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People with Disabilities
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
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1 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Tables of Content
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Page No
1
Foreword
• Pranav Desai
• Prof Sudha Rao
2
A Special comment
• Dr Malathi Somaih, Former Faculty IIM-B
3
Why did we write this manual?
ACHNOWLEDGMENT
• Dr.Indumathi Rao
How to use ICT in Indian context?
• Dr.Indumathi Rao
4
3-5
6
7-8
9-10
5
Chapter-1
Introduction to ICT
11-25
6
Chapter -2
Mobile based Learning - M-Shikshak
Chapter-3
ICT to improve employability of persons with
disabilities
26-35
8
Chapter-4
Existing ICT accessibility devices for persons with
hearing impaired and visual impaired.
43-146
9
Chapter-5
ICT Computer applications and Software for
learning difficulties and dyslexia
Details of ICT Products for CWSN
Village disability registers and ID Smart cards for
persons with disabilities
147-177
11
Inclusive ICT developed by CBR Network
190-192
12
References
193-194
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9
10
Content
2 36-42
178-184
185-189
ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Foreword
India has vast and well established IT sector. India also has large number of entrepreneurs who are
young and educated in the US and other western countries, exposed with latest ICT solutions.
Institutions like NASSCOM can promote such initiatives and CSR resources of their member IT
companies can support the budding entrepreneurs who can drive innovation, develop mobile apps in local
languages, create tools, design devices (may be with technology collaboration) and take to market, which
is large and growing. Such Indigenous Assistive technology can meet the needs of persons
with disabilities /Senior citizens in Asia and other countries.
Pranav Desai,
Founder of voice of SAP.com,
IT Business leader, USA
3 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Foreword
ICT can open new opportunities for specially abled persons in India.
More than a billion people live with some form of disability, and 80% of them live in developing
countries. Disability is both a cause and a consequence of poverty: poor people are more likely to become
disabled, and people with disabilities are among the poorest and most vulnerable groups of the global
population.
India’s disabled population has increased by 22.4% between 2001 and 2011. The number of disabled,
which was 2.19 crore in 2001, rose in 2011 to 2.68 crore—1.5 crore males and 1.18 crore females.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which entered into force in 2008, constitutes a
commitment of the international community to the inclusion of the disability perspective and persons with
disabilities in all aspects of development.
The ICT Opportunity for a Disability-Inclusive Development contributes to a better understanding of the
extent to which information and communication technologies (ICTs) enable and accelerate the
educational. Social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities.
There exist many challenges that are still to be addressed in India in using ICT effectively in the
education sector. It is necessary all initiatives concerning ICT in education must also include the needs
and concerns of specially abled learners in the schools, colleges and universities. The role of ICT in open
school system and open universities needs further research and development, as a majority of children
with severe special needs in rural areas have no access to education.
India with its vast IT sector must capture global opportunities by investing in research and development
on ICT for specially abled persons to meet their diverse needs.
We also need to give special attention to understand the ICT needs of persons with disabilities living in
rural, tribal, hilly areas. This needs a network and partnership between universities, IT companies,
educationists, NGOs and persons with special needs.
ICT is not about supplying the equipment to schools and colleges. Unless we train our teachers to make
optimum use of ICT in teaching and learning process mere ICT equipment cannot change the quality of
education.
Our vision must be on inclusive development and a society in which persons with disabilities, as both
agents and beneficiaries of development efforts, can maximize the use of ICTs to fully access healthcare
services, benefit at all educational levels, be competitive in the labor market, participate in public life and
live independently.
4 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 I congratulate CBR NETWORK for compiling this manual, which gives information on existing global
technologies, ICT developed in India.
The manual has a potential to give ideas to IT companies, engineering colleges, IITs to develop new ICT
to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in India as well as at global level.
Let us join hands to working together towards the achievement of this vision.
Prof Sudha Rao
Former Vice Chancellor
Karnataka State Open University
5 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Why do we need ICT for persons with Disabilities in India?
ICT revolution in all spheres of life from education to health sectors is seen in the world. We need to
develop ICT applications relevant to Indian diverse socio-geographic-economic conditions especially to
ensure persons with disabilities in rural /tribal and remote hilly areas get the benefits of ICT. We need
hard ware and software ICT applications to meet the real needs of persons with disabilities in India.
Though we see a huge flood of hardware for ICT applications (Tablets, Smart phones, computers, remote
sensing sensors etc.) we see a large shortage in the software applications relevant to Indian education
system, work empowerment culture, Language and social practices.
It is high time we focus on this issue and use ICT tool effectively to find solutions to local problems such
as lack of schools, trained teachers to meet the diverse needs, easy communication in Indian languages
including sign language, barrier free mobility etc. in rural and urban India.
India with its strong IT industry can develop software applications for persons with disabilities to use for
education, Health, skill development, employment, communication, mobility, simple problem solving
applications etc. India has potential to reach the global users too by developing country specific software
tools and applications.
The challenge in India in scaling up ICT in education is to train teachers at pre-services and in-service
level. The later needs change in attitudes of teacher to accept and use ICT as supportive system and not as
a threat to their position. ICT application in Indian languages appropriate to our context would increase
the acceptance of teachers to use ICT in education
Of course there are three key questions to be addressed in ICT for persons with disabilities. They
are:
1. How much inclusive and exclusive ICT we need to develop?
2. What is the role of IT sector, universities, IITs, NGOs?
3. Who will fund the research?
4. How to scale up production from prototype to open markets?
In India we need ICTs to support (to reach every person living including those who live in remote areas)
for the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
(UNCRPD, 2006), specifically:
Article 6 - Women with disabilities
Article 7 - Children with disabilities
Article 9: Accessibility
Article 24: Inclusive Education.
Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community
Article 21 - Freedom of expression and opinion, and access to information
Article 27 - Work and employment
Article 28 - Adequate standard of living and social protection
Article 31 - Statistics and data collection
In this manual we explain for the beginners how Existing and new ICT can make a difference to
quality of life in rural and urban areas in India.
By,
Dr Malathi Somaih
Former Faculty IIM-B
6 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Why did we write this manual?
ACHNOWLEDGMENT
ICT revolution has entered every sphere in Indian development sector.
The IT sector is growing in India and we have vast number of excellent engineering colleges in states like
Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh who can play a pioneering role in developing ICT relevant to
Indian needs in disability sector. Of course we have potential to meet the global needs as well.
In 2010 I was in a village and was looking for a particular address. There I saw a young man working in
his farm who helped me finding the address. When I said I have to go to this village to understand the
needs of children with disabilities he said he has a sister who cannot hear. I asked him to note down my
phone number and to come along with his sister next week to our weekly free guidance center. I was
looking for a piece of paper to write down my name, address and phone number. He said “Madam there is
no need for paper I will note down in my cell phone and will give a missed call now for you to save my
number”. I was surprised to see his level of “Cell phone literacy”. We developed E learning digital
materials for Community Based rehabilitation and inclusive education in 2002.There were 54 DVD
resource kit had every information on all aspects of disabilities on virtual platform. The excitement of
seeing CBR resource kit an outcome of ten long years of hard work soon punctured as we keep on hearing
from student from rural areas “Madam we do not need this resource kit. Just give un printed books”! Of
course southern India with its rapid IT development was able to create awareness on using E learning in
education. Many students from south appreciated the rich treasure of knowledge and information that was
provided to each student. But I could see the digital divide.
We realized unless we develop E learning, M- Learning in Indian languages, relevant to Indian context
the acceptance from rural learner would remain a distant goal to achieve. This has resulted in M-Shikshak
project, E learning in Indian languages, Indian languages blog, Village disability registers with OMR and
smart cards.
At the global level ICT has made huge revolution in disability sector. We see exclusive technologies and
inclusive technologies used by people with disabilities. From Early identification to university level
education we see ICT being applied to improve the quality of life.
We have developed this manual for beginners the diverse ICT applications for the use of persons with
disabilities available in different countries. We also present E learning and M learning solutions to reach
the unreached children with special needs in rural, tribal, hilly areas with access to health, Education, Tele
rehabilitation (Trinetra Tele rehab is developed by CBR NETWORK which has a network in the south
Asian countries).
We hope this would inspire of engineers, researcher, and business entrepreneurs to develop ICT for
persons with disabilities in India and for global applications.
7 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 We are thankful to Internet sources in the preparation of this manual. If we have left any technology or
research in this area please send us E-mail ([email protected]). We shall include them in
the next edition.
We are Thankful to Dr Malathi Somaih, Prof.Sudha Rao, Shri. Pranav Desai, Kum.Ashwini Sathnur and
each one of them for their contribution in this book and valuable inputs.
My heartfelt thanks to Kum.Deepashree.H.R and CBR staffs for their cooperation in preparing this book.
Dr Indumathi Rao
Regional Adviser
CBR Network
8 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 How to use ICT in Indian context?
In India we have access to global ICT in education, rehabilitation, inclusion in employment/work place
technologies.
There are three types of ICT knowledge available. They are:
1. ICT that are developed for other users but is also relevant to Indian needs and could be used
without much adaptation except translations into Indian languages.
2. ICT that gives us ideas for Indian companies to develop similar technologies for use in Indian
context especially in rural areas.
3. ICT which are not relevant to Indian context
ICT is not same as assistive devices. ICT essentially is computer based digital applications, which is easy
to use by people with disabilities meeting diverse needs.
For example a Smart board in classrooms can change the quality of learning provided a teacher knows to
use the computer, Internet and curricular goals and outcomes. Mere supply of Smart boards /smart
phones/tablets/computer cannot change the quality unless there is an intelligent human facilitation to
kindle curiosity. Eagerness to learn and relevant knowledge sharing using ICT.
When used appropriately, ICTs—especially computers and Internet technologies— enable new ways of
teaching and learning rather than simply allow teachers and students to do what they have done before in
a better way. These new ways of teaching and learning are underpinned by constructivist theories of
learning and constitute a shift from a teacher-centered pedagogy—in its worst form characterized by
memorization and rote learning—to one that is learner-centered. (See Table 2 for a comparison of a
traditional pedagogy and an emerging pedagogy enabled by ICTs.)
• Active learning. ICT-enhanced learning mobilizes tools for examination, calculation and analysis of
information, thus providing a platform for student inquiry, analysis and construction of new
information. Learners therefore learn as they do and, whenever appropriate, work on real-life
problems in-depth, making learning less abstract and more relevant to the learner’s life situation. In
•
this way, and in contrast to memorization-based or rote learning, ICT-enhanced learning promotes
increased learner engagement. ICT-enhanced learning is also “just-in-time” learning in which learners
can choose what to learn when they need to learn it.
Collaborative learning. ICT-supported learning encourages interaction and cooperation among
students, teachers, and experts regardless of where they are. Apart from modeling real-world
interactions, ICT-supported learning provides learners the opportunity to work with people from
different cultures, thereby helping to enhance learners’ teaming and communicative skills as well as
their global awareness. It models learning done throughout the learner’s lifetime by expanding the
learning space to include not just peers but also mentors and experts from different fields.
9 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 •
Creative Learning. ICT-supported learning promotes the manipulation of existing information and the
creation of real-world products rather than the regurgitation of received information.
Integrative learning. ICT-enhanced learning promotes a thematic, integrative approach to teaching
and learning. This approach eliminates the artificial separation between the different disciplines and
between theory and practice that characterizes the traditional classroom approach.
Evaluative learning. ICT-enhanced learning is student-directed and diagnostic. Unlike static, text- or
print-based educational technologies, ICT-enhanced learning recognizes that there are many different
learning pathways and many different articulations of knowledge. ICTs allow learners to explore and
discover rather than merely listen and remember.
•
•
Table 1. Overview of Pedagogy in the Industrial versus the Information Society
Source: This, A., et al. Learning Through the Web. http://www.decidenet.nl/Publications/
Web_Based_Learning.pdf. Accessed 21 May 2002. New link - http://www.decidenet.nl/apps/
documenten/ download/almekinders1.pdf
By,
Dr Indumathi Rao
Regional Adviser
10 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 CHAPTER-1 –ICT AN INTRODUCTION
People with disabilities, around 1 billion in numbers around the world are a significant percentage of the
world’s population. Unfortunately, many of them are not provided with equal opportunities in education
as their peers and are denied their rights of being an integral part of the learning community. It is the
responsibility of all Member States to achieve social justice through the protection of the equal rights of
their citizens, including persons with disabilities, to education, science, culture, communication and
information using various technological solutions. Within this context, the role of ICT to foster inclusive
education for learners with disabilities and improve their quality of life has been globally recognized.
(ICT Policy guidelines, UNESCO, 2014).
Persons with disabilities are still facing challenges in all walks of life. Right from access to transportation,
education, employment, to independent living and performing routine tasks like shopping, watching a
movie or accessing an ATM. Assistive technology can help remove the barriers. ICT is a vast areas which
comprises of software to hardware solutions to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities to
improve the functional ability of an individual with special /diverse needs. . We see tremendous
development in ICT since two decades at global level and these applications are available for individual
use and classroom applications/work stations etc. There is ICT developed exclusively for people with
special needs and there is also ICT, which is developed for “all users” which is also used by people with
disabilities successfully – Electronic note takers, Mobile phones with audio control, Speech to text
software, smart boards, Mobile learning packages, and text size options are some of the examples.
Assistive Technology (AT) both software and hard ware technology helps people with disabilities and
special needs to overcome the additional challenges they face in communication, mobility, daily living
11 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 activities, skills development etc. For example, switch-operated software, onscreen keyboards, canes with
sensors and mouse alternatives are different types of assistive technologies.
Technology lies at the heart of most aspects of inclusive development and the fulfillment of rights for
persons with disabilities. Without technology, basic rights such as access to education and employment
and participation in social, cultural and political aspects of society cannot be realized for persons with
disabilities. The current draft of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provides special attention to
persons with disabilities in a number of areas1and includes references to technology and access to the
benefits of technologies throughout as a mechanism for the achievement of the post-2015 goals and
targets. (ICT conference 2014 –UN DESA concept note)
In India, a majority of children with disabilities are enrolled in schools as a part of compulsory enrolment
policy and Right to Education Act. There are six key challenges we need to address in India especially in
rural/tribal areas. They are:
1. How do we use ICT to include those children with diverse needs who are not yet included in the
education system?
2. How do we use ICT to scale up educational access to children who live in rural /tribal areas who
cannot attend school regularly due to lack of accessibility to schools?
3. How do we use ICT to enhance the quality of learning in inclusive schools/open school system
and other educational systems?
4. Whether our teachers in general education system are trained in the use of ICT for its effective
implementation?
5. Do we have appropriate ICT technology relevant to Indian socio-cultural-economic conditions
taking the countries diversity (different languages, diverse curriculum, different teacher training
programmes, diverse terrain etc.)
6. Last but nevertheless least how do we use ICT for mandatory screening, registration and
assessment of children with diverse needs without labeling them based on the type or intensity of
disability?
The above challenges can be addressed if we take into account that India is a major knowledge society
and has the major share in the development of IT sector especially in the development of software
solutions for computers as well as mobile applications. The 2014 expedition to Mars shows we have
fantastic indigenous technologies and potential to develop such technologies in all sectors, which includes
the education, health and rehabilitation sectors.
ICT can end discrimination in schools
ICT can eradicate discrimination in the schools as appropriate ICT inclusive technologies can help all
learners to learn and have unique pace and approach to learning. This realization in turn changes the way
we see “individual differences” among “diverse learners”. As diversity and unique needs are seen as
“normal’ in place of the existing viewing them as “Special needs”.
We can foresee common learning environments meeting the individual needs in schools replacing the
current system of norm referenced /target driven approaches in the school system. ICT can become a
bridge to cement the gaps in learning and attitude towards individual needs of learners. ICT has potential
to recognize the uniqueness of a learner both in terms of pace and method of learning. However for this
12 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 happen in a schools in rural /tribal and remote areas there is a need for well-planned ICT strategy, which
is appropriate to Indian diverse socio-cultural-economic conditions.
Ø Let us see in a diagram how ICT can help children with special needs to learn without barriers.
ICTs to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD, 2006), specifically:
Article 9: Accessibility; " Article 21: Freedom of Expression and Opinion, and
Access to Information; " Article 24: Inclusive Education.
Global ICT Policy guidelines-UNESCO 2014
Reading /Writing/communication
ICT solutions
• Text to speech software in Indian
langauges
• Screening and registation of diverse
needs software
• ICT based sign language ,speech
training
• TALC software
• Portage ICT training
Enhanced & flexible Learning
opportunities (All learners can
benefit)
• Virtual classrooms
• Digital activity/animation libray
• Acitivity/assigenments -Do it yourself
ICT board
• FAQ curricular conent wise
• Multimeida curriculm refereced
ICT support system using
Computer/Tablet /Smart boards
and M-learning
• Mobility ICT solutions
• M-learning solutions
• 24x7 faciliator supprot blogs
• Option to choose lanaguges
• Self evaluation ICT solutions
13 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø Diagram-1-ICT enabled learning –Multi-dimensions
The above diagram (Diagram -1) illustrates how a learner can move on the path of self learning mode
with the support of ICT which would give 24x7 support with flexibility to learn at their own pace in their
own communities .Let us see advantages of ICT based learning with a specific reference to children with
special needs. (Most of the concepts stated in this paper are applicable to all learners).
• 2 4 x 7 s u p p o r t b y t h e
facilitator to answer
questions
• A learner can learn at their
own pace
• Virtual classroom lectures on
each learning outcome helps
a child to listen, go back, re
listen, make notes, adjust the
teacher speed to align with
child 's learning speed
• Animated self learning
activities and assignments
helps a learners to enjoy
learning
• Unlimited opportunity to
learn by trial and error takes
the stress away and helps
children to learn better as
built in corrections and
reward systems helps a child
to learn
Child centered
Diversities are
accepted without
discrimination
• Instructions can be
task analyzed and
present at different
levels of learning
helping a learner to
move from one level
of learning to another
level from acquisition
to consolidation and
generalization.
• Self-evaluation of
each learning
outcome by the
learner enhances the
quality of learning
with out comparisons
with other learners. 14 • Virtual teacher and
human facilitator
interface
• ICT solutions helps any
educated person in the
community can play the
role of facilitators .It
could be parents,
siblings, social workers,
rehabilitation workers.
• S c h o o l s m u s t t r a i n
teachers in ICT
technologies.
Any adult in the
Village community
can facilitate
learning
ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø Diagram-2-ICT enabled learning
SUCCESS STORY OF AMOG INAMDAR
I wish to share the story of Amog Inamdar from Bangalore. Amog invited some of us for
dinner to share his joy in 2013. When I asked the cause for celebration his proud parents said
he has scored 99% in pre university examination.
I was so happy and congratulated him on this spectacular achievement. I am sure the entire
nation would congratulate him if they know that Amog was born deaf person.
When he had his first cochlear implant while he was in 11th standard and he got it done before
Diwali. When i asked him how is doing he said “i heard Pataki cracker sound for the first time
in my life ”his eyes were beaming with joy.
He recited a poetry he wrote about our prime minister Modi ji and many learning theories i
had in head started dancing turning somersaults as none of these theory were close to the
reality what i was actually seeing.
His mother said, “We met many professionals and they all said not underestimate his potential
to learn. As parents we had immense confidence in his potential. I must say he had so much of
faith and confidence in his potential. By gods grace and well wishes he is able to achieve this
due to his own efforts and support of his teachers.
Amog had a wide exposure to Internet, computers and he was on full swing on a self-learning
mode. Of course teachers in schools, teachers in private tuition classes, parents all played an
effective supportive role. Computers and Internet access with software with accessible format
is to enhance learning is a boon to learners with special needs.
We are aware a majority of children with special needs in India are not as fortunate as Amog.
If they also get opportunities to learn like Amog they will also shine like him leading to India,
which shines where in everyone partake in the national development.
Ø India is an emerging knowledge society
India is an emerging knowledge society. In knowledge society we need to ensure every child with special
diverse need has access to education from pre-primary to higher education.
A learner in the 21st century is not depended only on teachers to acquire knowledge and information.
They are acquiring knowledge from diverse sources; computers, mobile phone, television, radio,
newspapers, magazines and a vibrant society around them are the man sources of knowledge building.
15 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø However a Learner with Special /Diverse needs has no access to ICT.
Age
Group
0-4
5-9
10-19
20-29
Table 1-Disability Data as per 2011 census in India
Number of leaners who
Disabled
would benefit from ICT
Population
persons
Percentage
access in education
112806778
1,291,332
1.144729087
126928126
1,955,539
1.540666408
253235661
4,616,050
1.822827789
78,62,921
78,62,921
212838187
4,189,839
1.968556047
419839
Ø Scope of ICT
The scope of ICT is vast. ICT enabled learning system has many dimensions. These dimensions are
explain in Table-2.The Table covers only a part of ICT dimensions as from movie ticket booking to train
travel, information to farmer on agriculture to job placements is based on ICT in India. Therefore one
may argue unless we enable people with disabilities ICT savvy the concept inclusive society may remain
a dream.
Table-2-Scope of ICT in India
ICT
for ICT for
parents
Self-learning
(Core curricular
areas,
plus
curricular areas
and
open
curricular areas).
ITC
for ITC for Mobility
enhancing
language
and
communicat
ion
ICT of early ICT for behavior
identificatio management
n
and
intervention
ICT based ICT
based
School
assessment
Disability
Registers
with
screening
and
ICT
for
teacher
capacity
building
ICT to overcome
barriers
in
conventional
learning
environments
ICT for enhanced learning
experiences in the form of
digital libraries, talking and
interactive books, games etc.
ICT
for Virtual classroom M-Learning
enhancing
life
skills/Dail
y
living
etc.
ICT based ICT based skill ICT
based
jobs
training
technology
assistive
ICT based Tele
Medicine ICT and cloud technology
ID cards and
Tele
and
rehabilitation
registratio
n
of
people
with
16 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 assessment
with smart
cards
ICT
for ICT for assistive
Community device training
Based
rehabilitatio
n
disabilities
ICT
for
production
of
assistive
technolog
y
ICT
for ICT for capacity ICT
for
higher
building
and counseling
education
productivity in and
work place
guidance
to families
and
members
with
disabilities
ICT for Smart ICT for TV schools
boards in schools
ICT
for ICT for media management
panchayth
on disability issues
sensitization on
disabilities issues
The above table (Table-2) shows ICT is a tool that could be used effectively to find solutions to many
challenges from early intervention to capacity building and productivity of people with disabilities.
In a report undertaken by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, draws on interviews with a
cross-section of research, policy, and industry experts to illustrate how mobile technologies such as cell
phones, iPod devices, and portable gaming platforms might be more widely used for learning in future.
More than half of the world’s population now owns a cell phone and children under 12 constitute one of
the fastest growing segments of mobile technology users in the U.S. In India a conservative estimate says
nearly 70% of our people have a mobile phone. They are now using mobile phones for communication
and entertainment. If we use the mobile technology for education we can make quantum jump in scaling
the educational access and quality enhanced learning. If we can give a smart phone with android
application to all children /learners with special needs and support with M- Learning application (For
example M-Shikshak programme of CBR network available) we can reach a majority of children with
special needs within a span of one year! That is the power of ICT, large-scale expansion is possible only
by use of ICT and India needs ICT to reach every child with a special need. ICT can use computers,
Internet, tablets, smart boards, mobile phones, Radios for scaling up educational access. In India we have
vast experience of NGOs in using diverse platforms in reaching the unreached, in quality enhancement in
learning and similar applications.
17 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø ICT systems requirement
ICT enabled learning need the following inputs in our schools/teacher training colleges /universities.
Schools
• Hardware-Smart boards, Mobile Smart phones with Android application with
accessibility standards, Tablets, computers, lap top, UPS, solar lights, computer
furniture with accessibility standards, DVDs, pen drives, speakers and
microphone for chat with virtual teachers and re al teachers
• Internet, cell phone service providers
• Access to above facility before and after school hours in addition to access during
school hours
• Digital library, E learning books, assistive devices and assistive technology such
as wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, ramps (foldable), braille slates, stationary for
braille, abacus, hearing aids, magnifying lenses etc. Skill development Lab for
experiments, project work, assignments
• Software is curriculum centers, plus curriculum centers and open curricular areas
such as games, music, dance, drama, farming, dairy, cooking, TALC training,
portage training etc.
Teacher
training
colleges
Universities
• ICT lab (with the above tools and technologies
• ICT curriculum and learning materials
• ICT Research and development department
• Training programme on ICT in Inclusive education Certificate level courses for teachers (In service training)
• Network with soft industry for ICT development for early
intervention, pre school, primary, secondary and higher
education)
Ø Diagram-3-ICT enabled education
A research study in U.S. examined over 25 handheld learning
products and research projects in the U.S. and abroad, the
report highlights early evidence and examples of how mobile
devices may help re-define teaching and learning in the
decade ahead.
18 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø MAPPING EXISTING ICT RESOURCES
Many organizations have developed ICT solutions in the area of education. Inclusive education,
community based rehabilitation, portage early childhood inclusion, village disability registrations, school
disability registers, Trinetra screening software’s etc.
There are also global technologies available in special needs, which could be adapted to Indian
conditions.
For example braille learning software’s, sign language learning software’s, learning software’s for
children with profound brain damage are available.
Just as Sesame Street in USA helped transform television into a
revolutionary tool for learning among young children four decades
ago, advances in mobile technologies are showing enormous
untapped educational potential for today’s generation.
Ø There is a need to develop the following software solutions in Indian languages:
1.
2.
3.
4.
Screening
Assessment
Digital registration and smart cards
Virtual classrooms lectures, digital activity learning, fax and multimedia related general curricular
areas in different Indian languages
5. Virtual classrooms lectures, digital activity learning, fax and multimedia in plus curricular areas
such as sign gauge, speech training, behavior modification skills, talc, portage etc.
6. ICT for open curricular areas such as sports, music, dance drama etc. to enhance the quality of
learning
7. ICT training for teachers
8. ICT training for parents
9. ICT training for CBR personnel
10.ICT training for educated volunteers in the community
Ø Key opportunities in ICT based learning
Five opportunities to seize ICT based learning’s unique attributes to improve education:
1. Encourage “anywhere, anytime” learning
ICT allow students to gather, access, and process information outside the classroom. They can encourage
learning in a real-world context, and help bridge school, afterschool, and home environments.
19 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 2. Reach the unreached children
Because of their relatively low cost and accessibility in low-income communities, handheld
devices/tablets /low cost computers can help advance digital equity, reaching and inspiring populations
“at the edges” — children from economically disadvantaged communities and those from developing
countries.
3. Improve 21st-century social interactions
ICT technologies have the power to promote and foster collaboration and communication, which are
deemed essential for 21st-century success.
4. Fit with learning environments –Simple
ICT devices can help overcome many of the challenges associated with larger technologies, as they fit
more naturally within various learning environments.
5. Enable a personalized learning experience
Not all children are alike; instruction should be adaptable to individual and diverse learners. There are
significant opportunities for genuinely supporting differentiated, autonomous, and individualized learning
through ICT devices.
Ø Key challenges in ICT based learning
A number of critical challenges must be addressed to unleash the educational potential of ICT
technologies. Five key challenges outlined in the report include:
1. Negative aspects of ICT based learning
2. We are listing these issues to ensure ICT interface in education is planned carefully to
prevent the negative aspects.
Cognitive, social, and physical challenges must be surmounted when ICT devices are incorporated into
children’s learning. Disadvantages include: the potential for distraction or unethical behavior; physical
health concerns, sedentary life style, lack of real applications replaced by virtual learning and data privacy
issues.
3. Cultural norms and attitudes
Though many experts believe that ICT devices have significant potential to transform children’s learning,
parents and teachers may not be convinced. In rural /tribal areas the use of ICT by children may also pose
cultural challenges unless the ICT is built on local cultural strengthens and indigenous technologies in
which local cultures, ethos and values are built into ICT learning. India has also seen the impact of
Television shows, advertisements on life style of people.
2008 study in USA done by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in collaboration with Common Sense Media
found that most teachers see cell phones as distractions and feel that they have no place in school. In India
most of the schools do not allow mobile phones/Tablets/lap tops inside classrooms. When ICT is
introduced there would be changes and new challenges for teachers and families as these technologies can
be addictive too and children may loose contact with the real world unless there is self-discipline and
awareness about the negative effects of ICT.
20 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 4. ICT theory of learning
Currently, no widely accepted learning theory for ICT technologies has been established, hampering the
effective assessment, pedagogy, and design of new applications for learning. In Indian context we need to
study the long-term sustainable learning, increased ability to think and in problem solving, active contact
with reality. Learning alone must be replaced with learning in groups both at virtual and in real time.
Differentiated access, enhanced quality of learning, availability of new knowledge and information
and technology
Wide diversity in ICT technologies represents a challenge for teachers and learners who wish to
accelerate academic outcomes as well as the producers who seek to facilitate such learning. Students may
not depend on teachers for knowledge and information, as these would be easily available with the use of
ICT. This may lead new demands on teachers to acquire more knowledge and skills to facilitate
innovative thinking to sustain the interest of learners and schools may need to work towards projects
centered learning and problem solving methods.
5. Limiting physical attributes
Poorly designed ICT technologies may adversely affect usability and can distract children from learning
goals. Physical aspects of ICT technologies that may prevent an optimal learning experience include:
restricted writing skills, reading books, socialization skills etc.
Consolidation is needed
It has been difficult to develop software applications for ICT due to proprietary platforms, and the
computer; tablets/smart board industry has been slow to address this problem to meet the Indian
requirement. It is also difficult to use web-based application due to undependable Internet speed. The
power supply in rural areas is another challenge. Schools must have power supply during school hours
and a multiple user ICT center must be available in each village panchayth/ward level with solar light and
UPS facilities for children to use after school hours.
Explanation of findings
Most of the academic literature agrees that access to ICT can be a powerful tool in supporting educational
inclusion. This section explores in greater depth some key aspects of ICT and inclusive education.
Ø Assistive technologies
Assistive Technology (AT) is the software and technology, which helps people with disabilities and
special needs to overcome the additional challenges they face in communication and learning. For
example, switch-operated software, onscreen keyboards and mouse alternatives are all types of assistive
technologies.
A number of studies have shown that technology can enable students to overcome barriers to learning and
develop positive relationships with peers and teachers. Careers reported that they had higher expectations
of students’ sociability and level of participation since the introduction of communication aids. Yet
evaluation into the use of assistive technology is limited and often lacks detailed and comprehensive
criteria for assessing the effectiveness of the devices (Clarke and Kirton, 2003; Worth, 2001).
21 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Research studies indicate fairly positive outcomes from people with profound multiple learning
difficulties using micro-switches and speech output systems. However, more advice, support and training
for teachers and careers are needed to help students make effective use of the technology (Detheridge,
1997; Lancioni et al., 2001).
Speech-recognition software is of most value to those students who cannot produce handwritten work of
sufficient quality or quantity. These systems can have a positive effect on reading and spelling with
students showing significant improvement in word recognition, reading comprehension and spelling.
