Going Further Beyond the "Wow:" iPads and Tablets as Classroom Tools and AT is the title of a webinar from March 2013 presented by Dave Hohulin as part of the Maryland Assistive Technology Network (MATN) Spring Webinar Series. Dave has been an AT specialist for 18 years. The archives and associated Powerpoints are listed below the current webinars. You can go direct to the AdobeConnect recordings for Session 1, Session 2, or Session 3.
Below the current webinars, you will also find links to other archives from 2012
- Making Curriculum Accessible: The Common Core State Standards, Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning
- iDevices: Support for Individuals with and without Special Needs
- iDevices: Apps for This and That
- iDevices: Gliding, Tapping and Swiping
The Swiss National Association of and for the Blind (SNAB), in collaboration with the Access for All foundation and the service provider xyMedia, has developed an important innovation for visually impaired people. The VIP PDF-Reader overcomes a previously insurmountable problem for people with a visual impairment who want to read and work with PDF files. This innovative product is now available free of charge to Windows, Mac and Linux users.
The VIP PDF-Reader has a range of functions which make PDF documents accessible to visually impaired PC users and also to older people and those with learning disabilities. It displays a table of contents that lists all the correctly formatted headings. This makes it easier for users to find their way around documents quickly. The VIP PDF-Reader’s toolbar can be enlarged and can be used both with the mouse and the keyboard, which is very useful for people with disabilities. The font and the background colour can be set to meet each user’s needs. The software includes fonts such as Tiresias, which has been designed for visually impaired people and is used for TV subtitles. The VIP-PDF Reader can store several different profiles so that users can choose a different view during the daytime and in the evening, when there is more glare from desk lamps, for example.
Visit this page to find links to the free downloads.
Sendero Group works in collaboration with others to create accessible GPS products. On July 2nd, 2013, they announced The Seeing Eye GPS™ app for cell-enabled iOS devices. It is designed to be a convenient mobile option to compliment other Sendero GPS products. Version 1.1 is currently in process. As with other Sendero products over the past 13 years, user feedback will drive development of future versions. They will be posting a list of what we think are high priority features and would like users to vote on these plus add other suggestions. They will also work immediately on a UK and European version of the app.
Other accessible GPS products from Sendero and others include:
- Sendero GPS for BrailleNotes (Apex, mPower and PK)
- Sense Navigation (powered by Sendero GPS) for the Voice Sense, Braille Sense U2, and Braille Sense OnHand
- Mobile Geo for Windows Mobile Smartphones and Pocket PC phones (powered by Sendero GPS).
- Sendero Maps and GPS for the PC
- Sendero LookAround GPS for iPhone and Sendero LookAround for Android: announces the nearest points of interest and your current location
- APH's Nearby Explorer app for Android devices | Listen to a demonstration podcast of the Nearby Explorer app
- Trekker Breeze (no auto route creation)
- Loadstone GPS Free POI navigation software for Symbian series 60 Mobile/phones (no maps)