iPad basics – online training

September 19, 2011 by cpehrson

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Nathan Smith, director of technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University, will present:  iPad Basic Training.

This FREE training sponsored by the UATP will focus on iPad basics – what you need to know to get started using the iPad right out of the box.  It will cover topics such as getting started with your iPad, working with apps, using gestures, using the virtual keyboard, using multimedia, and more.  You’ll be introduced to apps that can make your iPad an indispensable tool that you’ll always keep by your side.  You’ll also learn how to use the built in features for those with disabilities.

In order to participate, you will need a computer with high-speed internet access. If you are interested in participating please RSVP by October 3 to Storee Powell via email storee.powell@usu.edu, or call 435-797-7412.  Instructions will be emailed to you.

If you are a screen reader user please contact Sachin Pavithran at 435-797-6572 or sachin.pavithran@usu.edu no later than October 3 to make arrangements to participate via phone or for other accommodations needed in order to participate in the training.

 

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Baby powder: the latest assistive technology tool

August 17, 2011 by JoLynne Lyon

My dad has an iPad. He’s also got low vision. And for a few hours over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been trying to figure out how he can use his new technology. He’s taking advantage of the built-in speech function, but one of the most frustrating problems right out of the box was sticky fingers.

Dad’s fingertips wouldn’t slide easily over the touch screen. The device would talk to Dad, but he had a terrible time cruising over the icons because his fingers kept catching on the glass.

We were in the office at the CPD after hours last night, trying to figure out what to do, when he wondered aloud if a powdered substance might help. The Up to 3 program down the hall had some baby powder. I poured some onto a tissue, he dipped his fingers in it, and presto! Instant slide. Suddenly the screen was talking up a storm.

I’m not an expert, so I talked to Husband, an electronic engineer who works for a company that builds handheld devices. I asked him if  baby powder will hurt a touch screen. He didn’t recommend dropping the device into a vat of baby powder, but a little on the fingers shouldn’t hurt.

We’ve got other hurdles to go, but it was nice to find a one-step solution to sticky fingers.

Disclaimer: For the best care advice for your device, talk to the experts where you bought it. And remember, never use window cleaner or other chemicals on a touch screen. Polish it with a soft cloth that’s clean and dry, or use a cleaner that’s specifically made for touch screens.

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Brown Bag Discussions: Audience wowed by iPad apps

May 12, 2011 by cpehrson


The staff at the CPD were astounded last week by the the number of apps that would help people with developmental disabilities that are now available for the Apple producats iPad2, iPhone, and iPod.

The presentation was made at the monthly CPD Brown Bag Discussion led by Clarissa Barnhill, AT Lab Coordinator, and Sachin Pavithran, AT Program Coordinator, from the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP).  Interest was high as they demonstrated one after another of the latest apps that could be used by individuals of all ages and of all ability levels.

Here are some of the highlights:

Did you know there is an app that can verbally name close to 8000 symbols that are found in everyday life just by a simple touch on the screen?  ( Proloquo2Go™)

Did you know you can create a talking photo album or talking book by taking your own picture(s) with your Apple device and adding your own voice? (Pictello)

Did you know you can magnify text or images up to 8x magnification just by pointing an Apple device at it? (Eye Glasses)

Did you know you can scan bar code labels and hear what product you are holding? (Digit Eyes)

Did you know you can record customized messages to help individuals with language disabilities communicate their needs? (Tap Speak Sequence)

Did you know that you could communicate over 11,500 words with sign language on an Apple device? (Sign 4 Me)

Technology is forging ahead by leaps and bounds and taking the disabled community right along with it, opening doors never dreamed of before.

If you would like to learn more about iPad apps and accessibility options, you can view an online training sponsored by the UATP.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reminder: Free UATP iPad Apps training–register by May 2

April 28, 2011 by cpehrson

The Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) will present a FREE online interactive training on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Scott Baggaley, from The Computer Center for Citizens with Disabilities, will present: iPad Accessibility Communication Apps.
This FREE training by Scott Baggaley will explore using Proloquo2go, its different features and updates for using an iPad as a communication option.  He will also look at different communication app options that are not as famous as the Proloquo2go.

If you are interested in participating
please RSVP by May 2 to Storee Powell via email storee.powell@usu.edu, or call 435-797-7412.

 

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