Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?


Assistive technology is the term used for specialist equipment or computer software, which allows you to increase the quality and consistency of your work.

 

There are many types assistive technology and making the right choice can sometimes seem daunting but at Dyslexia Box we specialise in finding the right solution for you.

Assistive Technology can help overcome the following difficulties

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Organisation
  • Communication
  • Memory
  • Speech
  • Mobility
  • Sight
  • Hearing

What types of Assistive Technology are available?


Speech Recognition Software


Speech recognition software, also called voice recognition software, works when the user speaks into a microphone and the words spoken are typed onto the screen.

 

The key benefits of this software are that you can get your ideas down without having to think about typing or spelling.

 

Dragon users say that they spend less time conducting word documents and emails and more time on important tasks.

 

The world's leading speech recognition software is Dragon Naturally Speaking.


Text to Speech Software


Text to speech software reads aloud digital text on computers, tablets and mobile phones.

 

This popular type of assistive technology software will allow for emails, word documents, web pages and PDF documents to be read aloud (or discreetly through headphones).

 

This can benefit those with reading difficulties such as dyslexia and anyone who struggles to digest text which appears on screen.

 

Popular versions of this software include TextHelp Read&Write and ClaroRead.


Note Taking


Note taking is often a common difficulty for someone with dyslexia.

 

There are a number of solutions available, each with their own specific way of improving the way an individual takes and absorbs the notes they make.

 

A great example of note taking software is Sonocent Audio Notetaker and note taking hardware is the Livescribe Smartpen range.


Mind Mapping


Mind mapping is a simple way of connecting your thoughts, visually planning projects and brainstorming your ideas.

 

Mind mapping software can help people with dyslexia as it uses images, colours, shapes and symbols to plan ideas rather than an emphasis on words.

 

The most effective mind mapping software is MindView and Inspiration.


Visual Impairment


Assistive technology designed specifically to help people with vision loss, includes screen readers for blind individuals, screen magnifiers for low-vision computer users, or wearable devices such as the innovative OrCam.

 

The range of screen readers from SuperNova and ZoomText are the leading visual impairment solutions.


Hard of Hearing


Living and working with hearting loss doesn't need to be frustrating.

 

Solutions from the world renowned Phonak enable those with hearing impairments to assist and overcome their difficulties and challenges.

 

Phonak's range of Roger technology boosts hearing performance and has been a game changer to those with hearing difficulties.


Assistive Technology Training


  • Whether your are a beginner or advanced user, we have the training programme for you.
  • Develop your skillset to increase your productivity and get the most out of your assistive technology
  • Accredited software trainers.
  • Training can be delivered face-to-face at your office, home, school, college or university.
  • Training can also be delivered remotely over the phone, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, GoToMeeting.
  • Prices start from only £70 per hour.
  • Contact us today to find the right training programme for you.

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