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Assistive Technology Information

A useful site for info on assistive technology is LINC (Learning Independence through Computers) - http://www.linc.org. Their guide to assistive technology can be found at

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is comprised of networks of community-based Resource Centers, Developers and Vendors, Affiliates, Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies. These ATA Members can be found all across the country.  This site has a lot of useful information.

Another good site for assistive technology is the Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) at the State University of New York, University at Buffalo:

Assistive Technology Evaluation Guide For Students with Learning Disabilities - this guide offers several tools to assist with the evaluation process: a form listing areas to be considered, a list of critical questions for consideration, plus a quick guide to No Tech/Low Tech/High Tech materials, equipment and technology tools. (NOTE: PDF format only - you'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader Software to download and print.) http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/technology/evaluation.pdf

Considering Your Child's Need for Assistive Technology by Gayl Bowser and Penny Reed. Written for parents, but also useful for teachers.

An interesting article on using Adobe Acrobat as assistive technology

Useful Products

Audiobooks/Digital Books

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, administers a free library program of Braille & recorded materials circulated to eligible borrowers through a network of cooperating libraries.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, has a 77,000-title library of taped textbooks, reference and professional materials for people who cannot read standard print because of a disability. Anyone with a documented disability—including a visual impairment, learning disability or other physical disability which makes reading standard print difficult or impossible—is eligible to use RFB&D's taped textbooks but in order to access our library, you need to become a member. The cost of an individual membership is $25 per year, plus a registration fee of $50.

Bookshare.org is an online community that allows people with visual disabilities to legally download over 10,000 copyrighted books in accessible formats. Books from Bookshare.org contain the full text of the book (not pre-recorded audio) that can be read with the adaptive technology of the reader's choice. A talking software application is included with membership, providing members with one option for reading the books. Books are also available in contracted digital Braille.

BookCourier is a portable tool for listening to electronic text, voice files, and music by downloading files from your PC or the Internet using the supplied transfer software.  BookCourier includes a built-in MP3 player; a built-in voice recorder; bookmarks, jumps, and other navigation controls; a built-in alarm, sleep timer, clock, and calendar; plus controls for adjusting volume, reading speed, and more.

Text/Screen Readers

Help Read is a free text reader that reads web pages and other text files out loud.

Another free text reader, ReadPlease, includes a "reading toolbar" for Internet Explorer:

IBM Home Page Reader isn't free, but there is a 30 day free trial

Ray Kurzweil created the first reading machine for the blind, back in the '70s.  The company produces advanced reading and scanning software.

WeMedia has produced a talking web browser which you can download for free. The WeMedia Talking Browser is the actual browser through which you surf the Net. Complete with large buttons and keystroke commands for easy navigation, the browser 'speaks' the text you select within the browser.

Windows XP has some text-to-speech capabilities built in.  For information on how to implement them, see

Accessify.com is a good source of information on making websites accessible.  They have a list of screen readers at


LiveInk is a system that takes text and converts it to short formatted lines to make it more readable  - this can be especially helpful for people who have vision problems involving saccades difficulties and can't read across a line of text.  There are also CDs of preformatted books, including children's literature and the King James Bible.


The Sequential Spelling program from AVKO system is supposed to be helpful for dyslexic children


Many children on 504 plans or IEPs end up using Alphasmarts to keyboard instead of handwriting.  Alphasmart recently added the DANA to it's line-up - it's basically an Alphasmart that also has the Palm OS, making it more versatile - especially for middle school and high school students, who can benefit from having a schedule program available.  Alphasmarts and DANAs are less expensive and lighter than laptop computers.

Auditory Processing

Earobics is a program that some people have found helpful for their kids with CAPD.

Fast ForWord is another program that some people have found helpful for remediating CAPD.  It is more expensive than Earobics and usually administered in by an  audiologist, but some parents have gotten trained to do it themselves at reduced cost.

Sites with Further Information

Joanna Leong and Punit Jain have put together a list of toys that can help children work on their perceptual and motor abilities.

Commercial Sites

Here are some commercial sites that people have found helpful. Being listed here is not to be taken as being a specific endorsement of any of these organizations or their products/services.

Davis Dyslexia Association International has a method that is geared towards visual-spatial learners with reading problems

Don Johnston Products: Products fall into two basic categories: Solutions for Students with Disabilities and Reading and Writing Solutions for Struggling Students.

Educators Publishing Service: publishes books and workbooks for students from kindergarten through high school, including Wordly Wise, Explode The Code, Primary Phonics

Future Horizons: Autism/PDD books, conferences, tapes

Gaining Face is a software program to help people with autism-spectrum disorders and similar issues learn to recognize facial expressions

Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes: Some people have found the Lindamood-Bell program very helpful for their dyslexic kids.

Pocket Full of Therapy: OT supplies for pediatric and school-based therapy products and toys

Super Duper Publications publishes and distributes fun, colorful materials for speech-language pathologists, special educators, teachers, parents, and caregivers in educational, home and health care settings.

Wilson Language Training is another program some people have found helpful for kids with dyslexia

Last updated Tuesday March 29, 2005

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       ~ Anne Sullivan (Helen Keller's Teacher)

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