Sense Notetaker v8.2 Just Released! Packed with Features YOU’VE Asked For!

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Braille Sense Notetakers made history by being the first to include Nemeth code support, native access to Excel and PowerPoint files, proprietary YouTube, Dropbox, Quick Browser and social media apps and HIMS is about to make history again. Sense v8.2 was officially released today and includes several trail blazing new features that we know customers will appreciate.

Awesome New Features in v8.2 Include:

Facebook Client – For the first time ever, people who are Blind have optimized access to the most popular social network in the world directly from their Braille Notetaker. Post on time lines, accept friend requests, comment on posts and more right on your Braille Sense U2 product.

Macro Manager – Save time by automating your own commonly-used or complex key sequences into just a couple of key strokes to make your own handy shortcuts.

Record in DAISY – Take better notes in class or at work by recording right into a DAISY format where you can easily insert headings, marks, phrases and pages. Finding and using recorded information becomes infinitely easier when stored and organized in this format.

Edit Two Documents at Once – You can now have a second instance of the word processor open and switch between two documents without stopping to save or close the first.

Password Protected Start-Up – Secure your notetaker just like you do you phone or other devices. Set your notetaker to require a password on start-up or when waking from sleep mode.

CSV Support – Now you can import and export CSV files directly from your Braille Sense Notetaker. This new feature combined with our excel viewer makes Braille Sense the most capable notetaker for spreadsheets and databases.

Unique Features Already Included in
Braille Sense U2 Notetakers:

It’s easy to see why the Braille Sense U2 line of notetakers have quickly become a favorite go-to product for student and professionals. Reliable hardware combined with common-sense design and mainstream-compatible features have made HIMS Braille Notetakers. The unique features below are just a small sampling of the capabilities that have been standard to Braille Sense U2 Notetakers since the release of Sense v8.0 and v8.1.

Best-In-Class Nemeth Support for performing advanced calculations and showing your work using standard mathematical symbols and not abbreviations or code like the competition uses.

PowerPoint Viewer that lets you open PPT and PPTX files directly on your notetaker with no modification.

YouTube™ streaming for accessing educational videos and finding homework help.

Dropbox™ access for sharing files with peers, parents, teachers and students.

Bookshare™ Direct Download for fast, easy access to classic and contemporary literature. Excel™ Viewer for math and career training.

Exclusive HIMS Quick Browser for faster surfing and almost instantaneous Google™ Search and RSS results — Up to ten times faster than our previous browser!

Full Screen View on VGA Monitors so teachers and parents can interact to help check grammar and syntax.

RSS Reader for fast access to content school website content, news feeds and podcasts.

Google Talk with Voice Chat for peer-to-peer collaboration.

Learn more about all of the new features and fixes included in this update in HIMS’s resource center.

Call ATR today at 800-770-8474 or visit to learn more about Braille Sense U2 Notetakers and to find out if this could be the right device for you, your clients or your students! 

Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, of Southeastern Wisconsin provides adaptive products and services for clients with special needs, and also conducts professional evaluations by ATP* certified Occupational Therapists.  ATR specializes in educational solutions, including Kurzweil 3000, firefly, Audio Notetaker, and Dragon Naturally Speaking and offers individual and group professional development for a variety of software and hardware solutions.


OTs with Apps: 2-Day Workshop, August 11-12, 2014 – Register Today

Mobile devices have the potential of supporting school based OT practitioners with intervention activities, utilities and productivity tools due to its ease of use, portability, multimedia and wide selection of apps. Use of mobile devices such as the iPad in the school environment have been proposed to increase student engagement, access and efficiency, however identifying appropriate apps for student and therapist use can be overwhelming and time consuming.

