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 http://www.interactivlearning.com/index.html.

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.

Visit ATR at Eye Care Specialists CEC Conference, May 18th, Wauwatosa, WI

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

Come see our booth at the Eye Care Specialists’ bi-annual Optometric Continuing Medical Education (CME) Conference at the Radisson Hotel – Milwaukee West – on Sunday, May 18th from 7am to 3pm.  Gabe DeLeon of Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, will be presenting some of the latest technology available for low vision, and these products will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

For more information on the events of the day see the Eye Care Specialists website.

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 Gabe@adaptivetr.com with questions!

 

WCASS, Achieving Innovation in Learning for All Wisconsin Students

Attention all Directors and Coordinators of Special Education and Pupil Services, School Psychologists, and RTI Coordinators:

The WI Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) will be hosting their Spring Conference on May 7th – May 9th at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in the Wisconsin Dells.  To learn more about this event visit WCASS.org/spring. Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness is located at 45 Hillman Road,Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

On May 8th, Nick Hanford, Manager of Educational Sales and Training for Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc., ATR,  will be exhibiting at the event and will be showing ATR’s line of Learning Disability Software including Cambium’s Kurzweil 3000 firefly text to speech software, and Sonocent’s Audio Notetaker.

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.

HIMS Announces v8.1 Firmware Upgrade for Braille Sense and Voice Sense Notetakers

Version 8.1 is here! We are quite excited to bring you the following features for this release:

Nemeth support is introduced in this version. Students and professionals needing to use Nemeth to perform math and scientific work using the proper Nemeth symbols can now do so. You can then share your work with a colleague, when you save the file as a Microsoft Word .doc file.

Your colleague will be pleasantly surprised when they open your Microsoft Word document and find that our Nemeth support transcribes your work correctly with the use of the proper corresponding scientific and math symbols. Please be informed that no other notetakers support saving the file with the real scientific and math symbols to show.

You’ll also like the fact that you can import an RTF file that includes math symbols from Microsoft Word into the Braille Sense and see Nemeth output wherever scientific and math symbols are used.

PowerPoint (PPT and PPTX) file viewer is introduced to complement our Excel Viewer.

CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind) library allowing anyone with a CNIB account can download content via an online DAISY Download program.

 

NEW! Eye-Pal Ace Plus Low Vision Device

New Eye-Pal Ace Plus features All Eye-Pal Ace functions PLUS the ability to communicate via email and download books. With this unique device, at the comfort of your home, via Wi-Fi connection, you may easily scan and send any documents or attach a voice mail to your email and send it with our one-click button function to your friends and relatives. You may browse the Bookshare online library and download book available with your subscription. The device is capable of reading these downloaded books same way it does with scanned documents. Eye-Pal Ace Plus weight only 3.5 pounds and easy to care around. It’s rechargeable battery allow you to stay longer connected and not necessary plugged into the outlet.

Eye-Pal Ace PlusEye-Pal Ace Plus Features:

  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 100% SPAM Free Email with ability to
  • Attach Voice Messages and Documents
  • Ability to download Books from Bookshare

We’ll be happy to arrange a demonstration for you and we look forward to talking with you. Contact Adaptive Technology Resources in Wisconsin at 800-770-8474 or find us online at http://www.adaptivetr.com/eye-pal-ace.

 WHO WE ARE:

ATR (Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc.) is a Wisconsin based company that has been providing adaptive solutions to individuals with disabilities since 1995. We specialize in hardware, software, training, and evaluation services for Blindness, Low Vision, Learning Disabilities, Mobility Impairments and Environmental Control. ATR has provided consistent, dependable service for almost 20 years.  Quality products and services from a family-owned and operated business.  Friendly staff provide service, loyalty and satisfaction to all customers.

 

ATR Supports College Students with Disabilities

Kurzweil 3000® – firefly:

The award-winning, research-based, assistive technology tool, has been helping learners of all ages with learning disabilities—those diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia or other literacy challenges—to learn and succeed alongside their peers since 1996.  The best just keeps getting better! New Disabled Student Services pricing for colleges and universities is now available. Free webinars to learn more about Kurzweil 3000 firefly are available at http://www.adaptivetr.com/webinars.

Audio Notetaker (New):

Most college content, despite advancements in digital technology is still conveyed through class lecture, which necessitates note-taking by students. Typically, colleges and universities provide note-taking accommodations through an in-class note-taker, who may be a volunteer or student who is paid for providing a copy of his/her notes. Recruiting student note-takers can be a tremendous challenge, and payment for notes can be an expensive endeavor.  The Audio Notetaker by Sonocent is a new approach to traditional notetaking and provides a cost-effective tool that empowers all students to take more effective notes! ATR not only provides Audio Noteaker but training and setup by a certified Audio Notetaker trainer.  Free Introduction to Audio Notetaker Webinar available at http://www.adaptivetr.com/webinars.

