Accessible editions of ‘Cursed Child’ published for dyslexic and blind readers

Harry Potter Dyslexia Edition

We’re really excited to let you know that the RNIB have added ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two’ to the RNIB Library in both Braille and Giant Print. It’s a great milestone for people with sight loss as it will allow them to read the latest Harry Potter story at that same time as everyone else. RNIB have also announced that they will be releasing a Talking Book version very soon. You can find out more about the accessible editions of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two’ by following this link to the RNIB website.

Accessible edition of Cursed Child for dyslexia and sight loss

Another publisher has also announced that they will be publishing a dyslexia-friendly edition of the book in September. This will be published using specialist fonts and paper based on research from the British Dyslexia Association and University of South Wales.

To find out more about ordering your accessible copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two’, please follow this link to read the full story on The Bookseller.

Jelly Bean Twist Switch

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Switches offer an alternative way of controlling a computer. The Jelly Bean Twist offers a 65mm activation surface with tactile and auditory feedback and interchangeable red, yellow, green and blue switch tops. The Jelly Bean Twist offers the original Jelly Bean’s 6.35 cm (2.5-inch) activation surface with tactile and auditory feedback, but with a twist. Your style can change, so should your switch. Now, you can change the colour of your switch top based on visibility, mood, style, or even social setting. It’s all up to your own style, tastes, or specific vision.

The Jelly Bean Twist switches come with switch tops included.

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Who uses switches?

People who find it difficult to access the keyboard and the mouse can use a single switch or a combination of switches instead. Switches can help people with a variety of different physical disabilities, from mild conditions like RSI to complete paralysis. They are also suitable for people with severe learning difficulties as they are a simple, understandable method of accessing a computer.

All AbleNet switches are designed to provide tactile and audible feedback to the user, activate no matter where they are pressed, they are also equipped with a 2m cord using 3.5mm monoplug which is all supplied with a life time warranty.  The diameter for each switch is 6.35cm and the pressure needed to activate the switch is 56.7g making it easy for a child or adult to use.

Follow this link to find out more about the Jelly Bean Twist Switch.

 

Monster 2 Keyboard

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What Is Monster 2 Keyboard?

The Monster 2 Keyboard is ideal for young children and is the perfect entry into computing. Made in 2011 at a Weight of 1.0000g this device features large, oversized keys grouped in different colours, which helps alleviate the eye strain associated with using a computer keyboard. There is also a high-visibility model, with large black legends against a bright yellow background, and a high-contrast model with large black legends on a high-contrast white background.

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Who can Monster 2 Keyboard help?

The Monster 2 Keyboard from Accuratus is designed specifically for children who are just starting to use computers and keyboards and it aims to help assist learning, with having an easy to remember colour-coordination system. With large key caps the Accuratus Monster 2 is also ideal for users who suffer from MS (Multiple sclerosis) and Parkinson’s disease. The Keyboard is also spill resistant which makes is perfect for people that find they are prone to the occasional spill. Plug and Play technology means that you can simply start typing straight away without any difficult and time consuming installation process.

 

Different features of the product.

There are many different features of the Monster 2 Keyboard, for example the USB interface, Large 1 inch square keys at 24mm. The device has two port USB 2.0 in the rear, a detachable wrist pad for comfortable typing and is the same size as a normal conventional keyboard. Within the design itself the Monster 2 Keyboard has spill holes in the base of the keyboard so that any small spillages can escape without any damage to key keyboard itself. The dimensions of this product are 465 x 180 x 27mm (L x W x H) being a starter keyboard it is rather light (770g) and has a cable length of 1.5M.

 

Find out more by following this link to the Monster 2 Keyboard on Dyslexic.com.

Olympus introduce the DM-7

This week Olympus introduced the DM-7 model – a digital recorder that promises to be much more than just a voice recorder.

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The iansyst team were lucky enough to be invited to the product launch event at the impressive Dans le Noir in London. The event gave an informative overview of the key features and how these will help disabled users in their day to day lives. All attendees were able to test out the Olympus DM-7, as well as their new smartphone app, Olympus Audio Controller, to see how they worked. We were also treated to a dining in the dark experience. We were guided in by blind guides (50% of the staff at Dans le Noir are either blind or disabled) and shown to our seats. The surprise 3 course menus were bought out leaving us to try and work out what we were eating. All of the people around us were saying the same thing – you keep expecting your eyes to adjust to the darkness, but they never do. It also bought us all to try and remember the last time we were actually in complete pitch darkness, not many of us could to our surprise. Not having the use of sight really heightened our other senses. It was a truly memorable experience and something that we would recommend you to try out for yourself!

The top-of-the-range DM-7 takes recording to a whole new level with Wi-Fi smartphone compatibility, a stereo sound microphone, and a slick, intuitively-designed user interface. The Olympus Audio Controller app allows users to record from their smartphone device via Wi-Fi. For example, if a student was sat at the back of a lecture hall they could leave their DM-7 by the speaker and control the device from their smartphone at the back of the room optimising the recording quality. Another feature using the app is users can include images taken by their smartphone and use these as a handy visual index. This makes it much easier to search and manage recordings. Audio files can be instantly shared via the app to Dropbox and OneDrive. The DM-7 has a low-noise microphone that boasts a 90° outward orientation which delivers stereo sound recordings with natural ambience. There have also been huge improvements to the voice command and text-to-speech function.

You can find out more and purchase the Olympus DM-7 at a very competitive price from www.dyslexic.com. Plus, enjoy free delivery on all orders!

Assistive Technology Apps

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This month, iansyst launched a brand new and exciting page on Dyslexic.com – a page dedicated to providing information about the latest assistive technology apps for iOS and Android phones and tablets! Assistive technology (AT) apps are becoming increasingly popular to help those with dyslexia, visual impairment, physical difficulties and many more disabilities. Whether they are being used on their own or to accompany a full desktop version, AT apps are a great tool to help make smartphones and tablets accessible. You can view the page here.

The page currently features a variety of app categories, including text-to-speech, concept mapping and notetaking support. Some of these you can even download for free on the App Store or Google Play. Our Apps page will continuously be updated to promote the ever growing range of apps on the market, so keep an eye out for future additions to the page.

The Apps page also features iansyst’s own apps that we have developed, including our popular literacy support app, AcceleRead AcceleWrite. AcceleRead AcceleWrite is a fun and easy to use, interactive certified remedial reading scheme designed for use on an iPad. The app provides ‘virtual’ cards, each with a series of sentences which the student will read one by one until they have memorised the sentence. They then tap on the screen to input the sentence exactly as it appeared to them. The integrated text-to-speech will enable them to listen to what they have typed to check for errors. This process is repeated until the sentence is correct and they can move onto the next level. There are eight levels of increasing difficulty and your progress is tracked in your results page, showing you how many attempts were made at each level and which levels have been completed.

iansyst are happy to provide support and advice about the ever growing range of apps and which could be beneficial to you. Please get in touch if you would like more information:

Email us: info@iansyst.co.uk

Call us: 01223 420101

View the Apps page by following this link: http://www.dyslexic.com/apps/