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Learning Objects

ArtikPix

ArtikPix is an engaging articulation app with flashcard and matching activities for children with speech sound delays. Since the app includes child friendly language, you don’t have to be a speech-language pathologist to facilitate practice. Children use ArtikPix to practice sounds independently, with a speech-language pathologist or their parents.

 

Download it at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artikpix/id383022107?mt=8&affId=1822652

winPenPack: Portable Software Collection

winPenPack is a project that aims at collecting the most frequently used and most popular open source applications made portable, so that they can be executed without installation, from any USB Flash Drive or Hard Disk. The winPenPack suites offer a wide range of portable applications like office tools, internet tools, multimedia tools, development tools, security applications and other frequently used utilities. Everything you need, completely free, open source and portable!

It can be found at: http://sourceforge.net/projects/winpenpack/ .

BrailleBack

BrailleBack logo

BrailleBack logo

BrailleBack is an app for the Android Accessibility Service that helps blind users make use of braille devices. It works together with the TalkBack app to give a combined braille and speech experience.
This app lets you connect a supported refreshable braille display to your device via Bluetooth. Screen content will be presented on the braille display and you can navigate and interact with your device using the keys on the display. It is possible to input text using the braille keyboard.
Devices supported in this version:

  • APH Refreshabraille
  • Esys EuroBraille
  • Freedom Scientific Focus Blue
  • Harpo Braillepen 12
  • HIMS (BrailleSense, Braille EDGE)
  • Humanware Brailliant (1st generation and BI)
  • Papenmeier Braillex Trio
  • Baum VarioConnect

This app is only active when Accessibility is enabled.

Steps to activate this app:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Accessibility
  • Select BrailleBack, and enable the checkbox
  • Go back to Settings
  • Select Bluetooth
  • If your bluetooth braille display is not listed, make sure the display is in pairing mode and select Search For Devices
  • Select the name of your braille display to make sure that it is paired

For further instructions, press the space bar and dots 1, 2 and 3 on the display at the same time or choose Key Bindings in the BrailleBack settings.

Download it at Google Play.

Pointing Magnifier

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Pointing Magnifier

Pointing Magnifier

The Pointing Magnifier is a mouse-activated magnifying glass that enlarges a circular area on the computer monitor. The user first moves a virtual lens with the mouse over the area they wish to enlarge. They then put the cursor within the circle and click any mouse button. Everything inside the circle is magnified; the cursor is pinned in place. Any mouse action a user then takes within the magnified circle returns the Pointing Magnifier to its original size. The magnifier works with Windows XP and Vista.

Current Version 1.6.2

Executable: get your homework done (The Pointing Magnifier requires the Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework. Download it here.)

URL: http://depts.washington.edu/aimgroup/proj/ptgmag/

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Angle Mouse

The Angle Mouse improves the efficiency and ease of Windows mouse pointing for people with impaired motor skills. The application runs in the background. The Angle Mouse is “target-agnostic:” It continually adjusts the control-display (C-D) gain based on mouse movement. When the mouse moves straight, it moves quickly. But when the mouse corrects abruptly, often near targets, it slows down, making targets easier to reach. The Angle Mouse works on Windows XP and Vista machines.

Current Version 2.0.3

Windows executable: AngleMouseExe.zip  (The Angle Mouse requires the Microsoft .NET 2.0 Framework. Download it here.)

URL: http://depts.washington.edu/aimgroup/proj/angle/

DOTCOM: the Disability Online Tool of the Commission

DOTCOM is constructed from a large database of information about national laws, policies, strategies and initiatives in the Member States of the European Union, its Candidate countries and other associated countries. For each of the 34 countries, and for the EU, it includes summary information on 43 selected policy instruments, organised in eight themes (more than 1,500 records). Each record includes descriptive text and web links to policy documents or sources of further information at the national level. The selection of key instruments has been elaborated from the priorities established in the Commission Staff Working Paper accompanying the European Disability Strategy (annex 2), in discussion with EU Commission staff and the EU High Level Group on Disability. The data is compiled by ANED’s independent country experts, under the guidance of the network’s Scientific Director, and updated periodically. The Commission provides Member States’ with opportunity to validate the national level data although the published content does not necessarily reflect their official views or those of the EU institutions.

