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  • EmpowerTech
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    Original URL path: http://www.empowertech.org/index.php?option=com_mailto&tmpl=component&link=aHR0cDovL2VtcG93ZXJ0ZWNoLm9yZy9pbmRleC5waHA/b3B0aW9uPWNvbV9jb250ZW50JnZpZXc9YXJ0aWNsZSZpZD02NjpzdXNhbi1ibGluZGxvdy12aXNpb24mY2F0aWQ9NDI6c3VjY2Vzcy1zdG9yaWVzJkl0ZW1pZD03Ng== (2016-01-08)
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  • EmpowerTech Success Stories
    Our Programs Open Access Assistive Exploration Assistive Assessment School Programs Low Vision Blind Services T R A D E Older Adults Program Success Stories Contact Us EmpowerTech Success Stories Julia low vision Julia is a very energetic totally blind adult who came to EmpowerTech s Low Vision Program motivated to learn advanced computer skills Her goal was to do customer service and sales work in her home office Julia was already a good typist when she began the program but wanted to learn the JAWS screen reading software that would allow her to use the computer more successfully Julia completed the program and now has a computer at home complete with all of the software needed to scan and read documents navigate the computer screen and use the Internet She is now able to manage files on the PC and use Microsoft Word to create and edit documents Joey pre school program Joey is an active preschooler who has difficulty focusing on most classroom activities When Joey uses the classroom computer he is completely different With great concentration he is able to play a game involving letters and sounds He expresses himself using a drawing program creating designs of intricately

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  • EmpowerTech Success Stories
    T R A D E Older Adults Program Success Stories Contact Us EmpowerTech Success Stories Tracy low vision Tracy came to EmpowerTech looking for help in using a computer to write her family s stories because her failing eyesight had limited her ability to write After visiting EmpowerTech Tracy learned to use screen enlargement software She can now for the first time see her words on the computer screen because the text is enlarged and easier to read Tracy uses the program s voice feedback feature when her eyes become too tired Tracy is now able to write her family s history and keep their legacy alive Nora TRADE classes Nora is a 22 year old young woman born with cerebral palsy She faces challenges when reading and has limited use of her left hand Nora came to EmpowerTech with a great desire to get computer training so that she could be employed as an office assistant By attending the TRADE classes Nora developed skill in working with Microsoft Word Excel and PowerPoint She developed one handed typing skills to compensate for her motor challenges and became adept at performing computer operations When Nora got her initial position as an

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  • Contact Us
    204 Los Angeles CA 90045 MapQuest Directions Voice 310 338 1597 FAX 310 338 9318 General Email This e mail address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Or fill out our Web Contact Form

    Original URL path: http://www.empowertech.org/index.php?view=article&catid=47%3Acontact-us&id=68%3Acontact-us&tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=&option=com_content&Itemid=107 (2016-01-08)
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  • Keyboards & Mice (input devices)
    Vision Tools Online Games Links and Resources Keyboards Mice input devices Keyboards The Qwerty keyboard layout was designed in the era of mechanical typewriters Although it is the most common keyboard layout it was not designed for ease of use The Dvorak keyboard layout is arranged so that the most commonly used letters are easiest to reach The ABC keyboard displays the keys alphabetically One handed keyboards allow all letters to be accessed with one hand Reduced size keyboards are designed for computer users with smaller hands and those requiring smaller finger movements An on screen or virtual keyboard displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen Pointing Devices The computer mouse is the standard pointing device The joystick enables the mouse arrow on the computer screen to be moved by means of a stationary handheld stick A trackball facilitates mouse arrow movement by means of the rotation of a stationary ball A touch screen is a transparent screen placed over the computer monitor Items can be selected and the mouse arrow moved by the touch of a finger on the screen A touch pad or track pad produces movement of the mouse arrow as a finger is run across a small flat pad Head controlled and eye controlled devices use sensors to track a user s head or eye movements The onscreen cursor moves accordingly Voice recognition software converts one s speech to text Switches are devices that enable the user to direct computer operations by means of a single action such as a tap of a finger or a toe Sip puff switches are activated by sipping and puffing on a device called a straw or a wand Wireless switches can be accessed remotely A Switch interface device connects a switch to a computer and enables it to

    Original URL path: http://www.empowertech.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=68 (2016-01-08)
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  • Learning & Literacy Tools
    Stories News Events Calendar of Events Media Kit You are here Home Our Technology Literacy Tools Learning Literacy Tools Our Technology Input Devices Literacy Tools Communication Tools Vision Tools Online Games Links and Resources Learning Literacy Tools This is an introduction to literacy tools Reading Tools Text to speech software creates a spoken sound version of the text in a computer document Optical character recognition OCR software converts an image of text such as a scanned paper document or electronic fax file into computer editable text Scanning Reading software programs when used with a scanner enable the use of OCR and the conversion of text to speech They often include a bundle of helpful features such as visual display options speaking dictionaries speaking word prediction and tools to facilitate note taking and outlining Text in an electronic format eText is text based information that is available in a digitally encoded format that can be read visually and by electronic means Personal Digital Assistants PDAs MP3 Players and eBooks are examples of devices used to read digitized text The Reading pen is a small portable device that enables one to scan printed text and hear it spoken Writing Tools Text to speech word processors create a spoken sound version of the text that is created in a computer document A word prediction program consists of a menu of words in a dialog box on the computer screen The list of word predictions is refined as each subsequent letter is typed Abbreviation expansion enables certain combinations of letters to expand when typed converting into longer words Organizational tools Graphic organizing software uses formats such as diagrams outlines and mind maps to assist users in performing writing activities Note taking and scheduling can be facilitated through the use of electronic devices such as

    Original URL path: http://www.empowertech.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=69 (2016-01-08)
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  • Keyboards & Mice (input devices)
    Vision Tools Online Games Links and Resources Keyboards Mice input devices Keyboards The Qwerty keyboard layout was designed in the era of mechanical typewriters Although it is the most common keyboard layout it was not designed for ease of use The Dvorak keyboard layout is arranged so that the most commonly used letters are easiest to reach The ABC keyboard displays the keys alphabetically One handed keyboards allow all letters to be accessed with one hand Reduced size keyboards are designed for computer users with smaller hands and those requiring smaller finger movements An on screen or virtual keyboard displays a virtual keyboard on the computer screen Pointing Devices The computer mouse is the standard pointing device The joystick enables the mouse arrow on the computer screen to be moved by means of a stationary handheld stick A trackball facilitates mouse arrow movement by means of the rotation of a stationary ball A touch screen is a transparent screen placed over the computer monitor Items can be selected and the mouse arrow moved by the touch of a finger on the screen A touch pad or track pad produces movement of the mouse arrow as a finger is run across a small flat pad Head controlled and eye controlled devices use sensors to track a user s head or eye movements The onscreen cursor moves accordingly Voice recognition software converts one s speech to text Switches are devices that enable the user to direct computer operations by means of a single action such as a tap of a finger or a toe Sip puff switches are activated by sipping and puffing on a device called a straw or a wand Wireless switches can be accessed remotely A Switch interface device connects a switch to a computer and enables it to

    Original URL path: http://www.empowertech.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50:keyboards-a-mice-input-devices&catid=37:input-devices&Itemid=68 (2016-01-08)
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