However, not all students have expressed positive feelings about using the systems and have often
reported the task of correcting speech recognition errors to be tedious and frustrating. In particular, some
primary-age students have been unable to use such systems because the software has failed to recognize
their high-pitched voices or unclear speech (DfEE/Becta, 2000; Higgins and Raskind, 2000).
Software and web accessibility
Good software design can benefit all students, and special needs students in particular. However, only a
small percentage of curriculum materials are currently available in alternative formats accessible to those
with special needs. Some students with special needs may need to use assistive technology in order to
access the Internet. Yet even when this technology is available, access may still be problematic because
the content is often not itself accessible - for example, when websites have not been designed with screen
readers in mind. Inclusive design standards and guidelines as recommended by the W3C Web
Accessibility Initiative (see http://www.w3.org/WAI/) can help to ensure universal access.
The 21st-century Learner
Most of the students have would have interacted with some of the ICT devices.
21st century learner with or without special needs is all set to explore the education using ICT technology.
ICT will enable the learner and may change the role of our schools centers of teaching to facilitating and
learning environments
Ø Goals for ICT based learning
From a state of uneven and scattered innovation into a force for dynamic educational impact.
We can sum up the five goals:
1) Learn and Understand ICT learning as a unique element of education reform to include children
with special /diverse needs.
2) ICT technologies and their learning applications require a systematic research inquiry to
determine how they can become an important driver of technology integration in education. Public
and private sector support for needed R&D.
3) Invest in understanding the development of “ICT enabled kids” – Researchers, educators,
and parents have entered new territory in digesting the implications of children’s involvement
with technology. Key developmental and health issues /socio –cultural issues should be carefully
researched.
22 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 4) Develop educational standards and guidelines for ICT based industry - As ICT applications
for children’s learning proliferate, government bodies, industry groups, and parent advocates
should collaborate on a consumer protection initiative to better describe educational effectiveness
in interactive media products for children with special needs.
5) Prepare: Train teachers and learners to incorporate ICT technologies- Often the bulk of
spending in incorporating technology into education is on the technology itself; however,
preparing teachers and learners to use these technologies effectively should be a higher priority.
National, state, and community leaders should:
6) Build capacity: Digital teacher corps – Teachers cannot teach what they do not know, and most
have not been trained to use new technologies in their classrooms or afterschool settings. It is not
just a matter of showing teachers how to use the devices; rather, it is crucial to provide them with
methodologies for ways in which they can incorporate technologies within their curriculum.
Teachers’ effective use of ICT with students is greatly enhanced through collaboration with peers. This is
most effective when time is set aside for discussion and reflection away from the distractions of the
classroom. Such discussions help teachers to become more observant of their students’ forms of
communication, and to interpret their responses so that teachers can devise targets and action plans for
development. Online discussion forums can provide the means for this professional collaboration where it
might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Moreover, encouraging participation from other health and
non-educational professionals will continue to develop greater inclusion within schools (Detheridge,
1997; European Agency for Development in Special Educational Needs, 2003; Lewis and Ogilvie, 2002).
Connected learning communities
Leaders of special schools/inclusive schools, CBR programmes etc., where the effective use of ICT is
well established, can develop new ways of working to support inclusion. Sharing best practice and the
special skills of these schools can benefit colleagues in mainstream education, so reducing the divide
between mainstream and special. This is already well developed in some areas. Such networks provide
support in developing online information, professional development courses and contact for pupils and
staff, in partnership with other schools and institutions.
Given the vital role that ICT can play in helping children with special needs to communicate and be
involved in learning, it is disappointing that there is relatively little research published in academic
journals regarding the use of ICT to support inclusive practice. Other sources of information include
reports from charities and policy organization’s with expertise in the area of special needs.
There are a growing number of small-scale case studies showing the difference that ICT can make to
individuals both at school and at home. Many of these case studies are powerful evidence of the potential
that technology has in making a profound difference for students. Such studies may also provide teachers
with examples of the use of different types of ICT in varying circumstances, some of which may be
applicable to their own students. Hence even though these case studies may be small-scale, they can be of
significant value.
23 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø Key areas of research in ICT for inclusion
1) Research is needed into the increased ICT skills required by teaching staff to exploit the
technology’s educational potential
2) Research and findings need to be more widely disseminated leading to policies on good
pedagogical approaches using ICT to support inclusion in special needs education
3) Research on ICT for rural areas to develop locally appropriate ICT software applications for
inclusion, scaling and improving the learning opportunities
4) Research on ICT enabled education and its impact on socio cultural fabric of India. This is an
important area of research as ICT is a mere tool and its impact varies how well the technology is
used by teachers/parents and the learner. Inappropriate use of ICT without monitoring/ICT self
disciplines can lead to social problems.
5) Research on use of ICT by teachers is another area that needs an in depth study. Teachers may
resist use of ICT with known and unknown fears that they may become obsolete and redundant in
an ICT enabled learning environments. There are also cultural factors accepting technology as
support to education system. Any change in system hurts when people are used to one way of
functioning. Introduction of ICT in education may also have its teething trouble as the new
gadgets in the classroom may be seen as the distraction for learning in the initial phase.
Ø Key questions for schools
1) Is the curriculum inclusive by ensuring equality of access and opportunity for all pupils, including
and through the use of ICT?
2) How do your teachers keep up-to-date with the range of hardware and software to support their
pupils?
3) How can special schools share effective practice using ICT with colleagues in mainstream
schools?
Ø References
1) Becta’s ICT Research - http://www.becta.org.uk/ research/ictrn/
2) DETHERIDGE.T, 1997.‘Bridgingthecommunication gap for pupils with profound and multiple
learning difficulties’. British Journal of Special Education, 24(1), pp. 21-26.
3) EUROPEAN AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT IN SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION, 2003.
Special needs education in Europe: thematic publication. European Agency for Development in
Special Needs Education. http://www.european-agency.org/publications/ agency publications/
SNE Europe/ downloads/ Thematic Publication English.doc
4) Inclusion in every schools-E learning and M learning solutions by CBR NETWORK and Ipomo,
Bangalore, India (2013)
24 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 5) LOISELLE, J., etal.2001.‘Integratingtechnologyin classrooms with learning disabled students:
teachers' needs and professional development implications’. In Price. (Ed.), 12th International
Conference of the Society Association for the Advancement of Computer Technology and
Teacher Education, 2001. Pp. 2626-2630.
6) MOORE, D. AND TAYLOR, J., 2000.‘ Interactive multimedia systems for students with autism’.
Journal of Educational Media, 25 (3), pp. 169-175.
7) UNESCO-Model Policy for Inclusive ICTs in Education for Persons with Disabilities, Paris, 2014
25 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Chapter -2-Mobile based Learning - M-Shikshak
Project M-Shikshak
Come and Learn Now
26 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 IPOMO
Ipomo Bangalore pioneered some of the best programs in the education space like mobile
attendance, mobile assessments, mobile MOCK etc. Check out how these programs are making a
huge impact in the education space.
With many years of research in teaching-learning methodology, Ipomo is poised to bring in much
needed revolution in the education space. Check this page for surveys, trends, analytics and much
more.
Across schools, colleges and institutions of higher learning, the focus today is on the quality of learning
of the students. Here is the next generation solution to enhance the quality of learning in an interactive
manner.
Integrating M learning solution into your system is very simple.
IPOMO Campus is the world’s first mobile-based learning and administrative solution to address the
needs of student, parent, teacher and management.
Classroom Management Attendance & Internal Marks: Teachers take attendance & enter internal marks on the device and submit for real time consolidation. Reports: Teachers can pull real-­‐time report of a student anytime, anywhere. Consolidated reports can be obtained anytime, anywhere • Continuous Internal Assessment:
Conduct tests: Institute can conduct internal tests (objective type) using mobile phones
Immediate
results:
Students
can
know
their
results
Identify learning patterns: Helps in identifying slow and advanced learners objectively
27 immediately
ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 •
Career Guidance and Student/Parent Engagement:
Interactive guidance and mocks: For various competitive exams (CAT, GRE, GATE, CET, IIT, AIEEE, AIIMS etc.) Sharing with students/parents real-­‐time reports on-­‐ Academic performance -­‐ Attendance -­‐ Institutions events/notes -­‐ Announcements IPOMO collaboration with CBR NETWORK
IPOMO has developed M-Shikshak project in collaboration with CBR NETWORK with a focus of
scaling up educational access to persons with disabilities.
M-Shikshak aims to provide E-solutions by providing mobile-based interactive virtual platforms with
accessibility global standards. The learning options are available in any Indian language. Efforts are made
to develop learning materials in other Asian languages.
What is M-Shikshak project?
•
M Learning - You thought mobile phone is used only for talking, SMS, Internet and
entertainment. Mobile Classrooms are extremely popular all over the world.
•
M-Shikshak is friendly teacher available to help you learn 24x7. Isn’t this wonderful?
•
Who can join M-Shikshak? - Any learner can join studying in classes 1st to 10th Parents with
children in 0-6 age group can also join.
28 1
2
ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 We encourage children who have difficulty in seeing; hearing, learning, moving and other
difficulties, which make it difficult to go to school, can also join. We have special programmes for
them with universal accessibility design system.
•
What do we teach? - We teach curricular content (Classes 1-12th Std), plus curricular content
(Braille, Abacus, Speech training, sign language, behavior modification skills, abacus, reading
activities etc.) and also lots of games to help you to learn better.
•
What languages? - We teach in all languages [English, Kannada and Hindi] used in India.
For 0-6 age group child
We have special early childhood development package called Indian portage for parents to help their
child to achieve holistic development.
Do not worry if there is no support in your village or town. Join M-Shikshak school. A friendly teacher
ever ready to help you to learn better.
• Content of M Shikshak project
Digital Library room Assign
ments FAQ SMS support/
E -­‐
Mail/Call support •
Multi Media
Virtual Class room Lectures How much does it cost? - To Join M-Shikshak you need to pay Rs.250 per subject/ year.
29 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 •
Can you get scholarships? - M-Shikshak provides free scholarship to children with disabilities
from poor economic background.
•
Accessibility - M-Shikshak has built in accessibility features with text to speech-touch screen
keyboard, volume controls, multi level of competency to progress ay individual pace of learning.
•
Content presentation & IEP - M-Shikshak has IEPs built in for each learner. The content,
Method, Materials and Evaluation has learner-centered adaptation which a learner chooses based
on the need.
•
Do you have a phone with Android application? - You need to have an android phone to join M
–Shikshak programme.
• Cost in India - Android mobile phone
Nokia mobile Android Phone - Two Nokia android mobile phone models are suggested by
Microsoft. They are mentioned below: 1. Nokia X whose cost is Rs. 7000/- for each unit mobile phone
2. Nokia XL whose cost is Rs. 10000/- for each unit mobile phone
• Inside M –Shikshak
Curricular
content (all
subjects)
CBSE Stream
Plus Curriculum
Presentation
Evaluation
Braille, Abacus, Taylor
frame, O and M training,
Pre Braille skills, ADL,
Adaptations of general
curricular content
Virtual lectures
Multi Media
Digital Library
FAQ
SMS/E
mail
support/Blog
Joyful
learning
activities (games)
Daily an weekly
evaluation
based
with a criterion of
success for each
curricular conceptsub concept with
specific, Measurable,
Observable
and
achievable Learning
outcomes (SOMA
features for precision
learning system)
State
syllabi
level Sign Language, Speech Same as above
therapy, Adaptations of
general curricular content
Open School
Portage Early childhood
development, TALC-Pre
Vocational
skills,
Behavior
modification
skills, Specific learning
disability Reading levels,
reading activities, ABC
Analysis etc.
30 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 •
How to Join? - Fill the form and send it to our center along with your fees. Schools /NGOs can
also enroll children in-group. If NGOs /school help children to give mobile phones on hire basis.
•
What kind phones you need? - Any phone with android application.
•
How M Shikshak works?
Ø Flow chart on Abacus Learning
Abacus Knowledge section for Learning entered
Topic 1 to read: - Introduction to Abacus
Topic 2 to read: - How to read Abacus
Topic 3 to read: - How to solve Mathematics
problems in Abacus
Topic 4 to read: - How to convert Abacus
solutions to Braille format
Topic 5 to read: - FAQ on Abacus
Topic 6 to read: - Assignments in Abacus
Topic 7 to read: - Further reading on Abacus
31 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø Flow chart on Braille Learning
Braille Knowledge Learning entered
Topic 1 to read: - Introduction to Braille
and pre-Braille activities
Topic 2 to read: - Braille Dots in English
Topic 3 to read: - Braille Dots in Kannada,
Hindi – Other Indian languages
Topic 4 to read: - How to write using
Braille
Topic 5 to read: - How to read Braille
Topic 5 to read: - How to read Braille
Topic 6 to read: - Assignments in Braille
Topic 7 to read: - FAQ on Braille
32 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø Flow chart of the M-Shikshak mobile application
User logs in – Registration
No
Yes
Do you have a
special need?
Abacus PDF
documents/ videos
opened up
Welcome page
Yes
List of subjects
No
Y
Is Math’s
selected?
Yes
No
33 Y
ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Is Physics selected?
No
Y
Yes
Is Biology selected?
If the user has visual
impairment, then videos are
displayed of that particular
subject. And also the Braille
video/PDF documents are
opened.
If the user has hearing
impairment, then PDF documents
are displayed of that particular
subject.
34 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Learning
completed?
No
Y
Yes
Assignments section entered
Scores displayed
End
35 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Chapter-3-ICT to improve employability of persons with disabilities
A case study research-Accessibility for Hearing Impaired persons in Airport Ground
Handling section
By
Ashwini Sathnur
CBR Network
36 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Accessibility for Hearing Impaired persons in Airport Ground Handling section
In aviation, aircraft ground handling defines the servicing of an aircraft while it is on the ground and
(usually) parked at a terminal gate of an airport.
Many airlines around the world subcontract their ground handling to an airport or a handling agent, or
even to another airline. Ground handling addresses the many service requirements of a passenger aircraft
cargo aircrafts and Non- schedule aircrafts, between the time it arrives at a terminal gate and the time it
departs on its next flight. Speed, efficiency, and accuracy are important in ground handling services in
order to minimize the turnaround time.
Airlines with less-frequent service or fewer resources at a particular location sometimes subcontract
ground handling or on-call aircraft maintenance to another airline, as it is a short-term cheaper alternative
to setting up its own ground handling or maintenance capabilities.
Airlines may participate in an industry-standard Mutual Assistance Ground Service Agreement
(MAGSA). The MAGSA is published by the Air Transport Association (the current version is from 1981)
and is used by airlines to assess prices for maintenance and support to aircraft at so-called MAGSA Rates,
which are updated annually based on changes in the U.S. Producer Price Index. Airlines may also contract
for ground handling services under the terms of a Standard Ground Handling Agreement (SGHA) that is
updated and re-published from time to time by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the
current version is from January 2008. Airlines may also contract for ground handling services under nonstandard terms.
Ø Types of Services
•
Passenger Services
•
Ramp Services
•
Cabin Services
•
Catering Services
•
Baggage Handling
•
Baggage Services
•
Weight and Balance
•
Flight Operations
There are hearing impaired persons employed in the Ground Handling section in the Airport who have
difficulty in communicating while at work. This product “Accessibility” is for the purpose of bringing
about a transformation in this section and enabling the hearing impaired persons and mainstreaming them
into the main sections of society. And thereby creating an inclusive work culture. Leading to socioeconomic progress of the society.
37 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Figure: Hearing impaired persons at the Ground Handling section in Airport
The project eliminates the use of paperwork process in the Airport Ground Handling section and
introduces the concept of mobile technology for streamlining the process of Ground Handling.
Figure: Ground Handling section in Airport
38 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 The flowchart of the product’s capabilities and functions is described below: -
Login into the application by the Ground Handling staff
View Contracted Services component is entered into.
The Ground Handling staff searches for the list of Contracted
services by entering the Flight Number and Aircraft type
For that Flight and Aircraft, the list of Contracted Services
is displayed in the form screen on the mobile handset
Then the View Non-contracted services component is
entered into
The Flight number, Aircraft type and Airline code and
frequently used service is entered by the ground handling
staff
The contracted services for that aircraft type is
captured
39 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 The Service Level Agreements for the Contracted Services is
captured
The Non-contracted services for that Aircraft type is
captured
The Service Level Agreements for the Non-Contracted
Services is captured
The Summary Form obtains the information regarding
the on-duty Ground handling staff with the
performance of him/her at work
End
40 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 41 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 A Brief Note about the Product
It supplies list of contracted and non-contracted services on the mobile handheld device. So the
information is provided to the ground handling staff on the fly. And when they are working on the Ramp
of the airport.
These ground handling staff, which are being dealt with here, are basically hearing impaired. Hence
instructions given to them from the Airport has to be in text and not in calls on the mobile.
Hence the meetings between the airline and airport staff and these ground handling staff has to be in the
form of a mobile application which displays the required features on the mobile.
And since this deals with hearing impaired people, it also takes into account, the feature of rehabilitation
in the Airport IT.
The contract management stream within Airport IT aims at providing contract management solutions to
ground handlers. In addition to the management of contractual data and actual creation of contracts and
related documents, it also aids the ground handlers in generating billing reports, tracking compliance, and
analysis of costs and revenues. Document management, creation of pricing models, monitoring
performance and interfacing with the resource management system are other services provided by the
product.
This document focuses on the mobility requirement within the Contract management stream.
Ground handlers provide services based on the SLA and contract agreement with the airline. Apart from
the listed services in the contract agreement, Airlines also request services on an ad-hoc basis. The
mobility solution provided by Contract management system allows ground-handling agents to view the
list of services to be provided using a rugged hand-held device. The solution allows users to log
additional services to keep track of ad-hoc services provided per airline per aircraft in addition to the
services provided as per agreement. Contracted tasks are available to the agent, and they can log delivery
of service for a flight for the full turn-around or for individual services.
The Mobile Solution delivers three very useful features:
1. Tracking and logging contracted and non-contracted tasks for detailed billing and revenue
generation
2. Tracking SLA compliance and performance measurement of the each services
3. Display contracted services and non-contracted services for the selected airlines.
References
Ø Pictures from Google.com
42 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Chapter-4 - Existing ICT Accessibility Devices
The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is increasing and proving to be of greater
importance in people's day-to-day lives. However, this increase in use and importance of ICT raises
concerns as to whether these technologies are fully accessible for all people, especially to disabled and
elderly people.
Access by disabled and elderly people to technology is a major issue in allowing their integration in
society. The growing global proportion of disabled and elderly people signifies that the urgency of this
issue will not decrease in the years to come.
What is ICT accessibility?
This sub-section provides a definition of ICT accessibility and information on other terms used such as
Usability, Universal design, Design for All and Inclusive design.
Who benefits from ICT accessibility?
This sub-section provides information on the user groups that benefit from ICT accessibility. For
example: Blind and partially sighted people; Deaf blind people; Hearing, Physically, Cognitively and
Language impaired people and the Ageing population.
Why ICT accessibility?
This sub-section offers several reasons why ICT accessibility should be considered by designers and
researchers: the Demographic, Business, Legal and Moral case.
Assistive Technology
This sub-section provides a definition of assistive technology (AT) and information on the different types
of assistive technologies that exist to help the different types of user groups.
ICT Devices
This section contains technical and price information on ICT devices that are currently commercially
available and provides contact details of the manufacturers of the devices. The manufacturers or their
agents have provided the data and the authors have not verified the accuracy of their claims. Prices are
quoted exclusive of sales tax, value added tax, shipping costs or import duties unless otherwise stated.
A. Visually Impaired
B. Hearing Impaired
43 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 A. Visually Impaired
1. Audio Playback Equipment
This section is limited to audio playback equipment that has been specifically designed for use by blind
and partially sighted people. Over the last few years the trend has been to move from analogue systems
that included standard cassette recorders and players to digital ones that play CD's, Mini Discs, MP3 files
and more recently DAISY files.
American Printing House for the Blind
1839 Frankfort Avenue, PO Box 6085, Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085, USA. Tel: +1 502 895
2405 Fax: +1 502 899 2274 Email: [email protected] Web: www.aph.org
Handi-Cassette II
Compact talking book tape recorder/player. Features include: Digital Pitch Control (DPC); 2-track or 4track play at either 1 7/8 inches per second or 15/16 ips (Talking Book speed); Built in mono speaker and
microphone; Stereo playback through included headphones; tactile symbols on controls and touch
checking of tape movement. Powered by electrical outlet, rechargeable batteries or regular batteries.
Length: 171mm Width: 110mm Height: 57mm Weight: 0.68kg Ref: 1-07085-00 (US model) Price:
$185.00 Ref: 1-07085-01 (International model) Price: $175.00 Last updated: 07/07/2009
44 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 2. Table Top Cassette Tape Recorder/Player
Listen to Talking Books or commercial cassettes with this portable tabletop unit. Features include: Digital
Pitch Control; Play and record on 2 or 4 tracks and at 1 7/8 inches per second or 15/16 ips (Talking Book
Speed); Built in mono speaker and microphone; Stereo playback through optional headphones; Tactile
symbols on controls and touch checking of tape movement; Powered by electrical outlet or rechargeable
battery pack. Note: The U.S. version of this tape recorder/player (Model 5198A) has been discontinued.
The European version does not require an adapter. Length: 290mm Width: 230mm Height: 70mm
Weight: 1.9kg Ref: 1-07150-02 Price: $225.00 Last updated: 07/07/2009
3. Bones GmbH
Zentralstrasse 68, CH-8212 Neuhausen, Switzerland. Tel: +41 52 672 28 25 Fax: +41 52 672 28 24
Email: [email protected] Web: www.bones.ch
Milestone 311 DAISIES
45 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Milestone 311 Daisy is an audio book player, note taker, music player and, with the accessory Speak out,
also a tag reader. The slot on the side holds SD memory cards. To exchange data with a computer simply
connect the USB cable to it and Milestone appears as an additional drive on a Windows or Mac computer.
No extra software need be installed. The Milestone 311 Daisy allows access to the structures of Daisy
books, such as all available headers, phrases, page numbers, bookmarks and more. A sleep timer is
available, too. The note taker from Milestone 310 has been integrated and extended with folders. The
integrated MP3 player of Milestone 311 has the ability to fast forward through files and the full
accessibility of folder structures including voice tags. Width: 14mm Last updated: 07/07/2009
4. Milestone 312
Voice recordings can be done with Milestone 312 and played back over its speaker or headphones. The
integrated music player plays all popular formats. Text files can also be played with Milestone 312. With
the built-in text to speech software from Acapela, Milestone 312 converts and reads text files. Milestone
312 also plays DAISY books and can increase and decrease playback or reading speed via several levels
to conform to personal tempo. Further applications include an integrated clock, alarm and more.
Milestone 312 integrates the newest USB 2.0 High Speed connection and guarantees a rapid access to the
computer. The internal memory space has been increased up to 1GB and is expandable by an insertable
SD memory card. The following file formats are already usable with Milestone 312: MP3, AAC, WMA,
WAV, TXT, DAISY 2.02, AA/AAX (Audible). Last updated: 07/07/2009
GaiShan Technology Pte. Ltd. - 1 Gold hill Plaza. #02-35, Gold hill Plaza, 308899, Singapore.Tel: +65
984 895 03 Email: [email protected] Web: www.gaishantech.com
46 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 5. Tell Mate
It has a one-gigabyte memory and can be used as a music player, radio, clock, talking book player, voice
recorder and label reader. The Tell Mate uses RFID tags that can be attached to, for example, different
food items in a kitchen cupboard. Each label transmits a low-powered signal to the device, which then
plays the audio clip that has been recorded and associated with it. The labels can be re-used by recording
a new audio clip. Last updated: 07/07/2009
6. Human Ware
11 Mary Muller Drive, PO Box 3044, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tel: +64 3 384 4555 Fax: +64 3 384
4933 Email: [email protected] Web: www.humanware.com
Classmate Reader
The portable digital audio book player helps students increase their reading speed, comprehension and
vocabulary. The Classmate reads aloud and simultaneously displays and highlights text on its full color
screen. Its interface can be configured to the user’s specific needs. It also includes study tools to enhance
learning such as bookmarks, recording, highlighting function and a speaking dictionary. With built-in
text-to-speech, it works with e-text or NIMAS files. Its full-color screen can be configured to change font
type, text size, and color, line spacing, etc. The user can adjust text-scrolling speed and move text to view
above or below the passage read. Other features include: Synchronized text and audio; Text or Voice
Notes: allows to take personal notes within the text to complement comprehension; Speaking Dictionary:
instant access to more than 25,000 words. Provides spelling, pronunciation and meaning; Create
personalized tests in text format to accommodate students during exam periods; Plays DAISY 2.x,
DAISY NISO, MP3, NIMAS, Txt, HTML, XML; Playback through stereo headphones or built-in
speaker; Connectable to external thumb drives-USB drives; USB 2.0 port to connect to PC as Windows
USB drive; Replaceable rechargeable battery (7 hours playtime); Built-in battery charger - can be played
47 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 while recharging and built-in stand - for hands-free listening. Length: 154mm Width: 89mm Depth:
24mm Weight: 0.3kg Last updated: 07/07/2009
7. Victor Reader Classic X
The Victor Reader Classic X is a portable audio playback device that operates using integrated
rechargeable batteries. It offers basic navigation features like browsing the table of contents, skipping
from section to section or from page to page. Other features include: Easy to locate and operate controls,
variable play speed, easy CD insertion/removal, ability to play music CD's and MP3 Audio File CD's,
dedicated Sleep button, audio announcement of battery capacity and power light indicator. Length:
240mm Width: 210mm Height: 50mm Weight: 1.1kg Last updated: 07/07/2009
8. Victor Reader Classic X+
Portable audio playback device designed for professionals and students for reading complex and highly
structured books like textbooks, reference works and school manuals. It supports all DAISY navigation
levels and has advanced functionality such as skipping instantly to a specific page and placing multiple
bookmarks. Other features include: Easy CD insertion/removal, plays audio and MP3 CDs, variable play
speed with pitch compensation, Key Describer Function speaks functions of each key, dedicated Sleep
button, audio announcement of battery capacity and power light indicator. Length: 240mm Width:
210mm Height: 50mm Weight: 1.2kg Last updated: 07/07/2009
48 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 9. Victor Reader Stream
This DAISY, MP3 and NISO player has a removable SD card for storing books, e-text files, music, and
voice recordings and audio bookmarks; Ability to play NLS download books and NLS book cartridges;
Built-in human sounding text-to-speech (Nuance Vocalizer); Voice recording capability via built-in
microphone or external microphone; Playback through stereo headphones or secondary small speaker;
USB port to transfer books and music from your PC; User replaceable rechargeable battery providing 15
hours playtime; Built-in battery charger (four hours for full recharge). Advanced DAISY book features
include: Four-arrow keys for navigation by chapter, section, page, and bookmarks; GOTO features to
jump to a specific page, heading, book or bookmark; Browse bookmark list; Allows navigation of
multiple books, MP3 folders, and voice notes; Audio bookmark with recorded voice note. Last updated:
07/07/2009
10. Victor Reader Wave
Victor Reader Wave is a sophisticated DAISY talking book, MP3, and music CD player. Blind and low
vision users will enjoy the familiar telephone-style keypad, tactile zones, and audio feedback for controls
and navigation. Learning-disabled users will benefit from the large-screen display of navigation
commands, book title, and section headings. Audio message and visual progress bar for reading position.
Audio and visual indicators for volume, speed, and battery level. Variable-speed playback with auto-pitch
compensation. Supports all DAISY navigation levels: Go to chapter, section, page, paragraph, or custom
bookmarks. Supplied with: Earphones, power adapter, carrying case and rechargeable batteries. Batteries
can be charged within the unit. Also runs on standard AA batteries. Length: 148mm Width: 138mm
Height: 29mm Weight: 260g Last updated: 07/07/2009
49 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 11. Plex Talk Pocket PTP1
A lightweight, pocket-sized, DAISY-compliant music, voice, and book player/recorder. Other features
include: One touch recording, choice of sound output via built-in large volume speaker or bundled stereo
earphone, automatic sleep timer function, supports SD cards, connects to Windows 2000, Vista or XP by
bundled USB cables and rechargeable battery by USB. Length: 112mm Width: 55mm Height:
16mm Last updated: 07/07/2009
12. Plex Talk Player PTN1
Features include: simple interface for ease of use; play music CD (CD-DA), MP3 and DAISY 2.0/2.02
audio books; slot-loaded CD drive; built-in sound speaker; bookmark; page/time jump; digital playback
speed control without changing the pitch (50% - 300%); tone control; sleep timer. Width: 220mm
Height: 172mm Depth: 56mm Weight: 1.2kg Last updated: 09/07/2009
13. Plex Talk Portable Recorder PTR2
PTR2 plays DAISY and various other digital audio book formats. Can also play music CDs, MP3s and
50 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ogg Vorbis burnt into CD or memory card. Variable speed searching. Can record and edit audio files.
Voice guidance will guide you to operate all functions. Other information such as elapsed time, remaining
time, total time of the audio book, and possible recording time on the media are available on voice
guidance. And also key describer function, which you can hear the function of each key is available.
About 8 hours of recording and playback is possible under battery operation. Includes timer and
calculator functions. Length: 205mm Width: 167mm Height: 50mm Weight: 940g Last updated:
09/07/2009
PURE Digital - Imagination Technologies, Home Park Estate, Kings Langley, Herts WD4 8LZ, UK. Tel:
+44 1923 277 488 Fax: +44 1923 265 748 Email: [email protected] Web: www.pure-digital.com
14. Chronos 2 DAB radio
Silver, triangular shaped digital radio with built-in alarm clock. Each of the four alarms can be set for
weekdays only, weekends or as a "one off". Other features include a large LCD display, which shows the
time in 1.6cm high lettering when on standby. When listening to the radio, the radio station name is
shown in 8mm high lettering, up to 20 preset radio stations, light sensor automatically adjusts the display
brightness to suit the light levels in the room, automatic time setting from radio signals with adjustment
for daylight saving time in spring and autumn, sleep timer and snooze button and supplied with mains
power adapter. Length: 190mm Width: 170mm Height: 60mm Weight: 0.59kg Price: £59.99 Last
updated: 09/07/2009
15. Evoke 1S DAB radio
This digital radio has a crystal clear display that shows the current radio station name in 6mm high yellow
lettering on a black background. It has two silver dials for volume control and channel selection and 11
raised buttons for preset channels, settings and power. Other features include: a light sensor that
automatically adjusts the display brightness to suit the light levels in the room; automatic time setting
from radio signals with adjustments for alarm and daylight saving time in spring and autumn and up to 30
preset radio stations. Length: 210mm Width: 175mm Height: 110mm Weight: 1.53Kg Price:
£99.99 Last updated: 09/07/2009
51 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 16. Move Portable DAB radio
A palm-sized, compact digital radio with a brushed chrome face and black rubberized shell. Other
features include: a bright orange screen with black text lettering. Radio station name in 3mm high
lettering; high capacity battery provides up to 40 hours of use. With the radio turned off, a complete
charge will take 10 hours; up to 20 preset radio stations; is compatible with iPod, CD player or minidisk
by connecting to the Move's speaker; FM tuner provides analogue radio where digital signal is weak and
the device comes with a fold out stand for stability on the back of the unit, is fitted with a telescopic aerial
and is supplied with a mains power adapter. Length: 150mm Width: 85mm Height: 26mm Weight:
0.37kg Price: £79.99 Last updated: 09/07/2009
Telex Communications Inc.
