Earobics is an auditory perceptual training and pre-reading tutorial program designed for use by children and adults with communication or learning disabilities or who are hard of hearing. It provides phonological awareness and auditory processing training for the prevention and remediation of reading and other language-based disabilities. The software comes in home, classroom, and professional versions. The professional version is designed for use by reading specialists, audiologists, and speec
The AbleNet Bookworm Literacy Tool is a voice output reading machine designed for use by children with cognitive, severe physical, or vision disabilities. To use the unit, which works with most books and worksheets, the reading material is clipped to the BookWorm unit and the book is adapted with the included stickers and page detectors. Each page is recorded on the included memory module. Reading is activated by pressing the activation area or using the attached single switch (switch not includ
First Keys is a language tutorial program and computer keyboarding instruction program designed for children with learning or cognitive disabilities. It links the development of keyboard awareness to early literacy skills. It is suitable for young children or older pupils with learning difficulties. Users develop keyboard skills through picture matching, letter recognition, word building, and spelling exercises. The location of keys is taught by matching letters with pictures and speech. The pro
The Plate Switch, model 702A, is a touch switch designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. Activated by three ounces of pressure, the switch clicks on activation for audible feedback.
The Switch Interface Pro is a control input interface designed to enable individulas with upper extremity disabilities to operate computers using switches. This unit moves easily between Macintosh and personal computers (PC) and enables up to five single switches (not included) to be connected to control computer functions. The unit is preprogrammed with mouse clicks and keyboard functions. Macintosh users can access a mouse click and the numeric keys 0,1, 2, and 3. PC users can access arrow key
Clicker 6 is a voice output word processor program and on-screen keyboard program designed for individuals at all ability levels, including students with learning disabilities or cognitive disabilities. It has a wide range of accessibility options for users who cannot use a mouse or keyboard, including individuals with upper extremity disabilities or spinal cord injury. In this program, users can create a customized on-screen keyboard grid with letters, whole words, or pictures. Users can click
Inspiration is a word processor program designed for use by individuals with learning disabilities or brain injury or individuals who think visually. This visual learning tool helps develop ideas and organize thinking. Integrated diagramming and outlining views work together to aid in creating and modifying concepts and information. The diagramming view simplifies creating and modifying concept maps, webs, idea maps, and other graphical organizers. The intuitive interface keeps the focus on the
Draft:Builder is a word processor program designed for use by individuals with learning disabilities. This organizational tool helps keep the user focused on the writing process by aiding in organizing, sequencing, and integrating information to create a high-quality first draft. This software takes the user through three steps: Outlining/mapping, note taking, and drafting. Outlining and mapping helps build a framework for writing that includes main and supporting ideas. Note taking helps clarif
Co:Writer 4000 is a word prediction program designed for use by children and teens with learning or upper extremity disabilities. This voice output program utilizes FlexSpell and the Total Vocabulary System (TVS) to provide users with the tools required for writing. FlexSpell enables students to work at their developmental spelling level by permitting them to begin words phonetically or by cueing initial letter combinations; both approaches provide lists from which the correct word can be select
Headway is a cursor control interface designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and severe physical disabilities. This wireless infrared pointing device provides computer access via a small head worn transmitter. Left, right, up, and down head movements emulate on screen mouse movements. Used with an on screen keyboard (not included), this device enables total head control of the computer. The device's sensitivity is adjustable and with the press of a single mode button, the device op
The L.T. Switch is a touch switch designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and severe physical disabilities. This switch can be used to activate switch-adapted toys and appliances and is highly sensitive, requiring only 0.75 ounce of pressure for activation. DIMENSIONS: 3.875 x 2 x 1.125 inches. COLOR: The switch comes with red, yellow, green, blue, and black plate overlays.
The BASS Switch is a touch switch designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and severe physical disabilities. This switch can be used to activate switch-adapted toys and appliances and requires three to five ounces of pressure for activation. This switch has a large surface, a low profile, and a non-skid bottom. DIMENSIONS: 6 x 3.75 x 1 inches. COLOR: The switch comes with red, yellow, green, blue, and black plate overlays.
The Quick Start Comunication Kit is designed to aid trainers in assisting and evaluating children with communication disabilities in learning to use communicators. The kit includes one BIGmack communicator (see separate entry), one LITTLEmack communicator (see separate entry), one LITTLE Step-by Step Communicator with Levels (see separate entry), three Snap Switch Caps (see separate entry), Making Connections resource book, BIGmack travel strap, foam-packed carrying case, and batteries.
