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It’s like science fiction, without the fiction – there are sonar navigation watches, robots to help kids get to school, smartphones using facial recognition, and other feats of awesomeness. Read it all here. AT in the news for the week of 11/17 thru 11/21
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Pop-up windows (new windows that are triggered automatically or when a user activates a link) can cause confusion and disorientation for all users. While screen readers typically indicate that a new window has opened, managing multiple windows can be complicated, especially for blind users. Because of the various difficulties with pop-up windows, they should generally be avoided. If pop-up windows are triggered via a link, the user should typically be informed within the link text that the link opens a new window.
Contributed by Lori Markland, Director of Communications, Outreach & Program Development, MDTAP
Here at MDTAP, we like to share information on all sorts of AT, and especially free AT. So when we come across cool new apps, we want to get the word out. And this app is no exception. It’s cool, easy to use, and free.
SnapType for Occupational Therapy is actually, really for anyone. Developed for the iPad, it allows a student (or anyone, really) to take a picture of a worksheet and use the iPad keyboard to type in the answers. This way, for someone who has difficulty writing (dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc., etc.), the answers are written right into the worksheet. When done, save the image into the camera roll and email over to the teacher.
Voila! Easy as peas. And free!
Directions for using the app directly from the App Store:
1) Use the on-screen shutter button to take a picture.
2) Tap where you want to add text.
3) Start typing using the iPad keyboard.
4) Tap and drag to move the text boxes.
5) Resize the image by pinching using two fingers.
6) Resize the text using the slider at the top of the screen.
7) Save your work by pressing the iPad home button and power button at the same time (this saves as screen capture to your iPad’s camera roll).
8) Start over by flipping the iPad face-down for 2 seconds.
It’s getting cold outside but these stories will warm up all our thinking gears. There are dictionaries for those with dyslexia, a head controlled smartphone, some AT-related webinars (to get your learning on), and much more. So, put your reading & thinking cap on and cozy up with this week’s AT in the news, 11/10 thru 11/14.
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