 

Dragon NaturallySpeaking:

Dragon NaturallySpeaking  Professional speech recognition software lets users create documents and control their PC by voice – three times faster than typing – to drive productivity and cost savings. Create or modify documents, manage email, search the Web, or automate business processes.  Even dictate into a digital voice recorder or compatible iOS device and Dragon will transcribe the audio files.  ATR offers 5 User Lab Packs at a great price for schools, maintenance or upgrades to software currently owned by your school.

 

ZoomText Magnifier Screen Reader:

ZoomText 10.1 for Windows 8 is here, offering support for the Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems.  It’s compatible with Office 2013 and Internet Explorer 10, offers faster performance when viewing videos or playing games, includes smooth enhancements, additional magnification levels, and more!  ATR can provide Network and District wide licenses, upgrades to current software and Enhanced Service Packages.

 

 CCTVs and Video Magnification:

ATR has a variety of video magnification solutions to fit the individual’s needs including tabletop CCTVs, rotating cameras, portable video magnifiers, iPad applications and handheld magnifiers.  Also available, reading machines read text out loud for students with low vision. A variety of reading devices exist, from portable to desktop solutions and computer-based to standalone solutions. ATR has an option to fit a low vision student’s needs.  ATR can provide on-site demos for any of these products.

Who We Are

ATR (Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc.) is a Southeastern Wisconsin based company that has been providing adaptive solutions to individuals with disabilities since 1995. We specialize in hardware, software, training, and evaluation services for Blindness, Low Vision, Learning Disabilities, Mobility Impairments and Environmental Control.

For more information, visit us at http://www.adaptivetr.com/higher-education or call us at 800-770-8474.

 

ATR exhibits at Wisconsin Optometric Conference – April 16-17, 2014

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

Come see our booth at the Wisconsin Optometric Association Convention in Oconomowoc, WI on Wednesday, April 16th and Thursday, April 17th.  ATR will be presenting the latest technology available for low vision, including the latest products from Hims, Inc, ABISee and more.  These products will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

For more information on the events of the day see the WOA Website.

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 Gabe@adaptivetr.com with questions!

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.

Come see Audio Notetaker displayed at ILLOWA AHEAD Conference on March 27-28th, 2014

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Adaptive Technology Resources, a certified dealer for Audio Notetaker, will be exhibiting at the ILLOWA AHEAD Conference on March 27-28 in Davenport, Iowa.   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.

 

AHEAD is the Association on Higher Education and Disability.  The ILLOWA AHEAD Regional Conference will be held at the Radisson Quad City located at Plaza111 East 2nd Street in
Davenport, IA.

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Introduction to Audio Notetaker – Free Webinars

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. Scott Ritter, Associate Director of Center for Students with Disabilities at University of Wisconsin Whitewater will discuss why and how he has successfully implemented Audio Notetaker at UW Whitewater. 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 Time:

Wednesday, April 9th 12:00-1:00 PM Register Now!

Tuesday, April 15th 1:00-2:00 PM Register Now!

Thursday, April 24th 11:00-12:00 PM Register Now!

Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc. (ATR) is the only certified dealer in North America for Audio Notetaker.  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.

Kurzweil 3000 firefly – Spring Webinar Series for Wisconsin Schools

Adaptive Technology Resource’s Spring Webinar Series begins April 1st, 2014

Adaptive Technology Resources is excited to announce our Webinar Series on Kurzweil 3000 and firefly. Get a product overview, touch up on your skills or learn more about a specific topic.  These webinars are open to Wisconsin Schools.  Find a webinar and time that fits your schedule! Sign up today for any of these free webinars.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Wednesday, April 9th 12:00-1:00 PM Register Now!

Tuesday, April 15th 1:00-2:00 PM Register Now!

Thursday, April 24th 11:00-12:00 PM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 firefly

Introduction to Kurzweil 3000 – firefly

In this 60 minute webinar, learn why thousands of educators across the U.S. and worldwide are choosing Kurzweil 3000-firefly as a cost-effective solution for providing literacy support for students at home and in the classroom. With Kurzweil 3000-firefly, you  can provide literacy support for students anytime, anywhere — on their PC, MAC, iPad, and the web. Built-in tools for reading, writing, study skills and test taking deliver a multisensory approach to learning, helping students who struggle, such as those with dyslexia and English Language Learners, become independent learners.  A cloud-based centralized library allows for easy access and distribution of curricula, while reporting delivers helpful insight into student usage.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Tuesday, April 1st   7:30-8:30 AMRegister Now!