The PC Switch Interface is a control switch interface unit designed to support multiple switches and switch-ready computer programs. The unit allows the user to connect up to five switches and is designed to plug into the computer serial port. Four different configurations are offered; to switch between setups, the user presses a function key. COMPATIBILTY: For use on IBM and compatible computers.
Biggy is a cursor control interface designed to enlarge cursors on the computer screen for people with visual or cognitive disabilities. This program offers a variety of large cursor alternatives, some with animation, that are at least twice the size of the standard cursor. The program also offers replacements for the I-beam cursor and the wait cursor (the watch on Macintosh computers and the hourglass in Windows). Both versions also have an option that automatically "snaps" the cursor to the "O
Humpty Dumpty & Friends is a cause and effect training program designed to provide switch training for children with cognitive or physical disabilities. The program is both visually and orally stimulating with colorful graphics and animation and lively sounds and auditory cues. Hickory Dickory Dock introduces the concepts of in/out and up/down, while Humpty Dumpty introduces on/off and asleep/awake. Children also play along with Hey Diddle Diddle while the cat fiddles and the cow jumps over
The Joystick Light with fingerplate is a joystick designed to provide computer cursor control for individuals with upper extremity disabilities. This device features separate buttons for mouse clicks and drag, and the cursor remains in position when the joystick is released. A light flashes when the drag button is active. This device also has a removablefingerplate that isolates each button and the joystick for better control. COMPATIBILITY: Models are available for use on Macintosh computers an
The Trackball Plus is a track ball designed to provide computer cursor control for individuals with fine motor and other upper extremity disabilities. This device features separate buttons for click, double click, horizontal/vertical only, drag, and speed. Five cursor speed settings are accessed simply by touching the speed button. The cursor remains in position when the ball is released and a red light indicates when the drag button is active. This device also has a removable fingerplate that i
The Mounting Switch is a touch switch designed for use by individuals with severe physical disabilities, spinal cord injuries, or upper extremity disabilities. This switch may be mounted in a variety of locations (though used primarily at the head level) and shaped for optimal positioning. The activation pressure of the switch is adjustable from one to three ounces and an audible click is emitted when the switch closes. DIMENSIONS: 6.5 inches long. WEIGHT: 3 ounces.
The LITTLEmack communicator is a touch switch and direct selection communicator designed for use by individuals with visual or upper extremity and communication disabilities. This single-message communicator offers 75 seconds of recording time. The communicator also has a toy/appliance feature which enables any message in the sequence, or as many messages as desired, to be paired with a reinforcer. This device has an angled surface and a detachable base with a "snap track" extension that allows
The LITTLE Step-by-Step communicator is a touch switch and direct selection communicator designed for use by individuals with visual or upper extremity disabilities and communication disabilities. This communicator offers 75 seconds of recording time and is designed to record a series of sequential messages. The initial activation of the communicator plays the first message, the second activation plays the second message, etc. The device has a "repeat" feature which locks in a message until it i
Simon Sounds It Out is a phonics-based reading and language tutorial program designed for use by children with learning and other cognitive disabilities. The program features an on-screen tutor and uses words and pictures to provide contextual cues. By concentrating on letter sounds and word families, students learn the decoding skills needed for reading. The program uses repetition to teach ponemic awareness, enables students to work at their own pace with individualized lessons, and reinforce
Simon Spells is a spelling tutorial program designed for use by children in first through third grade with learning and other cognitive disabilities. The program features a choice of Simon or Susan as an on-screen tutor to guide students through individualized lessons at their own pace. The tutor provides positive written and verbal feedback to aid in the learning process. The tutor presents words phomemically and in the context of a sentence to aid in comprehension. Lessons are time and tracked
Dual-Lock is a surface anchor designed to mount switches and other devices to mounting plates or any other surface. When pressed together, this adhesive-backed strip provides a tough, secure bond. DIMENSIONS(W x L): 2 inches x 1 foot. WARRANTY: A manufacturer's warranty is available on this product.
