Technology

Google Speak-Write/ Read Write

Google Docs ->Access through: Tools – voice typing (or control, shift, s)

Click on the microphone on left to start recording

If you say full stop, it will add a dot (similarly with comma, semicolon, exclamation mark,etc).

Check that Spelling and Grammar is on through (Tools Menu).

If an Overlay/Coloured paper is normally used, you can get this by changing the colour of the page. Access this through: File- Page Setup – Page Colour, and then choose the preferred colour.

If a reader/mask/overlay over white paper is preferred then have the page colour as white and then access:

The Read/Write application (purple icon at the top right hand side of screen, beside the search bar). This pulls up another task bar.

Choose the icon which looks like a computer screen (Screen Mask), click on the settings cog-choose the preferred reading light colour, make sure your reading light opacity is at least 50 and then click OK.

If you would like to have what you’ve written read back to you, hit the large play button (again all from the Read/Write app).

The Read/Write App has lots of additional options e.g. Highlighting text, practice reading aloud – if you read aloud, this can be recorded and sent to a teacher.

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HGIOS4 aims to provide a clear framework for progression for learners, their teachers and families. See the framework at: Digital-Skills-Progression-for-Learners-with-a-Visual-Impairment.docx (27 downloads)

 

Vision Support Service technology benchmarks for children & young people with vision impairment. See the Digital Skills Progression for VI Aberdeen City Digital-skills-progression-for-VI-Aberdeen-city.docx (29 downloads)

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www.applevis.com

A community-powered website for blind and low-vision users of Apple products including iPhone, iPad and Mac computers.

AppleVis strives to empower the community by offering multiple pathways to access and share relevant and useful information. As a community, we seek to encourage and support people in exploring the many ways in which these mainstream products and related applications can offer opportunities to the vision-impaired for personal enrichment, independence and empowerment.

AppleVis also offers resources and mechanisms for raising awareness of the accessibility of Apple products and related applications, and for promoting further advancement in accessibility.

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Home

www.wonderbaby.org/assistive-technology

WonderBaby.org, a project funded by Perkins School for the Blind, is dedicated to helping parents of young children with visual impairments as well as children with multiple disabilities. Here you’ll find a database of articles written by parents who want to share with others what they’ve learned about playing with and teaching a blind child, as well as links to meaningful resources and ways to connect with other families.

They have a dedicated technology section, which has articles and information on assistive technology and apps across various products.

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CALL Scotland

www.callscotland.org.uk

CALL Scotland provide webinars covering a variety of assistive technology topics.  Visit their website for more information.

They also have an information page about technology for people with a visual impairment which gives lots of information and links to other site.

www.callscotland.org.uk/information/visual-impairment/

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ViA - By Braille Institute

ViA – By Braille Institute

 

 

Braille Institute is proud to introduce ViA (Visually Impaired Apps), a fully accessible app for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.  ViA has been designed to help identify apps that are useful for adults and children who are blind or have low vision, including those with additional disabilities.  Users can easily sort through the 500,000+ apps in the App Store and locate those that were built specifically for, or provide functionality to, the user with a visual impairment.

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Magnificent By Mobilica

Magnificent, by Moblica, is a fanstastic, free magnifier app for both ipads and iphones.  It magnifies up to 6 times, or for £2.29 you can upgrade and it magnifies by 16 times.  You can freeze the frame to capture something on the screen which stays when you move the camera away.

“The main developer of this app is visually impaired, and therefore understands the needs of people with low vision. This is an indispensable tool that you will use every day.”

click here to access the app on iTunes

CEOP Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre

The internet can be a fantastic place for children and young people where they can talk to friends, be creative and have fun.  However, just like in the real world sometimes things can go wrong.  If you or your child are worried or upset about something which has happened on the internet there is help out there.

Follow this link for more information – www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/