List of Augmentative Technology Devices

By: Karyn Barron 9/26/2011

com/enable/at/types. It requires a special type of paper that is much thicker and usually more expensive than regular paper.com/enable/at/types. They require translation programs that can convert text into Braille.microsoft.microsoft.com/enable/at/types. and surf the web with just their voice.com/enable/at/types.html#aa .aspx 4. Keyboard Filters – Keyboard Filters are typing aids that include word prediction utilities and add on spell checkers.com/enable/at/types. It is a deriver that is installed that allows the user to get to the letters they need more quickly and more accurately.aspx 5. Braille Embossers –A Braille Embosser is a special type of printer that transfers printed text into tactile Braille cells. Light signaler – Light signaler alerts are tools that are very helpful for the hearing impaired.microsoft. http://dawn. Screen readers . Speech recognition or voice recognition programs – These programs allow people to enter text and give simple commands using their voice instead of using more conventional methods such as a mouse or a keyboard. compose e-mails. Screen enlargers . They enlarge portions of the screen so it is easier to read and see. http://www. The computer uses a light to signal a user of a function or command rather than a sound. This would be beneficial to a child with a disability involving muscle control and motor skills. This would be a great device for a student that’s sight is not bad enough for the Embossers or the screen readers.2  FOR VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS  1.aspx 2. This is another device that would benefit the seeing impaired or those with muscular disabilities.aspx 6. This device seems to be a necessity for completing assignments for a blind student. This is another device that would be very beneficial to the blind. http://www. http://www. and control buttons aloud.Screen enlargers do just what their name implies. An example given by this website was that of a light flashing when a new e-mail has been received. This would be a great tool for a child with a more minor form of sight impairment. This is done with a microphone that is usually attached to the computer. Some enlargers will even allow the person to zoom in our out on specific part of the screen.microsoft.net/cd/4. http://www. http://www.microsoft. This program allows users to create documents.aspx 3.thot. They cut down the number of keystrokes that are needed. or a command has completed. They will also read menus.Screen readers are devices that essentially read text and even graphics aloud to users.

This is another great device for those who are unable to communicate. Text-to-Speech – Text-to-speech synthesizers are a lot like voice recognition software. http://dawn.A mouth stick is a stick that is placed in the mouth. . it takes the information in the form of letters numbers and punctuation being put into the computer and then speaks the information back to the user. http://webaim.net/cd/4. This device will also read text aloud. The difference is the stick or wand is attached to a piece that is placed around the head. It is composed of software and hardware that make information in text easier to access.htm  FOR MOBILITY IMPAIRMENTS  10.com/hearing/index. It is similar to the text to speech synthesizers. Because of this. Head wands . it would be a realistic technology to have and use in a classroom. however. a person can become tired or worn out if excessive key strokes are needed.3  FOR LANGUAGE IMPAIRMENTS  7. This device allows the user to hear what they are typing. Reading tools and learning disabilities programs . A person controls a head wand by moving their head. A person can even type with a single switch. it is a widely used technology. The program uses functions like auto complete to try and figure the desired word being typed.Reading tools and learning disabilities programs are great tools for those who are English learners among others. and a computer program will allow the person to perform a good number of tasks using this switch.html#aa 9.net/cd/4. A person could use a head wand to type or select functions. It has a low cost. It is very cost effective. A switch can be placed by which ever area of the body a person can move.abilityhub. It is used to perform simple tasks like typing. And because of its cost. so this would be a wonderful tool to use in almost any educational setting. Personal Communicators – A personal communicator is a program that can be installed on a lap top or a computer. It is also a great tool for those that can’t speak to communicate through typing.thot. This enables a person that is heard of hearing or deaf to still be a part of the class and sit in on lectures and instruction.org/articles/motor/assistive 11. Mouth Stick .html#aa 8. http://dawn. and is quite simple to operate. This is a great tool for someone that has no use of their hands. but what makes this program different is it takes speech and turns it into sigh language that is displayed on the computer’s screen.Head wands are similar to mouth sticks.thot. Single Switch Access – A single switch access is a device that is necessary for those with extreme motor disabilities.org/articles/motor/assistive 12. http://www. Scanning navigating and reformatting are a few options included. http://webaim.