Speaking Dynamically and Speaking Dynamically Pro are symbolic communicator, direct selection communicator, and scanning symbol communicator programs designed for making customized, multi-level, picture or word communication boards with speech output. These programs may be used as tools for teaching cause and effect, switches, scanning, symbol training, phrase and sentence structure, spelling, word prediction, or reading activities. As assessment tools, these programs can evaluate augmentative c
ZoomCaps are large print keytop overlays designed to make computer keyboards accesible to individuals with low vision. The alphanumeric characters are printed in large 40-point type and the labels affix to the top of the keys. Letters are presented in upper case only. There are ninety-one labels per set including labels for all alphanumeric keys and for many special keys (Esc, F1, Shift, Ctrl, etc). COMPATIBILITY: Sets are available for use on IBM and compatible keyboards and for Apple Macintosh
ToyStore is a modified educational program from the JOKUS Software series. ToyStore consists of 6 discovery and learning activities to accommodate a wide range of abilities. The program can be run with a single switch with the Macintosh Switch Interface, the Macintosh TouchWindow (see separate entry), an alternative keyboard with Ke:nx, a standard keyboard, or a standard mouse. Toystore includes matching, creating a story, eye-hand coordination and timing activites, and games. COMPATIBILITY: For
The Head Mounting Kit, model A72, is switch mounting hardware designed for mounting the Plate Switch or L.T. Switch (see separate entries) on wheelchairs for use by persons with good head control. The kit includes a mounting plate, a right-angle tube, 13-inch flexible goosneck, push button disconnect, and a wheelchair clamp. The pushbutton disconnect is for quick removal of the unit from the wheelchair. Instructions are also included.
The Invisible Connection is an infrared remote control switch designed to allow wireless connection between switches and a variety of devices such as a computer, environmental control unit, or battery operated radio. The connector will accommodate two switches and two devices, or may be used with a switch interface, Adaptive Firmware Card, or Ke:nx (see separate entries) to send signals to a computer. The controller consists of a receiver into which multiple devices may be plugged, and a transmi
The Jelly Bean Switch is a button or touch switch designed to control a wide range of electrically- or battery-operated devices and toys for people with upper extremity disabilities. The switch is contained in a high-impact disk and the entire surface of the switch is sensitive to pressure, requiring less than two ounces of pressure for activation. The Jelly Bean Switch can be mounted on any surface using readily available adhesives or they can be mounted on AbleNet's Slim Armstrong (see separat
The Fold-It System is a portable communication board system with a shoulder strap and a handle for carrying. Two models are available: the Attache ($27) and the Tri-Fold ($37). The Attache System consists of four clear plastic pockets (8 display areas) to hold any symbolic language cards or other communication cards. The Tri-Fold System is designed for holding more cards in situations when a larger vocabulary is needed. This system has 48 slots that will each hold pictures or cards up to 3 inche
The Mounting Switch Mount, model A73, is switch mounting hardware for the Mounting Switch (see separate entry). This mount is lgihtweight and permanent, designed for placement on a wheelchair for an individual user. The mounting kit includes a 1/4-inch mounting rod, and a wheelchair clamp with a 1/4-inch rod adapter. Instruction included.
Ellipse Switches are a collection of low-profile touch switches designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities. Shaped to fit the hand, activation is accomplished when the switch is touched anywhere on the surface. The Ellipse 3 requires one to three ounces of pressure and is ideal for mounting on a wheelchair tray next to the joystick control. The Ellipse 6 is designed for users that need a large target but have a light touch. This switch requires five to eight ounces of pre
Paint Box Snap is a six-key alternative keyboard for Apple IIGS computers that is designed to work with the Adaptive Firmware Card (AFC, see separate entry). Each of the six large keys is a different color. The keyboard may be used with any program that requires use of one to six keys. Paint Box Snap ($110) requires an Apple IIGS keyboard and the AFC Model G32 or G32e. Paint Box Clear Keys, a set of clear plastic snap-on covers for the Paint Box Snap keys, into which pictures may be inserted, is
Predict It is a word processor program with predictive word capabilities designed to help students with physical disabilities to increase speed by cutting down on keystrokes. The program also provides a speech feedback option to assist people with visual and cognitive disabilities to hear word choices and selection. When the user types in the first letter of a word, a list of several words beginning with that letter appears at the bottom of the screen. If the desired word is in the list, the use
The DJ ProPack Speech Module, model M96, is a speech synthesizer designed to put high quality speech in all Don Johnston talking software for individuals with communication disabilities or who are blind or have low vision. This program includes the latest MacinTalk Pro text-to-speech software which has a complete selection of natural sounding, intelligent voices. Numbers are pronounced correctly, words are spoken in context, and many abbreviations can be understood. COMPATIBILITY: Macintosh. SYS
