Typ-O App Review



Typo-O is a word prediction, spelling and text-to-speech app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The app costs $14.99 and requires iOS 6. Click here to view the app in the App Store. Typ-O is simple and easy to use. To get started just start typing, Typ-O then predicts the which word you are trying to type. You can touch the word to accept the predicted word or you can press on a speaker button to have the word spoken  using a text-to-speech voice. The word prediction is very good and can help improve spelling. Hearing the sentence read back to you using text-to-speech can also help improve grammar. Once you have finished writing you can send your text via email or text message. Typ-O includes a number of customizable setting to help improve word prediction accuracy. One negative of the app is that it uses text-to-speech voices from the internet which means if you are not connected to the internet you must use low quality text-to-speech voices.

Watch the video above to see Typ-O in action. Click here to download a lite version of Typ-O to try before you buy. Click read more below to view screenshots of Typ-O.




App was provided complimentry to reviewer



Enabling the Disabled


 

From: Speech Technology Magazine - Sep/Oct-2012 - page 24
By: Michele Masterson

Developments in assistive technologies are removing barriers for many.

Assistive technology has come a long way in serving a sometimes marginalized population. A host of innovative products and services are now available to aid those who cannot speak, hear, see, or move, with offerings that run the gamut from voice-controlled wheelchairs to Roger Ebert's synthesized voice, all thanks to advancements in speech technology.

Read the entire article at:


 

Links:

SpokenLayer


 

My Care Share


 

Fat Finger


 

GeckoChat


 

SafePath Wheelchair (with videos 2:00, 1:33, 1:27) http://www.geckosystems.com/markets/wheelchair.php

 

CereProc - text to speech


 

giSTT Speech to Text


 

giSTT Audio


 

SpeechTrans


 

SpeechTrans Ultimate (with video 3:13)


 

Enable Talk


 

Related:


 

Txtlocal Gives a Voice to the Disabled

What is Guided Access?



Apple's new iPhone 5 and iOS 6 are out and include many new accessibility features. One of the biggest accessibility features of iOS 6 is called Guided Access. iOS 6 is the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. To enable Guided Access go to Setting > General > Accessibility > Guided Access. Guided Access allows an parent or teacher to restrict access to a single app. This restricts kids from switch apps to watch videos or play games. Guided Access also allows parents and teachers to block off individual buttons within an app. For example if an app have setting a teacher could block it off so the students could not change app settings. Guided Access is great for teachers, users with autism or users with ADD. Guided Access allows teachers to administer tests on the iPad without worrying about students looking up the answers on the internet.

Watch the above video to learn how to use Guided Access. Click read more below to view more videos of Guided Access.



Best Apps For Your New iPhone 5



Did you get the iPhone 5 today? Below is a list of apps to make the most out of your new iPhone 5.



Read2Go is the best way to access Bookshare.org books on your iOS device.Bookshare provides free accessible eBooks for people with print disabilities. Click here to learn more about Bookshare. Once you download the app you can download over 150,000 books directly to your device. The best part of Read2Go is that students can easily read books anywhere because of the portability of iOS devices. To learn how to become a member click here.



Learning Ally (formally RFB&D) provides audio books to people with print disabilities. Members must pay a yearly fee in order to download books. To learn about how to become a member of Learning Ally click here.



Prizmo converts a picture of a document into text which can be read using text-to-speech. In short from document to text to speech in just seconds. Prizmo is also the fastest and most accurate optical character recognition (OCR) app I have every tested.



iBooks is Apple's eReader app. It is simple to use and accessible using VoiceOver. With iBook Textbooks students and teachers can download select textbooks onto theiriPad.



iTunes U allows you to follow along with select classes from your iOS device. You can download classes from top universities and watch videos of the classes and read documents provided by the professor.


Great videos that walk you through many concepts from almost all subject. This app is great for homework help and learning new concepts. To learn more about Khan Academy click here.