http://webaim. On-screen keyboards . http://webaim.org/articles/motor/assistive 16. They are keyboards that have many functions that can be specified in accordance with user’s specific needs. It was amazing to watch. The device is controlled by doing just as the name suggests.org/articles/motor/assistive 17. A sip and puff switch can be used for many different things. Eye-Tracking .On-screen keyboards are great devices to use in conjunction with head wands or mouth sticks. Because the image of the keyboard is directly on the computer screen. they are amazing tools for those who have severe motor disabilities. and can allow a person with very limited mobility to continue doing some of the things they enjoy. It is also beneficial to those who suffer from tremors. http://webaim. These keyboards can allow a person to use a fewer amount of keystrokes and still achieve the same results. and those that have no use of their arms. Oversized Trackball Mouse – An oversized trackball mouse is a great device that can be used alongside a head wand or mouth stick. Sip and puff switches are able to use a person’s breathing as a control mechanism. http://webaim. However. Keyboard overlays and special software are also available for those with limited motor ability or muscle control.4 http://webaim. This is the device that I am choosing to do my presentation on. They are very expensive. so they are not a very practical device for a public school setting. A person can control direction of a wheel chair by blowing out to go forward.org/articles/motor/assistive 15. Some have the function of having the areas between the keys raised instead of cut out. as well as the keys they are looking for. Sip and Puff Switch – a sip and puff switch is similar to the single switch. and those movements are very small. and I found a video that features a man that is completely paralyzed. The video shows him communication for the first time since the accident that caused his disability.org/articles/motor/assistive . They are stable and stay in one place. They can also be modified to suit the user’s specific needs. All that he is able to move is his eyes. This device can allow a person who cannot communicate at all to be able to. Adaptive Keyboard – Adaptive Keyboards are great.Eye tracking devices are devices that attach to a computer and actually follow a person’s eye movements to perform computer based tasks.org/articles/motor/assistive 13. or sucking in to go backward. One option that these keyboards provide is highlighting individual or specific that the user can select. http://webaim.org/articles/motor/assistive 14. This is because a trackball mouse can be manipulated with a person’s foot. it will allow those using head wands or mouth sticks to see what they are typing.

Reading Comprehension Programs are programs that are designed specifically for reading skills. and the user can pick from the words instead of typing out full words. Word Prediction Programs . or all three alarm types. Watch Minder . It can be used for children with autism. These programs are great tools for those that have a learning disability in reading.5  FOR LEARNIN IMPAIRMENTS  18. The watch can hold up to 57 different messages and alarms.html  FOR COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENTS  20.the watch minder is a vibrating watch and reminder system. like the sound and graphics. http://www. It provides different methods of alarm as well.net/cd/4. stories. They provide activities.thot. Programs such as these can also increase vocabulary skills because of the word prompting function http://www.com/cognitive/index.htm . games and many other features. Reading Comprehension Programs . They add to learning by adding things like graphics. and need the extra stimulation. or sound off when the set time is reached. vibrate. The program will give a few choices that match the letters typed. These programs also contain a function that will allow users to type a number corresponding to the desired word to select that word. It has the function to light up. This would be a great tool with those with autism. by imputing the schedule for the day. and sound.abilityhub. It can also be set to remind a user to take medicine or things like that.org/adaptive_devices.equalitytechnology. to speed up the learning process for those struggling in the area of reading. and the messages can be changed at any time. two.Word Prediction Programs are programs that allow a user to type in only a few letters and it will try to figure out what word the user is wanting.htm 19. and setting the alarm to vibrate 5 minutes before it is time to change activities. http://dawn. You can mix and match the alarm types as well choosing one. This device is very cost effective as well. It is a watch with a large face that a user can store specific messages and set a corresponding alarm with the messages.

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