iPad as AT for Reading and Writing
Greetings Silver Lake Class (please view this link first…)
To start please view this video on iPad iOS 7 Accessibility Settings (yes iOS 8 is just around the corner…):
Presentation Link :
Carol Leynse Harpold, MS AdEd, OTR/L, ATP
Web Based AT Resources for Reading and Writing
Bookshare.org – Free membership for k-12 for individuals qualifying as having a Print Disability.
Project Gutenberg – Repository of public domain books in electronic format. Some audio formats available.
Learning Ally – Membership service for audio books (used to be the RFB&D)
Natural Reader – simple text to speech tool for PC and MAC computers
Rewordify – Online tool for cognitive rescaling of expository information
Readability – Cleans up clutter web pages free
Chateau Meddybemps – http://www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html – Story Starters with pictures
Ginger Software – Online Spelling and grammar correction
Text2Mind Map – Concept mapping software
Microsoft Office – has voice recognition application on Windows 7 and 8. Continual improvements with recognition.
eType – Word prediction – free
Just a few resources.
Listed below are a few online keyboarding practice websites (for PC or Mac computers, not trialed on iPad) that introduces the keyboard in a sequential way for beginning typists. The last website, Peter’s Keyboarding Lessons provides a visual of the keyboard and fingers for those students who benefit from visual support when learning the 10 finger typing technique. Posting this image above the keyboard has helped some students with learning the keyboard to reduce their reliance on looking at the keyboard (a huge no-no in 5th grade keyboarding classes!).
ABCYa website (game format): http://www.abcya.com/kids_typing_game.htm
Learning Games for Kids: (starts with a few letters at a time) http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html
Dance Mat (Starts with home row keys) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/
Typing Lessons (Starts with home row keys) : http://www.techconnect.glencoe.com/techconnect/keyboarding/start.htm
Peter’s Online Typing Course: (Features step by step instruction; image below from this website) http://www.typing-lessons.org/lesson_1.html
Retrieved on 6/13/2013 from : http://www.typing-lessons.org/lesson_1.html
Of course there are many more! What are your favorite online typing websites for beginning typists?
Patrick Black on QIAT list serv recently supplied this AAC Apps for Android resource developed by Will Wade, OT from the Ace Centre in Oxford, GB. Will Wades lists not only provides AAC apps but also some supports for dyslexic or learning disabilities. A comparison tool is provided in the Full List tab that appears updated. The About tab provides a Android and iOS list by category. I found the information regarding mobile 112 interesting definitely worth checking out!
If you are looking for Android apps for communication or LD support, this would be a wiki to peruse.
See on appsforaac.net
Jane Farrall knowledge on AAC, switch access and AT brings me to her blog often to glean her expertise on any of the those topics (and more…). Here is a recent post about switch access and the iPad that helped sift and winnow what the current options were for iOS.
How do I use a Switch with an iPad? – Jane Farrall’s Blog Post
Jane also has other recent posts on specific switch components that I recommend you peruse if you are interested in switch access for iPad on her blog.