Wheelchair suppliers say crack down on Medicare fraud goes too far; insurer applauds effort

By Associated Press, Published: September 19

WASHINGTON — Wheelchair suppliers raised concerns Wednesday about a new government program that requires Medicare contractors to sign off before power wheelchairs can be delivered to elderly and disabled consumers.

Federal health officials countered that the changes are needed because nearly 80 percent of the power wheelchair claims submitted to Medicare don’t meet program requirements. That error rate represents more than $492 million in improper payments annually.

The new program began on Sept. 1 and requires providers in seven states to get confirmation from a government contractor that Medicare will pay for the device before they deliver it.
Michael Clark, general counsel for the SCOOTER Store, says the pilot project goes too far and every claim his business has submitted under the new program has been denied.

GOP members of the Senate Special Aging Committee called the hearing to learn how the pilot project was working. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said that television commercials promoting wheelchairs give him the impression that the companies would figure out some way for the government to foot the bill if customers would only inquire.

“I think most Americans have seen these advertisements on TV and probably question what the federal government is doing. I certainly do.”

Clark told Corker that only 13 percent of those who seek a power wheelchair end up getting one. He said the idea that the company is simply trying to sell as many chairs as it can regardless of merit was incorrect.

The cost for the devices ranges from $1,500 for scooters to $3,600 for more complex power wheelchairs over the course of the rental period.

Under Medicare rules, power wheelchairs are covered only when patients need them for daily activities within the home and when canes, walkers or manual wheelchairs are considered as insufficient assistance.

Medicare will only pay after a physician meets with patients face-to-face and prescribes the wheelchair. A supplier recommends the type of wheelchair needed and also submits a claim to Medicare. Under the demonstration project, a doctor or supplier will submit a prior authorization request along with all relevant documents supporting Medicare coverage. The contractor then decides whether a request has met the requirements for coverage.

Medicare officials said such prior authorization is routinely required in the private sector. It does not add paperwork, but simply requires that documents be submitted earlier in the review process.
Stephen Peake, a medical director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, applauded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the new program and that he would welcome it being used in Tennessee. He said if the program’s results mirror those with his company then it will result in significant savings for taxpayers.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/health_care/wheelchair-suppliers-say-effort-to-crack-down-on-medicare-fraud-goes-too-far/2012/09/19/032ee93a-02ab-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html
 

iOS 6 Released, Download Now




Apple has released iOS 6 with over 200 new features as a free upgrade. iOS is the operating system that runs on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Included in the 200 features are new accessibility features. Among the new features are Guided Access, Speak Selection with highlighting and VoiceOver enhancements. To upgrade go to settings > general > software update. Watch the above video to learn how to update to iOS 6. iOS 6 is available for the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, the new iPad, iPod Touch 4th generation and iPod Touch 5th generation.

To learn more about the accessibility features of iOS 6 click here. To view images of iOS 6 in action click read more below.














  

A Brain Implant that Thinks


From: Technology Review - 09/13/2012
By: Susan Young

Researchers have used a neural implant to recapture a lost decision-making process in monkeys-demonstrating that a neural prosthetic can recover cognitive function in a primate brain. The results suggest that neural implants could one day be used to recover specific brain functions in patients with brain injuries or localized brain disease.

Read the entire article at:


 
Links:

Facilitation and restoration of cognitive function in primate prefrontal cortex by a neuroprosthesis that utilizes minicolumn-specific neural iring
http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/9/5/056012

Brain Chip Helps Quadriplegics Move Robotic Arms with Their Thoughts http://www.technologyreview.com/news/427939/brain-chip-helps-quadriplegics-move-robotic-arms/

 Brain Pacemakers
http://www.technologyreview.com/featured-story/401160/brain-pacemakers/


Samuel A. Deadwyler, PhD
http://www.wakehealth.edu/Faculty/Deadwyler-Samuel-A.htm?LangType=1033

How technology is helping people with speech impairments to talk

 

New technology is allowing people such as Alan Martin, who has cerebral palsy, the chance to communicate properly for the first time
 
 
 
Alan Martin joking with Jon Henley
The world at his fingertips: Alan Martin shares a joke with Jon Henley. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian
 
I am sitting staring at a computer screen. So far so banal, except that this screen features a red dot that, by some technological magic, tracks the movement of my eyes: I can place it where I want on the screen just by looking. The bottom of the screen portrays a keyboard, although I could, if I chose, select other screens made up of various vocabulary, grammar and expression-based menus, which, for experienced users, would doubtless speed things up.

