Enhanced Vision offers a portable monitor that provides full-color HD magnification of text and images when connected to one of its CCTVs, including the Acrobat HD Short and Long Arm, Transformer VGA/USB, Amigo or Max.
The thin, 13.3-inch monitor weighs 3.5 pounds and is small enough to fit in a backpack. It's designed for persons with low vision who need magnification options at school or at work.
Time to Sign's "Everyone Can Sign" is a series of quick guides" designed to help teach American Sign Language (ASL) to students with special needs, including ADHD, autism, and Down syndrome.
Each book comes with a DVD of Time to Sign founder and president Lillian Hubler demonstrating the signs.
All three books are published by the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; each measures 8.5 by 11 by .2 inches. Each costs $19.95 with bundle and volume discounts available.
- Everyone Can Sign: Special Needs Series Quick Guide: ADD/ADHD, 82 pp (October 25, 2013)
- Everyone Can Sign: Special Needs Series Quick Guide: Down Syndrome, 72 pp (October 25, 2013)
- Everyone Can Sign: Special Needs Series Quick Guide: Autism, 66 pp (September 30, 2013)
With built-in cameras, ever-increasing processing power, and the right apps, a smart phone or tablet can replace some dedicated devices. Sometimes, all that's needed is the means to position the mobile device.
An example is ScanJig, a stand made from lightweight polymer board designed to align mobile devices for image and document scanning.
In terms of assistive technology, ScanJig enables blind and visually impaired users to properly align their mobile device to capture and read (via text-to-speech) many types of documents, including checks, business cards, forms, and receipts.
The device, which sells for $29.95, supports many popular mobile devices as well as scanning and photo apps. Paid versions of many apps provide a batch mode for faster scanning -- often up to 10 pages per minute.
The Optelec ClearReader+ is a reading machine for people with low-vision that scans printed text, reads it aloud, and enables users to save, transfer, and import files.
The device combines optical character recognition (OCR) scanning and text to speech to enable users to access most types of written materials, from books and magazines to receipts, recipes and the mail.
ClearReader+ functionality can be expanded to enable text display on a monitor one can navigate using a remote console. This Magnification Feature Pack -- sold separately in a bundle called ClearReader+ Advanced -- lets users connect to an external VGA monitor, TV, or video magnifier.
This setup enables users to view digital photos, select viewing options, and follow along with highlighted text.
The Tobii I-Series (including the I-12 and I-15) are speech generating devices that facilitate computer access, environmental controls, speech, and long distance communication. Both devices support both touch and gaze interaction with a built-in eye tracker.
The I-Series is designed for persons with ALS, aphasia, cerebral palsy, or Rett Syndrome, among other conditions, who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology in order to speak.
Both devices are built to withstand everyday use, whether they're carried around or mounted on a wheelchair. The units feature scratch resistant Gorilla Glass™, an impact-resistant solid-state hard drive (SSD), and no cables to get caught on things. An Ingress Protection Rating of 43 also means the I-Series devices resist moisture and particles.
The app's tap-to-voice design helps users communicate needs and feelings in different settings by combining a large image library, text-to-speech, and the ability to customize content with one's own text, pictures, and voice.
Unique features include a pop out Body Chart and Pain Meter that enables users to quickly specify the origin and severity of bodily discomfort. This feature has made the app successful in a variety of settings, including clinics, critical care units, skilled nursing facilities, and at home.
The survey, which takes 5-10 minutes, is part of HumanWare's ongoing efforts to improve its assistive technology products for the blind and visually impaired, which include the Victor Reader Stratus and the DeafBlind Communicator.
This survey closes Friday, November 15, 2013 at 12 PM EST Time. The three winners of AfterShokz headphones will be announced on Monday, November 18, 2013.
AfterShokz are sport headphones that rest outside the ear, enabling users to listen to music and still hear noises, e.g. oncoming cars, around them.
Jonathan Mosen's latest book is Tweeting Blind, a comprehensive guide to the popular social network. The book, available from National Braille Press for $19.95 and the author's website, explains what Twitter is from both a technological and social aspect, including expected behavior.
Chapters cover topics such as signing up, customizing your page, lingo and etiquette, text messaging, and using Twitter with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.
The National Braille Press has release iOS 7 Without the Eye ($19.95) by Jonathan Mosen, an exploration of the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, written from the standpoint of a blind reader using VoiceOver.
InnerVoice is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app that animates photos of users -- especially young children with autism -- to show them speaking words and phrases as a means of teaching both language and social skills.
The technology, co-developed by iTherapy, LLC and MotionPortrait, is designed to provide a more personal approach to communication than what's currently found in most picture-based AAC apps.
Research suggests that seeing videos in which they successfully speak or perform a target skill dramatically helps autistic children with learning and engagement.