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Using Assistive Technology. Anne Comfort, M.Ed. Meighen Centre Mt. A. Which one would you pick?. What do you really need?. Technology needs to be suited to the individual; not the teacher. Important factors: Availability and cost; training time; ease of use. Other factors.

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Using assistive technology

Using Assistive Technology

Anne Comfort, M.Ed.

Meighen Centre

Mt. A.



What do you really need
What do you really need?

  • Technology needs to be suited to the individual; not the teacher.

  • Important factors: Availability and cost; training time; ease of use


Other factors
Other factors

  • Personal experiences; likes and dislikes

  • Computer skills; known and ability to learn

  • Ability to overcome the Learning Curve


Consider this
Consider this:

“AT is imperfect. It always will be….. AT works; it can change lives…. The most essential human factor in AT is that it is not merely about the technology and the devices themselves. AT is primarily about people”

Assistive Technology: Essential Human Factors by T.W. King.


Today s menu
Today’s menu

  • Text to speech software

  • Speech to text software

  • Notetaking programs

  • Time to try out the software

  • Free Stuff!

  • Questions


Text to speech software
Text to speech software

  • “Reading” Software

  • Possible uses? Clientele?


Speech to text software
Speech to Text Software

  • Newer versions have shorter training time

  • Turns your voice into printed text

  • Possible uses? Clientele?


Notetaking tools
Notetaking tools

  • Pens

  • Software

  • Recorders

  • Possible uses? Clientele?


Claroread demo
ClaroRead Demo

  • Likes Microsoft Word

  • Easy to use


Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 3000

  • The “Gold” Standard

  • Version differences

  • Learn Station vs Professional


Kurzweil demo
Kurzweil Demo


Read write gold
Read & Write Gold

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c5ECZg3DcQ





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