Because this is painstaking. I look at a letter, and the red dot sits on it. I continue staring, and the dot blinks, twice. The letter then pops up at the top of the screen. I move on to the next letter (or, more often, the backspace).

It gets easier: there's predictive text, like on a mobile phone, so I stare at the word I want, which gets added to my sentence. Eventually, the phrase is complete. I stare at it and it blinks. "What an amazing machine," says a cool, synthesised voice. "Rather let down by its user."

This is eye-gaze technology, at the leading edge of a fast-evolving and – for those who need it – vital field known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), plus the closely related assistive technology (AT). Without it, we would have been denied access to the remarkable mind of Professor Stephen Hawking (not to mention his starring role at the Paralympics opening ceremony). Nor would the locked-in syndrome sufferer Tony Nicklinson have been able to express so memorably – using eye-gaze – his despair at being refused the right to an assisted suicide. Hawking, with characteristic elegance, summarises its value: "Even more important than the freedom of speech is the freedom to speak."

Most of us know nothing about it. Worse, says Anna Reeves of the ACE Centre, a national charity that provides independent AAC assessments, advice and training, "a lot of people who need it have real trouble getting it. The funding's a mess. It falls between education and health, and most local authorities don't have specific budgets for it."

Yet AAC can be life-changing. Alan Martin, who developed cerebral palsy as an infant, was 31 before friends clubbed together to buy his first communication aid. "Before that," he explains in one of several pre-recorded messages he can activate on his current machine, "I relied on facial expressions and gestures. It was very frustrating."

Jovial and instantly engaging, Martin now runs his own company, Mouse on the Move, providing inclusive dance workshops for people with disabilities. To talk, and teach, he uses a wheelchair-mounted portable computer. He has reasonable control of his right arm, so uses a finger to press symbols on the screen that open up successive folders of images, words and frequently used phrases. He can also send emails and – an exciting new addition – text messages through a mobile phone connected to his computer. The whole system, Reeves says, cost around £8,000, and is in the middle of a spectrum of more than 100 different kinds of communication aids. ("Rubbish," says Martin succinctly, when asked what he thought of his first device.)

At one end are simple picture books and communication boards from which users select letters, words, phrases, pictures or symbols to communicate their message. Simple electronic devices contain digitised speech messages pre-recorded by a family member or carer and activated by a big button. More sophisticated boards hold up to 32 symbols and attached messages.

But helpful as these devices are, they are limited to pre-set messages. Computer-generated speech lets users say what they want to say. A portable machine called the Lightwriter has existed since the 1970s, allowing people who can type to display messages on a screen and also speak synthetically. More recently, says Reeves, "we've seen some great apps being developed for iPads and the like. If they work for you, they're brilliant. Especially for kids, because they're cool."

One, Proloquo2Go, even features a couple of authentic British children's voices, as well as "sad" and "happy" versions of the same voice; until recently synthesised speech robbed users of accent, emotion and intonation. Alan, who was born on Merseyside and is a huge Liverpool fan, would love to be able to speak scouse.

At the top end are the systems used by Martin, Nicklinson and Hawking: fully functioning computers, controlled in any number of ingenious ways. Hawking now uses a muscle in his cheek; another system moves the mouse through minuscule lip movement. These systems are capable of emailing, texting and even opening doors, turning on lights and operating the telly.

There are, Reeves says, perhaps 260,000 people in Britain using AAC equipment, about 10% of them using this kind of hi-tech aid. Their conditions range from serious physical and learning disabilities through sensory impairment to autism, motor neurone disease, stroke and, commonly, cerebral palsy. "There are also many who are undiagnosed, who simply present to us with an inability to communicate," she says. "It's far more common than people think."