URL: http://www.disability-europe.net/dotcom

Insafe

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Insafe is a European network constituted by 30 national Safer Internet Centres in EU member states and in Iceland, Norway and Russia. Every national Centre implements awareness and educational campaigns, runs a helpline, and works closely with youth to ensure an evidence-based, multi-stakeholder approach to creating a better internet. Insafe is about promoting safe, responsible use of the Internet and mobile devices to young people.

Under the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme, Insafe and INHOPE work together to deliver a safer and better internet. The two networks promote safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to children, young people and families as well as working to identify and remove illegal content online, across Europe and beyond.

Through a network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), typically comprising an awareness centre, helpline, hotline and youth panel, children and young people, and their parents, carers and teachers, can access information, advice, support and resources, or indeed report any illegal content they encounter online.

It targets:

  • children and young people,
  • parents, carers and seniors,
  • teachers and educators,
  • social care and health service workers,
  • third sector and community organisations,
  • industry.

URL: http://www.saferinternet.org/

Care for Me – an App for Carers

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Care for me – screenshot

Care for Me is an App for iPad and iPhone that can make an enormous difference in the lives of special needs children and adults, their family, carers and their teachers. The App enables recording and storing of all care requirements in video, photo or text format in one central location for quick access to visualise the cares required.

Care for Me enables all needs to be recorded within specific care categories (physical and social) to provide clear and easily accessible instructions. A calendar facilitates a timed day-to-day care plan and changes can be made quickly and easily.

Care for Me is available for download on iTunes at $8.49.

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

BBC – My Web My Way

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/guides/

A huge list of accessibility guides from the BBC broken down into the following subject areas:

I can’t see very well
I am blind
I can’t hear very well
I find words difficult
I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use

Actual guides include the following include:

How to guides: Browse all guides

Change text and background colours

How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to make things easier to see.

Change your fonts

How to change the font settings in your operating system or web browser to make text easier to read.

Check your spelling and grammar

How to operate spell-checking software in commonly used programmes.

Content available in British Sign Language (BSL)

How to access signed content on BBC iPlayer and find it elsewhere on the web.

Content available with subtitles

Information about subtitles for online video, and how to turn on subtitles when viewing programmes on BBC iPlayer.

Magnify your screen

How to turn on your computer’s magnification features.

Make the mouse pointer easier to see

How to change the colour and size of the mouse pointer, or add trails to make it more visible.

Make your computer speak text aloud

How to turn on and customise your computer’s text-to-speech features.

Make your keyboard easier to use

How to change the settings so that the keyboard is more accessible or can be used on-screen.

Make your mouse easier to use

How to change the settings to slow your mouse down, make the mouse left-handed and enlarge the mouse pointer.

Make your text larger

How to change the settings in your operating system or web browser to increase the text size, making it easier to see.

Overview: Alternatives to keyboard and mouse

An overview of ways to interact with your computer using different input devices such as switches and joysticks.

Overview: Dictionary and thesaurus software

How you can use dictionary and thesaurus software to help you spell better.

Overview: Screenreaders and talking browsers

An overview of third-party screenreaders and talking browsers.

Overview: See the letters on your keyboard better

Products that make the letters on your keyboard more visible.

Overview: Smart word prediction

An overview of software that helps you type less.

Overview: Symbol browsers

An overview of software that helps people with learning disabilities use the web.

Use voice recognition

How to set up and customise the speech-recognition feature on your operating system.

Use your keyboard to control the mouse

How to set up your computer so that you can use the numeric keypad in place of a mouse.

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Factsheets and useful links

Factsheets – I can’t hear very well

Further information on hearing impairment and computing.

