White House Announces Audio Descriptions for Public Tours

Great move. However, I wonder if it would be better if the tours were made available online for individual's to use on their own devices. Many visually impaired users are using smart devices (especially the iPhone with its built-in screen reader). This would also make it great for self guided tour for people with out …

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P.A.C.E. Event at Sparks Middle School

The Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center will be attending the Partnering for Awareness and Community Education (P.A.C.E.) Event on Wednesday, December 19th at Sparks Middle School. The event will take place in the school gymnasium from 5:00-7:00pm. The NATRC will be demonstrating a variety of assistive technology devices and equipment. For more information: P.A.C.E. Event. …

Skill Building Apps

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The NATRC has recently added three new iPad apps from BinaryLabs, Inc. that help children and adults with fine motor skills, letter reversing, and spatial reasoning. 1. Dexteria - Fine Motor Skill Development Dexteria is a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) that improve fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s …

Guided Access: The Basics

With Apple's recent update to iOS 6, Guided Access is one of the new features for accessibility and learning on iDevices. iOS 6 comes with even more features to make it easier for people with vision, hearing, learning, and mobility disabilities to get the most from their iOS devices. Guided Access helps students with disabilities …

The impact of assistive technology on young children with disabilities

Assistive technology can be a great resource for young children with disabilities who are developing language and literacy skills. The Center for Early Literacy Learning recently published this study to demonstrate just how beneficial assistive technology can be:. The effectiveness of different types of assistive technology for promoting the early communication and literacy abilities of …

7th Annual Buddy Walk

The Nevada Assistive Technology Resource Center will be at the 7th Annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, September 22 at Reno High School. The Buddy Walk is hosted by the Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada. Come join us to check out some of our latest assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication devices!  

iAlertTag—keeping tags on modern iOS AAC devices and AT

While iOS devices are relatively inexpensive compared with older AAC devices and pocket devices; they still represent a substantial investment as well as being very important for the user. One solution for the misplaced device is the iAlertTag. It is one of the new Bluetooth 4 accessories that will change the way we communicate with …

Two authentic American children’s voices!

Big news! AssistiveWare has made real American children's voices with the Acapela Group following up their recent addition of real British children's voices. Never before were children able to speak with a voice that resembles their own. Additionally the new children’s voices also introduce many new expressions and phrases, enabling the child to reflect their …

Real British voices available in Proloquo2Go 2.0

With the release of Proloquo2Go 2.0, AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have added two real British children's voices. As approximately 60% of Proloquo2Go’s users are children, we felt the need to create authentic children’s voices. Up until now, children with communication difficulties could only speak with an adult voice or artificially emulated children’s voices that sounded …

Networked lightbulb

Aside from bad jokes about "how many networks does it take to change a light tbulb?", the implications of networking and comodifying devices, like lightblulbs has important implications for accessibility and Assistive technology. World's first networked dimmable light bulb Energy-saving, 8W LED bulb shines as brightly as a 60W incandescent bulb Software configurable: link to …