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Assistive Technology Update - A fast-paced weekly update for AT professionals and enthusiasts

Jun 24, 2011

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almost thirteen years ago

“Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana and this… is your Assistive Technology Update—a weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs”


First off, Nuance, the makers of Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium has announced the release of version 11 point 5 of their popular software. New features include enhanced editing commands for faster dictation, new commands to improve access to facebook and twitter plus the ability to use an iphone as a remote wireless microphone removing the need to use a microphone that’s physically attached to the computer. Learn more about these and other new enhancements from the link on our web site.


For the first time, radio programming is made accessible to people who are deaf and blind. According to National Public Radio’s Technology Vice President, Mike Starling, now that public radio programming is available in a captioned format, making it available to deaf blind users who rely on refreshable braille panels was not that challenging. Many deaf blind users already have this type of technology available to them and testing of this new service begins at the American Association of the Deaf Blind in June in Kentucky.


Speaking of Braille… a new partnership between the Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation and the American Printing House for the Blind will create Braille books to be given away for free to children who read Braille. To learn more or enroll your child, check our web site for links.


Among the nearly one-half-million apps available for download on Apple’s app store is a new free application called Verbally. Developed by the Intuary company, this augmentative communication application allows users to select from pre-programmed words, phrases or to type in their own custom messages and have them verbalized. The company’s founders recently lost a family member to ALS or Lou Gherig’s disease which prompted the developers to create a free communication app that’s readily available to anyone with access to an iPad. Visit our web site for a link to Verbally on the app store.

“Want more? Find links to all this great new technology at check out our blog at or follow us on Twitter @INDATAProject. Until next time, this has been your Assistive Technology Update.”