Formed this summer by the merger of two separate charities to develop what would be, astonishingly, Britain's first national AAC/AT service, the ACE Centre holds open information days, carries out in-depth needs assessments on individuals, and advises and trains children and adults with AAC needs as well as teachers and carers.

But it doesn't have the money to provide actual aids for any longer than a short test period. Reeves wants to see a proper, secure, nationwide provision model that would ensure everyone in the country who needs communication aids gets them, preferably on long-term loan. "At the moment," she says, "we feel a bit like ladies in a sweet shop. We say: 'Look, this is all the lovely stuff available. Now fund it.' Which is wrong: communication is not a privilege, it's a fundamental right."

For futher information visit: ace-centre.org.uk, communicationmatters.org.uk

How to Display an iPad on a TV or Projector


The iPad can be a great classroom tool for teachers and students alike. It can be great for showing websites, presentations and more. To share your iPad on your classroom TV or projector you may need to buy new software or cables. Read on to learn how to display you iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch on your TV or Projector.

Adapters- One way to easily get your iPad screen onto the computer is to use adapters. Apple sells two adapters, one for connecting to a VGA projector and one for connecting to a HDTV. To buy the VGA adapter from Apple click here. To buy the HDMI adapter from Apple click here. Use of the adapters are as easy as plugin them in.

Software- A software program for PC and Mac called Reflection allows you to display your iPad or iPhone screen on the computer. This only works with iPhone 4S and higher and iPad 2 and higher. If you have one of these devices Reflections may be your best option. Reflection is wireless and easy to use. Click here to buy Reflection for $14.99.





Brand New iPod Touch Announced



Apple released a new version of the iPod Touch. The fifth generation device includes the same large screen as the iPhone 5. In addition to large screen the new iPod Touch has a faster A5 processor, much improved 5 mega-pixel camera, iOS 6, Siri and Loop. Read on to learn what these features mean for people with special needs.

Camera- The new improved camera is good enough to use optical character recognition (OCR) apps. OCR apps allow you to take a picture of text and have it read back to you using text-to-speech. One great OCR app is Prizmo.

iOS 6- iOS 6 will improve the already great accessibility features of the previous versions. The new operating system will include features such as Guided Access and Speak Selection with synchronized highlighting. To learn more about iOS 6 click here.

Siri- Apple's voice activated personal assistant will make its way to the iPod Touch. Siri can answer questions, spell words, read messages, set reminders, check the weather and more.

Loop- Loop is a very interesting new feature exclusive to the iPod Touch. Loop is a detachable wrist strap that hooks onto the back of the iPod Touch. Loop could be a great feature for you children and people with physical disabilities. Loop is seen in the above picture.

The iPod Touch will be available in the coming weeks starting at $299. Click read more below to view more photos of the new iPod Touch.












   

WHAT IS A SATELITE TV SOFTWARE?

How often do you choose software on a daily basis? If you really stop to think about it, you might be surprised with how many times software touches your life and how convenient it can be in many cases. Of course, we all use software when it comes to using our computers, whether that be at work or at home. There are other times, however, when software can enhance our lives such as digital tv for pc and may even provide us with items that extend beyond the computers that we use. An example of this would be satellite TV software that will allow you to watch television on your computer, and if you have it hooked up properly, on your television set. The software may give you the ability to see many channels that were not available previously through your existing system.

Another way that software may be used is for the protection of your family. Keylogger software is used by many parents to ensure that their children are not getting into trouble when they are on their computer. It will help them to monitor their chat sessions, e-mails, and other things that they may be doing on a regular basis (Source: Keylogger Software by KeyloggerMe). It is also used by many individuals who may have reason to suspect there is a significant other and would like to be able to ensure that they were not getting themselves into trouble. Of course, this type of software can be used for notorious reasons, but when it is used properly and with the right intentions, there is no substitute for it.

Training Magazine Network Now Bringing You eLearning Learning

I'm really excited today.  We get to finally announce that eLearning Learning has partnered with Training Magazine Network.   These two industry leaders in online learning and training bring together their extensive content and community offerings to form the largest eLearning offering on the Web.