Forgetful & Friends is a control switch training program designed to provide switch training for students with cognitive or physical disabilities. The program is both visually and orally stimulating with colorful graphics and animation and lively sounds and auditory cues. It includes three levels of switch training: Cause-and-Effect where an action is rewarded with animation; Opposites which introduces the concept of on/off and left/right; and Story Completion where cause-and-effect activiti
The Student Writing Center is a writing skills training system that includes word processor and story writing programs designed to enhance writing skills for students with cognitive or physical disabilities. These programs lets students create worksheets, illustrated storybooks, newsletters, awards, bulletin board displays and more. The programs combine word processing tools with colorful graphics and page design options. They offer several fonts, type sizes, and type styles and the text automat
Kid Pix 2 and Kid Pix Studio are drawing programs designed to create multimedia presentations and animated artwork for individuals with a cognitive or physical disability. Students can use the TouchWindow (see separate entry) to access this program which includes a talking alphabet, colorful rubber stamps that can be customized and resized, and a palette of Wacky Brushes. Slide Shows are easy to create, so children of all ages and levels can create multimedia reports, animations with sound effec
The Living Books Library is a language and math tutorial program designed to demonstrate the power of language to explore, express, learn and communicate for individuals who are developmentally or physically disabled. This package in particular is designed to assist educators with integrating the Living Books CD-ROM titles into the classroom curriculum. The four programs include: Just Grandma and Me, where students take an interactive reading trip to the beach; Arthur's Teacher Trouble, an engag
Thinkin' Things Collection I is a cognitive skills tutorial program designed to develop a wide range of thinking skills including visual and auditory memory, visual and discrimination, and logic and creativity for children who are developmentally delayed. The program offers six activities where students make logical comparisons, work with attributes, deduce "secret rules," and repeat and improvise musical patterns and tunes. Flying Spheres and Flying Shapes allow students to experiment with spat
Sammy's Science House is an academic tutorial program designed to build early science skills for children with physical or cognitive disabilities. The program is designed to develop important skills and thought processes for scientific learning including sorting, sequencing, and problem solving. Students will expand their science vocabulary as they learn about plants, animals, seasons and weather. They also observe, classify, construct, compare, and experiment. All directions are graphical or sp
The Specs Switch is a button or touch switch designed to control battery- or electrically-powered devices, appliances, or toys for individuals with upper extremity disabilities. This switch three interchangeable bases for flexible mounting. Included are the flange base, the flush base, and the strap adaptable base.OPTIONS: A round mounting plate is available for AbleNet's Slim Armstrong and Universal Switch Mounting System (see separate entries). DIMENSIONS: The switch is 1-3/8 inch in diameter.
Snap-On Keyguards are keyguards designed for use by individuals with fine motor disabilities. Designed for use with Key Largo or Discover:Board (sold separately; see entries), these clear, snap-on guards are available in 128-key, 64-key, or 32-key configurations (sold separately). The guards enable the user to keep his/her fingers positioned over the appropriate keys while making a selection and to rest his or her hands on the keyboard during use.
PCS Gallery is a communication device accessory and symbolic language picture library for children and adults with learning disabilities. The software includes nearly 3,500 colorful Picture Communication Symbols (PCS) used on communication boards on and off the computer. Users can make on-screen displays, scan windows or create overlays for alternate keyboards. The PCS backgrounds are color-coded by category and include people, verbs, adjectives, fast foods, restaurant logos, games and more. SYS
The Penny & Giles Rollerball Light is a track ball designed to provide computer access for individuals with fine motor disabilities. This device features a large, easy-to-roll ball, removable fingerplates to aid in locating buttons, and separate buttons for mouse clicks and drag. A red light indicates that the drag function is in use. When pressure is released, the cursor does not drift off screen. COMPATIBILITY: Versions are available for use on Macintosh and IBM and compatible computers. D
MAgic Cursor is a cursor control interface designed to provide all mouse functions without the need for buttons or switches for individuals who have little or no hand strength or who have other upper extremity disabilities. By using a dwell selection to operate, Magic Cursor enables the user to perform all mouse functions by moving the cursor. When the cursor dwells on the item where the user wants to perform a funtion, it changes to the funtion box. With the function box, one can move left to
IntelliKeys is a modified and expanded keyboard for children and adults with visual, physical or cognitive disabilities. The standard system includes one cable and six plastic user overlays, (arrows, numbers, alphabet, basic writing, QWERTY, and one setup overlay used to adjust IntelliKeys for specials needs such as keyboard response and repeat rate). The overlays enable users to access standard learning software and are easy to see, touch and understand. They can be used at home or work and rot
