Safe Laser System – InvoTek

The Safe-laser System has been designed to provide a continuum of access options, from very simple "low tech" to complete computer access via a wireless keyboard. For example, one can start out just pointing the eye-safe laser* at a letter board or images and let a communication partner interpret what the point means. Then, the user could progress to activating a “call button” that lets someone know that he or she has something to say – but the user can still laser points towards letters while others interpret the meaning of the point. Then, using dwell or a secondary switch, the user can write out messages to the display, access recorded speech, or control a computer, tablet, or phone. You can also control the TV. Finally, connect the Safe Laser System to an inexpensive Android tablet and use our LaserChat Pro app to achieve text-to-speech output without or with word prediction. It is all possible with the Safe-laser System – simple light pointing, spelling, Bluetooth or USB computer access, speech output, and environmental control. And it is easy to do! The Safe-laser System isn’t for everybody, but it is simple!
Source: Safe Laser System - InvoTek
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The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace – CBS News

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Twenty-seven-year-old Christopher Pauley thought he had it all figured out when it came to looking for a job. He had a detailed spreadsheet of each and every position he applied for -- at least 600. But despite his degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University, he went two years with barely a nibble. Did he get discouraged? "Oh my gosh, my morale really started to drop
Christopher and a CoWorker at Microsoft

Christopher and a CoWorker at Microsoft

towards the end," he said. "In fact, there were days where I would either hardly fill out any applications at all, or just simply not apply on anything." He knew he had the smarts for most jobs; he was a former Spelling Bee Champ, after all. But Pauley struggles with social and communications skills because he's also autistic. While precise numbers are hard to come by, by some estimates at least 80% of adults with autism are unemployed, even though their IQs are often well above average. Sometimes their job skills can present themselves in unique ways. For Christopher, it's video games. His ability to recognize patterns and his acute attention to detail -- both hallmarks of autism -- make his playing the video game Rock Band look pretty easy.
Source: The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace - CBS News
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iDentifi- Object Recognition for Visually Impaired on the App Store


iDentifi app interface

iDentifi is an app that empowers visually impaired individuals to gain more independence in daily tasks like grocery shopping, self-navigating in indoor environments, and reading. It uses artificial intelligence to enable a visually impaired user to click a photo of virtually any object or piece of text, and then speaks aloud a description of the object in an image or dictate any text in the image to the user. Furthermore, all of the app's functionality works in more than 25 languages. Finally, the app features an interface designed with visually impaired users in mind, while also giving users the option to choose from three different modes of object/text recognition as well as how fast they want the app to speak.
Source: iDentifi- Object Recognition for Visually Impaired on the App Store
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Safco Office Furniture for your Office | Safco Furniture 2go
Student Standing Desk with Swinging Footrest

Student Standing Desk with Swinging Footrest

AlphaBetter height adjustable, stand up desk gives students the option to stand up or sit. Features include:
  • *Adjustable desk height for Grades 3 - 12
  • *Bookshelf for additional storage
  • Pencil groove on 3 sides
  • Free swinging patent-pending Pendulum footrest (5/8" tubular steel) naturally corrects body posture while providing stress relief for the lower back
  • Gray phenolic top
  • Welded 1" square powder coated 18 gauge steel construction
  • Nylon leveler feet
  • Work Surface measures 28"W x 20"D.
  • Adjusts in height from 26" - 42" in 1-1/4" increments
Source: Safco Office Furniture for your Office | Safco Furniture 2go
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Giraff Robot | Giraff Telepresence | Giraff Videos
The Giraff telepresence robot helps elderly people remain in their homes for longer, and allows them to stay connected to their friends and family in the most personal way possible without actually being there. The image of the remote user is displayed on the screen and the robot can be driven around to view anything in its vicinity, almost as if you were there in person. The Giraff robot can be combined with the Giraff Plus solution, which is currently being supported by the EU (European Union). Giraff Plus combines the Giraff's telepresence capabilities with sensors which are placed around the home which collect both environmental and physiological data.
Source: Giraff Robot | Giraff Telepresence | Giraff Videos
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Snapchat and Low Vision | Paths to Technology | Perkins eLearning
Recently, I was talking to one of my friends who asked me how people with low vision can access social media applications. With so many visual apps out there, it’s easy for people with vision impairments to feel left out of the loop or think that they can’t access social media like their sighted friends. Fortunately, more and more companies are thinking about accessibility and finding ways to reach users who use assistive technology. Snapchat is one of these apps.