12000 Portland Ave S, Burnsville, Minnesota 55337, USA. Tel: +1 952 887 7498 Fax: +1 952 887
5595 Email: [email protected] (general information); [email protected] (enquiries outside USA)
[email protected] (DAISY Player enquiries) Web: www.telex.com
17. EzDaisy Digital Talking Book Player
The simple-to-use ezDaisy was designed to be portable, easy and have basic functions to make reading
accessible for all. EzDaisy digital talking book player will play DAISY, Niso, MP3 and CDs. Width:
133mm Length: 152mm Height: 40mm Weight: 0.3kg Ref: EZ DAISY 301329-XXX Last updated:
09/07/2009
52 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 18. Professor
The Professor desktop audio system is an all-in-one player for DAISY, consumer CDs, National Library
Service (NLS) and consumer audiocassettes. It features an accessible radio with voiced buttons and
audible station identification. The familiar ten-key phone pad allows consumers to enter radio station call
numbers, place bookmarks or surf to chapters or pages or sublevels in talking books. Each button
announces its function when active. High quality speakers produce stereo sound and an earphone jack
provides a private listening option. Width: 28mm Depth: 25mm Height: 17mm Weight: 2.95kg Last
updated: 09/07/2009
19. Tutor
A portable player/recorder. Plays NLS formatted cassettes at 15/16 ips and consumer audiocassettes at 1
7/8 ips. Records both speeds in two-track format. Push buttons are identified with variable size; tactile
feel and all operational controls are accessible from a single orientation. Features include alkaline battery,
AC adapter operation and dual headphone listening. (Headphones included). Last updated: 09/07/2009
VI Electronics- 11 Mallard Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8GX, UK. Tel: +44 1332 226890 Fax: +44
1332 613600 Email: [email protected] Web: www.viplayer.co.uk
53 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 20. VI Player
This lightweight pocket sized MP3 player has large, tactile controls with raised symbols, which makes
finding each button easy. A spoken menu helps you find your way around and audio feedback lets you
know what buttons you have pressed. The VI Players plays MP3, WAV and audible.com files. Other
features include: facility to bookmark your position in a file so you can continue where you left off; 4GB
internal memory to store files. SD card slot provides additional storage if and when it's needed; built-in
voice recorder for voice notes and reminders; FM radio with auto search and save up to 10 channels; view
digital photographs on the built-in 2.4 inch full color screen; supplied with earphones, 1GB SD card, USB
cable, mains charger, software CD and lanyard. Length: 105mm Width: 68mm Height: 15mm Weight:
0.128kg Price: £175.00 exc. VAT Last updated: 09/07/2009
21. Super Vario
Available as a 64, 80, 32 and 40-cell braille display. The new 40-cell display is designed especially for
notebooks or reading machines. Each one has universal interface options: USB, Bluetooth and serial
connections. The VARIO Braille displays have always stood out by their unrivalled long battery-supplied
running time: Battery running time with Bluetooth connection: approx. 25 hours; Battery running time
with USB or serial connection: approx. 100 hours. In addition, the new various offer intelligent loading
electronics with the use of the USB-interface: The Braille display is only loaded while your notebook is
also mains-operated. When the notebook is battery-supplied, the new VARIO is automatically switched to
battery operation, too. Thus the generally shorter running time of your notebook in battery operation will
not be further reduced. Last updated: 21/07/2009
54 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 22. Vario Connect 12
Vario Connect 12 is a communication orientated, super small mini-Braille display. Whilst using the
integrated 6-dot Braille keyboard together with the 12-cell Braille display you also can turn into a mobile
communication professional: writing and reading SMS Text Messages and operating your mobile phone
or PDA. Length: 130mm Width: 81mm Height: 17mm Weight: 0.2kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
23. Vario Connect 24
Vario Connect 24 is similar to the Vario Connect 12 but has a 24-cell display and a built-in 8-dot Braille
keyboard. The Vario Connect 24 also offers an interface possibility through USB. Length: 215mm
Width: 86mm Height: 18mm Weight: 0.42kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
55 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 24. Vario Pro
The navigation rollers ensure ease of use and the two different connection types (serial, USB) make the
Vario Pro highly adaptable; the large selection of convenient supplementary modules provides flexibility
and allows individual configuration. Vario Pro displays can be operated not only with VIRGO or
BLINDOWS, but also with all other reputable screen readers.
64 Braille modules, 3 navigation rollers, thumb rollers Length: 459mm Width: 260mm Height: 24mm
80 Braille modules, 4 navigation rollers, thumb keys. Length: 561mm Width: 260mm Height: 24mm
Last updated: 21/07/2009
Euro BRAILLE
134-140, rue d'Aubervilliers, F-75019 Paris, France. Tel: +33 1 55 26 91 00 Fax: +33 1 55 26 91 Email:
[email protected] Web: www.eurobraille.fr
25. ESYS 12
Esys 12 is a portable 12-cell Braille display with integrated 10 keys Braille keyboard. Multi functions and
with reduced volume, it has a slot for a mini SD card to save text files becoming a useful note-taker.
Navigation is either by two joysticks or two navigation wheels. Features Bluetooth technologies and
specific software so it can be connected to a mobile phone or PDA. Length: 150mm Width: 86mm
Height: 20mm Weight: 0.2kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
56 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 26. ESYS 40
40-cell braille display connects to PC by Bluetooth or USB. Works with Windows (Jaws or Jaws NT). Its
memory SD CARD enables storage of up to 128 MB of data. The ESYS 40 also connects to a mobile
phone or a PDA. Navigation is either by two joysticks or two navigation wheels. Length: 325mm
Width: 86mm Height: 20mm Weight: 0.5kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
27. IRIS
IRIS is a personal data assistant, portable and compact, equipped with a 10-key Braille keyboard and a
refreshable Braille display of 40, 32 or 20 cells. Other features include: Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity,
internal flash memory, external compact flash and USB keys. Compatible with: Jaws, Supernova and
Window Eyes. Last updated: 21/07/2009
F H Papenmeier GmbH & Co KG- Reha Division, Talweg 2, 58239 Schwerte, Germany. Tel: +49
2304 2050 Fax: +49 2304 205 205 Email: [email protected] Web: www.papenmeier.de
28. Braillex Duo
Duo is a 40-cell Braille display and a Braille keyboard for PCs. The keyboard has been designed to be
positioned around the Braille display. The space bars and special function keys are located in front of the
57 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 display, the Braille keys behind. The distance between the Braille keyboard and the display is only 35mm.
The Duo has Easy Access Bar, a long single lever situated on the front side of the device, that allows the
user to move around the screen by moving their thumb in the desired direction. Length: 370mm Width:
125mm Height: 26mm Weight: 0.9kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
29. Braillex EL2D-80
Two dimensional Braille display with Easy Access Bar, a long single lever situated on the front side of
the device, that allows the user to move around the screen by moving their thumb in the desired direction.
The display has 80 characters of Braille horizontally and a 20 cell vertical display showing the
information layout of the complete computer screen. Other features include: dual routing keys integrated
into the cells; connection to computer via serial port (cables provided), optionally, connection to USB
port; Dos DOTS screen reader for DOS, optional for Windows (compatible with all major screen readers,
Linux and OS/2); carrying case. Length: 657mm Width: 277mm Height: 22mm Weight: 2.95kg Last
updated: 21/07/2009
30. Braillex EL-66s
Braille display with Easy Access Bar, a long single lever situated on the front side of the device that
allows the user to move around the screen by moving their thumb in the desired direction. Features
include: 66 slightly concave piezo-electric Braille cells with integrated cursor routing keys; very flat and
light but sturdy aluminum-magnesium housing perfectly fits a regular size keyboard on top of it; data
connection to the computer and power supply via USB port; alternatively, connection via serial port and
power supply via separate transformer (provided); compatible with all major screen reader programs.
Length: 470mm Width: 277mm Height: 22mm Weight: 2.0kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
58 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 31. Braillex EL-80s
Braille display with Easy Access Bar, a long single lever situated on the front side of the device that
allows the user to move around the screen by moving their thumb in the desired direction. Features
include: 80 slightly concave piezo-electric Braille cells with integrated double cursor routing keys; very
flat aluminums-magnesium housing; data connection to the computer and power supply via USB port;
alternatively, connection via serial port and power supply via separate transformer (provided); compatible
with all major screen reader programs. Length: 569mm Width: 277mm Height: 22mm Weight:
2.4kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
32. Braillex EL-40sd
Braille display with Easy Access Bar, a long single lever situated on the front side of the device that
allows the user to move around the screen by moving their thumb in the desired direction. Features
include: 40 slightly concave piezo-electric Braille cells with integrated cursor routing keys; very flat and
light but sturdy aluminum-magnesium housing perfectly fits a regular size keyboard on top of it; data
connection to the computer and power supply via USB port; alternatively, connection via serial port and
power supply via separate transformer (provided); compatible with all major screen reader programs.
Length: 470mm Width: 277mm Height: 22mm Weight: 1.8kg Last updated: 21/07/2009
33. Braillex EL-40s
Very small portable forty cell Braille display with the Easy Access Bar, a long single lever situated on the
59 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 front side of the device that allows the user to move around the screen by moving their thumb in the
desired direction. Other features include: routing keys integrated into the Braille cells, data connection to
the computer and power supply via USB port, compatible with all major screen reader programs; carrying
pouch and keyboard stand. Length: 310mm Width: 115mm Height: 22mm Weight: 0.89kg Last
updated: 21/07/2009
Freedom Scientific-11800 31st Court North, St Petersburg, Florida 33716 1805, USA. Tel: +1 727 803
8000 Fax: +1 727 803 8001 Email: [email protected] Web: www.freedomscientific.com
34. Focus Braille Displays
The Focus 40 and Focus 80 Braille Displays allow the user to navigate the Windows® environment.
Focus Braille Displays are packed with features and options that can be easily configured through
JAWS®. The location of navigation keys, bars and buttons promotes more economical hand movement.
Choose the 40-cell Focus 40 or the 80-cell Focus 80, depending on your workstation requirements. Both
models include easy-to-remember braille commands for Windows, JAWS for Windows, and braille
settings. Used with the JAWS screen reader, the refreshable braille cells act as a tactile monitor that
allows you to navigate and read information in dynamic braille. Both models supplied with nylon carry
case and adjustable folding keyboard/laptop stand/handle.
Focus 40 Price: $3,895.00
Focus 80 Price: $7,795.00 Last updated: 22/07/2009
60 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 35. PAC Mate 20 Portable Braille Display
A portable display not only makes PAC Mate™ more accessible, but it also can be used with desktops
and laptops. Featuring a low-cost, simple platform this 20-cell refreshable braille unit adds functionality
to any computer with a USB port. With a pair of three-way Whiz Wheels for rapid navigation and dualpurpose cursor routing buttons, users can quickly and accurately obtain the information they need. The
built-in Vari Braille and programmable hot keys make the PAC Mate 20 Portable Braille Display a
convenient extension to any Windows or Windows Mobile operating environment. Price: $1,595.00
Last updated: 22/07/2009
36. PAC Mate 40 Portable Braille Display
A portable display not only makes PAC Mate™ more accessible, but it also can be used with desktops
and laptops. Featuring a low-cost, simple platform this 40-cell refreshable braille unit adds the most
manageable functionality available to any computer with a USB port. With a pair of three-way Whiz
Wheels® for rapid navigation and dual-purpose cursor routing buttons, users can quickly and accurately
obtain the information they need. The built-in Vari Braille and programmable hot keys make the PAC
Mate 40 Portable Braille Display a convenient extension to any Windows or Windows Mobile operating
environment. Price: $3,595.00 Last updated: 22/07/2009
Handy Tech Electronic GmbH - Brunnenstrasse 10, D-72160 Horb, Germany. Tel: +49 7451
55460 Fax: + 49 7451 554667 Email: [email protected] Web: www.handytech.com
61 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 37. Bookworm
Portable Braille reading device. Features include: 8 concavely shaped Braille cells; 2 reading keys (back,
forth); menu and escape keys; 4MB memory capacity; automatic scroll mode (adjustable speed); manual
mode; bookmarks; jump function; clock and alarm function. Battery capacity of 20 hours (rechargeable).
The Bookworm can be used as a miniature Braille display for the PC. Length: 180mm Width: 80mm
Height: 36mm Weight: 0.4kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
38. Braille Star 40
Compact, ergonomically optimized braille display for use with laptops. Forty concavely shaped braille
cells, cursor routing, serial and USB interface. Adjustable mounting surface for different laptops. With
the keyboard included, can be used as note taker. Two triple action keys, 8 function keys, battery capacity
20 hours, internal memory capacity 4MB. With the optional Bluetooth connection. Braille Star 40 can be
used with a variety of screen reading products for different operating systems like Windows
95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP/XPP, Linux and DOS. Height: 24mm Width: 331mm Depth: 227mm Weight:
1.4kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
39. Braille Star 80
62 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Braille display with 80 concavely shaped, piezo-electric braille cells. Combined with a PC keyboard, it
can be used stand alone to take notes. The keyboard can be placed directly on top of the Braille Star 80.
Features include: 80 cursor routing keys; 2 switchable external keyboard-inputs; USB and serial ports;
4MB text memory; 2 extended up/down keys; 2 triple action keys; 8 function keys. Height: 24mm
Width: 585mm Depth: 245mm Weight: 2.55kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
40. Braille Wave
Extra compact Braille display with note taker. Features include: 40 concave Braille cells with routing
keys; status cells can be switched on according to requirements; external keyboard can be connected; 4
MB text - memory; 11 quiet function keys with some resistance; runs 20 hours on battery (rechargeable);
quick charging time (3 hours); serial port. With the optional Bluetooth connection, it is possible to
connect Braille Wave wireless to the PC or by using Talks & Braille with mobile phones. Height: 35mm
Depth: 120mm Length: 360mm Weight: 1kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
41. Easy Braille
Easy Braille is a fully functional Braille display that connected via USB to a PC. Easy Braille is equipped
with 40 piezoelectric Braille elements. Each of these elements is equipped with a cursor-routing key. Easy
Braille also offers two navigation keys and 8 function keys. The layout of the function keys allows them
to be used for Braille input. Also available as a Bluetooth connection. Length: 305mm Width: 90mm
Height: 29mm Weight: 0.7kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
63 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 42. Braille Connect 12
Available as a 12 or 40 cell refreshable Braille display. Can be used to write and read SMS text messages
and operate a mobile phone or PDA. Battery life for 12 cell is 20 hours wireless, for 40 cell 35 hours
Bluetooth wireless connection and 80 hours USB connection. Length: 130mm Width: 81mm Height:
17mm Weight: 0.23kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
43. Braille Connect 40
Available as a 12 or 40 cell refreshable Braille display. Can be used to write and read SMS text messages
and operate a mobile phone or PDA. Battery life for 12 cell is 20 hours wireless, for 40 cell 35 hours
Bluetooth wireless connection and 80 hours USB connection. Length: 310mm Width: 86mm Height:
18mm Weight: 0.6kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
44. Brailliant 24
A 24 cell refreshable Braille display that serves as a Braille terminal for a PC screen reader. Features
Bluetooth, USB and serial interfaces. 25-30 hour battery life with Bluetooth connectivity, 100-hour
battery life when connected via USB. Length: 208mm Width: 70mm Height: 20mm Weight:
0.38kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
64 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 45. Braillant 32
A 32 cell refreshable Braille display that serves as a Braille terminal for a PC screen reader. Features
Bluetooth, USB and serial interfaces. 25-30 hour battery life with Bluetooth connectivity, 100-hour
battery life when connected via USB. Length: 260mm Width: 70mm Height: 20mm Weight:
0.48kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
Nippon Telesoft Co Ltd- Hanzomon MK Building, 1-8-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083,
Japan. Tel: +813 3264 0800 Fax: +813 3264 0880 Email: [email protected] Web:
www.nippontelesoft.com/english.html
46. Seika
40 cell, 8-dot display capacity. Lightweight and compact for easy of carrying. Four cursor keys are
located on front of display for easier operation. Supports most major screen reading software. The USB
power source connection and compact design eliminate the need for an extra adapter. Compatible with
most standard PC laptop and desktop systems. Length: 300mm Width: 206mm Height: 35mm Weight:
0.6kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
Sensotec NV - Gistelsteenweg 112, B-8490 Varsenare, Belgium. Tel: +32 50 39 49 49 Fax: +32 50 39
49 46 Email: [email protected] Web: www.sensotec.be
47. Euro Scope CE 20
65 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Note taker with Braille keyboard and Braille and speech output (20 characters display). Word processor,
calculator, and email and surf the Internet. Personal organizer for calendar addresses and notes. Media
player. Use the Braille keyboard to input Braille or attach by USB to standard computer keyboard. Uses
the latest Real Speak Solo voices in two languages. Further languages available on request. Length:
140mm Width: 225mm Height: 28mm Weight: 0.6kg Last updated: 22/07/2009
48. E-Z Form
Vacuum forming machine with a range of platens up to 279 x 292mm. Maximum forming area is 25mm
less than each dimension of sheet. Sheet sizes are same as frame and platen sizes. Operates from 110/220
volts or 50/60 Hz supply. Length: 890mm Width: 410mm Height: 410mm Price: From $2,545.00 Last
updated: 06/05/2008
49. Maxi-Form
Vacuum forming machine with a maximum forming area of 317 x 438mm. The larger forming area lends
itself to maps, signs, graphs, charts and innovative teaching aid production. The Maxi-Form can be used
with an interchangeable 279 x 292mm frame when standard Braille duplication is required. Operates from
110/220 volts or 50/60 Hz. Length: 940mm Width: 600mm Height: 410mm Price: From
$3,450.00 Last updated: 06/05/2008
Asian Power Cyclopes - Rochipura, Majra, Dehradun 248171, India. Tel: +91 135 2620488 Email:
66 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 [email protected]; [email protected] Web: www.asianpowercyclopes.com
50. Braille Platen Press GPB3
The flat-bed press is for printing books and journals. Printing output: 1000 - 2500 cycles/hour. Length:
2050mm Width: 1775mm Height: 1835mm Weight: 3800kg Ref: 00 61004 Price: Contact
manufacturer Last updated: 07/05/2008
51. Marburg Rotary
Sheet rotary embossing machine for mass production of Braille periodicals and books. Embossing volume
of 28000 pages/hour (approximately 7000 sheets/hour). Uses paper from a roll. Character sizing: large
print dot spacing 2.7mm, medium print dot spacing 2.5mm. Weight: 770kg Ref: 00 61000 Price:
Contact manufacturer Last updated: 07/05/2008
67 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 52. Puma VI Marburg Embossing Machine
Computerized Braille stereotype for on-line operation with a serial interface. Embossing speed 18
characters per second. Interdot and interline embossing, 6 and 8 dot Braille, 2.5mm or 2.7mm dot
spacing. Full graphics capability with smooth arcs and lines. Electronic auto-correction system verifies
that the embossed sign is identical to the sign sent from the PC. For plate embossing. Weight: 282kg Ref:
00 55000 Price: Contact manufacturer Last updated: 07/05/2008
CR Clarke & Company (UK) Limited- Unit 3, Betws Industrial Park, Foundry Road, Amman ford,
Carmarthenshire SA18 2LS, UK. Tel: +44 1269 590530 Fax: +44 1269 590540 Email:
[email protected] Web: www.crclarke.co.uk
53. Braille Reproduction Machine 350
Reproduces Braille text and diagrams in 2 seconds on 0.1mm (0.004in) PVC ‘Brailon’ sheets. Forms the
two most commonly used sheet sizes - 280 x 292mm and 280 x 216 mm. Adjustable ceramic heater
system. Tactile legend plates on frequently used controls. Adjustable cycle timer and resettable copy
counter. Length: 1140mm Width: 570mm Height: 370mm Last updated: 07/05/2008
Enabling Technologies1601 NE Braille Place, Jensen Beach, Florida 34957, USA. Tel: +1 772 225
3687 Fax: +1 772 225 3299 Email: [email protected] Web: www.brailler.com
68 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 54. PED-30
Creates zinc master plates from computer for commercial press braille. Features include: 40 characters
per second; 40 cells per line and 30 lines per page; 6 dot Braille cell; serial port; single-sheet feed.
Weight: 692.4 kg Last updated: 07/05/2008
Index Braille - Hantverksvägen 20, PO Box 155, S-954 23 Gammelstad, Sweden. Tel: +46 920 20 30
80 Fax: +46 920 20 30 85 Email: [email protected] Web: www.indexbraille.com
55. 4X4 PRO
4X4 PRO is a double-sided embosser for magazine format. Embossed documents are ready for immediate
use after folding and stapling. The 4X4 PRO is made for mass production of braille. Printing speed 95
characters per second, USB, Network (TCP/IP), Centronics and serial interface, text buffer 100 pages,
multicopy capability. Length: 560mm Width: 180mm Height: 430mm Weight: 13.8 kg Ref:
1352 Price: €4195.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
69 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 56. Acoustic Cabinet 4X4 PRO
An Acoustic Cabinet is an optional part of the 4X4 PRO. It reduces the noise level to the standards of an
office environment and serves to ensure stable paper handling. The integrated fan reduces the embosser
working temperature. Acoustic Cabinet 4X4 PRO 17" is designed for a maximum paper size of length
460mm. Length: 510mm Width: 690mm Height: 152mm Weight: 46 kg Ref: 1262 Price:
€1095.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
Sparsh Products - 151-5 Rajpur Road, Dehradun 248 001 (U. A.), India. Tel: +91 135 309 9873 Fax:
+91 135 265 0944 Email: [email protected] Web: www.sparshproducts.com
57. Sparsh Forming Machine (Thermoforming)
For duplication work of Braille and raised figure material on braillon (PVC) sheets. Available in standard
size of 280 x 290mm. Machine can be made available in different sizes on order. Braillon sheets are
available to be used with the Sparsh Forming Machine. Price: US$1,232.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
Ø Braille Writing Devices
This section covers devices that allow a blind or partially sighted person to write braille onto paper or
plastic sheets, in a similar fashion to how a typewriter works. The best-known braillewriter is the Perkins
Braille.
70 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 58. Braille Shorthand Machine
Writes on 1" wide roll of paper tape in 6-dot braille. Capable of operation at 140 words per minute. Ref:
TD1S10 Price: Rs.5000.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
Asian Power Cyclopes - Rochipura, Majra, Dehradun 248171, India. Tel: +91 135 2620488 Fax: +91
135
2620961 Email:
[email protected];
[email protected] Web:
www.asianpowercyclopes.com
59. Braille Typewriter
Typewriter for producing braille material. Price: US$1,200.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
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Elotype 4E
This electronic writer offers the comfort of a modern text processing system in an attractive and
ergonomic design, featuring the new four-pin synchronous embossing head. All the functions of a good
typewriter are available; e.g. tabulator, margin release, variable line spacing, an Editor with a batterybacked memory which allows to store and edit documents. Passages of text can be deleted, inserted and
overwritten. The text memory is organized in 25 pages with 30 lines each and 40 characters per line. The
machine can write six/eight-dot braille. Acts as a braille input system for your PC. A sighted person can
read simultaneously on a PC-screen what a braille user is typing on the braille keyboard of the connected
Elotype 4E and through connection of a standard PC keyboard can turn typed text into braille. Acts as a
braille output system. Via the serial port the Elotype 4E can be used as a personal braille printer on the
PC. Both, single sheets and fanfold paper (with tractor) are applicable. Also has a Braille-GraphicsPrintout Capacity with 2 mm dot spacing. Graphics can be made by the software "Braille Graf Version
2.0", designed for Windows 9x - XP or higher, or imported via Paint, Clipart or Scanner. After converting
the picture into a dot pattern by Braille Graf data’s will be sent via serial cable to the Elotype 4E and
printed. Length: 290mm Width: 420mm Height: 110mm Weight: 4.9kg Ref: 00 58001 Price:
71 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 €2,150.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
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Euro type E
Light and robust portable electrified Braillewriter. Maximum of 42 Braille cells per line. 6 or 8 dot
Braille, 5 tabs, 3 different line spacings, left and right margin free adjustable. Length: 295mm Width:
440mm Height: 110mm Weight: 4.9kg Ref: 00 54600 Price: €1,500.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
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Marburger Tape Printer
Standard mechanical stenographic tape printer, which embosses on a roll of paper in Braille 6-dot system.
Adjustable for high-speed writing at over 300 syllables per minute. Folds into compact plastic
case. Length: 210mm Width: 130mm Height: 70mm Weight: 1.2kg Ref: 00 56000 Price:
€538.00 Last updated: 07/05/2008
60. Erika Picht
Used for writing on one side of paper using the Braille 6-dot system (also available using the 8-dot
system). This machine uses a simple paper roller mechanism that makes typing fast and quiet. Comes in
72 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 an imitation leather case. Length: 390mm Width: 220mm Height: 95mm Weight: 2.8kg Ref: 00 66700
(6-dot system); 00 66704 (8-dot Braille system) Price: €389.00 (6-dot system); €467.00 (8-dot
system) Last updated: 07/05/2008
Howe Press of Perkins School for the Blind - 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, Massachusetts
02472, USA. Tel: +1 617 924 3490 Fax: +1 617 926 2027 Email: [email protected] Web:
www.perkins.org
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Large Cell Electric Perkins Brailler
The braille cell on this machine is enlarged to provide more space between the dots, allowing persons
with tactile problems to read and produce braille. Includes dust cover, felt pad and wooden eraser. Price:
$1,050.00 Last updated: 08/05/2008
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Large Cell Perkins Brailler
The braille cell on this machine is enlarged to provide more space between the dots, allowing persons
with tactile problems to read and produce braille. Includes dust cover and wooden eraser. Price:
$790.00 Last updated: 08/05/2008
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Light Touch Electric Blue Perkins Brailler
The Light Touch Electric Blue enables braille writing with much less force for longer periods of
time. Perfect for students, the Electric Perkins Brailler is approved by UL and CSA. A felt pad is
included with each new machine. Includes dust cover, felt pad and wooden eraser. Price: $970.00 Last
updated: 08/05/2008
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Braille Key
The Port set Braille Key provides an easy and simple solution for adding a Braille keyboard to a personal
computer or laptop. Braille Key is connected to the USB port and is self registered by the operating
system. The 9 keys are arranged in a group of 6 standard Braille input keys in a line, with space,
backspace delete and new line keys ergonomically located below the Braille keys. Dot 7 is produced by
the new line key providing a shifted character set. Braille Key provides either Universal computer Braille
or UK computer Braille as ASCII characters into any application as well as being a direct interface to
Braille devices such as printers. A selector switch on the underside allows selection of either UK
International or US Universal computer Braille. Length: 220mm Width: 111mm Height: 40mm Price:
£130.00 Last updated: 21/05/2008
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Braille Key G2
Provides Grade 2 Braille input to a personal computer or laptop. Not only are there the principal Braille
keys but also additional keys provide full cursor control, Ctrl and Alt functions. There are also corded
functions such as TAB, ESC and Grade 1 Braille. Braille Key G2 is connected to the USB port and is self
registered by the operating system. The 6 Braille input keys are arranged in a standard Braille line, with
space, backspace delete and new line keys ergonomically located below the Braille keys. A further lower
line of keys provide on the left side, Ctrl and Alt, while on the right side is a cluster of 4 keys giving full
cursor control. Corded functions are provided by incorporating the space bar with a key combination. For
example letter A is produced by key 1 and space together. The ESC or Escape key is key 4,5,6 and space
together. Length: 220mm Width: 111mm Height: 40mm Price: £235.00 Last updated: 21/05/2008
Quantum Technology - 5 South Street (Cnr Euston), Rydalmere, New South Wales 2116, Australia. Tel:
+61 2 8844 9888 Fax: +61 2 9684 4717 Email: [email protected] Web:
www.quantumtechnology.com.au
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The Jot a Dot
The Jot a Dot is a low cost, pocket-sized mechanical braille-writing device enabling regular Braille
writing from the left hand side of the page to the right, a major advance in simple manual Braille writing.
Direct six key Braille entries - for fast & accurate Braille. Uses tactile indicators to find the current cell
and line of Braille. Length: 205mm Width: 110mm Weight: 350g Ref: 008-001 Last updated:
08/05/2008
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Mountbatten Learning System
The Mountbatten Learning System (MBLS) has been designed for children who need braille. It is a fun
and inclusive introduction to braille literacy and provides a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. It is
suitable for the very first stages of Braille instruction through to high school and beyond. Features
include: Correcting and Erasing, Variety of paper types can be used; Ergonomically designed keyboard;
Page formatting; Writing to memory; Graphics mode and one-handed mode; Digitized speech;
Assignable function keys; Synthetic speech and Note-taker (including editing), file transfer to and from
PC. Memory size (kilobytes), 400; Memory size (Braille pages) 600.
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Tatrapoint Adaptive
75 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Tatrapoint is mechanical six- key Braille typewriter. Every model comes with adjustable left and right
margins; bell is 5 cells before the end of the line. Dymo tape holders (clips) are fixed on carriage.
