The Assistive Technology Industry Association
("ATIA") is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. In January 2011 ATIA held their annual January assistive technology conference. Megan Kunz, Coordinator of the Simon Technology Center, attended the conference and shares with readers in this article a top ten list of new and innovative technology discovered during conference sessions or in the vendor hall.
|1. AAC App: Predictable |
Predictable is a new communication app by UK assistive technology developer Therapy Box Limited. Users can type a message more efficiently by using a sophisticated word prediction engine and speak the message using a range of voices. Four key features of Predictable include: the ability to scan, switch access, word prediction and voice output.
|2. Read and Write Gold 10 |
Read&Write GOLD is a literacy software solution that allows struggling readers and writers to access any curriculum and complete reading, writing, and research assignments as well as take tests independently. Read&Write Gold 10 for Windows is the latest release. In addition to standard features such as text to speech and word prediction, version 10 includes new features such as: picture dictionary, verb checker, vocabulary list builder, paragraph translation and confusable words. A free 30 day trial is available for product review.
3. iPad Bluetooth Switch Interface
Plug in almost any switch into this wireless bluetooth switch adapter and use for cause/effect, switch timing, AAC auto-scan, and step-scan. The device uses bluetooth technology (Bluetooth 2.1) and pairs with the bluetooth enabled iPad. It can be used with any app that has been programmed for switch access. Check app specifications or call the developer regarding switch access. ( Can be used with AAC apps such as Predictable and Proloquo2Go. )
4. Exploring New Territories - FDLRS
Exploring New Territories is a resource rich document brought to you by The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System. Additional tech handouts from FDLRS are available at http://www.paec.org/fdlrstech/handouts.htm
5. iAdapter - iPad Case
The iAdapter is a durable case with rubberized cornewrs that fits over the iPad. Designed by assistive technology developers AMDI the case is designed to answer questions raised when considering the iPad as a communication device. The case is aslo equipeed with dual amplificqtion speakers to provide users with the volume needed in a variety of communication settings. Additional features include: built in handle, shoulder strap, table top stand, sliding protective cover for home screen button.
6. Audio Notetaker by Sonocent
Audio Notetaker is a software program for taking and synchronizing notes. Use the original recording itself to take notes, get rid of the sentences you don't need, format, highlight and combine with text and images to create your own customized notes. You can import your audio from a digital dvice, from the internet or record directly into Audio Notetaker.
7. Read2Go App
Read2Go App is the DAISY reader for Bookshare on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Read2Go is an accessible e-book reader developed by Benetech. The app is a full-featured, accessible DAISY reader for Apple devices that connects directly to Bookshare for immediate access to books. From within the app, individual users and schools supporting students can search, downlod, and read Bookshare books and periodicals. Read2Go reads DAISY 2.02 and 3.0 materials from other sources. Read2Go is not yet available but is scheduled to be available in the iTunes App store soon.
|8. Pictello App by AssistiveWare |
Pictello is a visual story telling app. It has a simple easy to use
interface that allows users to create stories, talking books and social scripts. Each page can contain a picture, up to five lines of text, a recorded sound/voice or text to speech using high-quality voices.
9. SoundPOD Wearable AAC System
The SoundPOD Wearable AAC System for the iPod is a full featured, handheld AAC system that includes an iPod Touch, wearable wireless speaker, lanyard, and TouchChat Communication App. Pricing varies but starts at $1,495.00
10. Blue2 Bluetooth Switch by AbleNet
The new Blue2 dual switch provides access to compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch applications via Bluetooth wireless technology. Simply sync the switch with your favorite Apple® device and activate the application’s switch scanning mode to begin using the app hands-free. Blue2 supports both single and dual switch access through direct access using the two built in switches, or plug in your favorite switches into the available ports to fit your individual needs. Also appropriate for computer access, Blue2 also ships with a USB Bluetooth dongle. For maximum software accessibility, Blue2 supports five modes of keyboard/mouse commands.