Video Relay Service lets Hearing Impaired Communicate Naturally

Multiple communication systems have been invented for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.  You may have heard of a few, such as TTY, where a hearing impaired person types their message and it is then read by an operator to the hearing person on the other end.  Similar systems exist with variations depending […]

Differently-Abled Toy Guide from Toys R Us

Here’s something for those last minute shoppers out there – Toys R Us has dedicated a page on their web site to toys specifically for kids with special needs.  The company doesn’t list the toys by disability.  Instead you can find them in categories such as visual, auditory, fine and gross motor, language, self-esteem and tactile. […]

E-reader Follow-up: enTourage eDGe

In our recent post about e-readers, we covered a handful of the latest e-book readers in the marketplace today.  I discovered another e-reader that I felt could not be ignored: the enTourage eDGe. This device is along the same vein as Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Spring Design’s Alex in that it is a dual […]

E-Readers Galore! Accessible Holiday Gifts

E-readers (also known as e-book readers) are portable devices used to display e-books, and lately the market has exploded with several different varieties.  Let’s take a closer look at the accessibility features in these new products!

Talk it Up with Speech Recognition Assistive Technology

Speech recognition programs convert spoken words into text.  They can also use voice commands to control computer applications.  This technology provides accessibility to anyone who may not be able to easily utilize a keyboard or a mouse. As you might imagine, speech recognition is not always completely accurate.  It is important to remember when using […]

Communicating with Assistive Technology

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices can help individuals find the right words for everyday situations.  According to the AAC Institute, approximately 2.5 million Americans have some kind of speech disability that prevents them from being easily understood by others.  AAC equipment breaks down the communication barriers!