When you visit the eLearning Learning site, you probably won't notice that much different.  You see a new logo.  But the important thing is that there's still great content on the site every day - oh hey, Karl Kapp just wrote about Gamification - hold on, let me check that out.  And if you are like me, you can't visit the site all the time, so you should sign up for a Personalized Newsletter on the right.

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The bigger change is described by Ray Jimenez, CEO of Training Magazine Network, a fellow blogger and likely someone many of you know.  He tells us:

Online learning and training is a dynamic and growing industry. It’s not easy for our industry professionals to stay current on all of the important analysis, information and how-to pieces available. A critical element of our value is providing the kind of in-depth thinking and research that is brought together in eLearingLearning’s site and newsletter. Our members need this kind of information to stay at the top of their game, and eLearningLearning.com is the best place for them to do just that.

Ray is now putting eLearning Learning content front and center on their site and in newsletters.  You can see it in action below.  There's Karl's post.

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Looking forward to more great things for eLearning Learning.

iPhone 5 Announced


Apple announced the iPhone 5 at an event today in California. The iPhone 5 includes and bigger screen, better camera, faster processor, thinner design and more. The iPhone 5 will run on iOS 6 Apple's mobile operating system which includes accessibility features such as VoiceOver, Guided Access and Speak Selection. Click here to learn more about iOS 6.

The iPhone 5 will be available for pre-order on September 14th and for sale on September 21th starting at $199. Click read more below to view more images of the iPhone 5.












iOS 6 To Be Released on September 19th With New Accessibility Features


Today, Apple announced that iOS 6, the software that runs iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, will be released on September 19th. The free software update will include new accessibility features such as Guided Access, Speak Selection with highlighting and improved Siri. Click here to learn more about Guided Access. iOS 6 will also include Made For iPhone Hearing Aids which allow hearing aid users to better use the iPhone. Along with accessibility improvements iOS 6 includes an updated maps app and more.

Click read more below to view more images of iOS 6 from Apple.









ALS Service Locator for the iPad/iPhone

By Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

Description

This CDC iPad application, brought to you by the National Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Registry, has been designed as a way for users to easily access the closest ALS service providers nearest the user’s ZIP code. The application allows a user to pick a particular type of ALS facility (Clinics, ALS Association (ALSA) Chapters or Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Offices), enter a valid ZIP code and perform a search. Alternatively, a user can use the geolocation feature to find their current location and use the returned ZIP code to perform a search. The results will return a map and table of the five closest ALS facilities nearest the provided ZIP code. The results are ordered from A – E, whereas A is the closest facility and E is the farthest facility. The tabular information contains the facility’s name, affiliation, address, phone and the approximate distance from the provided ZIP code. The map is fully interactive and allows the user to pan and zoom into the facilities location. The user can touch a facility point to get information on that particular facility.



 

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ALSSvcLocator
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  • Free
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Released: 05 September 2012
  • Version: 2.2
  • Size: 25.6 MB
  • Languages: English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Developer: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

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HumanWare Communicator a Great Tool For Deaf-Blind Communication


HumanWare recently released the HumanWare Communicator app for iOS devices. The app is designed to make communication between a deaf-blind person and a sighted person possible.When the conversation is started an introduction is displayed for the sighted user to read. The deaf-blind person uses a Bluetooth braille display to type a message to a sighted person, this message appears on the screen of the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.  Then the sighted user can respond using the virtual keyboard and the message will appear on the refreshable braille display. The conversation can then go back and forth with the deaf-blind person typing on the braille display and the sighted user typing on the device's virtual keyboard.

HumanWare describes the app as follows,
"The HumanWare Communicator application is intended to establish a text conversation, through a chat window, between a deaf-blind person and a sighted person. All interaction appears both on the deaf-blind person's refreshable Braille display, as well as visually on the screen of the iOS device."
The HumanWare communicator is available in the App Store for $99.99 for devices running iOS 5.1 or higher. To view screen shots of the HumanWare Communicator app in action click read more below.