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Assistive Computer Technology for Individuals with TBI

Monday, October 10, 2010
11:00 - 12:00 Pacific Daylight Time

This webinar training will focus on the latest technology innovations that may be useful to individuals with TBI or similar acquired cognitive disabilities.

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Nonprofits at a Tipping Point: Bringing Your Mission Online

Tuesday, May 10, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

This webinar explores how nonprofits are rapidly approaching a tipping point toward enhancing their missions, expanding capacities, and more effectively serving their communities through online instruction and delivery.

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Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Standard Time

Join us for Reading and Writing Solutions, tips and tricks including, great low tech tools, software and apps. Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps.

In this archived webinar: Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks we review great low tech tools, software, and apps. Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps. Presenter: Laura Simmons-Martinez. 

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Telling Our Stories: Interview with Jim Ferris

Thursday, November 10, 2011
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time

Jim Ferris is a critically-acclaimed and nationally-recognized poet. In 2004, his poetry book "The Hospital Poems" won the Main Street Rag Book Award. A former newspaper reporter, television producer, and gas station pump jockey, Ferris has won awards for his teaching as well as his writing.

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Notetaking Tools for People with Learning Disabilities

An important function of accessing information in most educational and work settings is notetaking -- extracting the most important material and using it for studying, supporting assertions in new writings, or transmitting to colleagues. Assistive technology is now available to help facilitate notetaking with either text or audio materials. This article summarizes these current technologies.

Notetaking with Written Materials

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Assistive Technology Software and People with Learning Disabilities

The term "learning disability" is usually defined as involving difficulties with reading, writing, math, memory, or other cognitive functions among people with average or above-average intelligence. Because there is such a wide variation among individual needs and preferences, people with learning disabilities are often best served by software with a variety of customizable features. These features may also be of use to individuals with more temporary needs, such as beginning readers and ESL students. This article talks about some of these tools and the needs they address.

Assistive Technology Strategies for Reading

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Assistive Technology for Safety and Security

There are three types of products related to safety and security that may be of interest to people with disabilities:

  • Products that provide redundant alerts for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Products that allow people with various disabilities to signal for help
  • Products that provide assistance to people with cognitive disabilities

This article covers all three.

Redundant Alarms

Most alarm systems use a loud sound. People with hearing loss need a redundant signaling method that uses lights, vibration, or both, or may connect to a lamp that flashes when activated. These features are available on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burglar alarms, and baby monitors; many can be found in home improvement stores or big box retailers.

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Accessibility Considerations and Library Software

Software designed primarily for use by libraries may or may not be accessible or compatible with assistive technologies. This article covers three types of library software:

  • Information resources that provide information or point to information, such as databases
  • Administrative software that interfaces between users and applications and controls computer usage
  • Security systems that prevent malicious usage of software and reset system/programs to their defaults

Potential Accessibility Issues

Accessibility problems with library software usually occur for one of three reasons:

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Funding Assistive Technology for Libraries and Other Organizations

There are two primary ways to fund assistive technology acquisition: build it into your organization's budget, or seek outside funding. When these don't work, it may be worth trying some creative strategies. This article covers all three approaches.

What to Budget For

When putting together a budget, keep in mind that it needs to cover more than assistive technology hardware and software. It should also include as many of the following as appropriate:

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Accessible Technologies for People With Hearing Loss

People who are deaf or hard of hearing need access to audible information.  This may be:

  • part of a computer interface (such as alerting tones)
  • a movie sound track
  • a voice conversation on the phone

This article covers some of the accessibility solutions for both groups of users.

Computers

Computers usually have error and alerting tones, and both Windows and Macintosh have a setting that flashes the screen whenever the sound is played.

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