Carriage release key, backspace key, reading table. Adjustable keyboard allows alteration of the distance
between keys. Tatrapoint Adaptive comes in two sizes: 34 characters per line and 40 characters per line,
two colors: red or blue and is supplied with either a briefcase or backpack storage bag. Last updated:
08/05/2008
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Tatrapoint Standard
Mechanical six-key Braille typewriter. Every model comes with adjustable left and right margins; bell is
5 cells before the end of the line. Dymo tape holders (clips) are fixed on carriage. Carriage release key,
backspace key, reading table. The keyboard is for both hands but also available for single left or right
handling with adjustable length of central key (unimanual). Supplied with a briefcase storage bag. Last
updated: 08/05/2008
Ash Technologies Ltd - B5, M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Tel: +353 45 88 22 12 Fax:
+353 45 88 22 14 Email: [email protected] Web: www.ashtech.ie
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Eclipse Scholar
The Eclipse is a 15" CCTV reader that is simple to set up and use. It comes fully assembled so all you
need to do is place the unit onto a desk, plug it in and switch it on! The Eclipse has an extensive feature
list that includes an auto focus camera and a push-button overview. Text and background colors can
change to suit your needs while line markers and adjustable blanking combine to make reading an
altogether more enjoyable experience. When you are finished reading, the display screen can be folded
down. The unit also folds away easily for storage and transport. The Eclipse Scholar comes equipped with
a distance camera capable of 3x-50x electronic zoom magnifications making it ideal for use in the
classroom. Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Liberty Scholar
Combines the Liberty Solo hand held camera, which simply plugs into a portable tilt-angle flat screen
TFT display to provide either a 12" viewing area. Camera can be rolled flat across viewing surface (with
maximum 40X magnification) or placed in a writing stand (with maximum 7X magnification.), with a
distance camera that can work in conjunction with the mouse camera and also on its own. 3 hours battery
life. Also comes with line marking and color select. Units come with either a canvas backpack or a hard
sided briefcase. Last updated: 09/05/2008
Clarity - 6776B Preston Avenue, Livermore, California 94551, USA. Tel: +1 800-575-1456 Fax: +1
925 449 2605 Web: www.clarityusa.com
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Clarity Flex mate
Flex mate features Clarity's unique auto focus for smooth, hands-free focusing. The rotating camera
design offers crystal-clear viewing at any range from close-up to far away. Switching from near to distant
viewing is quick and easy with Flex mate's tilt feature. Magnifies 2 - 60x. Includes camera, arm (standard
or mini), remote, clamp mount, carry bag, distance lens, quick release and optional XY table. Price:
$2045.00 Last updated: 09/05/2008
Human Ware - 11 Mary Muller Drive, PO Box 3044, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tel: +64 3 384 4555
Fax: +64 3 384 4933 Email: [email protected] Web: www.humanware.com
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Idea Solo
Idea Solo is a practical, effective color camera, which reads information and transmits it to the user's
computer screen. The image on the computer screen is then magnified to the required size. It can also be
used to magnify from a distance, for example, writing on a board, so makes for a user-friendly product
with both close up and distance cameras built into one. Weight: 1.3kg Last updated: 09/05/2008
LVI Low Vision International AB - Verkstadsgatan 5, S-352 46 Växjö, Sweden. Tel: +46 470
727700 Fax: +46 470 727725 Email: [email protected] Web: www.lvi.se
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MagniLink U Student / Student Pro
The ML U Student is a flexible VGA-system with autofocus. It offers the possibility of connection to a
computer system and uses split screen technique between reading camera, distance camera and computer
on the same monitor. The generous space under the camera facilitates writing, painting and other work
with your hands. Most parts are produced in metal in order to make the system very solid and it is ideal to
use in a school environment. Besides natural colors the ML U Student also features positive/negative
picture with increased contrast and artificial colors. Three different positions and magnifications can be
preprogrammed, which facilitates the orientation in a classroom. All functions are easily controlled from
a separate control box. Magnification: ML U Student - 2.3 - 46x; ML U Student PRO - 1.4 - 46x (17"
monitor). Last updated: 09/05/2008
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MagniLink Student
MagniLink Student is a portable CCTV system for connection directly to a laptop or desktop computer
through USB 2.0. The combined reading and distance camera and the compact design make it ideal for
use in schools, universities and offices. The user can change between the reading and distance modes by
tilting the camera head. The compact size and the low weight (1.4kg), makes the Student easy to carry
around and it fits well together with a laptop in a larger laptop case. All functions in the system are
handled directly from the computer keyboard. In distance, or reading mode, the autofocus follows the
object and the picture is automatically adjusted into sharpness. Just by pressing a button the user can store
images from the camera on their computer. The user can for example make a snapshot of the blackboard
and view the information when they get back home. Magnification range 1.5x - 55x (15.1" monitor).
Last updated: 09/05/2008
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MagniLink Student Addition
MagniLink Student Addition is a portable CCTV for connection to a computer or directly to a
monitor/TV. MagniLink Student Addition has been even further refined and improved; now the system
comes with the possibility to record a video and easier short commands. The combined reading and
distance camera and the compact design make it ideal for use in schools, universities and offices. Last
updated: 09/05/2008
Optelec Tieman Group - Breslau 4, 2993 LT Barendrecht, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 88 678 3444 Fax:
79 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 +31 88 678 3400 Email: [email protected] Web: www.optelec.com
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Zoom-Flex+
The Zoom-Flex+ allows the user to see the instructor, chalkboard or other distant activities or be utilized
as a desktop video magnifier. The color CCTV magnifier with Look Function magnifies people and
objects both near and far. The lightweight and compact size allows you to take the magnifier anywhere.
Works on any TV. Magnification Ranges: 13" TV - 1.4 - 35x; 20" TV - 2.0 - 55x or 26" TV - 2.8 - 70x.
Weight: 2.3kg Last updated: 09/05/2008
Tagarno A/S - Sandovej 4, DK-8700 Horsens, Denmark. Tel: +45 7625 1111 Fax: +45 7625
1199 Email: [email protected] Web: www.tagarno.dk
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Cobra Flex Duo
Ideal for both at home and work because, equipped with a TFT flat panel monitor it offers a large free
desk area. Fully adjustable gas lift arm enables the camera to be easily and quickly repositioned to enable
full desk coverage. Ideal for work where identification or manipulation of parts is necessary. Control
panel conveniently fitted under monitor. Split screen capability. Up 85Hz refresh rate (SVGA mode). The
monitor can be used to display the image from either the camera or a PC either individually or
simultaneously. Additional distance viewing camera - ideal for school, College or University. Contrast
adjustment. Auto focus or manual focus. Full color or enhanced mono modes. Positive or negative.
Selectable foreground/background colors and adjustable reading line. Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Hercules Duo
Hercules Duo is a flexible solution for educational purposes. It is very practical because it can be used
with all sizes of VGA monitors and TFT flat screens. With the new type DVP-technology (Digital Video
Processing), Hercules may also be connected to a PC and work with any magnification software. It offers
various split-screen options between the reading aid, PC and external camera, in addition to a triple splitscreen option. The blackboard camera is easily handled by a wireless remote control. Hercules Duo
features: Includes all the normal CCTV functions such as natural colors, artificial colors, high contrast,
reading line and Autofocus. Flexible suspension of TFT flat panel monitor. Magnification range from 2 to
30 times at a 17" TFT flat panel monitor. Sharp and steady images. Multiple split-screen options. Smooth
running X/Y reading table. Easy to operate with all controls on front panel. Last updated: 09/05/2008
Ø Desktop Systems
The most common type of video magnifier is intended for use on a desk or work surface, so is called a
desktop CCTV or magnifier. Most desktop video magnifiers have a camera, which is in a fixed position
some distance above the desktop. The printed material is placed on the reading table, which can be moved
left to right and backwards and forwards.
The image is viewed on an integrated monitor and can be adjusted for contrast, magnification and color to
suit the user. A few desktop video magnifiers have a camera on an angle poise type stem, instead so there
is some flexibility of position. Desktop magnifiers can offer a magnification range as low as 1.5 times and
as high as 60 times, although the range is usually narrower than this.
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Eclipse
The Eclipse is a 15-inch CCTV reader that is simple to set up and use. The Eclipse has an extensive
feature list that includes an auto focus camera and a push-button overview. Text and background colors
can change to suit your needs while line markers and adjustable blanking combine to make reading an
altogether more enjoyable experience. When you are finished reading, the display screen can be folded
down. The unit also folds away easily for storage and transport. Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Eclipse Scholar
The Eclipse is a 15" CCTV reader that is simple to set up and use. It comes fully assembled so all you
need to do is place the unit onto a desk, plug it in and switch it on! The Eclipse has an extensive feature
list that includes an auto focus camera and a push-button overview. Text and background colors can
change to suit your needs while line markers and adjustable blanking combine to make reading an
altogether more enjoyable experience. When you are finished reading, the display screen can be folded
down. The unit also folds away easily for storage and transport. The Eclipse Scholar comes equipped with
a distance camera capable of 3x-50x electronic zoom magnifications making it ideal for use in the
classroom. Last updated: 09/05/2008
Assist Vision - 1-6-11 Takatsukasa, Takarazuka, Hyogo 665-0051, Japan. Tel: +81 797 74 2206 Fax:
+81 797 73 8894 Email: [email protected] Web: www.assistvision.com
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Neo
Neo allows magnification from 2x to 50x on a 14" TV monitor and up to 75x on a 20" TV monitor. Also
the wide range contrast and brightness controls allow you to distinguish even the smallest details. Writing
has never been easier with Neo´s large and sturdy workspace and choice of light settings to reduce
shadows. The table can also be adjusted to increase or decrease the tension for easier movement. Neo
gives you the flexibility to choose between 3 different viewing modes - full color, black and white and
reverse, as well as continuous or one touch auto focus depending on your needs. Simple, easy to use
control panel, with both tactile and color-coded controls Last updated: 09/05/2008
Axos - 124 Boulevard De Verdun, F-92411 Courbevoie Cedex, France. Tel: +33 1 4789 8305 Fax: +33 1
4789 9142 Email: [email protected] Web: www.axos.eu
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Flex ‘Easy
Desktop CCTV with flexible arm enabling the camera to be moved closer to the material to be viewed.
Camera can be moved left or right. Able to connect to TV or PC monitor. Features autofocus and zoom,
enables viewing in color, black or white and positive and negative. Magnification range is 1 - 83x
depending on size of screen. Weight: 1.3kg Ref: 8430 Last updated: 13/05/2008
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Zoomax Visu
Desktop CCTV, which can be, supplied with either a 17" or 19" LCD screen. Motorized color or black
and white camera. Autofocus. Positive and negative views. Can freeze the image on screen. Accepts large
format documents (e.g. newspapers). Magnification range is from 1.7 - 70x depending on screen size.
Weight: 4kg Ref: 8318 Last updated: 13/05/2008
BAUM Retec AG - Schloss Langenzell, D-69257 Wiesenbach, Germany. Tel: +49 6223 49090 Fax: + 49
6223 490999 Email: [email protected] Web: www.baum.de
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Video Light
Video Light’s major features are: Supporting arm for camera and lamp, with a table clamp for mounting
the unit on the side of a table; Powerful halogen lamp for improved lighting; Color camera – fully
83 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 rotatable to allow pointing either at the user, downwards or forwards, e.g. for looking at a blackboard
using the zoom-function; Control panel, rotatable for comfortable use, with connectors for power supply,
a color monitor or TV (via converter), and a foot switch for hands-free zooming operation and (if
required) PC monitor feed-through; and a XY-sliding-table for easy movement of reading matter when no
table clamp is used (optional). Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Visio PC
Compact low vision work station - The camera is motor driven, hence the space normally occupied by the
reading table is considerably reduced; By using a modern flat display connected to the camera, no space
is needed for the monitor. Features include: Display - 18'' TFT flat monitor with high contrast. The
diagonal viewing area corresponds to a conventional 21'' monitor. Alternatively, 15'' TFT flat display with
diagonal viewing area corresponding to a conventional 17'' monitor; Resolution - 1280 x 1024; Contrast 300:1; Angle - 140° h 140° v; Possible adaptations - height about 30 cm, Inclination of the monitor +/20°; Distance - around 12 cm; Camera - high-resolution Sony color camera with a 25-fold zoom, manual
and automatic focus, full color, false colors and black & white adjustable; Magnification - 2x to 50x;
Screen splitting - any splitting of the screen between the camera image and the PC image is possible;
Operation - adjustments are made through a special keyboard, keyboard and optional pedal, manual and
programmable automatic camera movement; Options: motor driven room camera, e.g. for training
facilities. Last updated: 09/05/2008
Clarity - 6776B Preston Avenue, Livermore, California 94551, USA. Tel: +1 800-575-1456 Fax: +1
925 449 2605 Web: www.clarityusa.com
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Clarity Deskmate
For the student who wants to travel from classroom to classroom with minimal equipment, the Clarity
Deskmate system offers a high-quality mobile video magnification solution. Magnifies 2 - 50x. Deskmate
combines Clarity’s Flex video magnifier with a 15” monitor for excellent visibility. Other features
include: True Auto-focus; four simple controls: power, mode, contrast and zoom; advanced modes: line
markers, manual focus override, lighting adjustment; quick release for increased add-ons; mode and mid
magnification memory; View three dimensional objects with ease; variable contrast control; color, black
84 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 and white, and inverse modes for your reading comfort; first-class resolution and remote control.
Weight: 4.9kg Price: $2695.00 Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Clarity Flex mate
Flex mate features Clarity's unique auto focus for smooth, hands-free focusing. The rotating camera
design offers crystal-clear viewing at any range from close-up to far away. Switching from near to distant
viewing is quick and easy with Flex mate’s tilt feature. Magnifies 2 - 60x. Includes camera, arm, remote,
clamp mount, carry bag, distance lens, quick release and optional XY table. Price: $2045.00 Last
updated: 09/05/2008
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Discovery
Ideal for magnification include reading, writing, and other close-up tasks. Discovery features Clarity’s
easy to use controls for smooth, easy focusing, contrast adjustment, and a one touch power switch. The
Discovery video magnifier fits comfortably in any home or office. Discovery’s monitor tilt feature allows
you position the super sharp 17” high contrast LCD screens for optimal viewing. Last updated:
09/05/2008
Enhanced Vision Systems - 5882 Machine Drive, Huntington Beach, California 92649, USA. Tel: +1
714
374
1829 Fax:
+1
714
374
1821
Email:
[email protected] Web:
www.enhancedvision.com
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Acrobat
The Acrobat's innovative rotating camera design enables people with low vision to perform daily tasks
more effectively. By rotating the camera, the user can read, write, self-view, and magnify images at any
distance. This Full Color, Auto-Focus Acrobat has the most versatile and flexible arm available. Other
features include: True mirror image; Automatic memory; Detachable camera; Up to 72X magnification;
Battery operated option; Auto-Focus; 7 viewing modes; Horizontal line markers; Dual keypad; Remote
control; Focus lock; Object locator and Laptop PC compatibility (additional hardware required). Last
updated: 09/05/2008
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Merlin
The Merlin is a full-color, auto-focus, desktop video magnifier. Features include: Auto Focus; Tactile
controls; Brightness control; True to Life Picture Quality; Fully assembled one piece unit; Built-in
controls that move with the screen; Screen pivots, tilts and swivels in all directions; Features an integrated
17” or 19” flat panel monitor; Provides clear crisp images with the highest resolution quality; Computer
compatible switches between CCTV & computer modes (optional accessories required); Four viewing
modes with five programmable digital color select modes; 2.7 to 58x magnification (may vary with
display size); Raise and lower screen for optimal height and 8 MS response rate with true/vivid
color. Last updated: 09/05/2008
Human Ware - 11 Mary Muller Drive, PO Box 3044, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tel: +64 3 384 4555
Fax: +64 3 384 4933 Email: [email protected] Web: www.humanware.com
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MyReader2
MyReader2 is an auto-reader for people with low vision. It can take images of book or magazine pages
and rearrange the text onscreen. Zoom functions make navigation easier. Other features include: CCTV
magnifier-type “live” magnification; Navigate pages and re-formats text on-screen; Automatic scrolling
with pause and re-start; Built-in 15" screen, adjustable height and tilt; Folding unit with carry handle;
Share monitor with a PC, including split-screen display; Easier controls to read the way you want to;
Better page segmentation for flowing text smoothly onscreen; Better page contrast for newsprint and
other lower- quality paper; Multi-page storage, up to 10 dynamic pages and 3 reference pages. Folds
down and becomes portable. Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Smart View 7000
Sleek, modern ergonomic design with mobile monitor for maximum flexibility, comfort and convenience.
View objects in brilliant full color or in high contrast black and white. Enjoy crystal clear display of
images with a fully auto focus system. Simply push a button and the “pre set magnification control” will
instantly reset itself to one of two magnifications sizes that have been set. Use the hand held zoom control
to increase and decrease the size of the object on the screen and to change magnification settings. Choose
a standard monitor or an optional space saving flat screen, slim line monitor and select the size of monitor
to suit – or use an existing computer monitor or TV. View reading material from one of sixteen coloured
background/foreground combinations in the contrast best suited to vision requirements. Use the enhanced
photo-viewing mode to view color photos, illustrations, plans and other images. All controls are located
in the front panel of the Smart View and are designed to be intuitive and easy to use. The reading table
allows for movement in every direction making it simple to view any object. 2.3x - 44x magnification
range. Height: 370mm Width: 355mm Depth: 460mm Weight: 9kg Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Smart View Xtend
One base model that can be easily upgraded by choosing any of the Smart View Xtend modules. Modules
include: Flat out better viewing - A flat screen monitor is fitted to the Smart View Xtend by an
ergonomically designed arm. The Smart View Xtend offers accurate & flexible color pictures. Simple
preset magnification - set and returns to a favorite magnification setting. Lines and blinds - guides around
the page and removes distracting clutter. Enhanced page locator - easier document navigation. Precise
zoom control - allows setting of the zoom level. Clearly marked buttons - easy to recognize symbols.
Each button has only one primary function. Magnification from 3x - 68x depending on size of screen.
Height: 268mm Width: 355mm Depth: 450mm Weight: 12.2kg Last updated: 09/05/2008
Lace Electronica srl - Via Zoe Fontana, 220 - 00131 Roma, Italy. Tel: +39 0641294591 Fax: +39
0641230015 Email: [email protected] Web: www.lace.it
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Galileo
Black and white 14" reading and writing aid. Features include: Magnification up to 40x; Brightness,
contrast, zoom and focusing controls; Reverse reading modes (black on white and white on black).
Optional accessories: External CCD camera; Lifting camera. Length: 380mm Width: 450mm Height:
550mm Weight: 11kg Ref: LA 700 027/00 Last updated: 12/05/2008
LVI Low Vision International AB - Verkstadsgatan 5, S-352 46 Växjö, Sweden. Tel: +46 470
727700 Fax: +46 470 727725 Email: [email protected] Web: www.lvi.se
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MagniLink Mira
MagniLink Mira gives the user the possibility to choose monitors to customize vision aid according to
needs and preferences. MagniLink Mira consists of a camera unit and a reading table. The monitor is
easily attached to the camera unit. The parts are mounted in a couple of minutes and then MagniLink
Mira is ready to use. The functions are handled with a convenient control box, which can be held in the
hand or placed on the table. Magnification: 3.5 - 40x (with a 19“ monitor). Weight: 7kg Last updated:
12/05/2008
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MagniLink Reader
MagniLink X Reader is a reading system with an integrated 17“ screen or a 19“ widescreen. The
magnification range is 2.7 - 46x for the 17" screen and 2.9 - 58x times for the 19" widescreen. Other
features include: Reading table is in size A3, which makes it possible to place larger newspapers and
binders on it; Friction brakes in both directions facilitate reading of columns and lines; Smooth autofocus
and guiding line; Lockable focus in order to facilitate writing; Handgrip for transportation. Last
updated: 12/05/2008
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MagniLink Split
89 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 MLX Split is a full color split system with autofocus and an integrated 17” TFT screen. The system can
be connected to a computer. The split function can be continuously adjusted in either vertical or
horizontal direction. The magnification range is 2.7 - 46x. The reading table is in size A3. Weight: 13kg
Last updated: 12/05/2008
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MagniLink Zip
A portable desktop CCTV. Folds up to fit in the supplied carrying case. The system is available in two
versions; MagniLink Zip and MagniLink Zip Black/White. It has a 17" TFT wide screen which can be
tilted. Other features include: Autofocus, guiding line, positive and negative picture. Magnification range:
2.8x - 40x. Can be powered by main supply or battery. Weight: 8kg Last updated: 12/05/2008
MagniSight Inc - 3631 North Stone Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907, USA. Tel: +1 719 578
8893 Fax: +1 719 578 9887 Email: [email protected] Web: www.magnisight.com
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Colourama 5
Desktop unit magnifying text from 1.7 to 80 times, with an inbuilt 22-inch widescreen display. At
minimum magnification, a full-width view of a typical (A4) magazine etc. is available without moving
the tray left and right. Grey scale (photographic) or digitally enhanced picture. Positive and negative
polarity. Automatic focus. Full-color setting (full-color model only). Two models: "5" with fewer features
and controls than "5+". 10 combinations of contrast colors ("5+" model only). Speech assistance (5+
model only). Focus lock (5+ model only). Picture masking (blinds): horizontal and vertical, all adjustable
(5+ model only). Computer input with foot pedal switching (5+ model only). Solid-state illumination.
Optional light-shielding curtain for users who are particularly sensitive to glare. Tray travel allows
90 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 viewing of documents greater than A4 size, at all magnifications, without needing to reposition the
document on the tray. Familiar TV-style controls, all soft-touch rotary (no click switches). Very slim line
design positions the LCD display at the ideal height for viewing. The display tilts slightly back or
forwards. Weight: 11kg Price: A$2550.00 Last updated: 15/05/2008
Optelec Tieman Group - Breslau 4, 2993 LT Barendrecht, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 88 678 3444 Fax:
+31 88 678 3400 Email: [email protected] Web: www.optelec.com
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Clear View+ Series
Clear View+ has been designed with the one-button control system that allows you to increase or
decrease magnification and change from photo mode to black and white, as well as reverse. Magnification
range: 2.5 - 56x depending on screen size. Available with 17", 19" or 22" flat screen or 17" CRT monitor.
Other features include: Always-In-Focus™ technology insuring crisp clear focus on every image.
Adjustable monitor arm allows the user to position the monitor for optimal viewing and comfort. Fully
adjustable brightness. Easy-Glide reading platform with electronic brake. Last updated: 12/05/2008
REHAN Electronics Ltd - Industrial Estate, Courtown Road, Gorey, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Tel: +353 55
22013 Fax: +353 55 20732 Email: [email protected] Web: www.rehanelectronics.ie
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Affinity Series
These CCTVs are available as Basic Models (supplied without monitor) and the Supreme Models (which
include the specially designed 17" Affinity Full Color Monitor). All models can be supplied with VGA
option, which offers connection between a computer and a computer VGA monitor. Have the "switch"
screen feature to switch between PC image and Affinity camera image. Can (without the use of a
91 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 computer) be connected to a stand-alone external normal VGA monitor or TFT (LCD) VGA monitor.
Can be connected to a VGA projector. All models have DUAL Auto focus: Continuous & One-Touch
Instant. A magnification range from 2.1x upto 62x depending on the External monitor size. Magnification
range 3x upto 48x on the Supreme 17" monitor. Use a 16x electrical controlled zoom lens. Use the Ultra
Long Life Bright LED illumination. Use a TEXT mode with sophisticated contrast modulator for
improved text mode. Positive/Negative text mode. Selectable background/foreground color combinations
in text mode. Blanking & underlining for improved ease of reading. Smooth running, extra large table
with full-featured brake system. 60Hz CCD camera and second camera option with "switch" screen
feature. Last updated: 12/05/2008
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ERGO Series
The ERGO model consists of three separate parts: (1) A removable monitor, which can be adjusted to
different height levels. (2) A Reading table. When used together with the floor stand, the reading table
can be adjusted to different height levels. (3) Stand; floor or table option. A selection of monitors: ERGO75. Black & White 75Hz, ERGO-MC. Multi Color 75Hz or ERGO-FC. Full Color 75Hz. Other features
on all models include: High resolution CCD camera with high speed reading. Bright, high quality zoom
lens with a very high depth of field. Two PL-Lamps to the left and right underneath the monitor for
reducing the effect of shadows and giving balance. On/Off switch on the front of the monitor. Zoom
knob, magnification from 3.5x upto 35x. Focus knob. Last updated: 12/05/2008
Tagarno Innovision A/S - Sandovej 4, DK-8700 Horsens, Denmark. Tel: +45 7625 1111 Fax: +45 7625
1199 Email: [email protected] Web: www.tagarno.dk
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Cobra
The Cobra camera has a fully automatic focus (can be switched to manual) and full color. Writing
underneath the camera, reading books, viewing mobile phone screens are all simple to do! It is portable
and folds flat meaning it can fit into carry bags. All controls are via a tactile wireless remote control unit.
Split Screen capable. There are 4 split screen modes that retain your selected positions enabling optimum
usage of both the camera and a computer on the same screen at the same time. Many selectable
foreground and background colors to enhance reading of text. Magnification range x2 to x30 on 17" TFT
92 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 screen. Weight: 3kg Last updated: 12/05/2008
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Cobra Flex
Ideal for home or work - equipped with a TFT monitor it offers a considerable space saving over more
conventional CCTVs. The Cobra Flex, with the new Digital Video Processing (DVP) technology may
display the output of the camera or your PC either independently or simultaneously. Features: Fully
adjustable gas lift arm enables the camera to be easily and quickly repositioned to enable full desk
coverage. Ideal for work where identification or manipulation of parts is necessary. Control panel
conveniently fitted under monitor. Split screen capability. Up 85Hz refresh rate (SVGA mode). Contrast
adjustment. Auto focus or manual focus. Full color or enhanced mono modes. Positive or negative.
Selectable foreground/background colors. Adjustable reading line. Last updated: 12/05/2008
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Hercules
Hercules is a versatile split screen CCTV that may be connected to any CRT or TFT SVGA (or higher)
monitor. With the new digital video processing (DVP) technology, Hercules may be connected to a PC
and work with any magnification/speech software. The split screen function allows the monitor to display
the output from the camera or the computer or to display the images simultaneously. Features: Wide
magnification range from x2 to x30 on a 17" (viewable area) monitor. Easy to operate all controls on
front panel. Auto focus or manual focus. Full color or enhanced mono modes. Selectable
foreground/background colors. Adjustable reading line. Up 85Hz refresh rate (SVGA mode). Split screen
capability. Contrast adjustment. Smooth running X/Y table. Last updated: 12/05/2008
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Luna
Luna is a small color video magnifier with a comprehensive specification. Luna is easy to operate all the
controls are situated on the front panel. Positive / negative enhanced mono with choice of foreground /
background colors. Features: 14" color NTSC screen. Auto focus. Positive / negative. Variable
foreground / background colors. Contrast adjustment. Wide magnification range from x1.5 to x36.
Smooth running X/Y table. Last updated: 12/05/2008
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Vega
The monitor may be used with the camera or a PC. The split screen function allows the monitor to display
the output from the camera or the computer or to display the images simultaneously. Focus control can be
set to either automatic or manual. Wide magnification range from x2 to x36. Improved full color
adjustment. Easy to operate all controls on front panel. Auto focus or manual focus. Adjustable reading
line. Split screen capability. Contrast adjustment. Smooth running X/Y table. Last updated: 12/05/2008
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Zenith
94 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Zenith comes with a high-resolution 17" color screen. The high quality color system and fast refresh rate
provide superb color reproduction and a stable, flicker free image. Zenith is elegantly styled and easy to
operate due to the tactile knobs all fitted to the front panel. Positive / negative image reproduction in
artificial colors as well as black and white. Generous distance between the X / Y table and camera enables
sizeable objects to be examined. Features: Auto focus. Wide magnification range from x2 to x36. Several
artificial color options. Adjustable reading line. Contrast adjustment. Smooth running X/Y table. Last
updated: 12/05/2008
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Aladdin Apex
Aladdin Apex incorporates an adjustable 17" or 20" flat panel monitor with the same color and
professional features you’ve come to rely on. With the Apex you can raise or lower the screen, bringing
the image to your eye level. Or slide the screen forward and tilt to enjoy a glare-free image at your
optimum reading distance. Also, the monitor folds down providing easy storage. Reading is made easy
with this full-featured, integrated flat panel system. The Apex features 24 color select options, which
offer high contrast. Line markers and shadow masking help track text. Additionally, continuous auto
focus with manual override provides increased flexibility for your picture focus needs. The 17" screen
provides magnification from 3x - 48x and the 20" screen provides 3.5x - 56x magnification range. Ref:
GF9A-17 (17" screen); GF9A-20 (20" screen) Price: $2795.00 (17" screen; for U.S. only); $3195.00
(20" screen; for U.S. only) Last updated: 12/05/2008
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Aladdin Classic
CCTV with 14" (36cm) black & white monitor. Magnification range 4.5x - 50x. Can display printed
materials in high-contrast black text on a white background or white text on a black background. This
95 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 system also features a large depth of field for viewing three-dimensional objects and a non-glare reading
table, which permits reading heavy books. Width: 396mm Depth: 546mm Height: 559mm Weight:
16.8 kg Ref: AL2A Price: $1595.00 (for U.S. only) Last updated: 12/05/2008
Ø Head Mounted Systems
Head mounted systems tend to be portable video magnifiers that require the user to wear a pair of
spectacles or a head mounted camera onto which the image is displayed.
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Jordy
Jordy enables people with low vision to see objects at a distance, up close and at any range in between.
This battery-operated system can be worn like a pair of glasses or used as a Desktop video magnifier
when placed on its docking stand. Requires no special fitting procedures. Other features include: 30x
magnification range; Auto focus; Focus lock; Digital zoom; Four viewing modes - full color, black &
white, high contrast positive & negative; Built-in lighting system; Auto focus with push button locator.
Price: £1795.00 Last updated: 09/05/2008
Eyetonomy - 75 Town Centre Drive, Rochester, New York 14623, USA. Tel: +1 585 359 5900 Fax: +1
585 359 4172 Web: www.eyetonomy.com
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Sight Mate LV920
Sight Mate is a portable lightweight video magnifier that optimizes residual peripheral vision. Worn like
eyeglasses, Sight Mate combines an integrated miniaturized camera and high-resolution technology to
display images or text that the wearer can scan across and read with their peripheral vision. Features
include: 2 mega-pixel camera sensor and 3x optical zoom lens. Twin high-resolution 640x480 LCD
displays. AccuTilt view pivots up to 15 degress for comfortable viewing angles. Adjustable cushioned
Nose Bridge. Edge / contrast detection for viewing distant objects and signs. Controller designed to
connect to almost all NTSC audio/video devices with video out capacity. 15 user control buttons for
feature / function selections. Battery life is approximately four hours. Provided with an aluminum attaché
style case. Price: US$3499.00 Last updated: 09/05/2008
96 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 PC Compatible Systems
A few video magnifier systems will link to a PC, allowing the screen image to be shared between the
video magnifier picture and the computer display. These video magnifiers are sometimes referred to as
"screen sharing" or "split-screen" video magnifiers.
Ash Technologies Ltd - B5, M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Tel: +353 45 88 22 12 Fax:
+353 45 88 22 14 Email: [email protected] Web: www.ashtech.ie
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OPTi Standard
Using USB 2.0 the OPTi mouse camera connects to a laptop or desktop PC to display magnified text and
images on a computer screen. Light and small it can fit into the front pocket of a laptop carrying case and
provides 10 hours of reading. Fully adjustable offering 3 - 27x magnification on a standard 15" screen.
Full color with a complete range of enhanced color options. View manager with ten customizable views.
Operates with major screen magnifier programs. Requires Windows XP Home or Pro. Weight: 0.5kg
Last updated: 13/05/2008
Axos - 124 Boulevard De Verdun, F-92411 Courbevoie Cedex, France. Tel: +33 1 4789 8305 Fax: +33 1
4789 9142 Email: [email protected] Web: www.axos.eu
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Zoomax Nomadis
Portable camera that connects to a PC. Motorized zoom and autofocus. Camera is controlled remotely. 5
hours of battery function, rechargeable. Can view in color, black and white or positive and negative.
