Video Webinar for Polaris and New Polaris Mini

Using the Polaris and Polaris Mini

ATR is offering a free educational webinar to describe the uses of the BrailleSense Polaris and NEW Polaris Mini from HIMS for students and teachers and those looking for assistance with personal tasks.  Earle Harrison, Regional Sales Manager for HIMS will be conducting this webinar.

The 60 minute Zoom Demonstration will be available on the following dates and times:

Monday August 20th 2:00 P.M.

Monday August 27th 8:30 A.M. 

Registration is required by Wednesday August 15th.  To sign up for one of the webinars, please click here.  You will be sent a response email with instructions on how to participate in the Zoom video conference.

For individuals with a visual impairment, BrailleSense Polaris and Polaris Mini from HIMS offer a new standard in blind-friendly applications with the latest in cutting edge technology including:

  • Robust productivity tools, whether you’re in the classroom, at your desk, or on the road
  • Organization and schedule management tools
  • Information and communication in the office, at home, or on-the-go; including special features for Deaf-Blind populations
  • Built in GPS

Using the Polaris and Polaris Mini

Advanced features specifically designed for students and teachers include:

  • Sophisticated Calculation and Composition offers fraction calculation, Nemath and UEB Braille code entry into a fully functional scientific calculator.  Teachers and students can share assignments  and homework without their teacher needing to learn strange abbreviations and code words
  • Use the Sense Dictionary to ensure stylistic and accurate composition.  Includes Dictionary, Thesaurus, and optional English/Spanish, English/French, and English/Italian bilingual dictionaries
  • Play and navigate DAISY and NIMAS compatible digital talking books
  • Listen to and record FM radio
  • Search for and play videos on YouTube, or stream audio content
  • Certified to use all Google services, including the play store. Thus, users can choose from among the thousands of accessible Android apps and access them via Polaris’s intuitive screen reader.

As an added feature, Earle will also provide information on the Taptilo 2.0 – Now with WiFi connection and upgraded software!  Taptilo is an all-in-one braille education solution that includes a combination of a hardware device with the latest braille cell technology and an innovative application and software with improved user interface. With its interactive software and personalization features, as well as a growing library of available content for wireless download, Taptilo makes braille education efficient, effective, and of course, fun!

Registration is required by Wednesday August 15th.  To sign up for one of the webinars, please click here.

For more information Contact Us at info@adaptivetr.com or 800-770-8474 Ext. 106.   Or, refer someone to ATR today online using the Referral Form.

 

About Earle Harrison:  With almost 30 years of experience in the assistive technology industry, Earle Harrison’s best known accomplishments date back to the early days of the JAWS screen reader, when in 1997 he became known as the “Voice of JAWS” because his was the voice the user would hear upon closing the CD ROM drawer while installing JAWS; the first screen reader capable of being installed independently without sighted intervention.

Since then Harrison has held other positions with Freedom Scientific such as tutorial developer, distance learning project manager and regional sales manager.

From 2002-2005 Harrison worked for the state of Minnesota as an assistive technology specialist and recently joined HIMS, Inc as a Regional Manager after 13 years of running his own assistive technology company called Triumph Technology.

Free Webinar on BrailleSense Polaris and NEW Polaris Mini

BrailleSense Polaris

ATR is offering a free webinar to describe the uses of the BrailleSense Polaris and NEW Polaris Mini from HIMS.  This presentation, conducted by Earle Harrison, Regional Sales Manager for HIMS, is geared towards applications for individuals in the workforce and those looking for assistance with personal tasks.

The 45 to 60-minute Video Webinar will be available on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 31st 3:00 P.M.

Thursday, August 2nd 9:00 A.M. 

Registration is required by Wednesday July 25th.  To sign up for one of the webinars, please click here.  Prior to the event, you will be sent a response email with instructions on how to participate in the Zoom video conference.

