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My Assistive Technology Toolbox
I use a wide variety of technologies in my practice -- both high-tech and low-tech -- too numerous to mention here. But I'd like to list the most significant ones that I rely on, and that I include in my trainings.
Because so many software tools perform multiple functions, it's difficult to list technologies by category such as "Technologies for Reading" and "Technologies for Writing" -- certain tools would show up in several places -- so I've chosen to list them in a more eclectic manner that's still somewhat logical.
Reading, Writing, & Learning Software Suites
Software that bundles multiple supports for reading, writing, and studying.
Simple text-to-speech, text-to-MP3 applications
Listening to Recorded Audiobooks
Graphic Organizer and Mind Map Software
Outlining and mapping software to help organize writing, notes, instructions, checklists, concepts -- any information that benefits from a structure.
Portable Word Processors
Laptop alternatives for classroom use.
Speech recognition (speech-to-text)
Microsoft OneNote - digital notebook (PC, Mac, iOS)
Circus Ponies NoteBook - digital notebook (Mac)
Livescribe Smartpen - pen links recorded audio to handwritten notes (Mac & PC)
IRISPen - scanning pen captures print text, transfers to computer (Mac & PC)
EverNote - digital file cabinet (online, Mac, PC, iOS, Android)
Notebook Layout w/ Audio Notes (included with Microsoft Word for Mac)
Audio Notetaker - notetaking software integrates audio recording, text, and images (Mac & PC)
AudioNote - simple notetaker app (iOS, Android, Mac, PC)
Notability - robust notetaker app (iOS)
Math Notation, Graphing & Drawing
Resources for Alternatives to Printed Text, including Electronic Text (E-text)
Assorted Reading & Writing Aids
Visual Thesaurus - visual word map (online, Mac & PC)
Ginger - contextual spellchecker (online, PC)
Ghotit - contextual spelling/grammar checker with word prediction, other supports (Mac & PC)
Grammarian Pro2X - grammar and spelling checker (Mac)
WordQ - word prediction, word lists, abbreviation/expansion (Mac & PC)
SpeakQ - WordQ plus speech recognition (PC)
Clicker 6 - custom onscreen keyboards, talking word processor, word prediction (Mac & PC)
WriteOnline - word banks, talking word processor, word prediction, mind mapping (online, Mac & PC)
Assorted Web-Based Tools
Other Noteworthy Tools I Use
Interactive Electronic Whiteboards and Whiteboard Capture
Alternative Computer Access
Keystrokes - customizable onscreen keyboard (Mac)
SwitchXS - customizable switch access of computer (Mac)
LayoutKitchen - programs Keystrokes and SwitchXS (Mac)
Virtualization software (allows Windows to run on Macs)