Equate Cucumber Body Wash with the text highlighted
Software and apps that scan and read aloud standard printed text in books and on paper have been around for decades.  The Claro ScanPen App for Android can scan and read text just like its predecessors, but it is more of an expert at reading text on objects and in non-standard printed documents.  While it…

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Voice Dream Scanner-Text Capture in PDF
As we head back into the barely-charted waters of educating our children during COVID times, it’s good to remind ourselves that there are many, many assistive technology buoys out there that can help us avoid some of those big underwater rocks and keep on sailing.  In this blog, you’ll find a compilation of assistive technology…

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ND Assistive First Assistive Technology Center
Although the development of assistive technology (AT) started much earlier, the field of AT, in my opinion, did not really come into the public eye until the 80s, which is when I first learned about it in college.  The year 2020 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Assistive Technology Act, the 30th Anniversary of the…

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Tami holding a sign to call 800-895-4728
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a major effect on individuals and businesses everywhere.    Now that social distancing has been implemented, we have had to change the way we go about our day-to-day procedures and activities.  Many businesses have had to close their doors and suspend their operations without guarantee to re-open. Even though ND Assistive has…

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Home page of DCMP.ORG
Teachers, do you have a K-12 student who is deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblind? If you do, you can apply for the Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP).   It is not only teachers who can use this resource, but even parents of those students can also sign up for this…

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Web article distilled to simplified, text only version. One paragraph is clear, the rest of the article is
When it comes to reading articles on the web, visual distractions abound.  For those who have difficulty staying focused while reading in general, reading on the web is a whole different beast. It’s like trying to read with a shiny, sparkle-vested squirrel dancing the tango on the sidelines.  Except all that visual clutter isn’t really…

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Universal cuff with Stylus Accessing a Touchscreen
October is International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness Month.  According to the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), “International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in…

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Screen shot of Newton app with voice dictation activated
Lately, I’ve experienced an upsurge in requests for assistive technology apps for math. Keep in mind these are not apps to teach someone how to do math. Although assistive technology can help someone learn, it is not a learning resource. Instead, these are math apps that can address a specific ability to preform math as a…

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Apps to Support a Successful Transition
Using electronic applications “apps” on an iPad can be a great solution for a student who needs additional support in their educational journey.  Educational apps can provide an ideal transition from school to home, promoting greater learning.  However, searching and trying to find an app that will be the right one or beneficial to the…

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Hannah with her school name badge
The POWER of assistive technology to change a life and provide lifelong benefits was never more evident than in the story of Hannah.  In 2007 at age 15, she was involved in a car accident and acquired a severe traumatic brain injury. She could no longer walk, talk, or even hold up her head. After…

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