Factsheets – I am blind

Further information on vision impairment and computing.

Factsheets – I find words difficult

Further information on dyslexia and computing, learning difficulties and computing, and voice recognition software.

Factsheets – I find a keyboard or mouse hard to use

Further information on keyboard and mouse alternatives, repetitive strain injury, communication aids and voice recognition software.

Factsheets – I can’t see very well

Further information on vision impairment and computing.

Useful links

Resources available on the internet that give more information related to accessibility, disability and technology.

 

 

The ACE Centre – software downloads

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The ACE Centre are experts in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT). There is free software available on their site to assist with numeracy, communication, switch access to windows, and visual and perceptual difficulties. Visit: . Details of the downloads follow below:

Splash!

This is the latest software developed as a co-operative venture between The ACE Centre and Splash City.  It combines and expands many of the ideas embeded in AccessMAths and Number Navigator.

For more details on Splash please visit splash-city.com

Talk Together

Talk Together is a unique new way for a child and their communication partner to work together. This innovative vocabulary package encourages your involvement in modelling and supporting a developing vocabulary.

More about Talk Together

Large Pointers 1.0

Over 80 additional pointers and cursors for those with visual or perceptual difficulties.

More about Large Pointers 1.0

SAW

Control virtually any Windows software with one or two switches, trackerball and headpointer using the free SAW (Switch Access to Windows) utility.

More about SAW

BBC CBeebies – Switch and Special Needs games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games/theme/switch/page/1

A set of games aimed specifically at children with SEN, some of which are switch compatible.

These include:

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Baby Signs
  • Blockabilla
  • Chit Chat Chest Switch Version
  • Movie Time Adventure
  • Mr Tumble in the Jungle
  • Mr Tumble’s Star Game
  • On the Road with Katy
  • Painting Game
  • Peek-a-boo Game Switch Version
  • Photo Match Game
  • Sesame Tree – Leaf Litter
  • Something Special Out and About
  • Something Special Tumble Tapp Snap
  • Something Special Tumble Tapp Snap
  • Space Pirate games
  • Star-tastic Captain Jake
  • Transport Snap
  • What’s That Noise?

Priory Woods School – Free Learning Games

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A set of free games created to support the general curriculum for children with learning difficulties.

http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page_viewer.asp?page=Free+Program+Resources&pid=161

These programs were designed by Ian Bean to support many areas of the curriculum. They can be used with a range of assistive input devices including switches (emulating the spacebar or left mouse button); touch-screens and pointing devices. Our counting songs also accept input from keyboards including Intellikeys and Concept. All work brilliantly on an interactive whiteboard such as those produced by Smart, Prometheanor Plasma Screens.

Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum

http://www.microsoft.com/About/CorporateCitizenship/Citizenship/giving/programs/UP/digitalliteracy/eng/default.mspx

The goal of Microsoft Digital Literacy is to teach and assess basic computer concepts and skills so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. Whether you are entirely new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. From using the Internet to sending e-mail or creating a résumé, the Digital Literacy Curriculum helps you develop the essential skills you need to begin computing with confidence.

Getting Started

Access the Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Register and access the curriculum

GCF Learn Free (Goodwill Community Foundation International)

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http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computers

Free courses available include:

Computer Basics
Internet Basics
Email Basics
Social Media
Mouse Tutorial
Google
Google Drive and Docs
Apple
iPad Basics
Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Microsoft
Windows 8
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Access
Tech Savvy Tips and Tricks
Information Savvy

Free-Ed.net (The Free Education Network)

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A website with a list of courses on many different subjects. One of the subheadings is ‘College of Computer Science and Information Technology’.

http://www.free-ed.net/free-ed/

Benefits include:

  • No cost
  • No sign-ups necessary
  • Self-paced
  • Choose where you begin and when you end
  • Set your own standards of achievement
  • Explore college majors
  • Transform virtual-world experiences into real-world career assets
  • Build your career portfolio