Latest Assistive Technology: Top 5 products in June 2016

Scanning Pens

It can sometimes be difficult to keep up to date with the latest assistive technology products for disabled people. This is why we have created a handy update on the dyslexic.com blog at the beginning of each month to give you the latest news. In this month’s update, I look at the top 5 latest assistive technology products you should look out for in June 2016.

 

Top 5 latest assistive technology products

Many of you have been enquiring about the Exam Reader scanning pen in the past month – we’re not surprised as it really is a great tool for dyslexic students. Like the C-Pen Reader scanning pens, the Exam Reader allows the student to scan over printed text from the exam paper and hear the text read aloud. It features a natural sounding text-to-speech voice and uses impressive optical character recognition (OCR) technology to read aloud printed text.

The latest assistive technology C-Pen scanning pen being used on an exam paper

The digital highlighter has been approved by The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) for use in exams. It comes complete with a headphone jack so other students are not disturbed during the exam. You can find out more about using assistive technology in exams by following this link to the Joint Council for Qualifications Examination Instructions.

Brain in Hand is a cloud-based solution and app which supports autistic children and adults to cope with day-to-day situations. The assistive technology app works on a subscription basis (please contact us for more information and pricing) and provides personalised support for people with autism. The key features include instant access to coping strategies, a diary to help structure time and plans to remember difficult tasks.

Brain in Hand also has a traffic light monitoring system which tracks anxiety levels. If an autistic person taps the red traffic light they will be able to request support from The National Autistic Society. This helps reduce stress and helps to increase confidence in everyday situations.

The Livescribe pens have always been a great tool for dyslexic students. The latest addition to the range is the Livescribe 3 Smartpen which is compatible with iOS and Android mobile devices. The pen works in conjunction with the Livescribe+ app and instantly syncs everything you write on paper directly to your mobile device via Bluetooth. Using the app, your notes become more useful and can be organised, tagged, searched and converted to text. From there you can do almost anything with your notes, for example, simply tap on the text and you can copy this into an email or message.

Typing tutors helps dyslexic children and adults to type quickly and accurately. Nessy Fingers Touch Typing incorporates 9 fun games to practice typing skills. It is the only typing tutor software which introduces keys alphabetically. In five short lessons, you will learn the alphabet.  Each game uses the National Curriculum word lists to practice with and allows the user to win trophies as a reward for accurate typing.

A dyslexic user typing with the latest assistive technology on their computer

Changing paper colour or using reading overlays for dyslexia can be a great reading aid. Irlen® Overlays are backed by over 30 years of research and are 9” x 12” coloured acetate overlays. The overlays are placed over printed materials to help reading and each sheet has a glare and non-glare side for increasing comfort.

The overlays are available in 10 colours and each colour has been carefully determined by Irlen® research. On dyslexic.com, we sell 10 Irlen® Coloured Overlays at a sale price of just £19.99 (RRP: £29.99) which allows you to try out all colours and see which colour makes reading more comfortable for you.

 

Please comment below to let us know what latest assistive technology you are excited about this month.

​Dyslexia Awareness Week: Note-taking Support

There is a wide range of note-taking support available for those with dyslexia. The assistive technology can help eliminate the difficulties that are associated with writing whilst listening. It can also support with organising and editing notes that have been made.

What assistive technology is available?

There is a range of note-taking support software and hardware to help with dyslexia, all of which are available to purchase on Dyslexic.com.

Livescribe Smartpens digitally save handwritten notes on special, dotted paper, allowing the individual to make as many or as little notes, diagrams or symbols as they choose. The pen records high-quality audio and links this to the notes that have been made. This information can be digitally uploaded to a computer, where handwritten notes can be converted into digital text. You can also search your handwritten notes for particular keywords. There are different versions of Livescribe Smartpens. To find out more please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1VH1fxY

Olympus Digital Voice Recorders are used to record the sound that is going on around you – whether that be a lecture, meeting or conversations. The latest model of voice recorder from Olympus is the DM-7, which takes recording to a whole new level. It has Wi-Fi smartphone compatibility which allows the user to link their voice recorder to their Android or iOS device and carry out remote control recordings via Wi-Fi. The Olympus voice recorders come with the Olympus Sonority software which has several editing functions, allowing you to manage your audio files. To find out more please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1N1OwDW

Sonocent Audio Notetaker offers a visual and interactive form of note-taking. Audio recordings are transformed from a single stream of information to easy to interpret coloured bars. It is an ideal piece of assistive technology software to help those who struggle with note-taking. The software allows the user to import their audio from their computer or a portable device such as a digital voice recorder. Alternatively, the user can record audio straight into the software using a headset, microphone or the computer’s microphone. Each phrase in the recording is split into manageable sections. The user can easily manage their recording by highlighting sections that perhaps they didn’t understand or think is important into different colours. These colours can be amended and titled to mean different things for the user. They can also delete, move and edit sections. PowerPoint slides, images, and more, can be added into the file and is instantly matched up to the relevant part of audio recording. The software is available as a digital download for Mac and Windows. To find out more about Sonocent Audio Notetaker please follow this link >> http://ian.lt/1FURDhx