This is my assistive technology presentation.
By: Laura Anglin
November 1, 2014
Assistive technology can include but is not limited to audio/hearing loops,
The screen reader works by the user sending commands through using the keyboard, which in turn communicates with the speech synthesizer. The synthesizer has various functions and can read, locate, and spell words or parts of the text.
There are many different screen readers to choose from. The Cobra 10 screen reader includes screen magnification, as well as braille for multiple settings, and includes speech output. The prices vary according to the model type but are typically between $250 and $1,500.
The livescribe smart pen is geared towards students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is an interactive pen that is perfect for the student that struggles in writing and taking notes.
The pen has a camera inside, which allows students to take pictures of what needs to be written. A recorder is also programmed into this digital tool, permitting students to go back after hearing lectures and play the notes on the device, in order to write down at a later time.
Students can also record a speaker and take notes simultaneously. Livescribe note dot paper is recommended for use with this interactive pen.
Livescribe technology can be purchased in order to transfer data recorded on a computer. When successfully transferred, the notes recorded will be displayed as if they were written.
Switches are primarily used for everyday things such as adjusting volume as well turning lights, games, laptops, and other devices off and on. Switches allow people with physical disabilities to interact and use everyday things, that would otherwise be difficult to maneuver.
There are various types of switches. Switches must be connected to an interface device in order to use.
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