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|Component||IDEAL Assistive Technology (AT) SmartDrive®|
|Developer:||IDEAL Group, Inc.
Phone: (614) 777-0660
TTY/VCO: (800) 750-0750
Fax: (614) 259-0013
|Project Objective:||Develop a low-cost, fully transportable, technology solution that provides students with disabilities immediate access to free, high-quality, fully-tested, documented, supported and maintained assistive technology (AT) applications that can be quickly and easily used and configured for used on any PC, public terminals and from within learning management systems.|
|Benefits to the student when used in combination with IDEAL Conference®:||The IDEAL AT SmartDrive® minimizes problems commonly associated with in school AT evaluations. Problems such as needing to:
Why? Everything can be done REMOTELY using a school computer without needing to install anything on the school computer.
The IDEAL AT SmartDrive® enables:
|Benefits to AT Developer:||
|Hardware Interface:||Smart Drive: 2GB capacity. Cost plus software installation, configuration and duplication ($100)
User PC requires USB connector
|Cost per user for hardware:||$100|
|AT Applications||Mozilla Firefox (Mountain View, California): Firefox 1.5 has an intuitive interface and blocks viruses, spyware, and popup ads. Benefits include:
Fire Vox for Firefox (Austin, Texas): Fire Vox is an open source, freely available talking browser extension for the Firefox web browser. Think of it as a screen reader that is designed especially for Firefox.
CLiCk, Speak for Firefox (Austin, Texas): CLiCk, Speak is an open source, freely available extension for the Firefox web browser. It is part of the CLC-4-TTS Suite of products, it features a mouse driven interface, and it reads web pages – hence its name.
Click-N-Type (Mt. Gilead, North Carolina): Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for anyone with a disability that prevents him or her from typing on a physical computer keyboard. Click-N-Type Speech Package: More than just fun, Typing Sounds provide audible feedback to both Standard Mode and AutoClick users. You may select one of the “Spoken Keys” options, as well as normal typewriter sounds. The feature “speaks” the keys back to you, letting you know you’ve hit the correct key. Documentation on how to create “Spoken Keys” is included with the Click-N-Type help file, so people can create their own.
FreedomBox (Orlando, Florida): FreedomBox and System Access provide easy to use, fully featured, mobile access to Windows and the Internet for blind and visually impaired users. The FreedomBox Internet application suite seamlessly integrates web browsing, email, streaming media, instant messaging, and more in a consistent, fully accessible user interface. Customize FreedomBox to your liking, and you can have fully personalized Internet access anywhere. System Access provides highly automated and transparent access to the Windows operating system and numerous applications, including Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader, Skype, Winamp, and many other popular titles. System Access also makes the U3 Launchpad accessible so you can manage your U3 smart drive with ease. FreedomBox and System Access are U3 smart, you can immediately run them from your U3 smart drive on any U3-capable computer, including well-secured computers in public places. No other assistive technology provides this combination of functionality and mobility; it’s truly accessibility anywhere.
ReallyEasyReader (London, England): RSVP – Rapid Serial Visual Presentation. The Fastest, most efficient way to display of your text for reading, see speed reading for more details.
iZoom (Ontario, Canada): Professional Grade Screen Magnifier and Reader built into a single application. Magnify your screen anywhere from 1.5 to 16 times while having it read out to you, all ready with color/cursor enhancements and image smoothing. Additionally, iZoom is the only free professional grade magnifier that works across Remote Desktop Software such as Terminal Services/VNC.
WWAC Browser (European Union): A very powerful Symbol-based AAC Web Browser
Fatbits (Vicksburg, Mississippi): Fatbits magnifies an area of the screen and paints the giant pixels into a new window, which may be useful if you have a visual impairment. To make the screen even more accessible, you can modify the colors it displays.
NexTalk (Salt Lake City, Utah): Internet-based, Live Text Communication. Some of the Features of NexTalk are:
|Mainstream Applications and Utilities:||IDEAL Conference (Hilliard, Ohio): accessible, online, conferencing system for meetings and training.
OpenOffice.org (Hamburg, Germany): OpenOffice is a full-featured office suite that’s compatible with Microsoft Office, Word Perfect, Lotus and other office applications. It’s easy-to-use and feature-rich, performing nearly all of the functions you’d expect in an office suite, but at no cost.
Desktop Share (Lambton N.S.W, Australia): For remote support and application-sharing.
Mozilla Thunderbird E-Mail (Mountain View, California): Thunderbird for U3 is the easy-to-use Mozilla Thunderbird email client packaged for U3 by John T. Haller and supported by PortableApps.com. Mozilla Thunderbird for U3 is based on Portable Thunderbird. Full-Featured Email
Trillian Instant Messaging (Danbury, Connecticut): A full featured, stand-alone, skinnable chat client that supports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and IRC. It provides capabilities not possible with original network clients, while supporting standard features such as audio chat, file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, multiple simultaneous connections to the same network, server-side contact importing, typing notification, direct connection (AIM), proxy support, encrypted messaging (AIM/ICQ), SMS support, and privacy settings.
|Cost per user for software:||$0 with one exception (FreedomBox).|
|Software Versions:||All versions will be current|
|Number of assistive technology products included in deliverable:||Minimum of six|
|Total cost per user:||$100 – $125|
|Name of Application:||IDEAL AT SmartDrive®|
|Application Program Interfaces:||U3 LaunchPad|
|Installation Methodology:||PC installations not necessary.
No installations of software need to be made on any PC. All of the software executes directly from the IDEAL AT SmartDrive®
|Scope of Impact:||The Web, all local applications, podcasts, news feeds and online applications.|