This presentation will focus on iPad apps and applications for the school based OT Practitioner. Apps and application in the areas of fine motor/visual motor, visual perception, handwriting, sensory processing and self-regulation will be reviewed and demonstrated as they relate to school based practice. Access and production of curriculum tasks for reading, writing and math as it relates to OT intervention and inclusion of pre-school to high school students will be addressed. iPad features and apps supporting assessment, documentation and administrative tasks for the OT practitioner will also be explored.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to…

  • Identify iPad apps that can support the occupational performance of school aged students in skill areas of visual motor integration, visual perceptual, development of handwriting, self-regulation and sensory processing.
  • Identify iPad apps that can support occupational performance of school aged students access and production of reading, writing and math tasks.
  • Explore iPad accessories such as stands, styluses, keyboards used for input, scanning and positioning that support the needs of users.
  • Apply device features and apps that can increase efficiency with administrative tasks required of the school based OT.

August 11th, 2014 8:30 a.m – 3:45 p.m. &
August 12th, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

CONTACT HOURS: Certificate for 12 Hours

PRICE:  $300 per workshop (includes 2-days plus lunch)  Register by July 14th and receive $25 discount

LOCATION: Adaptive Technology Resources, 1350 14th Avenue, Suite 3, Grafton, WI 53024

PRESENTERS: Carol Leynse Harpold, MS AdEd, OTR/L, ATP and Erin Higgins, COTA

READ MORE about the workshop and the instructors


ZoomText 10.1 Free Update!

AI Squared, manufacturer’s of ZoomText, announce that the next free update in the ZoomText 10.1 cycle is here. This release adds touch support for those running in Windows 8.1 as well as a bunch of bug fixes for Office 2010, Office 2013, Java applications and more.

If you own ZoomText 10.1 and you’ve got it set to download updates automatically, you’re good to go – the next time you launch ZoomText it will install the update for you. Otherwise, just go to the Help menu and choose “Check for Program Updates…”.

If you do not yet own ZoomText 10.1 and need support for a Windows 8 or 8.1 machine, please contact ATR sales team to get a quote: (800-770-8474, ext 106)

Learn more about 10.1, read the release notes, or download a free 60-day trial to give it a try yourself.

10 things you may not know about Kurzweil 3000 firefly

  1. Firefly works on iPads, Laptops and even Chromobooksimages
  2. Using Kurzweil 3000’s Taskbar Manager, you can read anything from anywhere including emails, websites, pdfs, Word docs
  3. Test taking accommodations – Using Kurzweil 3000, students can independently complete worksheets, classroom tests and standardized tests with greater confidence and fewer mistakes.
  4. Gain Reporting Insights – Usage reporting is a simple means of understanding whether your investment is paying off. Teachers and administrators can access centralized reporting anytime, anywhere — from any computer or device that has an internet connection, making it easy to stay on top of student outcomes. Reporting tools enable teachers to monitor students’ usage, make informed instructional decisions, and ensure that the students’ activities in Kurzweil 3000-firefly align with their educational goals.
  5. Scanning isn’t required!  You can convert files from just about any source directly into the software –Accessible file types include: TXT; HTML; HTM; XML; SEK; PDF; TIF; BMP; JPG;  NIMAS; MathML; DOC; DOCX; RTF; DAISY(.OPF); EPUB
  6. Kurzweil 3000 uses research-based writing path to process writing models – includes writing path components similar to “Inspiration,” including organizing a brainstorm graph, outline, and draft.
  7. firefly is also your universal library for all of your files with Unlimited Storage!
  8. District / Campus – Wide subscription pricing is available with affordable options!
  9. You can try out Kurzweil 300 firefly by purchasing just a few licenses at a time. Purchase up to 3 users for less than the price of one Standalone Kurzweil 3000.
  10. Professional Development – ATR has customizable on-site or remote Kurzweil 3000 firefly training options to fit your needs.

Join Adaptive Technology Resources for a free webinar on Wednesday, May 28th at 7:45 – 8:45 am Central Time  for School Districts in Wisconsin.  See examples of how Kurzweil 3000 firefly is the all-in-one solution!   Register today or contact ATR at 800-770-8474 for additional information.