Systems requirements: Windows 2000 or XP. Weight: 3kg Ref: 8380 Last updated: 13/05/2008
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Mono Mouse USB
Works with any desktop or notebook PC using USB 2.0 and XP or Vista. Ergonomic and easy to use.
Crisp clear black and white image. Resize to change magnification. Plugs directly into any USB 2.0 port.
5 feet of easy store cable. Simple, full function utility software included. Microfibre Mouse Bag included.
Software available from Bierley website. Price: £275.00 exc. VAT and P&P Last updated: 13/05/2008
Clarity - 6776B Preston Avenue, Livermore, California 94551, USA. Tel: +1 800-575-1456 Fax: +1
925 449 2605 Web: www.clarityusa.com
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Clarity PCMate
The Clarity PCMate connects to a laptop directly. There is no need for a power outlet. The PCMate
comes with the Clarity Capture software, which allows you to capture an image and use a split screen
without the need for any accessories such as a battery or separate monitor. The PCMate gets its power
through the USB connection. It is extremely portable and depending on your laptop will only use a small
percentage of your laptop's battery life (approximately 4% of a 72 watt hour battery). Includes camera,
carry bag, stand, distance lens, quick release and remote. Minimum computer requirements: Windows
Vista or XP; USB-2.0; 1GHz processor; 512 MB RAM and 64 MB Video card. Last updated:
13/05/2008
Enhanced Vision Systems - 5882 Machine Drive, Huntington Beach, California 92649, USA. Tel: +1
714
374
1829 Fax:
+1
714
374
1821
Email:
[email protected] Web:
www.enhancedvision.com
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Merlin Plus
Merlin Plus offers the same features as the full-color Merlin CCTV. Compatible with most computer
workstations. Key features include: Auto focus; Tactile controls; External control box; Multiple viewing
modes; True to life picture quality; Proprietary remote software; 2.7 to 67x magnification (may vary with
display size); Optional 17” or 19” integrated LCD for superior ergonomics; Split screen capability allows
viewing images and computer files simultaneously; 28 custom user combinations for
oreground/background; Horizontal and vertical line markers and windowing; Foot pedal allows for quick
toggle and optional voice recognition (may vary with model). Last updated: 13/05/2008
Human Ware - 11 Mary Muller Drive, PO Box 3044, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tel: +64 3 384 4555
Fax: +64 3 384 4933 Email: [email protected] Web: www.humanware.com
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Idea Solo
Idea Solo is a practical, effective color camera, which reads information and transmits it to the user's
computer screen. The image on the computer screen is then magnified to the required size. It can also be
used to magnify from a distance, for example, writing on a board, so makes for a user-friendly product
with both close up and distance cameras built into one. Weight: 1.3kg Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Smart View 8000
View objects in full color or in black and white with an auto focus system. Simply plug and play –
connect the 8000 to a PC and start immediately, no set up is required. The split screen allows display of
images independently or simultaneously either vertically or horizontally. Use the Smart Keypad and at the
touch of button can display the time, day, date and a four-function calculator in large print on the screen.
Concentrate and focus on one line of text or one area of your screen at a time using adjustable vertical and
horizontal line markers and blinds. Simply push a button and the “pre set magnification control” will
instantly reset itself to one of two magnifications sizes that have set. View reading material from one of
sixteen coloured background/foreground combinations in the contrast best suited to vision requirements.
Use the enhanced photo-viewing mode to view color photos, illustrations, plans and other images. Select
the size and type of monitor to suit – or use an existing computer monitor. The reading table allows for
movement in every direction making it simple to view any object. All controls are located in the front
panel of the Smart View and are designed to be intuitive and easy to use. 3x - 60x magnification range
depending on size of screen. Height: 280mm Width: 350mm Depth: 455mm Weight: 13kg Last
updated: 13/05/2008
Innoventions Inc - 9593 Corsair Drive, Conifer, Colorado 80433-9317, USA. Tel: +1 303 797 6554 Fax:
+1 303 727 4940 Email: [email protected] Web: www.magnicam.com
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Primer
The focus-free Primer displays images in normal and either positive or negative enhanced modes, on
round or flat surfaces. The Primer has a built-in roller to stabilize tracking and a one-button control
making it very easy to use. The Primer, used with an ordinary 27-inch television set has equivalent
magnification of 10.8 to 21.6 X, allowing you to take the next step into higher magnification without the
difficulties of using high power optical magnification. With clear and steady CCD camera images, the
Primer's smooth, tactile surface is easy to hold. The Primer uses a power cord that connects at either end
of the unit and at your choice provides automatic switching between television viewing and
magnification. The Primer is now also PC compatible. Last updated: 13/05/2008
LVI Low Vision International AB - Verkstadsgatan 5, S-352 46 Växjö, Sweden. Tel: +46 470
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MagniLink Reader
MLS Reader is a portable handheld camera for connection directly to a laptop or desktop computer. The
camera features high contrast positive/negative picture and artificial colors. The magnification range for a
14" monitor is 9-22,5 times. The camera picture is presented in a Windows application and both size and
position of the window can be adjusted. This allows you to work in different split screen modes and
makes your system very flexible. The camera's snap shot function is very useful, just by pressing a button
you can store images from the camera on your computer. All features in the system are controlled from
the keyboard. The MLS Reader is compatible with all resolutions and refresh rates on your laptop. Last
updated: 13/05/2008
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MagniLink Student
MagniLink Student is a portable CCTV system for connection directly to a laptop or desktop computer
through USB 2.0. The combined reading and distance camera and the compact design make it ideal for
use in schools, universities and offices. The user can change between the reading and distance modes by
tilting the camera head. The compact size and the low weight (1.4kg), makes the Student easy to carry
around and it fits well together with a laptop in a larger laptop case. All functions in the system are
handled directly from the computer keyboard. In distance, or reading mode, the autofocus follows the
object and the picture is automatically adjusted into sharpness. Just by pressing a button the user can store
images from the camera on their computer. The user can for example make a snapshot of the blackboard
and view the information when they get back home. Magnification range 1.5x - 55x (15.1" monitor). Last
updated: 09/05/2008
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MagniLink Student Addition
MagniLink Student Addition is a portable CCTV for connection to a computer or directly to a
monitor/TV. MagniLink Student Addition has been even further refined and improved; now the system
comes with the possibility to record a video and easier short commands. The combined reading and
distance camera and the compact design make it ideal for use in schools, universities and offices. Last
updated: 09/05/2008
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Clear View+ PC
A video magnifier that connects directly to the PC, with the need for just one screen. Once connected, the
Clear View+ PC provides three viewing options: Video magnifier image; PC image; Split-screen dividing the screen into two, showing both video magnifier and PC images simultaneously. Other features
include: Unique Picture-in-Picture facility allows you to work seamlessly. Wide magnification range for
easier reading (2.6 to 50 times magnification). Simple controls at your fingertips. Auto-focus. Easy-glide,
ultra-low reading table. Fix the reading table position at the press of a button. View images in full
color when using a full color monitor (monitor available separately). Read paper documents using high
contrast text modes: Positive mode - black-text-on-white; Reverse mode - white-text-on-black. Choice of
16 foreground and background semicolour combinations. Red dot pointer - helps you locate your place on
the page when using high levels of magnification. Adjustable line markers and window blinds, providing
guiding lines to make continuous reading much easier. Price: £2,295.00 Last updated: 14/05/2008
OPTRON Assistive Technologies - PO Box 5454, Morton, Illinois 61550, USA. Tel: +1 888 567
8766 Fax: +1 309 694 2077 Email: [email protected] Web: www.optronusa.com
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OPTRON pro
The OPTRON pro is VGA computer compatible for a versatile and ergonomic integration into the
electronic work environment. It also features an adjustable line reader and a built-in LED reading light.
Like the Optron mobile, the Optron pro is has a modular arm, which allows running the camera at a
higher and a lower position. It is equipped with Twist am technology and 360 degree distance viewing.
The Optron pro comes with foam padded carrying case for easy travel and safe storage. Last updated:
14/05/2008
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Blue-Eye
Full color zoom camera with an integral wheel for easy zoom control. Ideal for reading and writing.
Connects to your PC via USB connection. Price: £399.00 Last updated: 14/05/2008
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PC-Eye USB
Full color portable CCTV with zoom control. Increase or decrease size of text. Options to select Black
and White or Color. Also negative / positive image. 10x - 30x push button magnification adjustment.
Negative / Positive Black / White & Color on-off buttons. Soft touch on the book or newspaper for easy
reading. Built-in 6-super bright white LED lamps. Connects to your PC via USB connection. Price:
£499.00 Last updated: 14/05/2008
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Pocket Systems
These are pocket or handbag sized CCTVs designed to be carried around by the user at all times, and
smaller than the portable systems. They are useful for reading labels in shops, notices, bills, menus and
magazines whilst travelling. They usually have an integrated screen and are available for a range of
magnifications.
Ash Technologies Ltd - B5, M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Tel: +353 45 88 22 12 Fax:
+353 45 88 22 14 Email: [email protected] Web: www.ashtech.ie
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Quick look Zoom
Quick look Zoom is a hand-held, portable, full color, electronic magnifier that can magnify text, photos
and maps or just about anything. Magnification from 3x up to 18x in 9 steps. 5 display modes. Quick look
has a built-in 109mm color monitor with enhanced contrast modes (black/white and white/black) for
better readability of text. Freeze-frame an image. Camera rotates. Internal lighting can be turned off for
ATMs and phones. Battery run time is approximately 4 - 7 hours. Length: 171mm Width: 95mm
Depth: 28mm Weight: 0.2kg Last updated: 14/05/2008
Cidat-Once- Camino de Hormigueras, 172 E, Madrid 28031, Spain. Tel: +34 91 709 76 00 Fax: +34 91
709 77 Email: [email protected] Web: cidat.once.es
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PortaVisor Once - PVO
A digital hand magnifier, which enlarges images that have been obtained either by an internal camera or
by other external devices on an integrated 4" monitor. The PVO only has 4 buttons that enable the user to
select the view of Real Color and Inverse Color, Black and White and White and Black and to vary the
contrasts of the image displayed, as well as to digitally magnify it from x6 up to x12. PVO also offers the
possibility of increasing the images in the long distance with a digital zoom of x2. Incorporates a carrying
case, which can be clipped to a belt as well as a strap. Requires 4 AA batteries and is also mains
104 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 adaptable. Length: 160mm Width: 90mm Depth: 50mm Weight: 0.4kg Ref: 031201002423699 Last
updated: 14/05/2008
Enhanced Vision Systems - 5882 Machine Drive, Huntington Beach, California 92649, USA. Tel: +1
714
374
1829 Fax:
+1
714
374
1821
Email:
[email protected] Web:
www.enhancedvision.com
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Amigo
The Amigo is simple to use - just place it directly on the material and adjust the magnification by a turn of
the dial. This innovative product allows you to adjust the magnification without moving the Amigo away
from the reading material. Read prices tags, restaurant menus, ingredients and directions no matter where
you are with this new high-powered video magnifier. Digital magnification from 3.5 to 14X enables the
user to leave the Amigo directly on reading material and adjust magnification. Large viewing screen (6.5
inches). Screen tilting function gives the user the flexibility to view images at a comfortable angle. Freeze
frame allows the user to take a temporary picture. Removable standard battery with internal charger
(spare battery included). 6 viewing modes (including 2 Color Select options). Writing stand and carrying
case. Connects with TVs for increased magnification. Last updated: 14/05/2008
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Nemo
The pocket-sized Nemo is lightweight. Incorporating a 4” viewing screen with digital magnification - this
ultra portable device can go anywhere. Features include: Anti-Glare LCD screen; 4.5 to 9x magnification;
Three step digital magnification; 6 viewing modes (including 2 color select); Freeze frame control takes a
temporary picture; Tactile controls allow for ease of use and three (3) hour battery life. Last updated:
14/05/2008
Human Ware - 11 Mary Muller Drive, PO Box 3044, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tel: +64 3 384 4555
Fax: +64 3 384 4933 Email: [email protected] Web: www.humanware.com
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Mono Pocket Viewer
Designed to be truly portable. Small enough to fit easily into a pocket or handbag. Features include:
Enhanced contrast mode - view an object or text in high contrast, black on white, or white on black
depending on preference; Magnifies objects and text up to 7 times; Includes a built-in rechargeable
battery - allowing the Pocket Viewer to be used for up to an hour and a half at a time. All mono Pocket
Viewers come with carry case and AC adaptor. Height: 140mm Width: 87mm Depth: 35mm Weight:
0.3kg Last updated: 14/05/2008
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Pocket Viewer
Designed to be truly portable. Pocket Viewer's full color picture quality allows reading of maps, viewing
of photographs, illustrations and three-dimensional objects. Its built-in writing stand adds increased
flexibility making it possible for to sign checks and write up brief meeting notes. Enhanced contrast
modes (white/black or black/white) can be selected for clear and easy reading. Pocket Viewer's features
include: Full color display; 7x magnification range; Built-in rechargeable battery; Extended battery life, 2
hours continuous use; Reduced recharge time, 3 hours; Battery status indicator; Sleep mode; Compact
viewing area 4" x 3"; Includes AC adaptor and carry case. Length: 166mm Width: 90mm Depth:
35mm Weight: 0.3kg Last updated: 14/05/2008
Optelec Tieman Group - Breslau 4, 2993 LT Barendrecht, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 88 678 3444 Fax:
+31 88 678 3400 Email: [email protected] Web: www.optelec.com
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Compact+
The Compact+ is a pocketsize video magnifier designed for the benefit of low vision people. The
Compact+ offers a bright and sharp image quality. A full color, 4.3-inch wide screen offers up to 10x
variable magnification, in a wide range of high-contrast viewing modes including semi-colors. The
camera is located at the centre of the Compact+ providing easier positioning over reading material. With
the added benefit of a collapsible handgrip, the Compact+ can also be used in the same way as a
traditional handheld magnifier. With a built-in rechargeable battery life of up to 3 hours, and the facility
to use standard off-the-shelf AA batteries. Depth: 76mm Width: 135mm Height: 300mm Weight: 300g
Price: £495.00 Last updated: 14/05/2008
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Traveller
The Traveller+ provides portable magnification for those who are constantly on the go. Simply
position the Traveller+ over reading material, and the built-in 16cm TFT screen will display text and
images at a more comfortable size. The step less, linear zoom facility allows you to view images
between 4 and 16 times magnification. The large 'plus' and 'minus' buttons of the Traveller+ allow you to
take control and adjust the level of magnification that suits you, and you are not restricted to any preset
zoom levels. Viewing text and images is easy using the full color mode. Also included are two high
contrast text modes displaying either 'black text on a white background' or 'white text on a black
background’? The powerful magnification of the Traveller+ can be used for writing as well as
reading. By placing the Traveller+ in the writing or stand-up position, there is enough space underneath
the camera for it to focus whilst you are writing. External lights provide a valuable source of light in
dimly lit working conditions. The Traveller+ has on-board batteries, with a life of two hours continuous
use. Height: 950mm Width: 180mm Depth: 160mm Weight: 0.95kg Price: £995.00 Last updated:
14/05/2008
107 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Telesensory Corp - InSiPhil (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., 71 Bukit Batok Crescent, #05-10, Prestige Centre,
658071, Singapore. Tel: +65 63 16 5370 Fax: +65 63 16 5373 Email: [email protected] Web:
www.telesensory.com
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Color Pocket Magnifier
The Color Pocket Magnifier enables the user to view almost anything on its 3.5" screen, in full color at up
to 7x magnification. Text can be viewed in enhanced negative (white on black) mode. Operates on
internal batteries with up to 2 hours constant use. Supplied with charger. Price: £420.00 exc. VAT Last
updated: 14/05/2008
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Pocket Reader 2
The Pocket Reader is lightweight, and compact, to allow users the ability to see magnified text or pictures
in black and white, with up to 7x magnification, and protective leather cover. Price: £295.00 exc. VAT
Last updated: 14/05/2008
Ø Portable Systems
Portable CCTVs, intended for the more mobile user, are being developed all the time. In some cases, the
camera unit is portable, but a standard monitor/TV screen is required to display the image, in other cases
the CCTV may have it’s own small integrated viewing screen or may be connected to a laptop. Most
portable video magnifiers, and many video magnifiers that use a television, have a hand-held camera
similar to a computer mouse.
Ash Technologies Ltd - B5, M7 Business Park, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Tel: +353 45 88 22 12 Fax:
+353 45 88 22 14 Email: [email protected] Web: www.ashtech.ie
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Eclipse
The Eclipse is a 15-inch CCTV reader that is simple to set up and use. The Eclipse has an extensive
feature list that includes an auto focus camera and a push-button overview. Text and background colors
can change to suit your needs while line markers and adjustable blanking combine to make reading an
altogether more enjoyable experience. When you are finished reading, the display screen can be folded
down. The unit also folds away easily for storage and transport. Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Fusion
A portable magnifier with a 7" tiltable display. This two-in-one mouse camera separates from the unit and
accommodates tasks such as reading thick bound books or labelling on bottles. In addition, the mouse
camera features a zoom magnification control. Continuous zoom magnification from x6 to x18. Fusion
has a battery life of three hours and can be plugged into the power supply for extended use if required.
Length: 180mm Width: 170mm Depth: 65mm Weight: 1.1kg Last updated: 14/05/2008
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Liberty Solo
The hand held camera simply plugs into a portable tilt-angle flat screen TFT display to provide either a
12" viewing area. Camera can be rolled flat across viewing surface (with maximum 40X magnification)
or placed in a writing stand (with maximum 7X magnification.) 3 hours battery life. Also comes with line
marking and color select. Units come with either a canvas backpack or a hard sided briefcase. Weight:
2.1kg Last updated: 14/05/2008
109 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Assist Vision - 1-6-11 Takatsukasa, Takarazuka, Hyogo 665-0051, Japan. Tel: +81 797 74 2206 Fax:
+81 797 73 8894 Email: [email protected] Web: www.assistvision.com
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Slider
Select your preferred viewing mode (color, black and white or reverse) and control the desired level of
contrast and magnification (from 8.5x to 17x). You can also connect the Slider to a separate TV monitor
for even larger magnification. Choose to slide the unit across your favorite magazine or newspaper with
the camera in one of three positions or use the detachable camera as a handheld camera to read a medicine
bottle or the bind of a book. Select the best reading position by tilting the in-built LCD monitor either
vertically or horizontally. For simplicity, one knob controls both the viewing mode and contrast selection.
The magnification selection is found on the camera for easy control and access. Supplied with a carry
case and internal battery. Weight: 1.9kg Last updated: 14/05/2008
Audio Visual Mart, Inc. - 603 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA 70062, USA. Tel: +1 504 712 0400 Fax: +1
504 712 0032 Email: [email protected] Web: www.av-mart.com
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Power vision Portable
Power vision™ Portable is small and lightweight enough to allow people with vision impairments to read
virtually anywhere. With Power vision™ Portable, print can be magnified between 4 to 20 times actual
size - and users can select between standard, high contrast and reverse image reading modes. There is
even an optional color system. Power vision™ Portable is easy to carry with its custom softpak backpack.
The system's high contrast 6.9inch flat screen monitor with a unique height-adjustable tilt and swivel
stand make reading comfortable. All display controls are camera mounted to make adjustments quick and
easy - and the Power vision™ Portable comes with a unique easy roller attachment which increases both
reading and writing speed. Last updated: 14/05/2008
Clarity - 6776B Preston Avenue, Livermore, California 94551, USA. Tel: +1 800-575-1456 Fax: +1
925 449 2605 Web: www.clarityusa.com
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Clarity Carry mate
The Carry mate is an ideal compact design that will fit easily into any workspace from a desktop to a
countertop. The internal rechargeable battery powers the product for over 6.5 hours. Magnifies 4 - 36x.
You can use the carrying case or the attached handle for your traveling convenience. Includes: camera,
carry case, 10.4 " viewing screen, distance lens, quick release, remote and battery. Price: $2795.00 Last
updated: 09/05/2008
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Clarity Deskmate
For the student who wants to travel from classroom to classroom with minimal equipment, the Clarity
Deskmate system offers a high-quality mobile video magnification solution. Magnifies 2 - 50x. Deskmate
combines Clarity’s Flex video magnifier with a 15” monitor for excellent visibility. Other features
include: True Auto-focus; four simple controls: power, mode, contrast and zoom; advanced modes: line
markers, manual focus override, lighting adjustment; quick release for increased add-ons; mode and mid
magnification memory; View three dimensional objects with ease; variable contrast control; color, black
and white, and inverse modes for your reading comfort; first-class resolution and remote control. Weight:
4.9kg Price: $2695.00 Last updated: 09/05/2008
Enhanced Vision Systems - 5882 Machine Drive, Huntington Beach, California 92649, USA. Tel: +1
714
374
1829 Fax:
+1
714
374
1821
Email:
[email protected] Web:
www.enhancedvision.com
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Flipper
Flipper's rotating camera design enables people with low vision to perform daily tasks more effectively.
111 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 By rotating the camera head, the user can read, write, and view magnified images at any distance. Flipper
is lightweight and can be moved easily from one area to another. Simply roll the base and rotate the
camera to view the desired image. Key features include: True Color; Auto-Focus; Fully Portable;
Compact (less than 7" tall); Lightweight (approximately 1 lb); Four (4) viewing modes contrast options;
Distance, Intermediate and Near Viewing Capabilities; 6 to 50x Magnification (may vary with display
size); Computer Compatible (additional hardware may be required); Magnify images on any surface curved or straight; Connects to any TV in seconds; 225 Degree Camera Rotation; Optional Carrying
Case. Last updated: 14/05/2008
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Jordy
Jordy enables people with low vision to see objects at a distance, up close and at any range in between.
This battery-operated system can be worn like a pair of glasses or used as a Desktop video magnifier
when placed on its docking stand. Requires no special fitting procedures. Other features include: 30x
magnification range; Auto focus; Focus lock; Digital zoom; Four viewing modes - full color, black &
white, high contrast positive & negative; Built-in lighting system; Auto focus with push button
locator. Price: £1795.00 Last updated: 09/05/2008
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Max
Max is a portable, hand-held digital magnifier designed for people with low vision. The size of a
computer mouse, Max connects directly to any TV or monitor in seconds, to read newspapers, magazines,
recipe cards and even medicine labels. Enlarge print on any surface curved or straight. The optional Max
Track enables the magnifier to move smoothly across multiple surfaces. Max is available in a vivid color
or black and white display. Max offers multiple viewing options and magnification up to 28x on a 20"
TV. View pictures in photo mode or choose between high contrast positive or high contrast negative for
easy reading. Last updated: 14/05/2008
Human Ware- 11 Mary Muller Drive, PO Box 3044, Christchurch, New Zealand. Tel: +64 3 384 4555
Fax: +64 3 384 4933 Email: [email protected] Web: www.humanware.com
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MagniLink Zip
A portable desktop CCTV. Folds up to fit in the supplied carrying case. The system is available in two
versions; MagniLink Zip and MagniLink Zip Black/White. It has a 17" TFT wide screen that can be
tilted. Other features include: Autofocus, guiding line, positive and negative picture. Magnification range:
2.8x - 40x. Can be powered by main supply or battery. Weight: 8kg Last updated: 12/05/2008
Ovac - 67-555 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Building C-103, Cathedral City, California 92234, USA. Tel: +1
800 325 4488 (USA and Canada only) Fax: +1 760 321 9711 Email: [email protected] Web:
www.ovac.com
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OVAC Color-Eye
A hand-sized color positive image only magnifier. Choose between hand held operations, or hands-free
use with the flex arm mount and it can be focused from less than 1" all the way to infinity. Compatible
with most TV screens. Magnification range of 9x to 32x on a 13" (51cm) TV monitor. Price: $395.00
Last updated: 14/05/2008
OVAC Golden-Eye
A hand-sized black and white positive image only magnifier. Choose between hand held operations, or
hands-free use with the flex arm mount and it can be focused from less than 1" all the way to infinity.
Magnification range of 9x to 32x on a 13" (51cm) TV monitor. Compatible with most TVs. Price:
$295.00 Last updated: 14/05/2008
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Pro-Zoomer
The Pro Zoomer is a simple and easy way to magnify objects and materials. Just two simple adjustments,
zoom and focus, enable you to read, pay your own bills or clip grocery coupons. Magnification ranges
depend on size of TV screen. Includes an XY table. Price: $1,395.00 Last updated: 14/05/2008
B. Hearing Impaired
• Phone Plus
The Phone plus is used to increase the volume of the caller’s voice through the users handset with the
addition of boosting high or low tones if required. The Phone plus is a battery-operated device that
connects between the base unit and handset of most corded handset telephones. It can be left connected
when no volume or tone boosting is needed without affecting the performance of your telephone. The
phone plus automatically switches “on” when the handset is lifted, and switches “off” when the handset is
replaced. Ref: 140-051 Price: £23.50; £27.61 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Portable Telephone Amplifier
The amplifier can boost incoming speech by at least twelve times and is small enough to be attached to
most telephone handsets with the adjustable rubber strap. As well as amplifying the incoming speech the
Portable Telephone Amplifier also produces a loop signal, which makes it suitable for use by people who
wish to use their hearing aid switched to the “T” setting. The Portable Telephone Amplifier has an
adjustable strap, which fits over the telephone receiver and holds the amplifier in place over the earpiece.
It can be left in place on the handset provided that it does not prevent the handset from fully
disconnecting the call. Note: the Portable Telephone Amplifier is not suitable for use with mobile
telephones and many cordless (portable) telephones. Ref: 140-010 Price: £11.50; £13.51 Last
updated: 02/06/2008
Ultratec, Inc - 450 Science Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53711, USA. Tel:/TTY: +1 608 238 5400; 800
482 2424 (USA and Canada only)
Email: [email protected] Web: www.ultratec.com;
www.captionedtelephone.com
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CapTel
Ideal for people with some degree of hearing loss, the Captioned Telephone (CapTel™) works like any
other telephone with one important addition. It displays every word the caller says throughout the
conversation. CapTel users can listen to the caller, and can also read the written captions in the CapTel's
bright display window. CapTel is currently only available in states that offer the CapTel Captioning
Service as part of their Relay Service. Last updated: 02/06/2008
115 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø Radio Paging and Alarm Systems
The decreasing cost and size of radio paging systems has encouraged the development of modifications to
assist deaf blind persons. Another significant factor has been the liberalization of the laws, in many
countries, governing the use of very low powered radio transmitters.
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Bellman Visit 868 Alarm Clock Receiver
Bellman Visit 868 Alarm clock is a product for people who like to have a very clear wake up signal in the
morning and for those who would like to be aware of, for example, when there is a signal on the door,
telephone, baby-cry or smoke alarm. The Bellman Visit 868 Alarm clock functions similar to the Bellman
Alarm clock however with some added functionality. The new Bellman Visit 868 Alarm clock includes a
radio receiver. When someone rings e.g. the doorbell, the Bellman Visit 868 Door transmitter sends a
signal to the Bellman Visit 868 Alarm clock that wakes up/alerts the user. Different coloured LED
indicates the various alarms. The new 868 versions allow the user to distinguish alerts from up to four
transmitters of the same kind. For example when the user need to know which baby needs their attention.
Width: 110mm Height: 130mm Depth: 92mm Ref: BE1500 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Flash Receiver
Bellman Visit 868 Flash receiver attracts the users attention with flashes and indicates the type of signal
with different coloured LEDs, just like the Bellman Visit 868 Pager does. The Flash receiver can also be
connected directly to the telephone line. For additional alerting capabilities the user can also connect a
Bellman Visit 868 Bed-shaker to the receiver. The Flash receiver comes with a mounted table stand.
There is also a wall bracket available as an accessory. The new 868 versions allow the user to distinguish
alerts for up to four transmitters of the same kind. For example the user can have up to four door
transmitters and the receiver will show them exactly which door that needs attention. Height: 140mm
Depth: 70mm Weight: 3.5kg Ref: BE1440 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Pager Receiver
The Bellman Visit 868 Pager receives signals from the Bellman Visit 868 transmitters and alerts with
different and clear vibrations and lights for the various alarms. By using the Pager, it is possible for the
user to move around freely in their home or into the garden and still be reached. The Pager is small
enough to be put in a pocket or be attached to the trouser band for example. The new 868 versions allow
the user to distinguish alerts from up to four transmitters of the same kind. For example the user can have
up to four door transmitters and the receiver will show them exactly which door needs your attention.