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a popular messaging and social media platform that is based on pictures. Users can take photos and videos and send them as disappearing messages, or add them to a story where they are displayed for friends to see for 24 hours. It’s commonly used amongst teenagers and young adults. The app requires users be 13 years old or older and to create a free account which is connected to either an email or phone number.
Source: Snapchat and Low Vision | Paths to Technology | Perkins eLearning
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Audio Tutorials  for NVDA
TUTORIALS by Joseph Lee NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard. NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”. Below you’ll find links to tutorials either produced by me or by others, ranging in topic from NVDA to Windows 10 and beyond.
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NVDA is a free, open-source, community-driven screen reader that has been taking the blindness community by storm. Welcome to NVDA 2018 by Joseph Lee Note: this tutorial set is under production. This tutorial series is designed for new and current NVDA users and goes through everything from installation, configuration, usage to add-ons. NVDA 2018 series (based on NVDA 2017.4 and 2018.1):
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Student Design Competition | Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America

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Student Design Competition

The RESNA 2018 Student Design Competition is open

DEADLINE for Student Design Competition is Friday, April 13, 2018 at 11:59PM ET   Share this with student "makers" who have RE and AT ideas The RESNA Student Design Competition (SDC) is an annual competition that showcases creative and innovative assistive technology designs that help people with disabilities function more independently. Student teams represent a wide variety of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering; computer information science; architecture; and physical and occupational therapy. Entries are judged on originality, quality of design, and usefulness to persons with disabilities. SDC winners have frequently moved on to become leaders in the field of assistive technology.  Only undergraduate and masters level graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible to apply. Student Design Competition Guidelines (pdf) Student Design Competition Submission Instructions (pdf) Student Design Competition Submission Form (pdf) Also, the RERC on AAC is holding a compeition
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. Their prize allows for a finalist berth in RESNA's Student Design CompetitionOnce completed, please submit the material to the RESNA 2018 Conference Submission Portal
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  • Semi-finalist teams win a trip for two members to travel to the RESNA Annual Conference and a free one-year membership to RESNA.
  • Students showcase their designs to an international audience at the conference, gaining access to contacts and connections to start a career in assistive technology.
  • Cash prizes and more awarded to top designs.
  • All entries are posted and promoted on a competition website and through social media.


  • First place: $1,000
  • Second place: $700
  • Third Place: $300


  • $500 and product development consultation

Sponsored by
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ARM University
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National Science Foundation
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To visit the Student Design Competition's website archive and Read about our past winners, visit...
For questions about the Student Design Competition, contact the 2018 RESNA Conference Committee’s Student Design Committee Chair
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For additional 2018 RESNA Conference questions, contact
Source: Student Design Competition | Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America
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Perkin’s E-Learning – Choosing the Appropriate Video Magnifier | OT’s with Apps & Technology

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Video magnifiersImage from Perkin’s e-Learning
In the school system, selection of video magnifiers are typically reserved to the Teachers of the Visually Impaired. Their expertise on the needs of the student,  core curriculum and expanded core curriculum tasks make them best suited to select the AT that support students. In the community, employment and post secondary education, assistive technology specialists and occupational therapists might be involved in selection of technology to support individuals with visual impairment. Staying abreast of assistive technology can be a challenge with all the options
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available. One, of many online resources, is Perkin’s School for the Blind e-Learning, offering courses and blog posts of current assistive technology options for students with low vision and blindness. The January Paths to Technology Blog shares helpful information in their post ” Choosing the Appropriate Video Magnifier“. Their blog post discusses different types of video magnifiers categorized by features and tasks. Also included in the blog post, is a list of Common Video Magnifier Model which synthesizes basic features and the purpose of each device to assist with identifying appropriate devices. As an ATP and recent CATIS, I find such feature match lists invaluable, offering assistance with winnowing down choices when making decisions between AT devices.
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