Monday, April 7th  8:00-9:00 AM Register Now!

Tuesday, April 15th  8:00-9:00 AM Register Now!

Features of firefly

This 60 minute webinar will provide an overview of the many features in firefly including adding, renaming and tracking students. Introduce yourself to the web portal of firefly and the web library management.  Learn how to see if your students are really using it with new reporting features.  Also, see how it works on an iPad.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Tuesday, April 1st   3:45-4:45 PMRegister Now!

Monday, April 7th  11:45-12:45 PM Register Now!

Tuesday, April 15th  3:30-4:30 PM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 Mac

This 60 minute webinar will provide an overview of the many features that are available within the Mac version of the Kurzweil 3000 software.  This webinar explains some of the different and feature that are available in the Mac version of the software.  Built-in tools for reading, writing, study skills and test taking deliver a multisensory approach to learning, helping students who struggle, such as those with dyslexia and English Language Learners, become independent learners.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Friday, April 11th 12:00-1:00 PM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 and Universal Design for Learning

Kurzweil 3000 embraces and supports the concept of UDL by making print and electronic material available to a broad spectrum of students. In this 60 minute webinar, learn how this software uses a multisensory approach — presenting print or electronic text on the computer screen with added visual and auditory accessibility. See how it incorporates a host of dynamic features (including powerful decoding, study skills, and test taking tools) designed to adapt to each individual’s learning style and promote active learning.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Thursday, April 24th  7:45-8:45 AMRegister Now!

Monday, May 5th  12:00-1:00 PM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 and Higher Education’s Most Common Uses

During this 60 minute webinar, you learn how Kurzweil 3000 can be a useful and necessary tool for Higher Ed Students.  Learn how to use firefly to share books with students and how to use Kurzweil 3000 for testing.  You will also learn the best way to teach students the skill features of Kurzweil 3000.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Thursday, April 29th  11:45-12:45 PMRegister Now!

Monday, May 7th  3:00-4:00 PM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 and Dragon NaturallySpeaking

During this 60 minute webinar, you will learn how to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking in conjunction with Kurzweil 3000.  Learn how to fill in forms by using voice dictation.  You will also be introduced to the verbal commands of Dragon that can be used in Kurzweil 3000 including areas such as writing functions, note taking and study skills.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Thursday, April 3rd  7:45-8:45 AMRegister Now!

Kurzweil 3000 and Bookshare.org

Kurzweil 3000 provides direct access to the Bookshare.org catalog of resources. With just a few easy clicks, the extensive Bookshare library becomes available to eligible students for download and use with Kurzweil 3000 – no need to scan or copy books. In this 60 minute webinar, we will not only demonstrate this feature, but will show you how easy it is to provide digital content to your students with print disabilities.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Thursday, April 3rd  11:45-12:45 PMRegister Now!

Tuesday, April 29th 7:45-8:45 AM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 References and Web Features

In this 60 minute webinar, learn about Kurzweil 3000 references and web features including definition, synonym, translator, syllable, pronounce, and spelling features as well as how to read online using the taskbar manager and what other reference features within that toolbar.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Thursday, April 3rd  3:00-4:00 PMRegister Now!

Thursday, May 1st  8:00-9:00 AM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 Writing Features

During this 60 minute webinar, you will learn tips and tricks for writing and reviewing papers within Kurzweil 3000 in conjunction with Microsoft Office Products.  You will also be introduced to more advanced writing tools including brainstorming and fact mapping.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Wednesday, April 9th  7:30-8:30 AMRegister Now!

Thursday, May 1st  3:00-4:00 PM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 – Study & Writing Skills

During this 60 minute webinar, you will learn the study skills and writing tools such as Highlighting & Note Taking.  Learn how to create a list of definitions on highlighted vocabulary words. Also, learn how to extract files into outline formats and use that outline to form a great paper!

Webinar Dates and Time:

Wednesday, April 9th  3:30-4:30 PMRegister Now!

Wednesday, May 7th  12:00-1:00 PM Register Now!

Kurzweil 3000 – Test Taking Strategies

During this 60 minute webinar, you will learn how to upload a test, complete a test in Kurzweil and how to protect a test for student distribution.

Webinar Dates and Time:

Friday, April 11th  7:45-8:45 AMRegister Now!

Tuesday, April 29th 2:45-3:45 PM Register Now!

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