Presenter Jillian Budd, M.A. Candidate in Educational Psychology1,2

Presenter Jillian Budd, M.A. Candidate in Educational Psychology1,2

Presenter Jillian Budd, M.A. Candidate in Educational Psychology1,2 1 Adaptech Research Network 2 McGill University EASI Webinar, May 8, 2014 1 Agenda Adaptech Research Networks research Overview

of Free and Inexpensive project Demonstration of the Free and Inexpensive database Some More examples of ICTs Information 2 www.adaptech.org Based

at Dawson College since 1996 College and university students with disabilities Federally and provincially funded Research is bilingual Team: faculty, students, professionals, consumers, partners

3 Adaptech Research Focus Use and accessibility of information and communication technologies in postsecondary education Facilitators and barriers to academic success Free or inexpensive software useful to students with various disabilities

4 Need for Free and Inexpensive ICTs High cost of adaptive software and hardware Lack of information about what is out there Inadequate opportunities to try ICTs before purchase Research finding: Students with LD do not use many ICTs recommended by experts

5 Adaptechs Response Create a database to identify, test, and compile free and/or inexpensive hardware and software Gives students the opportunity to try different technologies that could help them Has been ongoing since 1999 6

Each technology in the database has been tested to confirm that it does what it claims New programs and applications are tested and added to the database Regularly updated 7 8

9 Developer name Type (free, free trial, limited trial, payware) Price Website and download URL

Size (MB) Languages System Requirements Description (written by a member from our team) Last time the entry was updated by a member of our team 10

Web 2.0 New addition to the database since summer 2013 Funded by a Canadian federal granting council (SSHRC) Rate and review products Suggest new products

11 Step 1: Go to http://adaptech.org/en/downloads Step 2: Choose the platform you are interested in (e.g. Windows) Step 3: Choose to view technologies in alphabetical order OR by category Step 4 (optional): Rate and/or comment on a specific entry Step 5 (optional): Suggest a product Programs are categorized by function and not by disability 12 Software Examples TextAloud 3

Thunder Inspiration Evernote Dragon NaturallySpeaking iZoom

OmniPage WordQ 13 Hardware Smartpen VuPoint Magic Wand C-Pen 14 Apple Applications

Notability Voice Dream Reader TextAloud 30/30 Evernote

Typ-O HD Inspiration Popplet 15 Android Applications SwiftKey

Evernote SimpleMind Cool Reader Ivona Text-to-Speech HQ 16 Thank you!

Questions? 17 Resources Presenter: Jillian Budd, M.A. Candidate [email protected] Learn more: Adaptech Research Network Rseau de recherche Adaptech Co-Directors: Catherine Fichten, Ph.D. Jennison Asuncion, M.A.

Website: http://adaptech.org/en/downloads/ 18

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