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  • Keyboards & Mice (input devices)
    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

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  • EmpowerTech
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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:learning-a-literacy-tools&catid=38:literacy-tools&Itemid=69 (2016-01-08)
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  • Learning & Literacy Tools
    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

    Original URL path: http://www.empowertech.org/index.php?view=article&catid=38%3Aliteracy-tools&id=51%3Alearning-a-literacy-tools&tmpl=component&print=1&layout=default&page=&option=com_content&Itemid=69 (2016-01-08)
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  • EmpowerTech
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    Original URL path: http://www.empowertech.org/index.php?option=com_mailto&tmpl=component&link=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5lbXBvd2VydGVjaC5vcmcvaW5kZXgucGhwP29wdGlvbj1jb21fY29udGVudCZ2aWV3PWFydGljbGUmaWQ9NTE6bGVhcm5pbmctYS1saXRlcmFjeS10b29scyZjYXRpZD0zODpsaXRlcmFjeS10b29scyZJdGVtaWQ9Njk= (2016-01-08)
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  • Communication Tools
    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 Directions Contact Form Our Technology Input Devices Literacy Tools Communication Tools Vision Tools Online Games Links and Resources How You Can Help Planned Giving Volunteer Needs Success Stories News Events Calendar of Events Media Kit You are here Home Our Technology Communication Tools Communication Tools Our Technology Input Devices Literacy Tools Communication Tools Vision Tools Online Games Links and Resources Communication Tools Augmentative and Alternative Communication AAC System An AAC system is one that increases or improves the communication abilities of individuals with receptive or expressive communication impairments The system can include sign language graphical symbol systems synthesized speech dedicated communication devices and computer applications AAC technology spans a wide range of products from low tech picture boards to high tech speech recognition programs Success Stories Susan blind low vision I think for most of us that are reading this message there are things that we take for granted every day things opening mail and reading it and paying bills with checks or through our on line banking accounts For most of the students

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  • Communication Tools
    one that increases or improves the communication abilities of individuals with receptive or expressive communication impairments The system can include sign language graphical symbol systems synthesized speech dedicated communication devices and computer applications AAC technology spans a wide range of

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