BeSpoke™ Voices for Millions Who Cannot Speak

Posted August 26, 2016 By Lee Learson

VocaliD Launches First Personalized Digital Voices for Assistive Devices Company.

BELMONT, Mass/PRNewswire/ — VocaliD, Inc., a speech technology company that creates personalized digital voices for those living with voicelessness, launched its online BeSpoke™ voice studio.  The announcement was made at the Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) in Toronto.

Supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, VocaliD’s innovation is based on a discovery by Founder and CEO Dr. Rupal Patel and her colleagues that even a single vowel contains enough “vocal DNA” to seed the voice personalization process.

The BeSpoke™ process captures a recipient’s unique vocal identity and blends it with recordings from a healthy speaker — matched by gender, age and accent — within the company’s Voicebank of 14,000+ contributors. This blended voice is then used in the recipient’s electronic communications device — creating a BeSpoke™ voice. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Start Students’ Year with Inspiring Math Messages and Creative Learning Opportunities.

‘Week of Inspirational Math’ provides teachers, parents and students with five days of content-rich lessons and motivational videos

To help students in grades K-12 approach math with creativity and enjoyment, youcubed, a Stanford University center that provides research-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, has released a series of free lessons in time for back to school. The Week of Inspirational Math (WiM) lesson series for teachers, parents, and students includes five lessons that offer students open, rich mathematics experiences that inspire creative thinking and a growth mindset. The lessons are accompanied by five motivational videos created by Stanford professor Jo Boaler and her undergraduate students. Read the remainder of this entry »

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An Icon-based watch – The Octopus by Joy

Posted June 27, 2016 By Lee Learson

Octopus is the first icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. Octopus by Joy

  • It’s a watch. It gives the time with icons, making it the first clock that young kids can actually read and understand. It helps children conceptually link time to events.

  • It’s a scheduler for children, which helps foster responsibility, independence and self-esteem. Parents can program visual reminders from their smartphone that pop up on the kid’s watch (icon+vibration).

  • It’s an assistant that helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines. It provides tips and personal notes. It also reminds you to remind your kids!

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MoneyGeek has posted some comprehensive information for increasing independence and productivity with everyday activities like driving and independent living.

The first is a resource related to driving. It includes information and costs related to vehicle adaption, insurance and funding resources. The second is information on getting a mortgage and home modifications. It also includes average costs for home modifications and funding resources. The third is a resource for workers with disabilities.

So if you drive, own a home or looking to buy a home, work or are looking for work, the following are worth checking out! Read the remainder of this entry »

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ATIA – New Summer/Fall Webinars

Posted June 15, 2016 By Lee Learson

ATIA has just announced its summer/fall webinar lineup! The all-new lineup features a range of AT topics, including proposed rules on website accessibility, switch activities for independence, and apps to assist with memory tasks. The following are just some of the great opportunities available to you to advance your AT skills in 2016. Read the remainder of this entry »

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An Interactive Visual Framework for History!

Posted May 23, 2016 By Lee Learson

TimeMaps specialize in map-based history timelines. The “Time-Map” concept was originally conceived to offer a visual framework for history topics. A map combined with a timeline lets users see where an event is happening, both in time and space.

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New assistive technology website launched by Perkins

Posted May 18, 2016 By Lee Learson

Byline: Alix Hackett

Paths to Technology website from Perkins eLearning will help teachers, parents and students understand and use the best new technology. Assistive technology has opened up exciting new methods of learning for students who are blind. Photo Credit: Anna Miller. For teachers of the visually impaired, assistive technology has transformed the classroom, opening up exciting new methods of learning for students of all ages and abilities. Read the remainder of this entry »

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5 ways the cloud complicates accessibility

Posted May 18, 2016 By Lee Learson

By Aaron Boyd, Federal Times

Five years after the administration instituted the Cloud First policy, federal agencies across the government are buying in to cloud computing at an accelerated pace. But, when it comes to the government, progress can’t mean leaving people behind.

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ATIA On-line Learning

Posted May 5, 2016 By Lee Learson

The ATIA’s Assistive Technology (AT) Online Professional Development program is the source of high-quality education from leading AT professionals for educators and service professionals working at the local, state and national levels in government and private organizations. Find the training you need in our extensive directory.

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Looking For a Great Summer Camping Experience?

Posted April 13, 2016 By Lee Learson

If you’re thinking about a summer camp… now’s the time to find one! I’ve put together a list of a few camps and some links to more comprehensive camp lists. These camps cater to both kids and adults, some are disability specific and some are more general. Finding the right camp can be difficult but hopefully these lists and links will help narrow the field! Read the remainder of this entry »

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