Intellitalk is a voice output word processor program designed for children and adults with cognitive and/or visual disabilities. The software offers easy-to-use menus and enables users to hear letters, words, and sentences as they type, ot to have the text read back from the screen. IntelliTalk offers a choice of a variety of voices and pronouciation can be modified using the built-in pronounciation editor. The program can correctly pronounce the most common words that children learn in addition
Overlay Maker is a keytop overlay creator designed for use with IntelliKeys (see separate entry). Available for Macintosh ($69.95) or Windows ($99.95), this software program enables users to create their own customized overlay keyboard by drawing the overlay on the screen and designing key size, location, colors and pictures. Keys can be created in any shape or location with letters, phrases, pictures, mouse movements, mouse clicks, or special IntelliTool settings. Once the overlay is completed,
The Intellitools Mac Access Pack I and II are sets of programs and/or hardware designed to make Macintosh computers accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive, or visual disabilities. The Mac Access Pack I is a five-item kit that includes a variety of tools to enhance creativity and communication skills. Included are IntelliKeys, Overlay Maker, ClickIt!, IntelliPics, and IntelliTalk (see separate entries). Mac Access Pac II includes all of the above with the exception of IntelliKeys. WAR
Blocks In Motion is a perceptual training program designed to offer an opportunity to create animated pictures from shapes and colors for persons with cognitive disabilities. This computer program can help to build a variety of skills: (1) creative thinking; (2) manipulation; (3) cause and effect; (4) problem solving; (5) spatial relations; and (6) analytical thinking. It is constructed with manipulative building blocks (circles, squares, triangles and many others) displayed at the top of the sc
Circletime Tales Deluxe is a language tutorial program on CD-ROM with accompanying learning materials designed to promote social interaction during group activities through three nursery rhymes for pre-school children. This animated computer program features pictures and text at the bottom of the screen. The text can be optionally highlighted word-by-word or phrase-by-phrase. The nursery rhymes include Eensy Weensy Spider, Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Five Little Ducks. English- and Spanish-speak
UKanDu Little Books is a story writing software program series designed to help build literary skills for children. "A Day at Play" and "Out and About" each feature three, four-paged animated stories designed to be finished by the user. On each page, the user is challenged to complete each sentence and is given two words to choose from. The program also features auditory cues, speech and sounds, built-in single-switch access, and all pages automatically print on one page. The user is also given
Big:Calc is a voice output, large print calculator designed for use by persons with low vision or cognitive or physical disabilities. It features large number keys, high-quality speech and built-in scanning. Triggered by either a mouse click or a switch, the unit can be used by itself or can help to assist the user with a database or spreadsheet program. It is also designed to allow the user to change the number and function key sizes and background settings in order to accommodate various users
Press to Play Zoo, Press to Play Animals, and Press to Play Speedy are control switch training programs designed for use by children with physical or cognitive disabilities. Operating on a cause-and-effect principle, the games can be played in four modes: In Cause-and-effect, the child presses the switch, clicks the mouse, or touches the TouchWindow (the switch and TouchWindow are not included) at any time for action; Simple Scan mode seeks to develop beginning switch training skills; Complex Sc
Talk:About is a direct selection communicator program designed to help structure conversations and initiate original discussions on any topic for persons with speaking disabilities. The program consists of three components (Quick:Chat, Story:Talk and Story:Panel) that are designed to allow the user to fully participate in conversations. With text-to-speech output and digitized voice modes for speaking, the user is able to chat with friends, share ideas at work or tell a story at school with the
Blissymbols Gallery is a symbolic language picture library designed to help build personalized communication displays for persons using Ke:nx. It consists of approximately 2,500 icons that are color-coded by such categories as time, people, noun, action and other distinguishing attributes. COMPATIBILITY: Macintosh. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Ke:nx 3.0 or Ke:nx On:Board 3.0. 4.5 megabytes of RAM is needed on the hard drive.
DynaSyms Gallery is a symbolic language picture library designed to generate approximately 1,700 colored icons for persons using Ke:nx. COMPATIBILITY: Macintosh. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Ke:nx 3.0 or Ke:nx On:Board 3.0. 4.4 megabytes of RAM is needed on the hard drive. OPTIONS: It is also available in a CD-ROM collection (see "Icon Galleries" abstract).
Core Picture Vocabulary is a symbolic language picture library designed to offer a collection of 300 realistic line drawings for persons using Ke:nx (see separate entry). The gallery features culturally diverse pictures and includes beginning nouns, verbs and adjectives in order to help construct two- or three-word sentences about the pictures. COMPATIBILITY: Macintosh. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Ke:nx or Ke:nx On:Board 3.0. 1 megabyte of RAM is needed om the hard drive.