Width: 57mm Height: 86mm Depth: 29mm Weight: 0.7kg Ref: BE1470 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Portable Receiver
The Bellman Visit 868 Portable receiver receives signals from the various Bellman Visit 868 transmitters
and alerts the user using a range of different sound- and LED light signals for the various alarms. The
Portable receiver has an optimized sound frequency and an adjustable sound level, from 0 dB to very
loud, up to 90 dB. The new 868 versions attracts the users attention with clear LED flashing lights and
different coloured lights for the various alarms. The new 868 versions allow the user to distinguish alerts
from up to four transmitters of the same kind. For example the user can have up to four door transmitters
and the receiver will show you exactly which door needs their attention. Width: 130mm Height: 165mm
Depth: 38mm Weight: 5.70kg Ref: BE1450 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Smoke Alarm Transmitter
The Bellman Visit 868 Smoke Alarm transmitter helps to detect fires. It is mounted on the ceiling, just
like ordinary smoke alarms. The Smoke Alarm is activated by smoke and heat from fires and sends a
radio signal to the Bellman Visit 868 receivers for clear alerting. Together with a Bellman Visit 868
Receiver, the Smoke Alarm can be used also outside the home, for example on a holiday trip. The new
868 versions have a safety feature which makes it impossible to fit the device on a wall or ceiling without
a battery. The Smoke Alarm transmitter can detect both smouldering fires and open flames. Width:
100mm Height: 35mm Ref: BE1480 (opto-thermal model) Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit Smoke Alarm Transmitter
The smoke alarm is activated by smoke from fires and sends a radio signal to the Bellman Visit receivers,
such as the Bellman Visit Pager, for clear alerting. Can also be used outside the home. Two models exist:
BE1280 uses an optical type of detector and is approved in all European countries. Best suited for
detecting smoldering fires, e.g. fires starting from cigarettes and bad electrical wires. BE1285 uses an
ionization type of detector and is only approved in some Scandinavian countries. Best suited for detecting
explosive fires, e.g. fires from an exploding TV. Width: 100mm Height: 35mm Ref: BE1280 (optical
model) Ref: BE1285 (ionization model) Last updated: 02/06/2008
Clofield Limited - Freepost SF1206, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 8BR, UK. Tel: 0800 387 397 (Free
phone) T text phone: +44 1246 572 141 Fax: +44 1246 450 789 Email: [email protected]
Web: www.silent-alert.co.uk
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Silent Alert Paging System - SA3000
The new, improved Silent Alert Personal Paging System allows people who are deaf, deaf blind or hard of
hearing to get on with their lives with confidence, retaining independence and providing peace of mind
for both the user and their families. The system includes a discreet, fully portable Pager unit worn by the
user and now the New Sign Wave Portable Sounder Flasher. New Mini transmitter units send radio
signals to alert the user of a number of events around the home. Last updated: 02/06/2008
Connevans Limited - 54 Albert Road North, Reigate, Surrey RH2 9YR, UK. Tel: +44 1737
247571 Text: +44 1737 243134 Fax: +44 1737 223475 Email: [email protected] Web: Information
website www.connevans.com; Online shop www.DeafEquipment.co.uk
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Daytime PPS433 Pager Package for Use with EI Deaf Alarm System
This daytime alerting PPS433 personal pager package is for use with the EI nighttime vibrating smoke
alarm. The pager can be taken outside into the garden. Additional trigger units with different channel
codes for other environmental alerts may be added in the future. The package contains: a vibrating pager,
a source powered fire trigger unit, a trigger to EI deaf alarm, a battery and a connecting lead. Ref:
433QPPSEI Price: £206.19 excluding VAT Last updated: 26/10/2006
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Daytime PPS433 Premier Personal Pager Package for EI Vibrating Smoke Alarm
This daytime alerting PPS433 personal pager package is for use with the EI nighttime vibrating smoke
alarm. The pager can be taken outside into the garden. Additional trigger units with different channel
codes for other environmental alerts may be added in the future. The package contains: a vibrating pager,
a PVC pager pouch, a charger for 4 AA batteries, NiMH rechargeable batteries for pager, a source
powered fire trigger unit, a trigger to EI deaf alarm, and a connecting lead. Ref: 433QPPS11 Price:
£218.58 excluding VAT Last updated: 02/06/2008
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DeafGard Fire Alarm Warning System
DeafGard incorporates a wire-free, battery powered, acoustically triggered bedside unit that incorporates
a high-density strobe, and a vibrating pillow pad. This system is an ideal product to help hotels and other
residential facilities comply with the DDA. The connected vibrator pad is placed under the pillow. When
the unit hears the fire alarm the under-pillow pad vibrates waking the sleeper, whilst the activated flashing
strobe and LCD provides the complementary visual indicator. A secondary feature of the system is the
vibrating alarm clock. Ref: 40FDGSYS Price: £195.00 excluding VAT Last updated: 02/06/2008
Easylink UK - 3 Melbourne House, Corby Gate Business Park, Priors Haw Road, Corby, Northants
NN17
5JG,
UK. Tel:
+44
1536
264
869 Fax
+44
1536
269
719
Email:
[email protected] Web: www.easylinkuk.co.uk
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Fire Centurion Smoke Alarm
A radio controlled smoke warning system, which operates a flashing beacon and vibrator pad when
smoke is detected. The battery operated smoke detector supplied with the system is fitted with a coded
transmitter which, when activated by smoke, transmits a signal to the alerting console. Upon receipt of a
valid signal (only the system smoke detector transmitter will operate the console) the console operates the
vibrating pad and bright xenon flashing strobe. The alerting console has a full system battery back up
which operates the system for up to 10 hours in the event of a power failure. Status indicator LED's alert
the user to faults if they should occur such as, power failure or radio receiver failure. As standard one
detector is supplied. Additional detectors may be purchased if required. Ref: FC01R Price: £118.00 +
VAT (1 x alarm receiver 1 x smoke detector) Additional Detectors Ref: FC01DTX Price: £38.00 +
VAT Additional Alarm Receivers Ref: FC01C Price: £80.00 + VAT Last updated: 03/06/2008
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Smoke Alarm System with Ionization Smoke Detector
The bed places the main base unit and a vibrating pad is placed under the pillow. Once the smoke
detectors are installed and detect a fire, the system is activated, the strong strobe light flashes on the base
(excellent for day and night time alerting) and the powerful under pillow pad vibrates to wake the
heaviest sleeper. This smoke alarm system is extremely flexible and can be extended to suit the
requirements of the users accommodation, with the capacity to add up to nine additional detectors. Ref:
A223 Price: £96.00; £112.80 Last updated: 03/06/2008
Sarabec Ltd. - 15 High Force Road, Middlesborough TS2 1RH, UK. Tel: +44 1642 247789 Fax: +44
1642 230827 Email: [email protected] Web: www.sarabec.co.uk
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Lisa Personal Pager Pack
All in one paging system comprised of vibrating pager receiver; vibrating pad; combi II transmitter. User
has one vibrating pager receiver, which they will carry with them. The Combi II transmitter can be
attached to an existing doorbell system via an acoustic sensor, and to a BT style telephone socket, which
when triggered will send a signal via radio waves to the vibrating pager which in turn will alert the user
via vibration and lights as to which device was activated. Ref: 230-560 Price: £139.00; £163.33 Last
updated: 03/06/2008
Universal Aids Ltd - 8-14 Wellington Road South, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 1AA, UK. Tel: +44 161 480
9228 Fax: +44 161 476 5707 Email: [email protected] Web: www.universalaids.co.uk
Ø Sound Indicators
A sound indicator is an electronic device that gives out a vibratory signal when it picks up an audio signal
(e.g. a telephone bell) above a pre-set level. Usually the vibratory signal lasts for a fixed minimum time,
and the amplitude of the vibration is usually constant (i.e. independent of the amplitude of the input
signal). With some devices it is possible to tune the device to only pick up audio signals at or about a
fixed frequency; this is useful in minimizing the number of times the device is activated by picking up the
wrong audio signal.
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Bellman Ringer
The Bellman Ringer amplifies the telephone ring and allows the user to adjust not only the ring volume
but also the ring characteristics. The adjustable ring frequencies are optimized for the best audibility and
the light signal further facilitates the recognition. By using the Bellman Ringer, the user will hear and see
their telephone ringing much easier. The various tone alternatives also make it easier to hear which
telephone is ringing, if more than one. The Ringer is very easy to use and to bring along to the
122 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 summerhouse etc., just snap the intermediate adapter into the telephone socket. An outdoor ringer
(BE9003) can be connected to Bellman Ringer for telephone alerting also in the garden etc. Width:
90mm Height: 155mm Depth: 32mm Ref: BE1010 Last updated: 03/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Baby-Cry Transmitter
The Bellman Visit 868 Baby-cry transmitter helps the user to notice when their baby is crying. It is
wireless and easy to use; just place it standing close to the baby. The Baby-cry transmitter is activated by
crying or screaming and sends a radio signal to the Bellman Visit 868 receiver(s) for alerting. The Babycry transmitter can be adjusted in several ways to fine tune how sensitive the detection should be in order
to better the users needs. The new 868 version allows several Baby-cry transmitters to be used in one
place. Up to four transmitters can be used to send individual alerts. A very practical solution when the
user needs to know which baby needs attention. Width: 80mm Height: 145mm Depth: 36mm Ref:
BE1490 Last updated: 27/10/2006
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Bellman Visit 868 Flash Receiver
Bellman Visit 868 Flash receiver attracts the users attention with flashes and indicates the type of signal
with different coloured LEDs, just like the Bellman Visit 868 Pager does. The Flash receiver can also be
connected directly to the telephone line. For additional alerting capabilities the user can also connect a
Bellman Visit 868 Bed-shaker to the receiver. The Flash receiver comes with a mounted table stand.
There is also a wall bracket available as an accessory. The new 868 versions allow the user to distinguish
alerts for up to four transmitters of the same kind. For example the user can have up to four door
transmitters and the receiver will show them exactly which door that needs attention. Height: 140mm
Depth: 70mm Weight: 3.5kg Ref: BE1440 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Pager Receiver
The Bellman Visit 868 Pager receives signals from the Bellman Visit 868 transmitters and alerts with
different and clear vibrations and lights for the various alarms. By using the Pager, it is possible for the
user to move around freely in their home or into the garden and still be reached. The Pager is small
enough to be put in a pocket or be attached to the trouser band for example. The new 868 versions allow
the user to distinguish alerts from up to four transmitters of the same kind. For example the user can have
up to four door transmitters and the receiver will show them exactly which door needs your attention.
Width: 57mm Height: 86mm Depth: 29mm Weight: 0.7kg Ref: BE1470 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Portable Receiver
The Bellman Visit 868 Portable receiver receives signals from the various Bellman Visit 868 transmitters
and alerts the user using a range of different sound- and LED light signals for the various alarms. The
Portable receiver has an optimized sound frequency and an adjustable sound level, from 0 dB to very
loud, up to 90 dB. The new 868 versions attracts the users attention with clear LED flashing lights and
different coloured lights for the various alarms. The new 868 versions allow the user to distinguish alerts
from up to four transmitters of the same kind. For example the user can have up to four door transmitters
and the receiver will show you exactly which door needs their attention. Width: 130mm Height: 165mm
Depth: 38mm Weight: 5.70kg Ref: BE1450 Last updated: 02/06/2008
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Bellman Visit 868 Telephone Transmitter
The Bellman Visit 868 Telephone transmitter is a part of the Bellman Visit 868 system helping the user to
notice telephone calls. The installation is simple; just plug the Telephone transmitter into the telephone
socket by using the enclosed intermediate adapter. When activated by an incoming telephone call, the
Telephone transmitter sends a radio signal to the Bellman Visit 868 receiver(s) for alerting. When
disconnecting the telephone cord, the Telephone transmitter (“Multipurpose transmitter”) can be used as a
Push-button transmitter together with other triggering devices like Door entering contact mats, external
relays/push-buttons or magnetic contacts for supervising the person entrances and the opening of
door/windows etc. The new 868 versions allow the Telephone transmitter to send different types of alerts
to the receivers. The receivers can then give specific alerts in response to a doorbell sound from the test
button or an alert sound from the entrance mat etc. Width: 60mm Height: 98mm Depth: 30mm Ref:
BE1430 Last updated: 03/06/2008
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Ring Plus
Doro Ring Plus is a sound and light amplifier with high intensity light and extra loud ringer. User can
choose to have both light and/or sound activated. Doro Ring Plus is easy to install and it is compatible
with most telephones. Doro Ring Plus can be easily wall mounted or laid flat on a convenient surface.
Ideal for special needs applications. Last updated: 03/06/2008
Friedland - The Arnold Centre, Paycocke Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3EA, UK. Tel: +44 1268 563000
Fax: +44 1268 563538 Email: [email protected] Web: www.friedland.co.uk
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Libra+ Professional Wire free Portable Chime
Silver portable chime with 200m range (approx.); CD quality chime sound; Choice of 6 chime sounds and
6 visual chime icons; 3 alert sounds; Flashing light for visual indication for the hard of hearing or loud
environments; Easy installation – no wiring required; Pre-programmed push to chime and self-learning to
avoid interference with neighbors’ chimes; Bell push fixings included. Ref: D917 Last updated:
03/06/2008
Ø Libra+ Professional Wire free Portable Chime Kit
Silver portable chime kit with 200m range (approx.); CD quality chime sound; Includes portable/wall
mounted chime and white slim line bell push; Choice of 6 chime sounds and 6 visual chime icons; 3 alert
sounds; Flashing light for visual indication for the hard of hearing or loud environments; Easy installation
– no wiring required; Pre-programmed push to chime and self-learning to avoid interference with
neighbors’ chimes; Bell push fixings and battery included. Ref: D914 Last updated: 03/06/2008
Geemarc Telecom S.A. - 5 Swallow Court, Swallow fields, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire AL7
1SB, UK. Tel: +44 1707 372372 Fax: +44 1707 372529 Email: [email protected] Web:
www.geemarc.com
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Telephone Ring Indicator and Flasher
Telephone ringer alarm. Extra loud ringer (up to 95dB). Tone & Volume control. 4 alarm options: Off,
Flash Alarm, Flash Shaker, and Alarm Shaker. Wall Mountable. Strobe Flasher. Possibility to link a
second CL1. Shaker (optional) Color: Black Ref: CL1 Price: £29.99 Last updated: 03/06/2008
RNID - 1 Haddenbrook Business Centre, Orton, Southgate, Peterborough PE2 6YX, UK. Tel: 0870 789
8855 Fax: 0870 789 8822 Email: [email protected] Web: www.rnid.org.uk/shop
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Genesis Plug-in Door Chime
The completely wire-free receiver can be taken into the kitchen or a bedroom at night or even given to a
neighbor whilst the user is on holiday. Option of flashing light and/or amplified sound. Up to 10 flashes.
Range of approximately 200m. Volume control and five ring options. Loudness approximately 73dB at a
distance of 1m. Ref: A170 Price: £24.95; £29.32 Last updated: 03/06/2008
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Portable Flashing Door Chime
It is easy to fit, as it is battery operated. The bell push can be fixed to the outside of the doorframe and the
portable receiver can be taken anywhere within the home up to 100m. Features a high intensity flashing
alarm with up to 23 flashes; Suitable for profoundly deaf people; Loudness approx. 79dB at 1m; 10
different ring sound options. Ref: A174 Price: £26.78; £31.47 Last updated: 03/06/2008
Sarabec Ltd. - 15 High Force Road, Middlesborough TS2 1RH, UK. Tel: +44 1642 247789 Fax: +44
1642 230827 Email: [email protected] Web: www.sarabec.co.uk
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Phone Flash 2 EI System
The Phone flash produces a bright flashing light that makes the user aware that the telephone is ringing in
situations when they cannot, or do not want to, hear it ring. The Phone flash is a mains powered light that
plugs directly into a BT type telephone socket and flashes whilst the telephone is ringing. Because it
detects the ringing from the telephone line the user does not need to have the telephone in the same
socket. If they wish to use the same socket for both the telephone and the Phone flash an adaptor is
127 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 available that will convert the single socket into two sockets. The Phone flash can be wall mounted if
required. Ref: 140-221 Price: £32.31
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Amplification System for Radio
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INFRARED TRANSMITTER
The Infrared Transmitter is an infrared personal amplification system designed for use by individuals who
are hard of hearing. This system can be used for television or music listening, at home or in motor
vehicles. For stereo operation, the system connects directly to a TV, VCR, or DVD equipped with
standard RCA audio output jacks. The system features a Sound Clarity wireless infrared transmitter, a
power source and RCA cables. The Infrared Transmitter is intended to be used with the Able Planet True
Fidelity Infrared Wireless Headphones (see separate entry). DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 4.5 x 4 x 2 inches.
COLOR: Black.
Price: 89.99.
This product record was updated on May 25, 2011.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Able Planet - 9500 W. 49th Ave., Bldg., B-102
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
United States
Telephone: 877-266-1979 or 303-215-9778.
TT: 303-215-9778.
Fax: 303-215-9774.
Web: http://www.ableplanet.com.
Email: [email protected]
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TRUE FIDELITY INFRARED WIRELESS HEADPHONES (MODEL IR200)
The True Fidelity Infrared Wireless Headphones, model IR200, is a headphone set for infrared (IR)
amplification system designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing. It is designed for use with
the Infrared Transmitter from Able Planet, Inc. (see separate entry). The headphones can be used to listen
to home stereo and theater systems, televisions or automobile stereos. The headphones include a
lightweight adjustable headband and full size swiveling earpiece with foam ear cushions. The complete
system includes four internal receiving diodes that capture the IR signal from the transmitter at any angle,
single channel infrared headphone, volume control, and push button on/off switch with red status LED
light. The auto off sensors extends battery life by turning off the headphones 3.5 minutes after the signal
from the Infrared Transmitter has been terminated.
Notes: Shipping and handling charges are not included in the purchase price. True Fidelity is a registered
trademark of Able Planet, Inc.
Price: 99.00.
This product record was updated on May 25, 2011.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer: - Able Planet
9500 W. 49th Ave., Bldg., B-102
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
United States
Telephone: 877-266-1979 or 303-215-9778.
TT: 303-215-9778.
Fax: 303-215-9774.
Web: http://www.ableplanet.com.
Email: [email protected]
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AUDIOFOX TV LISTENING DEVICE
The Audio fox TV Listening Device is a personal amplification system for television designed for use by
individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This wireless speaker system provides personal volume
control without the use of headphones. The transmitter is connected to the television with the included
AV cables. Sound is sent wirelessly from the transmitter to the speakers, which are hung over the back of
the user's chair on opposite sides to provide stereo sound. The system includes a transmitter, RCA coaxial
audio cables, two speakers and two AC plugs with transformer. POWER: 120 volt AC. DIMENSIONS:
Speakers are 3 inches in diameter. WEIGHT: 3 pounds. COLOR: Gray, black, beige or dark brown.
WARRANTY: 30-day money back guarantee; one year warranty.
Price: 249.95.
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This product record was updated on July 17, 2013.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Sound Product Solutions
12515 Northeast 95th Street
Vancouver, Washington 98682-2463
United States
Telephone: 800-839-0366.
Web: http://www.audiofox.com.
Email: [email protected]
Amplification System for Television
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INFRARED TRANSMITTER
The Infrared Transmitter is an infrared personal amplification system designed for use by individuals who
are hard of hearing. This system can be used for television or music listening, at home or in motor
vehicles. For stereo operation, the system connects directly to a TV, VCR, or DVD equipped with
130 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 standard RCA audio output jacks. The system features a Sound Clarity wireless infrared transmitter, a
power source and RCA cables. The Infrared Transmitter is intended to be used with the Able Planet True
Fidelity Infrared Wireless Headphones (see separate entry). DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 4.5 x 4 x 2 inches.
COLOR: Black.
Price: 89.99.
This product record was updated on May 25, 2011.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Able Planet
9500 W. 49th Ave., Bldg., B-102
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
United States
Telephone: 877-266-1979 or 303-215-9778.
TT: 303-215-9778.
Fax: 303-215-9774.
Web: http://www.ableplanet.com.
Email: [email protected]
Amplification System for Television
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MOTIVA PERSONAL FM SYSTEM (MODEL PFM 360)
The Motiva Personal FM System, model PFM 360, is a FM personal amplification system designed for
use by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. The system can be used for TV or audio listening,
conversing in a car or at a restaurant, or in group settings such as a classroom, where it maximizes a
student's ability to hear and ensures that the speaker's message is heard clearly. The transmitter can be
used to mix and broadcast a speaker´s voice plus an audio program simultaneously in one room. The
system can be customized with selectable compression and adjustable frequency response. It has 16
selectable channels on the 72 to 76 megahertz (MHz) frequency with an operating range of up to 150 feet.
A 3.5-millimeter jack allows for a variety of earphone and headphone options, and the system is
compatible with a neck loop or hearing aid (not included). The system includes one R36 receiver with a
sensitive environmental microphone. POWER: Uses battery; battery options include 1.5-volt double-A
disposable, alkaline battery; 1.2-volt double-A rechargeable NiMH battery. OPTIONS: Black cordura
carry case; wide range earphone; single mini ear bud earphone; dual mini ear bud earphone; surround
earphone; hearing protector headphone; deluxe folding headphone; plug Mount omnidirectional
131 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 microphone; directional mini lapel clip mic; neck loop; rear-wear headphone; directional headband
microphone; dual drop-in charger; drop-in charger kit with batteries; ultimate heavy duty folding
headphone.
Notes: Motiva is a trademark of Williams Sound Corporation.
Price: 499.00 - 379.00.
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This product record was updated on July 1, 2010.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Williams Sound Corp
10300 Valley View Rd
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
United States
Telephone: 800-328-6190 or 952-943-2252.
Fax: 952-943-2174.
Web: http://www.williamssound.com.
Email: [email protected]
Amplification System for Television
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MY-T LISTENING SYSTEM
The My-T Listening System is a wireless loop amplification system for television designed for use by
individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use hearing aids. This system provides sound
reception from the television or other audio system for people who wear hearing aids fitted with a telecoil
(or t-coil). The system consists of two main components: a transmitter that connects to the television or
audio system and a receiver that is placed in close proximity to the hearing aid wearer. Sound is picked up
from the TV by the transmitter which then sends it wirelessly to the receiver using infra red technology.
The portable receiver, which has a built-in handle, which can be placed on a table, chair, or on the floor,
providing the unit is no further than 4 feet from the user. Sound is transmitted from the receiver as a
magnetic field, which connects to the telecoil in the user's hearing aid. The receiver also has a built in
microphone for use with devices that do not have an audio output jack. This plug and play system can be
used throughout the home and in other locations.
132 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Price: 399.00.
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This product record was updated on July 24, 2013.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Contacta, Inc
332 E. Lakewood Blvd.
Holland, Michigan 49424
United States
Telephone: 616-392-3400.
Web: http://www.contactainc.com.
Email: [email protected]
Wireless Microphone
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SONIC SUPER EAR
The Sonic Super Ear is an assistive listening system designed to pick up sound at the source, amplify it
and direct it toward the listener for individuals who hard of hearing. The user puts on the stereo
headphones, turns on the system and adjusts the volume. It is completely portable with a spring steel clip
provided for attaching the amplifier to a pocket, label or belt. It is designed to provide up to 50+ decibals
of ambient sound amplification with a maximum output of 107dB. POWER: A single 1.5 AAA alkaline
battery for up to 30 hours of operation. (Battery is included). The premium stereo headphones deliver
clear, crisp sound, particularly within the human voice range. OPTIONS: Replaceable ear foam pads are
available.
Price: 44.99.
This product record was updated on December 9, 2011.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
S&S Worldwide
PO Box 513
75 Mill Street
Colchester, Connecticut 06415
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Telephone: 800-288-9941 or 860-537-3451.
Fax: 800-566-6678.
Web: http://www.ssww.com.
Email: [email protected]
Deaf and Hard of Hearing General
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ALGO NEWBORN HEARING SCREENING SYSTEM
The ALGO Newborn Screening System is an auditory evaluation system designed for use in evaluating
hearing in newborns. This system screens both ears simultaneously. Colored, customizable graphical
displays guide the user through the screening process, and the system provides automated, objective
pass/refer results. Screening parameters are pre-set and standardized. An audio-visual tutorial provides
tips on how to conduct screening. Device-based data management facilitates creation of statistical reports
and letters. Data can be transferred via network (WLAN or LAN), CD-R, or USB flash drive. The system
comes with a workstation/cart with large wheels, a push handle, a writing surface with space for a printer,
and shelves and a drawer for storage. OPTIONS: Natus screening supplies, including Jelly Tab sensors
and Flexi coupler and Value-Pak earphones.
Notes: ALGO, Flexi coupler, and Jelly Tab are registered trademarks of Natus Medical LLC.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on October 14, 2011.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Natus Medical Incorporated
1501 Industrial Road
San Carlos, California 94070
United States
Telephone: 800-255-3901 or 650-802-0400.
134 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Fax: 650-802-0401.
Web: http://www.natus.com.
Auditory Evaluation System
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AUDIOSCAN RM500 SL
The Audio Scan RM500 SL is a portable auditory evaluation and hearing aid acoustic test system
designed for use in hearing aid fitting. Hearing is tested using the American National Standards Institute
(ANSI) S 3.22 2003 standard test sequence. The unit has a fluorescent backlit color display, a built-in
thermal line printer, and an integrated sound box. It comes in a cast aluminum case with a carrying
handle. DIMENSIONS: 15.5 x 12.75 x 4.25 inches with a display measuring 12.1 inches diagonally. The
sound box is 31 square inches. WEIGHT: 15 pounds.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on July 2, 2009.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Audio scan
41 Byron Avenue
Dorchester, Ontario N0L 1G0
Canada
Telephone: 800-265-2093 or 519-268-3313.
Fax: 519-268-3256.
Web: http://www.audioscan.com.
Email: [email protected]
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• AVANT REM SPEECH+
The Avant REM Speech+ is an auditory evaluation system designed for use by audiologists for hearing
assessments. This live speech mapping system allows for monaural or simultaneous binaural
measurements using the Sure-Probe microphone system. Features include simultaneous FFT dual probe
measurement, adjustable ear loop microphones, color-coded ear indicators (blue for left and red for right),
DSL and NAL-NL1 targets, hearing loss simulation for third party demonstrations, and compatibility with
NOAH, Sycle.Net, and TIMS. POWER: Uses USB cable from computer. COMPATIBILITY: For use on
IBM and compatible personal computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows XP Professional or
Vista Business operating system; Intel Dual Core, 1.8 GHz or better processor; 2 gigabyte (GB) RAM;
256 megabytes (MB) free hard drive space; two available USB ports; CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
COLOR: Black or white.
Notes: Sure-Probe is a trademark of MedRx Inc. NOAH is a trademark and TIMS is a registered
trademark.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on July 7, 2009.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
MedRx, Inc.
1200 Starkey Rd., #105
Largo, Florida 33771
United States
Telephone: 888-392-1234 or 727-584-9600.
Fax: 727-584-9602.
Web: http://www.medrx-usa.com.
Email: [email protected]
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EARSCAN 3 MANUAL AUDIOMETER (MODEL ES3M)
The Ears can 3 Manual Audiometer, model ESM3, is a hearing screening instrument designed for use
with individuals with hearing disabilities. This user-programmable pure tone portable audiometer features
a large, easy-to-read liquid crystal display (LCD) screen and talk over for communicating with the
individual being tested. The unit includes a password-protected calibration mode to ensure the integrity of
data, and a calibration due date reminder is displayed at startup. A carrying case, manual, and headset are
included. POWER: Uses four double-A alkaline batteries (included) or an alternating current (AC)
adapter (included). DIMENSIONS (LxWxH): 5.8 x 3.6 x 1.3 inches. WEIGHT: 9.8 ounces.
WARRANTY: 3-year limited warranty.
Notes: Ears can is a registered trademark.
Price: 795.00.
This product record was updated on May 9, 2012.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Micro Audiometric Corp.
655 Keller Road
Murphy, North Carolina 28906
United States
Telephone: 866-327-7226 or 800-729-9509 or 828-644-0771.
Fax: 866-683-4447.
Web: http://www.earscan.com.
Email: [email protected]
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PA5 PEDIATRIC AUDIOMETER
The PA5 Pediatric Audiometer is an auditory evaluation system designed for use by audiologists in
evaluating the hearing of infants and young children. Operable with one hand, this unit provides variable
stimuli for screening infants via auditory localization techniques. The two stimuli, light and sound, are
controlled by silent buttons. Both stimuli can be presented simultaneously for visual reinforcement
audiometry (VRA) by letting one finger touch both buttons. Two units can be used for the conditioned
orientation response (COR) test by using one in each hand. The tester can use either unit to evoke a head
turn with the stimulus and then provide visual reinforcement. Sound stimuli include white noise, warble,
and narrow band stimuli. A lightweight bag is included. OPTIONS: Audiometric headphone (model
TDH39). POWER: Uses 3 double-A alkaline batteries (included). DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 2 x 9.8 x 2.7
inches. WEIGHT: 0.8 pounds with batteries.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on August 31, 2009.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Interacoustics A/S
7625 Golden Triangle Dr.
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
United States
Telephone: 800-947-6334 or 952-278-4477.
Fax: 952-903-4200.
Web: http://www.interacoustics.com.
Email: [email protected]
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UBIDUO
The UBIDUO is a keyboard communicator designed for use by individuals with hearing or
communication disabilities. This portable, wireless, stand-alone communication device facilitates
simultaneous face-to-face communication by means of two displays and two keyboards. The device
comprises one unit is comprised with two halves which enables two people to have a face-to-face
conversation. Patented hinge technology enhances portability and allows the two halves to be quickly
separated for use in a variety of settings. The Ubi4Tel feature provides two-way, simultaneous
communication over the telephone line when calling another UbiDuo. Up to two more people (one on
each end) can be added to the telephone conversation using the UBIDUO wireless capability, thus
enabling a three- or four-way conference call. Wireless range is 500 feet and the UbiDuo has its own
isolated wireless frequency that cannot be tapped by other wireless modes; the wireless is only isolated
between the two UbiDuo halves. "In Range" mode identifies when another UbiDuo is within wireless
chat range. Other features include Reverse video, enabling a choice of dark text on a light background or
light text on a dark background; a USB port for connection to a computer so conversations can be saved
and printed and the UbiDuo software updated as needed; and 1.22 megabytes (MB) of storage space
which can hold up to 61 log files containing 20 kilobytes (KB) each (a single 20 KB log file has
approximately 350 lines in it). The screen angle can be adjusted from flat to 45 degrees for easy viewing
and the font size is adjustable from 12 to 24 point. Emoticons enable users to express themselves more
clearly as they type. The unit offers 40 different commands and options to fully customize the chat
experience. A carrying case, USB cable, user manual, and one year of firmware upgrades are included.
POWER: Uses a rechargeable battery pack (included). Two power supplies/rechargers are also included.
Additional battery packs and power supplies are available. OPTIONS: Replacement carrying case and
USB cable. DIMENSIONS: 9 7/8 x 14.5 x 1 inch. WARRANTY: One-year limited warranty.
Price: 1995.00.
This product record was updated on September 22, 2009.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer: 6238 Hadley Street
Raytown, Missouri 64133-4112
United States
Telephone: 866-505-7008 or 816-350-7008.
TT: 866-505-7001 or 816-350-7001.
Web: http://www.scommonline.com.
Email: [email protected]
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• ADAPTO HEARING AID
ADAPTO is a programmable hearing aid designed for use by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
It is available in four styles: Completely-In-the-Canal (CIC), In-the-Canal (ITC), In-the-Ear (ITE), and
Behind-the-Ear (BTE). The CIC, ITC, and ITE hearing instruments are custom made for the user's ears.
In BTE models the hearing instrument is held in place behind the ear with a custom made ear mold. In
ADAPTO CIC, all components are housed in a small case that fits far into the ear canal. The ADAPTO
ITC is bigger than the CIC, but also fits far into the ear canal. It allows for more open ear fittings, and is
used for mild to moderate hearing loss. Because of its larger size, the ADAPTO ITE can accommodate
larger sound amplifiers and more features, such as a telephone switch, and can be used for a wider range
of hearing loss. The BTE hearing aid also provides more amplification than smaller devices. OPTIONS:
Multi-programming capacity for adapting to different listening environments. Both the BTE and ITE
come in a directional version enabling the user to focus on sounds coming from the front. The BTE
accessories include a tamper-resistant battery drawer, DAI and WTC shoes for FM systems, and an
eyeglass adaptor. COLOR: The CIC, ITC, and ITE hearing instruments are pink, tan, medium brown, or
dark brown. The BTE models are beige, light brown, dark brown, light gray, dark gray, yellow, orange,
pink, purple, blue, green, or transparent.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on October 3, 2007.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Oticon, Inc.
29 Schoolhouse Road
Somerset, New Jersey 08873
United States
Telephone: 800-526-3921 or 732-560-1220.
Web: http://www.oticonusa.com.
