AT Products Archive

Readtopia is Live!

Posted June 18, 2017 By Lee Learson

By Don Johnston

It has been a long time coming, and a work of deep passion for students with autism and complex needs. When you see it, you will see this passion, and it will become apparent that this is something special in our work to transform education for individuals with disabilities.


What is Readtopia? It’s a comprehensive reading, ELA, social studies, and science curriculum for middle and high school special education classrooms.


What’s different? Readtopia helps teachers bring first-hand experiential learning into the classroom, so students can bridge the gap between learning through reading, and learning through experiencing.


This is a different level of instruction. It’s the type of instruction you would have wanted when you were in school. It takes the learner around the world to truly experience 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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Free Webinars from Don Johnston!

Posted February 8, 2016 By Lee Learson

Co:Writer Universal … With Speech Recognition! Co:Writer Universal uses grammar- and vocabulary-smart word prediction to help students write better across devices (Chromebooks, iPads, and Mac/Windows desktops). And now built-in speech recognition adds an entirely new way students can get their ideas out! Wednesday, February 10, 2016; 12:00pm – 12:30pm Central

How uPAR Data is Leading to Smarter Accommodation Decisions Across Districts

Districts are making incredible discoveries with uPAR – an automated tool that identifies reading accommodation needs. uPAR author, practitioner, and researcher, Dr. Denise DeCoste, shares how uPAR is empowering IEP teams in schools, helping them to make better decisions across initiatives such as UDL, LRE, and the new assessments.

Thursday, February 11, 2016; 12:00pm to 1:00pm Central 

Think You Know Snap&Read Universal? Haven’t seen Snap&Read’s study tools, outlining, translation, data, and bibliographer? Snap&Read’s latest features will expand what you thought possible from a reading. Join us for this free webinar! Snap&Read’s latest features will expand what you thought possible from a reading accommodation. They work to support the widest range of reading needs whether your students are reading below grade level, struggling with recall or organization, or learning English as a new language. Thursday, February 25, 2016; 12:00pm to 12:30pm Central

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AT in Development

Posted February 1, 2016 By Lee Learson

As you might have guessed by now, I’m a little obsessed with assistive technology products in development. Just can’t wait to see what comes along next! AT is evolving quickly and it seems that every day something new comes on the market. Here are a few of the most interesting products that will be on the market in the very near future.

The Ogo ( a cross between a wheelchair and a segway!)Ogo-Wheelchair-Ogo-Technology-video

Engineer Kevin Halsall spent four years modifying a Segway to become a wheelchair for a friend who had a skiing accident.

Lighter, smaller and faster than any power wheelchair available today. The chair is hands-free and intuitive. Like a segway, the user uses their body movements to move the chair in the direction they want to go. The two powered wheels can be changed Read the remainder of this entry »

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by Clare Scott

The design and development of assistive technology is one of the most promising facets of the 3D printing revolution. Easing the lives of people with disabilities has been a priority for a number of companies, schools, and organizations who have sponsored challenges and makeathons geared towards the development of assisitve devices. At the end of September, MakerBot launched an Assistive Technology Challenge that invited Thingiverse users to use the recent Bay Area Makeathon as inspiration to develop their own assistive devices. 

The mouse was designed as a mouthpiece with a small joystick attached. The mouthpiece itself was 3D printed, and all other mouse-300x225components, including hardware and electronics, were obtained from local hardware stores and on eBay. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Perkins Holiday Gift Guide

Posted December 11, 2015 By Lee Learson

Byline: Alix Hackett 

Perkins Solutions has the perfect functional and fun presents for kids and adults who are blind or visually impaired.

Want to make someone smile this holiday season? Assistive technology can be a game-changer for people who are blind or visually impaired, offering ingenious solutions in the classroom, at home or in the workplace. Right now, Perkins Solutions is making it easy to give the gift of accessibility with their Holiday Gift Guide, featuring suggestions for everyone on your list. Included on their top 10 List… Read the remainder of this entry »

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Leading digital inclusion software browsealoud, from assistive technology experts Texthelp, today unveils a smart new, more user-friendly look with enhanced functionality. The all new browsealoud makes websites more accessible to all and empowers digital users to browse websites independently.

Browsealoud, offering read aloud content and translation to web-users with print and language difficulties, sets the standard in digital accessibility globally. The new designs and enhancements, developed in association with expert accessibility professionals, browsealoud customers and users, and subjected to rigorous testing, make browsealoud even easier to use and improve the user’s experience.

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3D printing of prosthetics

Posted August 28, 2015 By Lee Learson
Check out this cool video of 3D printing of prosthetics! The company is Open Bionics and is based in the UK. They’re hoping to have their products on the market in 2016.

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Cool new device… A hands free door lock.

Posted March 7, 2015 By Lee Learson

Your mobile phone can now lock and unlock your front door. Imagined, founded and developed at StanfordUniversity, CANDY HOUSE is launching its first product – Sesame! You can lock or unlock your door by touching your phone or by using your phones voice recognition. The company states that installation is easy, no need to replace or remove anything. No screwdrivers, no hammers, not even an allen wrench. Sesame! is scheduled to be released in May 2015 and will retail for $89.00.

“Moving forward, Candy House we will devote its passion to create innovative products that improve the future of humankind.” The company also appears to be working on other new innovative products. Can’t see what they come up with next! For more in-depth information visit their website at .

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New Musical Instrument for Eyegaze & a Free Webinar!

Posted February 23, 2015 By Lee Learson

ii-Music is a new musical instrument for eyegaze, designed to be played with your eyes.  It operates using cursor position and “dwell to click” meaning that you can use it with almost any cursor control-based system, including head-trackers. No need to read music or Read the remainder of this entry »

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