COMPIC Gallery is a symbolic picture library designed to offer 1,500 colored icons for persons using Ke:nx. The gallery features lined drawing that are universal in design to accommodate a wide range of cultural needs. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Macintosh computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Ke:nx 3.0 or Ke:nx On:Board 3.0. 2.5 megabytes of RAM is needed on the hard drive.
DJ Switch Kit, model B12, is a rocker and touch switch kit designed to provide access to computers, toys and other communication devices for persons with physical disabilities. They are designed to meet a variety of physical and mounting needs. The kit contains the Ellipse 3 (no. 707), the L.T. Switch (no. 705), the BASS Switch (no. 745) and the Mounting Switch (no. 766) (see separate entries). The Ellipse 3 responds to one to three ounces of pressure; the L.T. responds to .75 ounce pressure; th
The BIGmack Communicator is a touch switch and direct selection communicator designed for use by people with visual, range of motion and communication disabilities. This single-message communicator offers 75 seconds of recording time. The communicator also has a toy/appliance feature which enables any message in the sequence, or as many messages as desired, to be paired with a reinforcer. To program, the user presses the record button and the top of the BIGmack while speaking into the built-in m
The Playroom is an academic tutorial program designed to teach children about letters, numbers and time for individuals who are developmentally impaired. There are a number of learning tools for children to learn that education can be fun. The Cuckoo Clock helps children to learn time; the Mixed Up Toy encourages children to play creatively by rearranging toy parts; the Mousehole contains a three level counting game that introduces addition and subtraction along with game stategies; the Spinners
Millie's Math House is an academic tutorial program designed to teach math concepts to individuals who have a learning disability. It has lively characters, colorful graphics and music to capture children's imaginations while they learn fundamental skills and concepts in six interactive activities. Reading is not required because all of the instructions and feedback are spoken or represented graphically. Students learn by experimenting with numbers, patterns, and shapes. The program has built in
ClickIt! is a mouse emulator program designed to provide access to Macintosh or Windows programs with IntelliKeys (see separate entry), switches, or the regular keyboard for individuals with physical, cognitive or visual disabilities. The program provides instant mouse-less access to menus, dialog boxes and scroll bars. It also allows custom overlays or switches to click on Hot Spots on the screen. Other features include automatically sending an overlay when launching a new program or when the s
IntelliPics is an academic tutorial program designed to teach basic skills, such as colors, numbers, sizes and direction for children with cognitive disabilities. This multimedia product enabls the incorporation of graphics, quick-time movies, animation, recorded sound, and synthetic recorded voice into educational activities. Included are five activities with an overlay for IntelliKeys (see separate entry): Animals, Make It Move, Nursery Rhymes, Butterscotch Brownies, and Funny Noises. IntelliP
Communication Icon Galleries CD-ROM is a word catalog for speech therapists designed for use with Ke:nx, and Ke:nx On:Board, the Discover:Switch, or the Discover:Screen (see entries). This CD-ROM combines five icon libraries with more than 7,000 icons that can be altered to suit the user. The program is designed to locate icons by topic or name and contains MacinTalk II and MacinTalk II Pro text-to-speech voices designed for high-quality speech output from the computer; the user is also given th
Make It Scan is a control switch training program designed to build on the visual-motor and timing skills learned in the Make It programs (see separate entries) using scanning options. The program includes six single switch training games including Bowl-A-Rama, Roll-A-Ball, Good Dog, Pinball, Walk About, and Park It. The program is intended to teach choice making and timing skills. Data collection capability is included. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Apple IIe, Apple IIc/c+, and Apple IIGS computers
There's a Mouse in the ToyBox is a cursor control interface program designed for mouse training on the Apple IIGS computer. "Point and click" and "click and drag" operations are developed with nine activities. The activities involve moving a mouse on a runway, putting together a puzzle, and coloring shapes. The program reinforces correct placement in matching activities, but ignores mistakes. COMPATIBILITY: For use on the Apple IIGS only.