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Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, of Southeastern Wisconsin provides adaptive products and services for clients with special needs, and also conducts professional evaluations by ATP* certified Occupational Therapists.  ATR specializes in educational solutions, including Kurzweil 3000, firefly, Audio Notetaker, and Dragon Naturally Speaking and offers individual and group professional development for a variety of software and hardware solutions.



iPads and E-bot portable video magnifiers with OCR!

Join HIMS and ATR Adaptive Technology Resources for an exciting and informative webinar! 

iPads and E-bot portable video magnifiers with OCR are changing the way students and teachers use AT in the classroom!

Learn how the new E-bot portable reading, writing and distance magnifiers with OCR text-to-speech are changing the way students view assistive technology and making it easier than ever for teachers to prepare more flexible lesson plans.

When: May 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM Central Daylight Time

We will host a 30-minute presentation followed by a Q & A period when we will stay on the line to answer any related questions you may have.  We will cover:

  • How pairing a video magnifier with an iPad motivates even initially reluctant students to embrace assistive technology in their classroom
  • Ways to quickly and easily accommodate low vision students for upcoming Common Core standardized tests – without the help of an aid or special testing materials!
  • Ways teachers can create more flexible lesson plans and reduce the amount of time spent creating accessible materials for low vision students
  • How familiar touch-screen gesture controls make learning and using the advanced features of E-bot as easy as handing an iPad to a toddler
  • When and why you should choose a joystick-interface with motorized camera for your students
  • How appropriate use of OCR text-to speech can make study sessions easier and more comfortable for visually impaired students.

Register right away!

>> Click Here to Register Now!

If you are unable to make this date/time, please use the link above to register and we’ll be sure to send you the audio recording after the session.

Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, of Southeastern Wisconsin provides adaptive products and services for clients with special needs, and also conducts professional evaluations by ATP* certified Occupational Therapists.  ATR specializes in educational solutions, including Kurzweil 3000, firefly, Audio Notetaker, and Dragon Naturally Speaking and offers individual and group professional development for a variety of software and hardware solutions.

Webinar: Introduction to Audio Notetaker, a New Approach to Traditional Note-Taking

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Accommodation models are not effective for the majority of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability only has a copy of another student’s notes or notes from an instructor, they may be missing out on the critical active learning that occurs during the note-taking process; thinking about the information, sorting it, writing it down, evaluating importance and synthesizing with other related course material. As a result, traditional note-taking accommodations may not be the most effective accommodation model.

This leads to the following questions: If a school provides a student with notes he/she can’t read, does a school actually create barriers to success? Has the playing field accidentally been tilted? Many students who use notetaking as an accommodation also struggle with reading comprehension, dyslexia, and other print disabilities. Audio Notetaking software is a compelling, effective alternative to traditional print notes.

This webinar features an introduction to Audio Notetaker. Nick Hanford, Manager of Educational Sales and Training at ATR, will demonstrate Audio Notetaker and will briefly discuss different ways the tool can be used.

Webinar Dates and Times (Central Time):

Thursday, May 29th 11:00am -12:00pm CST Register Now!

Tuesday, June 24th 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST Register Now!

Wednesday,July 16th 12:30pm – 1:30pm CST Register Now!

Tuesday, August 12th 11:45am – 12:45pm CST Register Now!

To learn more about Audio Notetaker, Watch an Introduction Video from Sonocent, the manufacturer’s of Audio Notetaker.  Hear about Audio Notetaker from a Student’s Perspective.

Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, of Southeastern Wisconsin provides adaptive products and services for clients with special needs, and also conducts professional evaluations by ATP* certified Occupational Therapists.  ATR specializes in educational solutions, including Kurzweil 3000, firefly, Audio Notetaker, and Dragon Naturally Speaking and offers individual and group professional development for a variety of software and hardware solutions.

