April 21st, 2014

A searchable library of archived webinars is available at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). For example, an EIEC Webinar: The Use of Assistive Technology in Early Intervention was presented by Philippa Campbell, Ph.D., Thomas Jefferson University, Tots-n-Tech program in March 2012.

 
March 6th, 2014

 

BridgingApps was created by parents and therapists who began using the iPad with children who have special needs. They have created Insignio, a custom-built app tool and stocked it with over 1200 apps. You can search for apps and lists, save searches and share lists. With Insignio you can create and organize apps in a list, add notes to each app in a list, comment and rate apps, and be directed to Google Play and iTunes stores to purchase apps. Insignio allows users to access app reviews conducted by therapists and special education teachers. The BridgingApps review system was conceived using nationally recognized assessment tools and focuses on skill, not age or diagnosis. 

March 6th, 2014

American Foundation for the Blind is offering free access to a webinar on Braille. The Unified English Braille (UEB) code has been adopted in the United States and an implementation plan is being developed. In this free webinar participants will learn more about the UEB, its similarity to current code, and what is and isn't changing. Participants will be informed about the implementation plan and how they can get involved. The webinar presented by Dr. Frances Mary D’Andrea, current Chair of the Braille Authority of North America (BANA), is designed for educators, transcribers, and parents of students with visual impairments. (2014)

March 6th, 2014

Open source software and instructions for a brain-control interface for a power wheelchair are being shared by Emotiv. The system includes an electric wheelchair, a laptop computer, an Arduino, an interface circuit, an EEG headset, and a collection of ready-made and custom software. Instructions can be downloaded and the comments on the posting could be valuable as well.

March 4th, 2014
 Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 now has transcription capabilities, allowing for speech-to-text conversion from pre-recorded audio files. Dragon Dictate is a well-known tool for converting speech to text. With new support for pre-recorded audio files, the software can "transcribe from any pre-recorded single-speaker audio file," according to Nuance. "This new transcription capability is fast, accurate and easy. And perfect for writers, creative professionals, students, educators, field workers, business executives — any user — who needs to access content from various audio files, such as podcasts, and other distinct formats of single speakers. For instance, teaching assistants and students can record lectures at close range and turn them into text, and field workers can now transcribe recordings of their interviews directly from their digital recorder or smartphone."
 
Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 is available now for OS X 10.8 or later. It retails for $199.99 for a single license, but volume licensing terms are also available.