The Sensor Switch, model 722, is a motion detection switch designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injuries, severe physical disabilities,or upper extremity disabilities. Activated by controlled small muscle movement, the switch consists of a control box with two sensor pads connected to it. The sensors can be placed on the forehead, under fingers, on work surfaces, on a headrest, or wherever the user can best control them. The sensitivity of the switches can be adjusted to increase or
The Multiple Switch Box is an alternative game port socket designed to work with the Adaptive Firmware Card or Ke:nx (each sold separately; see entries) to permit connection of up to eight switches to the computer as direct-selection input devices. Each switch is defined as a character, talking word, or special action. This device may be ideal for group activities where each participant has an opportunity to independently activate the computer with a switch. COMPATIBILITY: For use with Apple II
The Switch Latch/Timer is a switch adapter designed to turn a single switch into an on/off switch or one that turns on a toy or other device for a set period of time. The Switch Latch/Timer works with battery-operated devices such as toys or the Dial Scan (see separate entry). Two switches can be used to operate two differenct devices. In Latch mode, pressing the switch once starts action; pressing it a second time stops the action. In Time mode, action is turned on for a specified amount of tim
Picture Communication Symbols Book I, II, and III are black and white line drawings designed for use with non-vocal communication systems, such as communication boards. Each drawing is labeled with a word, and abstract symbols are represented by a word. The pages may be photo-copied and cut apart. Book I features over 700 different communication symbols, and comes with a starter guide illustrating the basics of making communication boards. Book II includes 1,100 additional symbols, and features
The Battery Adapter, model 720, is a switch adapter interface for single switch activation of any battery operated toy, tape recorder, or other device. Continuous pressure on the switch keeps the device running until the switch is released. The adapter can be used with the Switch Latch/Timer (see separate entry) to set action for a specified time period or to use switch hits for on and off. The disk end is inserted into the battery compartment; the other end plugs into any switch with a standard
The Big Red Switch is a touch switch designed to enable individuals with upper extremity disabilities to control switch-adapted devices, appliances, or toys. Made of shatterproof plastic this switch has a large, bright target for easy access and activation. The entire target surface is responsive, and the switch pad is sensitive to less than three ounces of pressure. This switch provides audible feedback on activation.
Eensy & Friends is a control switch training program designed to help users with physical disabilities become familiar with a switch-operated computer environment. The program is both visually and aurally stimulating with colorful graphics and animation and lively sounds and auditory cues. It includes three levels of switch training including: Cause-and-Effect where an action is rewarded with animation; Opposites which introduces the concept of on/off and left/right; and Story Completion whe
Write: Outloud is a voice output word processor program designed to speak letters, words, sentences and paragraphs in order to enhance user writing quality for children with low vision or severe physical or cognitive disabilities. This program reads each word as it is typed for consistent auditory feedback, and it can also reads any electronic text, enabling students tp research and present reports. Included imported graphics can also be used to prompt and support writing with the "get picture
K.C. Clyde In Fly Ball Interactive CD-ROM is a story program designed to promote literacy, reading and language involvement for children with cognitive disabilities. The program features animated imaginative characters (K.C. is a boy; Clyde is a dog, and UKandu is the wordbird), catchy music and fun word recognition activities. It is designed with up to 21 story paths (more than 120 pages of story is possible), four levels of word interaction, and pop quizzes. The characters are engineered to ta
Storytime Tales is a language tutorial program designed to emphasize real-life content and predictable story lines in order to reinenforce concept development for children with cognitive or physical disabilities. Made to encourage group involvement, the program consists of a collection of three stories and utilizes a real human voice, colorful graphics and friendly pictures as well as repetition of speech designed to enhance reading, cognitive and communication skills. Additionally, the program
Circletime Tales is a language tutorial program designed to promote social interaction through computer animated stories and songs for children with physical or cognitive disabilities. It is a collection of three "hand-play" nursery rhymes using rhyming and repetition to teach basic concepts such as up and down, colors and counting. The program is constructed to work with Macintosh's Switch Interface or TouchWindow (see separate entry), a single switch, or a standard mouse; these controls allow
The Left/Right Rocker Switch, model 710, is a dual switch activated by pressing the plate on either side. Pressing one end activates one switch; pressing the other end activates a second switch. An auditory click is produced when a switch is activated. A switch cable with a 1/8-inch jack is included. DIMENSIONS: 8 1/8 x 3 5/8 inches. WEIGHT: 5 ounces.
