Training in adaptive technology

The Center for Adaptive Technology (CAT) would like to announce the availability of free in-service training for school and other service providers in the following adaptive technology programs:

Kurzweil 3000 - a reading system designed for people with reading disabilities. The software scans documents into computer files and reads documents with text-to-speech. It includes highlighting of words as they are spoken, as well as study skills features to enhance reading, writing, and studying. Kurzweil 3000 also includes a Web reading feature.

Word Prediction (Co:Writer, WordQ) - these programs work in conjunction with word processing programs. They make typing faster and easier for people who have physical or learning disabilities, reading deficits and/or word retrieval problems. In addition Co:Writer offers flexible spelling which helps students with spelling deficits.

Writing/Organization (Inspiration/Kidspiration, Draft:Builder, Write:OutLoud) - Inspiration, Kidspiration and Draft:Builder are visual learning and thinking tools for writing and studying. They allow users to create a visual representation of ideas which convey the organization and relationships of those ideas. The outlines can then be imported into any word processing program (e.g.,  Microsoft Word).

Write:OutLoud is a talking word processing program. It can be set up to speak letters, words, or sentences as they are typed or to speak completed text after it has been written. Speech can also be used to hear word choices in the spell checker. The background and text colors can also be changed to accommodate visual preferences.

Visual disabilities (ZoomText, MAGic, Home Page Reader, various hardware) - ZoomText and MAGic are designed specifically to meet the needs of visually impaired persons. They combine screen magnification with low vision screen reading.

Home Page Reader is a talking Web browser that helps people who are blind or visually impaired read from the Web. The CAT has numerous portable magnifiers that we can demonstrate. The list includes: Liberty Plus, Telesensory's Miniviewer, Enhanced Vision Systems' Jordy, Pulse Data's Pocket Viewer, and others.

We are also available for other workshops not included in the list (e.g., on-screen keyboards). If you have any specific needs, please contact us.

All workshops are free of charge and can be run either at the CAT or at the school requesting them.