Email: [email protected]
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AXIO HEARING AID (MODEL IM32)
The Axio Hearing Aid, model iM32, is a programmable hearing aid designed for use by individuals who
are deaf or hard of hearing. This digital hearing aid can adjust instantly to different listening environments
without feedback while filtering out background noise. It automatically adjusts to telephone, music, or
television listening. It has voice status indicators for low battery and listening mode in male or female
voices in a variety of languages, and can be programmed with audible voice or tone reminders for followup appointments and maintenance checks. This model is available in RIC and RIC mPower (receiver-incanal), CIC (completely-in-canal), ITC (in-the-canal), and ITE (in-the-ear) styles.
Notes: Axio and Impulse are trademarks of Micro-Tech Hearing Instruments.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on August 25, 2009.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Micro Tech Hearing Technologies
6425 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344
United States
Telephone: 800-745-4327.
Web: http://www.microtechhearingpro.com.
Behind the Ear Hearing Aid
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BALANCE
Balance is a digital hearing aid designed for use by individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. This
hearing aid uses environment-based programming, with seven preset scenarios (Universal, Noise,
141 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Telephone, Quiet, Classroom, Music, and Mute) and is is programmed based on the environments
encountered most often by the user. Other features include adaptive noise reduction, increased speech to
noise ratio, fixed and adaptive feedback cancellation, and configurable directionality. Styles include
completely in canal (CIC) and micro and standard behind the ear (BTE). WARRANTY: Three years.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on August 19, 2008.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Sonic Innovations
2795 E. Cottonwood Parkway, Ste 660
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
United States
Telephone: 888-678-4327 (consumers) or 888-423-7834 (professionals).
Web: http://www.sonici.com.
Email: [email protected]
Behind the Ear Hearing Aid
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EMBRACE BASE HEARING AID
The Embrace Base is a digital behind the ear hearing aid designed for use by individuals who are hard of
hearing. The Base is specifically intended for individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. It features
automatic feedback cancellation, user-controlled volume, telecoil input for telephone compatibility, two
independent memory settings, and dirt and moisture-repellent Nano-coating. Each hearing aid is custom
programmed based on the user's individual hearing profile as determined by an audiologist (audio logical
visits are not included). A 3-month supply of ear tubes and tips are included. POWER: Uses 312 batteries
(3 month supply included). COLOR: Beige. WARRANTY: 45-day free returns; 2 year manufacturer
warranty. DELIVERY TIME: 5 to 8 business days.
Notes: The price for a pair of hearing aids is $798.00; a single hearing aid for either ear is $499.00. **
The price includes professional phone support directly from Embrace Hearing.
Price: 798.00 to 499.00.
This product record was updated on July 22, 2013.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Embrace Hearing
142 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 New York, New York United States
Telephone: 917-830-4327.
Fax: 917-382-2742.
Web: http://www.embracehearing.com.
Email: [email protected]
Behind the Ear Hearing Aid
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EMBRACE X-MINI HEARING AID
The Embrace X-Mini is a digital behind the ear hearing aid designed for use by individuals who are hard
of hearing. It is specifically intended for individuals with mild to moderately severe hearing loss. The XMini has an external receiver that fits behind the ear, and is connected to a receiver in the ear canal with a
transparent tube. It has an adaptive, Multi-Mic, multi-channel directional system with binaural
synchronization for speech recognition, noise reduction, and feedback blocking, with 4 channels, 8 bands,
and 4 program settings. The system comes with free custom programming based on the user's individual
hearing profile. The user can select from a variety of tones or melodies to serve as alerting signals. This
hearing aid is available for left, right, or both ears. The housing has right or left side identification. Other
features of the X-Mini's housing include a wave design with contrasting color, a dirt and moisturerepellent Nano-coating, a program pushbutton, an on/off switch, ad a battery compartment. OPTIONS:
Wireless remote control syncs with hearing aids to manually control volume, change program, and turn
the hearing aids on and off. A 3-month supply of ear tubes and tips are included. POWER: Uses 312
batteries (3 month supply included). COLOR: Silver, bronze, pearl, gold, copper, beige, or gray.
WARRANTY: 45-day return; 2 year manufacturer warranty. DELIVERY TIME: 5 to 8 business days.
Notes: The price for a pair of hearing aids is $1198.00; a single hearing aid for either ear is $699.00. **
The price includes professional phone support directly from Embrace Hearing.
Price: 1198.00 to 699.00.
This product record was updated on July 22, 2013.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer: Embrace Hearing
New York, New York United States
Telephone: 917-830-4327. Web: http://www.embracehearing.com.
Email: [email protected]
143 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Behind the Ear Hearing Aid
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INTUIS HEARING AID
The Intuis Hearing Aid is a behind the ear hearing aid designed for use by individuals who are deaf or
hard of hearing. Designed for durability, this device comes in various models and custom behind-the-ear
styles to fit many types of wearers. Features include noise reduction, basic directional microphone
systems, phase cancellation feedback reduction, and four-channel signal processing for flexibility and
easy fitting.
Notes: Features may vary depending on model and style.
Price: Contact manufacturer.
This product record was updated on December 18, 2009.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
Siemens Hearing Instruments, Inc.
PO Box 1397, 10 Constitution Avenue
Piscataway, New Jersey 08855-1397
United States
Telephone: 800-766-4500 or 732-562-6600.
Fax: 732-562-6696.
Web: http://www.siemens-hearing.com.
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Sign Language Dictionary
I Sign is a sign language training program and sign language dictionary designed for use by people with
hearing disabilities and others desiring to learn American Sign Language. The program uses animated
graphics to illustrate and teach 800 ASL signs. The words or phrases can be viewed alphabetically or in
categories, and there is quiz feature that shows a video clip of a sign and asks the user to select the correct
word or phrase from a list. Users can also build a “Favorites” list for quick access to frequently used signs
and use a search function to find words and phrases. COMPATIBILITY: For use with the Apple iPhone,
iPod Touch or iPod. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Apple iOS 3.0 or later.
Notes: This product is sold through the App Store on Apple iTunes. ** IPhone, iPod Touch, iPod and
iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Price: 4.99.
This product record was updated on May 17, 2011.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
IDev2
Lexington, Kentucky United States
Telephone: 859-963-2034.
Web: http://www.idev2.com.
Email: [email protected]
145 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Sign Language Dictionary
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IASL
IASL is a sign language training program and sign language dictionary designed for use by people with
hearing disabilities and others desiring to learn American Sign Language. The program uses video of an
ASL instructor to illustrate and teach over 5,800 ASL signs. The words or phrases can be viewed
alphabetically or in categories. Users can also build a “Favorites” list for quick access to frequently used
signs and use a search function to find words and phrases. IASL features a custom translator that provides
grammatically correct translations and translates sentences up to five words. Automatic video sequencing
is available, and iASL fingerspells words that are not available in its dictionary. COMPATIBILITY: For
use with the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or iPod. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Apple iOS 3.1.2 or later.
Notes: This product is sold through the App Store on Apple iTunes. IPhone, iPod Touch, iPod and iTunes
are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
Price: 1.99.
This product record was updated on May 24, 2011.
This product is available from:
Manufacturer:
BKS Technologies, LLC
Pennsylvania United States
Web: http://iaslapp.com.
Email: [email protected]
146 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Chapter-5-ICT Computer applications and Software for learning
difficulties and dyslexia
The software links below have been compiled as an information resource and inclusion does not indicate
endorsement by e-bility. When installing any new software precautions such as running a virus checker
before use, closing all other programs, and ensuring you have a recent backup of your hard drive are
recommended. If you are on a networked PC you should also consult your network administrator before
installing software. Unfortunately, e-bility cannot accept responsibility for any damage, disruption and/or
loss to your data or computer system that might occur while using any of these programs. Requests for
technical support should be directed to the software developer.
Providing access to technology
People with disabilities meet barriers of all types. However, technology is helping to lower many of these
barriers. By using computing technology for tasks such as reading and writing documents,
communicating with others, and searching for information on the Internet, students and employees with
disabilities are capable of handling a wider range of activities independently. Still, people with disabilities
face a variety of barriers to computer use. These barriers can be grouped into three functional categories:
barriers to providing computer input, interpreting output, and reading supporting documentation.
Hardware and software tools (known as adaptive or assistive technologies) have been developed to
provide functional alternatives to these standard operations. Specific products, and approaches to using
them, are described below.
Ø Mobility Impairments
Some wheelchairs may not fit under standard height computer tables and some computer users do not
have enough use of their hands and arms to operate a standard keyboard or mouse.
Input
Equipment, which provides flexibility in the positioning of monitors, keyboards, documentation, and
tabletops, is useful for many individuals with disabilities. Plugging all computer components into power
outlet strips with accessible on and off switches makes it possible for some individuals to turn equipment
on and off independently.
Some technology assists individuals with little or no use of their hands in using a standard keyboard.
Individuals who have use of one finger, or have access to a mouth- or head-stick or some other pointing
device, can control the computer by pressing keys with the pointing device. Software utilities can create
"sticky keys" that electronically latch the SHIFT, CONTROL, and other keys to allow sequential
keystrokes to input commands that normally require two or more keys to be pressed simultaneously. The
key repeats function can be disabled for those who cannot release a key quickly enough to avoid multiple
selections. Keyboard guards (solid templates with holes over each key to assist precise selection) can be
used by those with limited fine motor control.
Sometimes repositioning the keyboard and monitor can enhance accessibility. For example, mounting
keyboards perpendicular to tables or wheelchair trays at head-height can assist individuals with limited
mobility who use pointing devices to press keys. Other simple hardware modifications can assist
individuals with mobility impairments. For instance, disk guides can assist with inserting and removing
147 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 diskettes; a dedicated hard disk or computer network access can eliminate or reduce the necessity to do
so.
For individuals who need to operate the computer with one hand, left- and right-handed keyboards are
available. They provide more efficient key arrangements than standard keyboards designed for twohanded users.
Some hardware modifications completely replace the keyboard or mouse for individuals who cannot
operate these standard devices. Expanded keyboards (larger keys spaced far apart) can replace standard
keyboards for those with limited fine motor control. Mini-keyboards provide access to those who have
fine motor control but lack a range of motion great enough to use a standard keyboard. Track balls and
specialized input devices can replace a mouse.
For those with more severe mobility impairments keyboard emulation is available, including scanning
and Morse code input. In each case, special switches make use of at least one muscle over which the
individual has voluntary control (e.g., head, finger, knee, mouth). In scanning input, lights or cursors scan
letters and symbols displayed on computer screens or external devices. To make selections, individuals
use switches activated by movement of the head, finger, foot, breath, etc. Hundreds of switches tailor
input devices to individual needs. In Morse code input, users input Morse code by activating switches
(e.g., a sip-and-puff switch registers dot with a sip and dash with a puff). Special adaptive hardware and
software translate Morse code into a form that computers understand so that standard software can be
used.
Speech input provides another option for individuals with disabilities. Speech recognition systems allow
users to control computers by speaking words and letters. A particular system is "trained" to recognize
specific voices.
Special software can further aid those with mobility impairments. Abbreviation expansion (macro) and
word prediction software can reduce input demands for commonly used text and keyboard commands.
For example, word prediction software anticipates entire words after several keystrokes and increases
input speed.
Output
Screen output does not present a challenge, but individuals with mobility impairments who have difficulty
obtaining output from printers may need assistance from others.
Documentation
On-screen help provides efficient access to user guides for individuals who are unable to turn pages in
books.
Ø Blindness
Individuals who are blind cannot access visual material presented on the computer screen or in printed
materials.
Input
Most individuals who are blind use standard keyboards, however, Braille input devices are available.
Braille key labels can assist with keyboard use.
148 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Output
Speech output systems can be used to read screen text to computer users who are blind. Special software
programs (called screen readers) "read" computer screens and speech synthesizers "speak" the text. The
availability of earphones for individuals using speech output systems can reduce the distractions for
others nearby.
Refreshable Braille displays allow line-by-line translation of screen text into Braille on a display area
where vertical pins move into Braille configurations as screen text is scanned. Braille displays can be read
quickly by those with advanced Braille skills, are good for detailed editing (e.g., programming and final
editing of papers), and do not disrupt others in work areas because they are quiet. Braille printers provide
"hard copy" output for users who are blind.
Documentation
Scanners with optical character recognition can read printed material and store it electronically on
computers, where it can be read using speech synthesis or printed using Braille translation software and
Braille printers. Such systems provide independent access to journals, syllabi, and homework assignments
for students who are blind. Electronic versions of documentation can support computer users who are
blind if it is delivered in an accessible format.
Ø Low Vision
For some people with visual impairments the standard size of letters on the screen or printed in
documents are too small for them to read. Some people cannot distinguish one color from another.
Input
Most individuals who have visual impairments can use standard keyboards, but large print key top labels
are sometimes useful.
Output
Special equipment for individuals who are visually impaired can modify display or printer output.
Computer-generated symbols, both text and graphics, can be enlarged on the monitor or printer, thereby
allowing individuals with low vision to use standard word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail, and
other software applications. For individuals with some visual impairment, the ability to adjust the color of
the monitor or change the foreground and background colors is also of value. For example, special
software can reverse the screen from black on white to white on black for people who are light sensitive.
Anti-glare screens can make screens easier to read. People with low vision also use voice output systems.
Documentation
Scanners with optical character recognition can read printed material and store it electronically on
computers, where it can be read using speech synthesis or printed in large print.
Ø Hearing or Speech Impairments
Speech and hearing disorders alone do not generally interfere with computer use. However, advanced
speech synthesizers are close enough to human quality to act as substitute voices and thus provide a
149 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 compensatory tool for students who cannot communicate verbally. Students with portable systems can
participate in class discussions once adapted computers provide them with intelligible speaking voices.
Word processing and educational software may also help students who are hearing impaired develop
writing skills.
Input
Students with hearing or speech impairments typically use a standard keyboard and mouse.
Output
Alternatives to audio output can assist the computer user who is hearing impaired. For example, if the
sound volume is turned to zero, a computer may flash the menu bar when audio output is normally used.
Documentation
Individuals with hearing or speech impairments typically do not have difficulty using standard written or
on-screen documentation.
Ø Specific Learning Disabilities
Educational software where the computer provides multi-sensory experiences, interaction, positive
reinforcement, individualized instruction, and repetition can be useful in skill building. Some students
with learning disabilities who have difficulty processing written information can also benefit from
completing writing assignments, tutorial lessons, and drill-and-practice work with the aid of computers.
For example, a standard word processor can be a valuable tool for individuals with dysgraphia, an
inability to produce handwriting reliably.
Input
Quiet work areas and ear protectors may make computer input easier for individuals with learning
disabilities who are hypersensitive to background noise.
Software that aids in efficient and accurate input can also assist. Some people can compensate for high
rates of input errors by using spell checkers, thesauruses, and grammar checkers. In addition, word
prediction programs (software that predicts whole words from fragments) have been used successfully by
students with learning disabilities. Similarly, macro software which expands abbreviations can reduce the
necessity to memorize keyboard commands and can ease the entry of commonly used text.
Output
Some individuals with learning disabilities find adaptive devices designed for those with visual
impairments useful. In particular, large-print displays, alternative colors on the computer screen, and
voice output can compensate for some reading problems. People who have difficulty interpreting visual
material can improve comprehension and the ability to identify and correct errors when words are spoken
or printed in large fonts.
150 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Documentation
Some individuals with learning disabilities find it difficult to read. Computer documentation provided in
electronic forms can be enlarged on the screen and/or read aloud with speech synthesis systems to make.
Next Steps
Continue your exploration of computer technology for people with disabilities by:
• Buying the directory and attending the conference of closing the Gap. To request information,
write to P.O. Box 68, Henderson, MN 56044 or call 507-248-3294. Visit their website at
http://www.closingthegap.com/.
• Contacting
technology
assistance
centers
in
your
state
(http://www.resna.org/taproject/at/statecontacts.html).
• Joining electronic discussion lists and accessing resources on the Internet. A good place to start is
DO-IT's
Technology
and
Universal
Design
website
at http://www.uw.edu/doit/Resources/technology.html
Video
A 14-minute video, Working Together: People with Disabilities and Computer Technology may be freely
viewed online at http://www.uw.edu/doit/Video/wt_dis.html or purchased in DVD format. Permission is
granted to reproduce DO-IT videos for educational, non-commercial purposes as long as the source is
acknowledged.
Source
Table-­‐1 shows Sources. DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful
participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science,
engineering, mathematics, and technology. The National Science Foundation, the State of Washington,
and the U.S. Department of Education provide primary funding for DO-IT. DO-IT is a collaboration of
UW Information Technology and the Colleges of Engineering and Education at the University of
Washington. (SourceIThttp://www.washington.edu/doit/)
(Sources-http://www.e-bility.com/)
Table-1
Slno
Web Links
Details
(Sources-http://www.e-bility.com/)
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Another Lens
2
APAR-C
3
Black Window
Displays a magnified view of the area of the
mouse cursor.
Allows delivery of the APAR (Assessment of
Phonological Awareness and Reading) from a
computer using either a scan-switch (such as the
Discover
Switch),
or
conventional
mouse/keyboard, or touchscreen. Also contains all
the score sheets and stimulus cards.
Enhances visibility and reduces distractibility of
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BrailleSurf
5
Camera mouse
6
Caring Keys
7
Clip & Talk
8
Click-N-Type
9
Clip Text
ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 other programs. Fills the screen with a black
background, which remains underneath other
programs. Minimize or close the program to
restore normal Windows appearance.
An Internet browser for users with vision
impairment, which allows a simplified reading of
the information available on the Web. Braille Surf
shows this information in a text form. This
information can then be displayed on a braille bar,
or a speech synthesizer can speak it out. The text
can also be presented on the screen for people
with low vision, and used to provide a fast review
of the accessibility level of a website for visually
impaired people.
Camera Mouse is a program that allows users to
control the mouse pointer on a computer screen
using head movement. It is designed to help
people who cannot move their hands to control a
mouse but who can voluntarily move their head.
To use Camera Mouse you need a higher-end
USB webcam and a Windows Vista or XP
computer. The Camera Mouse software is free.
The Caring Keys software converts the number
pad into a full keyboard, similar to a cellphone
design. Its purpose is to assist single-handed
typists.
A speech add-on utility for MS-Windows, Clip &
Talk speech enables existing Windows
applications, such as email readers, Web browsers,
word processors, spread sheet programs ... and
more. The software takes text from other
Windows applications through Clipboard and
produces speech. Talk and control is accessed
directly from client programs using hot keys.
Functions include adjustments for pitch and
speech rate and a dictionary editor tool for
customizing pronunciations.
An on-screen virtual keyboard designed for people
unable to type using a standard computer
keyboard. Requires mouse control, trackball or
other pointing device. The software can send
keystrokes to virtually any Windows application
or DOS application that can run within a window.
This program stores bits of text that you
commonly need (such as addresses) and pastes
them directly into whatever application you are
using at the text cursor position. It only requires
two key presses (or three key presses in the
Win3.1 version) to get the program running and
get the text into your document!
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Software
conversion. Free trial downloads available for
evaluation.
eMacSpeek
A powerful audio desktop that provides a speech
interface for Linux users with a vision
impairment. By seamlessly blending all aspects of
the Internet such as Web surfing and messaging,
Emacspeak speech enables local and remote
information via a consistent and well-integrated
user interface.
eLr
Enhancing
Internet The EIA system is a specialized Web browser,
Access
suitable for touchscreen systems, with fully
integrated Web awareness, assessment and
training modules. It is designed for Internet
training and access for people with disabilities and
other special needs.
e-Speaking
An easy and affordable software solution enabling
users to control their computer, dictate emails and
letters, and have the computer read documents
back.
Festival Speech Synthesis Festival is a general multi-lingual speech synthesis
System
system developed at CSTR. It offers a full text to
speech system with various APIs, as well an
environment for development and research of
speech
synthesis
techniques.
Version 1.4.3 (January 2003) is the most recent
version available free for unrestricted use.
Genie Talking Web Browser The Genie who Reads and speaks is a talking web
browser. It will read any web page or you can
highlight a chosen text and it will read it for you
with the help of a little blue Genie. The software
also has a small MP3 player installed and allows
you to search 12 search engines as well as
individual searches.
Help Read
This program uses a text-to-speech synthesizer
and can read text files such as web pages, e-books,
and text in the windows clipboard. It was
developed by the Hawaii Education Literacy
Project (HELP) and is distributed freely over the
Internet. The software includes settings for pitch,
volume and speed as well as single word
highlighting.
iZoom
A free professional grade screen magnifier and
reader from Assist.
LAT
Kids:
LifeShare LAT Kids develops software and makes it
Assistive Technology Project available free of charge to anyone who finds it
useful,
including
two
augmentative
communications products - Speak for Yourself
and IAM.
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Information about Unix and Linux Shareware and
Freeware, including: visual cursor enhancers,
braille and sign language utilities, optical
character
recognition
(OCR),
keyboard
modifications,
magnification,
on-screen
keyboards, voice input and output applications.
Literacy Online
Mirror of Literacy Online web site. This is the full
(except for external links) set of files
(.htm/.js/.css/.gif/.jpg) that constitute the Literacy
Online web site.
Microsoft Accessibility
Information on Microsoft's accessibility options,
including downloads and tutorials.
MultiMail
An email program with many accessibility
features.
Project: Possibility
A nonprofit, community service project
committed to creating innovative open source
enabling software for the people with disability,
including educational tools, word prediction,
music in screen-reader friendly format and
accessible currency converter.
Mouse Wrap
Free software from QD Wares that enhances the
mobility of the Windows mouse pointer. When the
pointer touches the edge of the screen it will
instantly appear on the opposite side of the screen
and has been used by people with disability who
cannot easily move their mouse upwards.
Read Please
A free text-to-speech reader designed to make web
sites and email more accessible to those with
reading difficulties, such as dyslexia, by reading
content aloud.
SayIT
SayIT is an integrated suite of software available
in four components: scanner, orator, mouse and
speech synthesizer. The software is designed to
assist anyone who is losing or who has lost the
power of speech, as well as people with limited
fine motor skills and muscle coordination in their
fingers and hands.
SENIT
Special needs educational IT resources including
free software downloads, tips, tutorials and
equipment ideas.
Super Magnify
Magnifies portions of your screen up to 15 times.
With special interpolation routine to maintain
detail when magnifying.
Talking desktop
Talking and listening software that allows voice
control of the computer. Features include voice
email, voice browser and word processing
activities using dictation.
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Free software that 'enlivens' your keyboard by
telling the user what key has been pressed. Using
the software controls in its main window, you can
attach built-in or user-defined WAV sounds to
specific keyboard events. This product will helpful
as a learning resource for kids and for people with
vision impairments.
31
Text Aloud
32
Text-To-Speech Software
33
Thinking Man's Dictionary
34
Type Sign Writer
35
Web Ferret
Converts any text into voice and even to MP3.
Text Aloud resides in your Windows tray, always
ready to read text aloud from your e-mail, Web
pages, and documents on your computer or
portable MP3 player. You can listen immediately,
or save it as a WAV or MP3 file that you can
listen to at your convenience. Text Aloud supports
additional speech engines for other languages. It
includes support for TXT files of unlimited size,
so you can bring large e-books in as one article. It
allows you to create 10 minutes of spoken audio in
as little as 12 seconds. Also available, speech
software options that offer personalized services,
such as News Aloud, Weather Aloud, Stocks
Aloud, Groups Aloud.
This software reads text words to you with a
choice of voices. The text words may be on the
screen, in the clipboard, from a text file or other
source. It also supports converting text to audio
formats using MP3 or WAV. It uses 'Text to
Speech' technology to synthesize natural sounding
speech from ordinary text. It can also be used to
create MP3 files from your email, news articles,
and any text you want, download to your portable
MP3 player and listen to it later.
This program is an ideal pop-up utility for when
the right word is eluding you. It includes a
powerful thesaurus and a dictionary, which can
check the spelling of individual words as well as
provide you with a list of similarly spelt words.
The package includes a version of the program,
which automatically links to the popular freeware
dictionary Word Web (see below), for looking-up
definitions of words.
Learn to speak in sign language, just type in the
key you want and a picture view of that letter will
be shown.
Web Ferret lets you search the web quickly and
thoroughly by instantly submitting your search
query to multiple search engines, and displaying
all of the results in a single concise window.
Results can be sorted by page Name, Address,
155 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Source or Abstract. You can also choose the
search engines to query, the number of results to
return, and you can enable features like duplicate
removal or keyword suggestions, to help you find
better results.
Check on the thumbnails to see the devices you're interested in, or just go to the first product.
(Source-http://www.computerworld.com)
156 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Computer and Software Accessibility for the Disabled
— By Lisa Richards, Educational Outreach Writer
Computers, websites, and software are always searching to improve their usability by consumers.
Accessibility by all users is always a very important issue. What may be usable by some people may not
be usable by someone with a disability. Those with learning disabilities process information differently
and therefore may struggle with reading online or using certain kinds of software. Those with dyslexia
and other vision impairments face several issues with accessibility. The color scheme of a webpage can
also be a big issue for the visually disabled. There is software that can read the content of webpages aloud
and braille keyboards.
Software can also be installed that visually alerts the user of sounds from the computer or webpage for
individuals with hearing impairments. Those with hearing impairments can benefit greatly through the
usage of computers and the Internet since so much contact online is text based. There are many adaptive
keyboards and mouse devices for those with motor disabilities. There are also devices that allow a user to
speak commands to the computer instead of having to use a standard keyboard and mouse. The following
resources are provided to teach more about accessibility issues that the disabled face and options for to
help make computers and the Internet a user-friendlier place for everyone.
Ø Cognitive Impairments and Learning Disabilities
1. Computers and People with Learning Disabilities ? A video presentation from the University at
Washington students and workers of the university with learning disabilities demonstrate
strategies and techniques for using computers.
2. Computers and the Writing Process for Those with LD ? A write-up on LD Online by Richard
Wander man about how computers affect the writing process for individuals with learning
disabilities.
3. Selecting Software for Students with Learning Disabilities ? This .PDF provides general
guidelines to help educators select software for use by the learning disabled.
4. Using Computer-Based Tests with Students with Learning Disabilities ? This article for educators
discusses methods of composing computer-based tests so that they are usable by students with
learning disabilities.
5. Assistive Technology and Learning Disabilities? South Carolina Assistive Technology Program's
provides a list of assistive technology tools and built in accessibility options for Apple and
Microsoft.
157 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø Visual Impairments
1. An Educator's Guide to Visual Disabilities ? This article defines issues encountered by those with
visual disabilities while using computers as well as provides helpful software and solutions.
2. Buying a Computer? Guide for the Blind ? The American Foundation for the Blind composed this
article for those with visual impairments to learn what to look for when purchasing a computer.
3. Computer Aids for the Blind ? The University at Buffalo's Assistive Technology Training Online
Project provides this list of keyboard and mouse alternatives for its blind population.
4. Color Blindness Simulations? Enter a webpage into this simulator to see what it looks like to those
who are colorblind. These simulators can also help those designing accessible websites.
5. Assistive Technology for Blind or Visually Impaired College Students? New Jersey Colleges
Adaptive Technology Center's guide to different adaptive technology for the visually impaired.
Ø Hearing Disabilities
1. Technologies for Students wit h Hearing Impairments? Students with hearing impairments are still
able to use computers without issue thanks to many assistive devices and software.
2. Broadband Internet Access for the Hearing Impaired ? The National Association for the Deaf
advocates for accessible Internet for everyone. The Internet can help the deaf communicate more
efficiently.
3. Computer Leaning for Deaf Children? This article reviews how teachers can provide an
educational learning environment for deaf children while still using computers.
Ø Motor and Dexterity Impairments
1. Web Accessibility for those with Motor Disabilities? This webpage provides descriptions and
pictures of different assistive technologies that can help those with motor disabilities. Adaptive
keyboards, eye-tracking devices, voice recognition software and other computer adaptations can
help those with motor disabilities use technology fluently.
2. Using Handhelds to Help People with Motor Impairments? Those with Muscular Dystrophy and
other nervous system disorders can benefit from using devices such as a mouse and keyboard. The
disorder affects their gross motor control but not their fine motor control.
3. Designing Interfaces for Children with Motor Impairments? This paper follows a study in which
children with motor disabilities were observed using laptops.
158 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Ø General Accessibility Resources
1. Computers Assisting the Handicapped ? Chris Murphy of Virginia Tech wrote this article on how
computers can help those with disabilities.
2. Types of Assistive Technology? Microsoft provides descriptions of assistive technology products.
3. Internet and Disability Related Resources? The Internet Society Disability and Special Needs
Chapter have composed this list of resources concerning the Internet and special needs
individuals.
4. Telecommunications Access for People with Disabilities? The FCC requires telecommunications
manufacturers and providers to make their equipment and services accessible to all people.
5. Enabling People with Disabilities ? This Speed Matters webpage explains the benefits of high
speed Internet for those with disabilities.
6. Assistive Technology Industry Association ? The ATIA is composed of organizations that provide
assistive devices and services to those with disabilities.
7. Use of Computer Technology to Help Students with Special Needs ? Children are now growing up
in the "digital age," and computers are so important to their educational environment. Special
needs children can also benefit from computer-based learning.
8. Computers and Special Needs? The usage of computers by special needs children can help
enhance their self-esteem and language skills.
(Source-http://www.mapcon.com/computer-and-software-accessibility-for-the-disabled)
"The number one way to succeed on the job is to use technology."
Dr. Michael Ryan (DyslexiaHelp's contributing expert)
Today's technological age has brought forth a number of very good computer programs and tools to help
individuals with:
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Listening & speaking
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Reading & spelling
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Writing & organization
We have found the following software programs and assistive devices successful in helping to address the
areas that affect dyslexic individuals. These technologies cannot replace direct intervention, but they can
augment a therapy program. Training from a professional may be required to get the best results. These
technologies help:
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Accommodate for challenges
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Increase self-confidence at home, in the classroom, or on the job
We update this page as new technologies are developed, so visit often!
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Listening & Note taking
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Phonics
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Reading, Writing, & Study Support
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Text-to-Speech
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Writing & Spelling
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Online Tools
LISTENING & NOTETAKING
Livescribe Smartpen - Various Prices
Video Tutorial
School age and up
The Live scribe Smart pen will record lectures that you're listening to while you take notes, so you won’t
miss any information. You can go back and listen to the recording to fill in any hard-to-clarify areas.
Other Features
Good for people with poor handwriting
Note-taking pens: InfoScan 2, InfoScan TS, InfoScan TS Elite
School age and up
With these pens, you can scan up to 20,000 lines of text. Store the information on the device or transfer it
to a word processor where the text can be edited. The InfoScan 2 is a simpler version, used only for text
160 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 storage or transfer, while the TS and TS Elite have more functions. Both the TS and TS Elite have touch
screens for easy navigation to find the stored text, while the TS Elite has text-to-speech capabilities,
allowing the scanned text to be read out loud.
Reading pens: ReadingPen 2, ReadingPen TS
School age and up
Both of these reading pens have scanning capabilities, but they are designed for reading comprehension.
They scan the text, enlarge the font to make it easier to read, read the text out loud, and display syllabic
breakdown of the words. The TS has additional features, including games to improve vocabulary, a
thesaurus for looking up synonyms, and more.
