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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
read write gold
Read & Write Gold
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c5ECZg3DcQ
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