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Dyslexia Doesn’t Go Away

I was Diagnosed with Dyslexia in the 3rd Grade

dyslexia_study-skills_kurzweilLearning disabilities always make life difficult for students who have them. I know firsthand how difficult having a learning disability can be. I was first diagnosed with dyslexia in 3rd grade, at which point I had a 1st grade reading and spelling level and a 2nd grade comprehension level. Even high school was very difficult but I was able to work my way through the challenges and actually graduate with honors. Before I left for college I was retested to see where my disability was at and, unfortunately, none of my levels had increased any since my first diagnosis back in 3rd grade.

Dyslexia Made College Seem Impossible

With this disability it made it seem almost impossible to try to take on the challenges of college, or the workforce for that matter, but I was lucky enough to be introduced to the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), who in turn introduced me to an adaptive consultant who taught me about assistive technology. He introduced me to two programs —Kurzweil 3000-firefly and Dragon NaturallySpeaking. This experience might be one of the most significant events of my life. With the introduction of these two programs, my educational and personal experiences completely changed. Instead of going to grandparents’ and neighbors’ houses to get help with homework and have them read books to me, I was finally able to be independent and do much of my own homework without any additional support. After my 1st semester in college of using Kurzweil 3000-firefly and Dragon, I was able to obtain a 4.0.

Assistive Technology Helped with My Dyslexia

I realized that now that I had these tools, I could get involved in other aspects of college that I never believed would be available to someone like me who simply had to spend all their time on homework. The next semester I began joining social groups and networking clubs. The following semester I got a job and was able to work while going to school. By the time my final semester came, I was in 6 social groups and officer of 3, I was in the honors program for the University and taking honors classes, as well as carrying an 18 credit class load while still maintaining my grades and working between 35 and 40 hours a week. The technology didn’t only give me the flexibility to be independent and complete projects on my own, but it helped me develop confidence and strengthen the person I could be. In addition, the technology gave me the time to develop other aspects of my life like a traditional college student does by working and getting in social groups. After 3 ½ years I was able to graduate with honors from my university. At that time I chose to be retested before entering the workforce to make sure I knew where I was with my disability. After only 3 ½ years of using this technology I had increased my reading and spelling levels by two grade levels and had increased my comprehension capabilities by over 13 grade levels. And doing this all while not getting any additional individual remediation. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the man I am today without the software and would have never made it through college without these tools.

Helping Others Find Success Despite Dyslexia is My Passion

Now 11 ½ years after my original graduation for my undergraduate degree, I have dedicated my life to helping others like myself find the relief and strength that comes from having the right solutions in their lives. While working full-time for a technology consulting company called Adaptive Technology Resource in Wisconsin, I was able to get my Master’s degree at night and still graduate in the top 20% of my class, all the while using Kurzweil 3000-firefly. To this day, assistive technology is a big part of my life and I use Kurzweil on a daily basis to read all of my emails, do research on new products, produce and proof reports, and so many other features I couldn’t list them all.

If there are individuals out there who have the will and the desire to be successful in the face of diversity such as a learning disability, there are tools that can help them overcome their disability and allow them to be independent and successful. I truly feel like I’m living proof of that and never imagine my life without my assistive technology tools. In many ways these tools are like the best friend I never had growing up. They are always there for me and don’t judge me when I make mistakes.

Join Me for a Webinar to See how Kurzweil 3000-firefly Helps with Dyslexia

I would love to share my personal experience with you. Register for a free webinar on May 20th at 12:00 PM Eastern when I will show you how I use Kurzweil 3000-firefly in the workplace.

“Takin’ Care of Business” – Success in the Workplace Even with Print Disabilities
Tue., May 20th, 12:00 PM ET

Written by:
Nicholas Hanford, MBA
Manager, Educational Sales & Training
Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc.