UberNote - Various Prices
School age and up
Ubernote is a basic note-taking site where you can organize all your class notes and add images and
sounds to enhance them.
PHONICS
Earobics - Various Prices
Video Tutorial
Ages 4-10
161 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 This software offers an individualized learning mechanism to help students with reading difficulties in
early elementary school to catch up to their peers. The program focuses on:
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Phonemic awareness
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Phonics
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Vocabulary
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Fluency
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Comprehension
Other Features
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Printable progress reports for parents and teachers
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Customizable according to individual needs
Read, Write & Type! Learning System - Various Prices
Video Tutorials
Ages 6-9
This is a reading software program that utilizes a multi-sensory, interactive approach suitable to children
with a variety of learning styles. Through the use of colorful games, animation, and music, the program
targets a child's:
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Phonemic awareness & phonics
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Reading & writing
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Spelling & typing
Other Features
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Printable progress reports for parents and teachers
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Customizable according to individual needs
162 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Simon S.I.O. (Sound It Out) - Various Prices
Ages 5-13
Simon S.I.O uses a personal tutor to deliver individualized instruction and corrective feedback to ensure
students acquire the critical skills they need to become readers. Students practice their learning and
increase fluency by:
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Building new words
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Recalling learned words
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Guided spelling
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Discriminating between words
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Reading controlled texts
Sortegories - Various Prices
School age and up
Sortegories, an Orton-based web supplement to the LANGUAGE! Curriculum is designed to help build
vocabulary, literacy, and reading comprehension. The software has 36 different units, beginning with
basic phonics, and progresses to word- and sentence-building. Sortegories meets The Common Core State
Standards.
Talking Fingers - Various Prices
Ages 5-9
Talking Fingers is an approach to reading and writing in which the typed or written text children create
with their fingers is speech made visible. The Talking Fingers method teaches children to link the sounds
in words to the appropriate letters and their corresponding keystrokes.
Read more about this on our blog!
163 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 WordMaker - Various Prices
Ages 5-13
Students who lack proficient decoding skills struggle to achieve fluency and comprehension. Using varied
activities, Word Maker provides a systematic and interactive approach to teaching spelling, reading, and
writing skills.
Wordy Qwerty: Foundations for Reading & Writing Fluency - Various Prices
Video Tutorial
Ages 7-9
Wordy Qwerty, the sequel to Read, Write & Type! Learning System, is designed to refine the
foundational phonemic awareness and phonics knowledge students gain while using Read, Write & Type!
and increase students’ phonological and morphological sensitivity.
READING, WRITING, AND STUDY SUPPORT
Barton Reading and Spelling System - Various Prices
School age and up
This is a one-on-one tutoring system that will improve the spelling, reading, and writing skills of children,
teenagers, and adults with dyslexia or another reading disability. The system teaches people how to tutor
people with dyslexia. It is a research-based tutoring system that contains all of the essential components
of reading instruction required by the No Child Left Behind Act. It is based on Orton-Gillingham.
164 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 ClaroRead - Various Prices
School age and up
The ClaroRead line of educational software provides reading and writing support tools for struggling
learners, or anyone looking to make the writing process easier. The software includes text to speech, word
prediction, spell check, and more in one easy to use program. The software is available for both PC and
Mac.
GrammarCheck - Free
School age and up
This online grammar checker will show (and suggest corrections for) grammar errors in your essay or
other written document.
iPad - Various Prices
Video Tutorial
School age and up
The iPad has several tools and features that can be helpful with learning, such as:
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Touch-screen technology in either portrait or landscape
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Built-in screen reader
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iBook application for reading, listening to, and buying new books
Other Features
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Note application for managing to-do lists
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Nook - Various Prices
School age and up
Barnes and Noble offers its Nook, which has a "read and record" feature that allows you to record your
own narration to books. In addition, the Nook has its own set of interactive games.
Kurzweil 3000 - Various Prices
Video Tutorial
Ages 8 and up
Kurzweil 3000 allows struggling readers to learn the same content as their peers in different ways with
this reading, writing and learning software solution. Kurzweil 3000 supportsUniversal Design for
Learning, and offers:
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Fluency
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Vocabulary
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Comprehension
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Writing
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Study skills
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Test-taking support
Other Features
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Text-to-speech capabilities for documents and web pages
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Color highlighters
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Notes and bookmarking
166 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Text Summarizers for Mac & Windows - Free
School age and up
These text summarizers enable your computer to give you the gist of a body of text. Summarize Word
documents, PDF files, and web pages.
TEXT-TO-SPEECH
Amazon Kindle - Various Prices
Video Tutorial
School age and up
This portable electronic reading device allows you to electronically read books, newspapers, blogs, and
magazines, all of which can be accessed and downloaded wirelessly through the Kindle device.
Classmate Reader - $259
Video Tutorial
School age and up
The Classmate Reader is a hand-held device that reads textbooks and study materials aloud.
Other Features
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Highlighting capabilities
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Bookmarking
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Customizable reading speed and font size
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Speaking dictionary
167 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 FlameReader - Various Prices
School age and up
FlameReader allows you to read text aloud in any computer with customized voice, speed, and pitch. It
also converts text to mp3, reads text in other applications, and can translate between seven different
languages.
Intel Reader - $599
School age and up
The Intel Reader is a hand-held, mobile text-to-speech device that highlights the words while reading
aloud. The reader can:
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Take a picture of text to have read aloud
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Jump to specific pages
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See the actual document from which the text was scanned
Other Features
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Customizable voice speed
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Can play and produce mP3s to transfer to other devices
Narrator - Free
Video Tutorial
School age and up
168 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Narrator is a screen reader that reads text on the screen aloud and describes events like error messages so
you can use your PC without a display.
Natural Reader - Various Prices
Video Tutorial
School age and up
This text-to-speech program assists with reading by converting text on web pages, in e-mails, PDF files,
and in applications like Microsoft Word to words spoken in a natural voice.
Other Features
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Can convert text into MP3 and WAV files
Read: OutLoud 6 - Various Prices
School age and up
This program makes it easy to provide access to the new electronic books required in IDEA, and the
included web browser makes the internet fully accessible. It provides accessibility supports like text-tospeech and study tools that help you read with comprehension.
ReadSpeaker - Various Prices
School age and up
ReadSpeaker is a text-to-speech provider that is applicable to any website. It’s easy to use and with a
click of a button, any text on your website is converted to speech.
169 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Universal Reader - $59.95
Special Ed - Learning Disabilities Software
Context-based instruction that helps special education students overcome their difficulties with
comprehension, problem solving, organizing, and communication skills.
Featured Products
Reading Skill Builder
Helps student’s transition to read at higher levels - on the web!
Grammar Fitness Online Edition - Basic
Web-based, interactive basic grammar program with progress tracking!
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MERIT SOFTWARE KEY BENEFITS:
In-depth Instruction - Provides a structured and supportive environment that enables students to apply
skills while they are learning.
Intensive Concentration - When students encounter areas of difficulty, they can choose to access several
forms of assistance. Explanations, tips, examples, and options to retry skills maximize learning
170 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 opportunities.
Personalized Feedback - Context-sensitive tips help college prep students accept responsibility for their
weaknesses and build their confidence as learners.
Automatic Scoring - Teachers are able to quickly measure student areas of concern, using our Teacher
Program Manager, and plan lessons in response to specific needs.
Learn more about how Merit helps teachers; tutors, and students achieve academic success.
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Recommended Software
Fast For Word Literacy/Literacy Advanced (Scientific Learning)
http://www.scilearn.com/products/index.php
This program uses a game format to systematically train auditory processing skills to improve listening
and language processing (as a basis for reading and functional listening skills) from the phoneme to short
paragraph level. The 50-minute protocol strongly recommends 5 days a week until all skills are mastered
(approx. 6-8 weeks for most students).
Literacy lays the basic foundation and Literacy Advanced gives the students new ways to build the same
skills as the information they process gets more complex and moves into more reading.
The research basis and individualization of the rate of delivery of the stimuli (via internet connection) to
each student to keep them successful, but challenged and motivated, makes this the gold standard for
software programs.
Students have to listen, watch and respond using a keyboard or mouse so other integrated skills are built
as well, such as visual processing and visual memory, even though they are not a direct focus.
This relates to long-term retrieval because students develop strategies that have to be implemented daily
while the stimuli move faster. Students do well if they remember and replicate strategies that have worked
for them in the past. Part of the instructor “monitoring” includes discussing, building, and reinforcing the
use of strategies that are effective in raising scores. This language can then be transferred to other types of
storage and retrieval strategies.
Cognitive Deficits: Long Term Memory
Compensatory Memory Strategies: Chunking (Parrot Software)
http://www.parrotsoftware.com
Chunking has lists of items that can be controlled in number of items and types of categories. It is simply
a task in grouping by category and then remembering through either recognition from a list, or by typing
in responses. It does not go further in developing chunking techniques. It is best used as a starting point
for the concept of grouping, and then true chunking techniques for better and more functional use can be
provided by non-computerized instruction.
Memory Challenge (Critical Thinking Software)
http://www.criticalthinking.com/series/094/index_c. html
171 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Memory Challenge uses a visual memory process involving shapes and color. Instructor can control
number of items, number of different shapes used, and number of different colors used. Presentation time
can be controlled, from one to 60 seconds. Unique to this program are controlled distractions, which can
be used to challenge long-term retrieval. The type of distractor (Blank, Visual, Question, None) and
duration from 0 to 120 seconds can be controlled.
Brain Fitness Program (Posit Science)
http://www.positscience.com/programs/buy.php
Through adaptive training that is continuously customized for an individual user’s brain performance, the
training program clearly defines goals and shows progress history and achievements.
The training program stores complete training data and presents it in a user-friendly set of
feedback/progress screens that occur at the end of each exercise and the end of each training session. In
addition (optionally, at the user’s request), the training program securely and confidentially uploads all
training data where more detailed analyses and feedback can be performed by a phone call to Posit
customer service.
The training program presents instructional material in printed form (for reading-focused learning styles),
in example form (for auditory learners), and through practice (for experiential learners); in addition the
training exercises continuously adapt to the brain performance of each individual learner thus maximizing
the learning that an individual gains.
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Cognitive Deficits: Long Term Memory 5
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Short-Term Memory and Working Memory
Definition
These interrelated memory areas involve immediate storing of information, but they serve distinct roles in
processing and eventual comprehension of information. Behavior aspects such as inattention, anxiety, and
poor concentration may affect both short-term memory (STM) and working memory (WM).
Short-term memory is an element of cognitive efficiency or automatic processing. Closely related to
memory span, STM requires holding information for a few seconds and then using it before it is lost or
stored for future use. From this view, STM may be considered a first step to “permanent” storage.
In contrast, Working Memory involves not only memory span, but also manipulation of information that
is in immediate awareness to solve given problems. Thus, WM has multiple components such as
sequential processing, number ability, and executive processing or planning.
Assessment Measures
Short-Term Memory
On the WJ III, the STM cluster includes two tests:
• Numbers Reversed (Test 7) and
• Memory for Words (Test 17).
Both tests measure memory span, although Numbers Reversed may be considered a measure of WM. The
WAIS-III does not specifically measure STM.
Working Memory
On the WAIS-III, three tests comprise the Working Memory Index: Arithmetic (Test 6);
• Digit Span (Test 8); and
• Letter-Number Sequencing (Test 13) .
172 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 These tests require listening to and quickly storing information in
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STM and then moving to WM where mental manipulation and visualization of information is needed.
Additionally, Arithmetic requires recognizing specific processes (e.g., adding, subtracting) to use.
On the WJ III, WM includes:
• Numbers Reversed (Test 7); and
• Auditory Working Memory (Test 9).
The latter involves mentally dividing information into two groups (numbers and words) and putting them
in ordered sequence.
Functional Implications
People with good STM/WM often do well with rote memorization as well as being able to follow lengthy
oral directions. They generally do well grasping lecture information.
A student with either a short-term or working memory deficit may encounter difficulty holding
information long enough either to mentally manipulate it or to comprehend it. As a result, the student may
struggle to relate the information to on-going situations (e.g., lectures) or may grasp only bits and pieces
of what she/he hears. Thus, the student may not proficiently process, comprehend, and/or store
information.
Cognitive Deficits: Short Term and Working Memory
Instructional Goal
For short-term memory, students will briefly retain and then retrieve information. For working memory,
students will provide responses that reflect their ability to retain and mentally manipulate information.
Instructional Considerations
Modality of presentation and modality required in responding need to be considered. Students may
exhibit different strengths with verbal as opposed to visual information.
Recognition of information that was retained (e.g. choosing from a list) is easier than retrieval of the
specific information. This should be considered in task difficulty and in determining progress.
Within specific programs, do not increase difficulty levels too quickly. Improvements may be seen with
specific information in specific programs, and not accurately reflect functional improvements.
It may be helpful to use software to present and practice mnemonic strategies with this material (see longterm retrieval). Academic materials used in the software should be within the student’s abilities.
Software Characteristics Format should be motivating.
The task of this software is to train students to attend to multiple stimuli and/or stimuli, which increases in
complexity and length. Because this type of memory practice can be boring, it is important that software
provide visual or auditory reinforcement to motivate students to continue practicing. Game formats are
often the most successful in generating motivation, but the student must be taught to apply the skills
she/he is learning to every day activities in and out of school.
Software should require mastery before student can advance to a higher level.
Confusion and frustration will result if a student advances before she/he has mastered the current
memorization task. Often the instructor must monitor students to be sure that this software is being used
properly.
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Software should provide a variety of activities.
By working in a variety of activities, a student can monitor the ways in which her/his mind functions in
the context of these different activities. More importantly, these activities provide the student with
experiences, which reveal how her/his particular mind works. Some tasks will be easier than others
depending upon the individual student. Software scores can be used as tools to illustrate a student’s
learning strengths and weaknesses.
Software should provide frequent feedback.
Short segments with feedback provided allow the student to take in the information they are learning
about themselves more effectively. If a task is too long or complex this benefit will be compromised by
frustration due to repeated errors.
Reading and spelling tasks should be matched to the student’s abilities.
Students should be able to attribute their scores to memory practice alone. Errors in reading or spelling
contaminate information the student needs to learn about efforts to improve short-term memory.
References
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California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Computer Assisted Record-keeping Scoring.
Sacramento. 1993 - 2007.
Wilkinson, G.S. (2005) Wide Range Achievement Test 3 (WRAT 3). Lutz, FL: Psychological
Assessment Resources, Inc.
Koslin, B.L., Koslin, S., Zeno, S.M, & Ivens, S.H. (1989) Degrees of Reading Power. Brewster,
NY: Touchstone: Applied Science Associates.
Squires, David & Preece, Jenny (1999) Interacting with Computers. Elsevier Science B.V.
The Psychological Corporation (2002) Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) 2002, San
Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corporation
The Psychological Corporation (2001) Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT II) 2001, San
Antonio, TX: The Psychological Corporation
Woodcock, R.W., McGrew, K.S. & Mather, N. (2005) Woodcock- Johnson III. Chicago:
Riverside Publishing Co.
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Software References
• Academic Challenge Cup
Critical Thinking Books & Software © 1997
The Critical Thinking Co. P.O. Box 1610
Seaside, CA 93955-1610
• Mac/Windows
Single License: $59.99
10 user license: $236.99 Unlimited Site License: $ 825.99
http://www.criticalthinking.com/getProductDetails. do?id=04003&code=c
Ancient Wisdom Cambrix Publishing © 1995
Cambrix Publishing, Inc 9304 Deering Ave Chatsworth, CA 91311
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Brain Fitness Program
Posit Science Corporation, © 2006-2007
Posit Science Corporation 20100 S. Vermont Ave. Torrance, CA 90502
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• Windows
Single license: $395.00
Two user license (1 PC): $495.00
Two user license (1 PC + Coaching Kit): $595.00
http://www.positscience.com/programs/buy.php
Principles of Accessible and Universal Design
“Accessible Design” calls for design that includes the needs of people whose physical, mental, or
environmental conditions limit their performance. “Universal Design” aims to extend standard design
principles to include people of all ages and abilities, but remains at the level of generality, so it does not
address all the specific needs of any particular disability.
But even for people who do not have any specific physical or mental characteristics that affect computer
use, it has been found that adopting universal design principles can reduce fatigue, increase speed,
decrease errors, and decrease learning time for all users. In many ways, universal design addresses the
larger issues of usability by making things easier for everyone.
Ø General Principles
Allow for flexibility
Provide choices in features and ways that tasks can be accomplished
Accommodate right- and left-handed use
Allow the user to customize settings whenever possible
Keep in mind that people may be using adaptive technologies
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Do not design something differently from user expectations just to be different
Eliminate unnecessary complexity
Provide feedback
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Provide warnings
Build fail-safe features when possible
Do not establish patterns when you want people to pay attention
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Redundancy provides flexibility for different user preferences, system configurations, or user abilities.
This can be accomplished by using more than one way to represent, display, and enter data, such as:
• Using both a beep and a menu bar flash to notify a user of an error
• Using text to label images
• Redundantly allowing a user to issue commands by typing or selecting something with a pointer
• Avoid side effects
Side effects are actions that occur as the result of user actions that do not seem to the user to be related to
the primary goal of the action. For instance, when starting a program that changes system configurations
(such as screen and sound settings) it should change them back when the program is not being used.
Side effects should be avoided because they cause particular problems for novice users and disabled users
who may have difficulty detecting or correcting certain types of side effects.
Web accessibility
The principles of design listed above apply to both software and web design. Below are more webspecific tips.
Tips for building accessible websites
Labeling and markup
1. Provide a text equivalent (ex: ALT text, <LONGDESC>) for all non-text elements, especially
those related to navigation. Provide NULL values for unimportant graphics (such as divider bars).
2. Conform to current web standards: XHTML 1.0, HTML 4.01, CSS 1.0.
3. Use cascading style sheets (CSS) to control presentation and layout rather than presentation
elements and attributes, but organize documents so they can be read without style sheets.
4. Identify row and column headers for data tables.
5. Use the <LONGDESC> tag to summarize graphs and charts.
6. Provide captions or transcripts and descriptions of multimedia used.
7. Provide alternate content for scripts, applets, and plug-ins to compensate for the potential loss of
information.
8. Use the <LANG> attribute for screen readers that support it.
Formatting
1. Use relative units in CSS—em or % instead of cm, pt, or px.
2. Use ordered lists or number the lists on your web pages.
3. When using tables, do not use structural markups for visual formatting.
4. Validate your work either using a validation and/or correction tool.
Providing alternatives
1. Provide ways to skip over navigation links and get to the main content of your web pages.
176 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Linking
1. Create logical tab order through links.
2. Avoid hyperlinks longer than 10 words.
3. Use descriptive links rather than “click here” to insure that links make sense out of context.
4. Clearly identify the target of each link.
Displaying
1. Provide enough contrast between text and background color.
2. Make sure that tables make sense when read left to right, top to bottom, as this is how screen
readers work. Identify row and column headers, and use the <CAPTION> and/or summary attribute
and headers to describe the contents.
3. Provide a <NOFRAMES> option and use meaningful page titles if using frames.
4. Use client side rather than server side image maps and provide redundant text links.
5. Avoid blinking, flickering, or moving elements on your web pages.
6. Provide closed captions for all audio content that contains useful information or provide transcripts
for all audio content.
Tips for checking the accessibility of your website
1. Turn off graphics
2. Turn off sounds
3. Check the contrast by viewing the page in gray scale
4. Turn off style sheets
5. Turn off scripts, applets, or other programmatic objects
6. Use the largest font size allowed by a browser
7. Resize the browser window
8. Select all text and copy it into a word processor to make sure it makes sense
9. Use an automated accessibility tool to check your website
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Annex- A
S. No. Product/ Devices 1. Computer with a printer, CD, pen drives, etc. 2. Low Tech Communication chart – pictures / words 3. Low Tech Communication charts – Tactile 4. Low tech lessons charts – pictures 5. Communication software – Slate 6. Alternate access to computer/commun
ication devices – Aditi (hardware) 7. Complete access to the computer – ( Sweep sticks software ) 8. Math made simple – Scan mode , 9. Indian Picture Symbols for Communication Source of procurement Purpose Approx. Price Local resources To enable use of From Rs. ICT 40,000 Categories All CWSN Vidya Sagar communication 1000 ID, HI & ASD, CP Vidya Sagar Communication 1500 ID, VI & ASD, CP Vidya Sagar Academic participation Communication 1000 10,000 ID, HI & ASD, CP ID, ASD & CP 750 CP Arathi Abraham Chennai Mindtree, Bangalore Independence in communication/
computer access Vidya Sagar – Anna University initiative Vidya Sagar – Anna University initiative Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy Independence in Free communication/ downloa
computer access d CP Independence in Free academics downloa
d ID, ASD & CP A library of culturally & linguistically appropriate digitized picture icons and a software to navigate this library to make lo-­‐tech communication displays for students who are ID, HI, ASD & CP 178 5000 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 S. No. Product/ Devices 10. GupShup Software 11. SANYOG -­‐ a communication software Source of procurement Purpose Approx. Price non-­‐readers for Participation in academic and other communicative activities. Indian Institute Students who 7000 of Cerebral cannot use Palsy speech as their primary mode of communication and depend on AAC symbols to participate in academic and other communicative activities use the software. This software is used to produce material such as topic based theme sheets, storybooks, chat books and talking cards with text and pictures. At the same time it gives the users a voice to be used for all these material and can be adapted for people who are unable to use a regular keyboard / mouse. IIT Kharagpur A software to Rs. And Media Asia generate 5000/ -­‐
Lab grammatically 7000/-­‐ correct natural language sentences from 179 Categories ID, ASD & CP ID, HI, ASD & CP ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 S. No. Product/ Devices Source of procurement 12. Kathamala – a voice output communication aid (VOCA) developed in collaboration with Micro Solutions Ltd. MICRO SOLUTIONS 1 Ashok Row, Gangulibagan, Kolkata -­‐ 700 084 West Bengal, India Email:giswebel
@rediffmail.co
m 13. ‘GupShup Book’ developed in collaboration with Micro Solutions Ltd. MICRO SOLUTIONS 1 Ashok Row, Gangulibagan, Kolkata -­‐ 700 084 Purpose selected icons Within-­‐built Text to Speech (TTS) system with word prediction in Bengali, Hindi & English for voice output and hardware interface to facilitate access. Can be used by middle and senior school students for writing. Instantly creates interest in an unfamiliar communication partner and immediately helps in mainstreaming the user. This voca with 16 messages and tactile switches can also be used as teaching tool for all children, disabled and non-­‐disabled, at the pre-­‐primary level as they are attractive and enforce cause and effect function This device is a 10 leaf, attractive battery operated album for the use of pictures, photographs and 180 Approx. Price Categories 4000 ID, ASD & CP 2500 ID, ASD & CP ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 S. No. Product/ Devices Source of procurement Purpose West Bengal, India Email:giswebel
@rediffmail.co
m messages for instant communication. Photographs, message cards, picture cards can be placed inside the leaves to give a visual cue to the user. The switches are tactile and to be accessed directly. This switch can be used manually and can be attached to an adapted USB mouse. Can work with much software such as Sanyog, Gupshup, and AkashBani and also can be used to run PowerPoint talking books. Helps in communication, language development and comprehending concepts Enhancing learning skills across subjects 14. Big red switches IIT Kharagpur and adapted mouse SamitPatra 15. CD on sign language, core 16. Multi-­‐media CDs (reading, writing, math’s, EVS, etc.) VAANI Azim Premji, Pratham, Educom 181 Approx. Price Categories Rs. 750-­‐
/to begins with. This is based on individu
al needs ASD & CP Rs. 500/-­‐ HI & ASD From Rs. 100/-­‐ to Rs. 500/-­‐ All types of CWSN ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Visual Impairment S No. 1.
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Name Screen reading software-­‐ NVDA Source of procurement Saksham Trust Purpose Installed in the computer-­‐
audio software which reads out all on the screen Talking calculator NIVH / Saksham Can be used Trust / other with VI organizations children in working with VI classroom setup Talking watch/ Braille NIVH / Saksham Can be used Watch Trust / other with VI organizations children in working with VI classroom setup Smart Cane Saksham Trust Cane installed with electronic device that detects obstruction within a distance of 1 meter. Assists independent mobility ICT/ Assistive Devices for Persons with Low Vision Reading stands Local purchase Within Rs. 500/-­‐ to Rs.1500/-­‐ Lamps Local purchase Within Rs. 500/-­‐ to Rs.1500/-­‐ Magnifiers (hand held Local purchase Within Rs. or any other) 500/-­‐ to Rs. 1500/-­‐ Approx. Price Rs 4000 Upto Rs. 500/-­‐ Rs. 3000/-­‐ To facilitate literacy Note:
For children with multiple disabilities (different combination), items and products could be selected from
the above list, based on the need of the child.
ID: Intellectual Disability, CP: Cerebral Palsy, ASD: Autism Spectrum Disorder, HI: Hearing
Impairment, VI: Visual Impairment
182 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 List of Assistive Devices for Visually Impaired Developed by National Institute of Visually
Impaired for Primary School Children from 1st to 5th Class
S. No. Name of the Assistive Device 1. Interline Braille Slate with two stylus 2. Taylor frame with arithmetic types (250 grams) with packing box 3. Abacus (Inclusive Design) 4. Drawing Board with 20 sheets 5. Two Braille scales (6” and 12”) (Inclusive Design) 6. Puzzles (Inclusive Design) 7. Peg Board (Inclusive Design) 8. Tactile book of drawings of major monuments shapes of tall trees, types of houses, bridges, dam etc. 9. One adapted board game with Dice 10. Auditory balls (2 in nos.) 11. Scrabble board (Inclusive Design) 12. Small white folding cane (four folds with packing) 13. Cubarithem 14. Talking wrist watch 183 Indicative Price in Rs. 200/-­‐ 150/-­‐ 60/-­‐ 300/-­‐ 12/-­‐ 300/-­‐ 200/-­‐ 500/-­‐ 1000/-­‐ 32/-­‐ 125/-­‐ 80/-­‐ 5000/-­‐ 400/-­‐ ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 List of Assistive Devices for Visually Impaired Developed by National Institute of Visually
Impaired for Upper Primary School Children from 6th to 8th Class
S. No. 1. 8. Inter point Braille Slate with two stylus (large) Interline Braille Slate Taylor frames large with Arithmetic Types (250 grams) with packing box Taylor frames large with Algebra Types (250 grams) with packing box Tactile Geometry Kit with 20 raising sheets Drawing Board with 20 raising sheets Tactile Draught Board (Inclusive Design) Tactile Chess Board (Inclusive Design) 9. One accessible board game 10. Tactile diagram set for Science teaching 11. Pocket Frame 12. Audio labeller (Inclusive Design) 13. 14. Signature guide with rupee checker and wallet Braille wrist watch 15. White folding cane 16. 17. Measuring kit (inch tape, needle threaded, small Braille scale, liquid indicator, measuring cup) Audio Ball 2 nos. 18. Talking Table Clock 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Name of the Assistive Device 184 Indicative Price in Rs. 100/-­‐ 200/-­‐ 150/-­‐ 150/-­‐ 500/-­‐ 150/-­‐ 300/-­‐ 500/-­‐ 1000/-­‐ 1500/-­‐ 45/-­‐ 3000/-­‐ 150/-­‐ 1200/-­‐ 200/-­‐ 200/-­‐ 32/-­‐ 600/-­‐ ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Village disability registers and ID Smart cards for persons with disabilities
VDR SMART CARD FEATURES
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Visual identity application
Plastic card use
Magnetic strip
Visual data also available in machine readable form
Decentralized and centralized update of data
Multi user system of smart cards
Electro memory card
Security-vendor specific
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DDWO office-Digital data with analysis and smart card distribution systems
CBR NETWORK-State wise data with analysis and smart card production
Storage on a cloud in a dedicated website
Cost
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User of smart card pays Rs 100 per card on the same lines as Senior citizen card
No financial implication for the government
Government machinery such as VRWs, MRWs, Panchayth office, DDWO office shall be used
during the process
Since survey and ID card is already a responsibility of VRW and MRW and are paid by the state
government there is no need for payment of additional money .Rs 10 is paid to trained volunteers
who fill OCR form.
Rs 10 lakh as a revolving fund to CBR NETWORK for training and public awareness campaigns
at district, Taluk and Village panchayth levels-Rs 5000 per block.(186 blocks)
Time frame
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1st quarter training of MRW, VRW and volunteers
2nd Quarter-Public awareness on VDR and smart cards
3rd quarter-VDR with ICR registration
4th Quarter-Computerization of data base
5th quarter-issue of smart cards
6th and 7th quarter-Monitoring
8th quarter-second round registration for those who were absent
9th and 10th Spread sheet data loaded on net
Data flow on new registration on OCR and net once in a year for updates
Challenges to overcome in VDR
Challenges to overcome in VDR Elderly Persons Of the elderly people interviewed, 83% had some form of cash card. Of that
group, 50% had never used an ATM (cash dispenser), 10% had tried it once
and 40% had used them more than once. Of the 40% who used ATMs, 75%
were regular users. Of the total group that meant that 58% had never used a
cash card but 71% of them said they would like to.92% had used public
transport; although 46% of those users had used a ticket machine, all were
infrequent users and had not used a ticket machine in the last month. 83% had
used a public telephone of which 40% had used a card.
188 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Many of this group could see advantages in storing
personal emergency medical information on their
smart card, as long as this was only done with the
individual¹s permission
Physically Disabled The use of a contactless smart card instead of a key
for door entry would have many advantages for
those in wheelchairs, those with reduced strength
and those with poor manual dexterity. For this group
security appears to be a particularly important issue.
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disability affairs or in the
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set up by the government
ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Multi-sensor navigation cane for Indian roads for people developed by
PES Institute of technology in collaboration with CBR NETWORK.
190 ICT for Persons with diverse needs-2014 Community Based Rehabilitation
Resource Kit on Disability and Rehabilitation
This Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Resource Kit contains 52 CD-ROMs well packed in a
hardbound folder with virtual lectures, a digital library, CBR software for assessment, and planning tools.
The resource kit is a useful tool for students, NGO staff, Community Health centers and PHCs, private
medical practitioners, universities, and governments that are working in the disability sector.
These CD-ROMs cover screening, identification, assessment, education, Portage, Inclusive education,
training of CBR workers, parents and teachers, mobility aids, rights issues, self-help groups, curriculum
based criterion referenced schedules, and other valuable resources.
The kit also contains CBR software’s OMAR and Trinetra.
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The kit is listed by ADBI ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK INSTITUTE, Tokyo, Japan under
the publication list.
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How To Get a Copy? - Cost within India-Rs 5000 including Postage
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This kit is meant to assist village communities to learn knowledge, skills and information to
enable people with disabilities. Any commercial use of the CBR Resource kit is strictly
prohibited.
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