribe Pen, please Click Here

 

 

 

C-Pen (Reader Pen)

The C-Pen Reader is perfect for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. The C-Pen reads aloud printed text from books, manuals or handouts. The C-Pen Reader features a high quality speaking voice. The C-Pen makes reading content more accessible to all. It and fluency and enhances comprehension. The C-Pen Reader also contains high quality electronic dictionaries. The C-Pen Reader is small, portable, and easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read.

 

 

Dragon

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 speech recognition software lets you accomplish more on your computer — quickly and accurately — using your voice. Dragon Premium turns spoken words into text and executes voice commands much faster than you can type so you can your productivity potential at work, school or home.

 

Opti Verso 2 is a portable video magnifier with distance viewing capabilities. The Opti Verso 2 device will help students who require distance and close-up viewing. The flexible camera flips up to look at and flips back again for close up reading and writing. This lightweight video magnification aid is a great solution for students that need to move to different rooms in the college.

 

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Onyx Portable HD

The ONYX Portable HD is a lightweight, portable video magnifier for reading, writing, and viewing magnified images at any distance at home, in school, or at the office. The 3-in-1 flexible camera provides document reading, distance viewing, and self-viewing modes. , whether under the camera or in the distance. This lightweight HD video magnification aid is a great solution for students that need to move to different rooms in the college.

 

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Microsoft Office Lens

Microsoft Office Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files, and save to OneNote,  One Drive, or your local device. To Install MS Office Lens on an Android device, please click here to install MS Office Lens on an   device, please click here

Microsoft Office Lens and Immersive Reader Electronically reads your scanned textout loud.

 

NVDA

The NVDA screen reader can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. NVDA this because they believe everyone, especially the world’s poorest blind people access to computers and a way out of poverty.  NVDA on donations and grants to continue NVDA and to ensure it remains compatible with the world’s rapidly changing you would like to download NVDA you can by clicking here. To download it free you must select the 'skip donation this time' button

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JAWS

JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications.

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Comfort Contego

For some students in a hearing aid is just not enough. They can miss out on what the lecturer is saying or what are saying. The Comfort Contego wireless Audio device can help a student with a hearing loss join in all situations involving lecturers and students.

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Roger Touchscreen

 

This exciting and easy to use wireless teacher microphone is the core component of the Roger Education portfolio and gives students and teachers alike the opportunity to master various modern classroom activities with ease

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Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of the Assistive Technology available in WIT but it gives you an indication of the range of devices and software already available to our students.