Assistive Technologies Benefit All

There are so many assistive technologies available to us nowadays, but most of us do not use this readily available AT to our advantage. I started my first “easy to use free / low-cost AT” list in early 2010. If you use any AT I do not yet have listed, please email me and I will add it to the list. Tell me what you use and how you use it.

Diagramly is a quick online diagram, mind map, and flow chart creator. http://www.diagram.ly

Assignment Calculator Assigned a research paper? A speech? A video? Not sure where to start? Use the Assignment Calculator to complete these on time. Get email reminders to help stay on track.
Assignment Calculator beta

Evernote Use Evernote to save your ideas, things you see, and things you like. Then find them all on any computer or device you use.
http://www.evernote.com

Readability is a simple tool that makes reading on the Web more enjoyable by removing the clutter around what you’re reading. Follow the simple steps at their site to install Readability in your Web browser. http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability

Use Webspiration to map out ideas, organize with outlines and collaborate online with teams or colleagues. Webspiration unleashes your creativity, strengthens organizational skills, and transforms your ideas and information into knowledge. http://www.mywebspiration.com/

MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other’s changes as they happen. http://www.mindmeister.com

Ginger provides an automatic spell and grammar checker, assisting people with learning difficulties such as dyslexia to improve their writing skills or people who learn English as a Second Language through an intelligent automatic context-based correction of grammar and spelling mistakes and misused words. http://www.gingersoftware.com/

Natural Reader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.
http://www.naturalreaders.com/

My favorite AT: The Livescribe Smartpen is an amazing Assistive Technology (AT) tool for all students! This pen will help make your studies more organized and complete, thus taking away some stress and making life a little bit easier. Check out their homepage for a demonstration and you may also want to search “Livescribe Smartpen” on YouTube where there are loads of video clips with demonstrations, tips, etc.

The least expensive version… Livescribe 2 GB Pulse Smartpen

The newest version… Livescribe 4 GB Echo Smartpen