Read:OutLoud is a voice output and reading tutorial program designed for use by students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, or low vision. The user opens a file or browses the Internet and clicks “speak.” The program reads the content aloud in human-sounding voices. Read:Outloud can read text in the following formats: PDF, DAISY 3, Microsoft “Save As Daisy,” Bookshare files, Rich Text Format (RTF), .txt, HTML, XML, and Pearson’s HTMLbook format. Words are highlighted onscreen as they are read
HeadMouse Extreme is an mouse emulator designed to provide full mouse control of computers for people without use of their hands, but who have good head control. It operates from the top of a computer monitor, laptop computer, or augmentative communication device, and measures the user's head movements. The HeadMouse tracks a small disposable target that is placed on the user's forehead or glasses. This device provides a wide field-of-view, supports graphics-intensive applications like drawing a
Dana is a word processor designed for use by individuals with learning disabilities. This hand-held device has a full-size keyboard, Palm OS operating system, and a wide screen display in a polycarbonate ABS case. Users can use this device to write a story, organize the week, record an appointment, or read an eBook. The units come with AlphaWord word processor software; two USB ports, two expansion slots, and an IrDA (infrared) port for sharing data and software with other devices; a CD-ROM with
Write:Outloud To Go is a voice output word processor designed for use by individuals with learning disaibilities. This system combines Write:Outloud (see separate entry) software from Don Johston, the Dana portable word processor from Renaissance Learning (see entry), and a VoiceCard. Students can use it to take notes in class, collect research in the library, or write essays with speech feedback. Auditory support helps the student self-evaluate voice, word choice, and sentence fluency. Informat
BuildAbility Software, model BU-07, is a lesson authoring progam designed for use by teachers of children with disabilities. With this authoring tool, teachers can create multimedia lessons and activities for reading, writing, math, and other curriculum topics, with drawings, pictures, text, video, and recorded sound. Files can be shared with other teachers and projects can be printed for off-computer use. Students can also use the software to create their own presentations. The program is touch
The PowerLink 4 Control Unit is a control switch interface unit designed for use by individuals with upper extremity or neurological disabilities or cerebral palsy. This unit enables switch users to control up to two electrical appliances with single switches. Six modes of control allow the user to define exactly how, and for how long, appliances will be turned on. The unit accepts any single switch, including AbleNet’s Big or Jelly Beamer wireless switches (see separate entries). The unit is se
The ClassMate Reader audio book player is a voice output electronic text reader designed for use by individuals with learning disabilities or low vision. This unit reads electronic text and digital recorded books aloud and simultaneously displays text on its color screen. The user can highlight text and enter bookmarks by touching the screen. The user also can record text or voice notes within the text, and transfer them to a computer through a USB 2.0 port. It also can store and retrieve data f
The Intel Reader is a voice output reading machine designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or who have reading-based learning disabilities. This hand-held mobile device captures printed text, converts it to digital text, and reads it aloud. Reading is accomplished by pointing the Intel Reader's built-in camera at the printed material, snapping a picture, and listening to the spoken read-out. The user can change voices, select voice gender, and change pitch and playback s
ClozePro is a voice output, large print, and switch adapted testing program designed for use by students who need test-taking accomodations, including students with cognitive or learning disabilities, physical disabilities, blindness or low vision. This assessment tool enables a teacher in lower or upper elementary or secondary school to build a cloze activity from any text in any subject area. For standardized test preparation and alternate assessments, it provides the teacher with detailed inf
Snap&Read Universal is a text reader and text leveler that works as a Google Chrome browser extension.It is a computer or mobile program that helps students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It allows students to read text aloud and adjust text readability on websites, PDFs, and emails. This program is designed for students who may have a lower reading level then their comprehension level who may be able to understand the information if read aloud. It can read image based PDFs. Th
The Co:Writer Universal is a product that helps students with learning disabilities write up to their level of comprehension, rather than their writing level. It uses grammar and vocabulary word prediction to help students express their ideas. It also has built in speech recognition. It has over 4 million topic dictionaries that are stored in the cloud so they can be accessed from anywhere. This program can help students struggling with written language acquisition.
First Author Writing Curriculum is a curriculum for teaching students with cognitive disabilities, developmental disabilities, or learning disabilities how to write. This program was developed to help educators and parents teach students with complex needs how to write because of the increased importance placed on writing in State standards and the Common Core standards. The First Author Writing Curriculum can be used in conjunction with other programs or on its own.
The DeCoste Writing Protocol is designed for users with cognitive disabilities, developmental disabilities, or learning disabilities how to write. The Writing Protocol compares a child’s individual performance across handwriting and keyboarding tasks. It examines spelling performance and writing skills so educators make more informed decisions about instructional strategies and the appropriate use of technology to meet classroom demands.
The First Author Writing Software is designed for users with cognitive disabilities, developmental disabilities, or learning disabilities how to write. First Author is a writing software platform that helps students with complex instructional needs write independently on self-selected and curriculum-tied topics. It does so by guiding students through a three-step writing process: choosing a topic, selecting a picture prompt, and writing with the support of built-in accommodations. It also guides
Co:Writer Universal is a word predication and speech recognition software designed to help individuals with a wide range of disabilities increase their productivity and spelling confidence. Co:Writer Universal is ideal for people with learning disabilities as well as other disabilities.