Low Vision Solutions for Macular Degeneration at Seniorfest, June 12th in Milwaukee, WI


Find out what’s new in low vision technology solutions!

Come see our table at the 30th Annual Seniorfest – on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at American Serb Memorial Hall from 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Gabe DeLeon of Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, will be presenting some of the latest technology available for low vision including the Candy 5 HD, and these products will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

For more information on the events of the day see the Seniorfest website.




CANDY 5 HD can be used as a handheld or stand magnifier for viewing items close up such as a magazine or a text book, or for viewing items at a near distance, such as a bulletin board or overhead fast food menu. CANDY 5 HD has an intuitive user-inteface with high-contrast, easy-to-locate buttons and its compact size makes it easy to take along on the go. The 3-position handle makes CANDY 5 HD a great ergonomic choice for either left or right handed users

Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc., ATR, is a Southeastern Wisconsin based company that has been providing low vision rehabilitation services and devices to individuals with low vision since 1995.

To learn more on the devices or services we can provide to patients with glaucoma or low vision, contact Gabe DeLeon at 800-770-8474 ext. 108 or email with questions!

Audio Notetaker – a student’s perspective

Audio Notetaker from Sonocent is an innovative and interactive note-taking tool. It serves as an anchor for recording, reviewing, and interacting with class lectures. As a result, it empowers students to work to their strengths and be active learners, which copies of peer or instructor lecture notes noticeably do not provide. Inclusive education predicates that all students can have the opportunity for  effectively carrying out the critical task of learning. Audio Notetaker is a vital, inclusive tool that puts the student with a disability in control of their education.

Read a review from a college student recently introduced to Audio Notetaker:

Audio Notetaker is an excellent program, and thank you for introducing me to it! The two main features that I like the most are presentation and the ability to separate different parts of a lecture. The ability to make paragraphs and then give textual reminders as to what they are has been a huge help, and I believe it has actually contributed to my grades increasing (such as reviewing lecture only material for a test). It also allows me to skip over material, that is not relevant, easily and save a lot of time.

 The thing I like about it is how it looks. The bars and cursor in Audio Notetaker are extremely easy to see, so it makes it very easy to go back and review when I miss something the first time. I noticed Audio Notetaker is also much faster at saving and exporting than most other programs I found. I’ve also used a couple of the other features, such as highlighting and imported documents, but so far I’m most comfortable with the textual reminders. However, I found out you can edit a sample after you’re done recording it, so in a class I will have next semester that uses a lot of imported documents, I plan to put reminders of the documents and import them when my teacher gets them up near the end of the year.

 Thanks again for showing me this wonderful program!

 - Student, University of Wisconsin Whitewater

 Watch an Introduction Video from Sonocent, the manufacturer’s of Audio Notetaker.

Purchase your copy of Audio Notetaker today from ATR!


Kurzweil 3000 firefly and Audio Notetaker at 2014 InterActiv Conference, June 17-20

The InterActiv Conference and Technology Academy is designed to be a resource for K-12 and Higher Ed Educators. The event is put on by educators who currently are in the field. The sessions are designed to provide valuable training and information, so educators can take what they learn back to their classrooms and schools. With over 300 attendees in 2013, the conference continues to grow at a rapid pace, and promises to deliver high quality staff development at a very affordable price.

ATR’s Nick Hanford, Manager of Educational Sales and Training, of Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc. will be exhibiting and presenting on the scan and read technology of Kurzweil 3000 firefly and the benefits and features of Audio Notetaker software.  The conference is June 17-20th at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater.  Details can be found online at

Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, of Southeastern Wisconsin provides Educational Solutions to  K12 and Higher Ed schools with students with special needs, and also conducts professional evaluations by ATP* certified Occupational Therapists.  ATR specializes in educational solutions, including Kurzweil 3000, firefly, Audio Notetaker, and Dragon Naturally Speaking and offers individual and group professional development for a variety of software and hardware solutions.

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