BrailleSense Polaris

For individuals with a visual impairment, BrailleSense Polaris and Polaris Mini from HIMS offer a new standard in blind-friendly applications with the latest in cutting edge technology including:

  • Robust productivity tools, whether you’re in the board room, at your desk, or on the road
  • Organization and schedule management tools
  • Information and communication in the office, at home, or on-the-go; including special features for Deaf-Blind populations
  • Built in GPS

Using an Android OS, BrailleSense Polaris and Mini offer an autonomous and intuitive platform for everyone, regardless of whether you have a visual impairment! BrailleSense Polaris & Mini support Google Apps, making it easy to utilize Google services like Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides as millions of others do every day.

Powerful performance & processing includes a Samsung 2.1GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM and 64GB storage, expandable storage with the SD card reader and USB host port, and super-fast data transfer and charging with the combination Micro USB and USB 3.0 data port.

Registration is required by Wednesday, July 25th.  To sign up for one of the webinars, please click here

For more information Contact Us at info@adaptivetr.com or 800-770-8474 Ext. 106.   Or, refer someone to ATR today online using the Referral Form.

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ATR Open House

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In celebration of 23 years in business and its new location, Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc. (ATR) will be hosting an Open House for the public:

Wednesday, August 1st

10am – 3pm

W175 N11163 Stonewood Drive, Suite 232

Germantown, WI 53022

Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc. is a small company that began in 1995.  ATR provides assistive technologies, evaluation and training services to individuals with varying abilities.  These services are provided by Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Software Training Staff, and Low Vision & Blindness Service Professionals.  In keeping with its individuals with disabilities such as blindness and dyslexia.

Join us on August 1st to learn more about solutions such as:

The GrandCare system: a caregiving tool that enables designated family members and caregivers to remotely interact with, care for, and monitor activities and health status of a loved one – it is the ultimate connection when you can’t be there.  Wireless activity and telehealth devices can be added as needed.

Low Vision and Blindness Solutions: from Magnification Devices to Reading Machines to Wearable OCR glasses to Braille Notetakers and more!  ATR has a variety of solutions that can give individuals with no or low vision their independence.  Portable, desktop and wearable solutions to fit the individual needs.

Educational Solutions: from reading and writing tools to note taking solutions for students.

Environmental Control Solutions: control your home by voice, using tools from simple to complex!

RSVP Appreciated!

Contact ATR:

800-770-8474     AdaptiveTR.com     info@adaptiveTR.com

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Meet Dave! ATR’s Speech and Language Pathologist

ATR is pleased to announce the addition of a Speech and Language Pathologist: Dave Moehn.

Dave Moehn, MS, CCC-SLP,  is a licensed Speech/Language Pathologist who received a Master of Science in Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a Certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dave’s interest in assistive technology began as a school-based speech/language pathologist where he worked with students with multiple disabilities and complex communication needs. He has over 25 years of experience in the public schools as an Assistive Technology Specialist and a Speech/Language Pathologist. Dave strives to develop and provide effective assistive technology services. Dave enjoys spending time with his family and coaching select soccer.

ATR is excited to welcome Dave to the team and continue to provide these valuable services. Dave will be conducting assessments and provide training for augmentative communication devices such as the Grid Pad, apps such as ProLoQuo2Go and more.

 

Adaptive Technology Resources, Inc, (ATR) of Southeastern Wisconsin has been providing 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. Our professional staff of OTs and Trainers have been working with a wide range of clients with varying abilities for over 20 years.  Over the last several years, we have added the expertise of a Speech and Language Pathologist to assist clients with communication concerns.

 

BrailleSense Polaris & the New Polaris MINI

Setting the New Standard for Braille Notetakers — Effortless Accessibility + Mainstream Apps & Features

BrailleSense Polaris and Polaris Mini side-by-side

BrailleSense Polaris and Polaris MINI combine the very best of two worlds with industry-leading accessibility and software that schools, businesses and home users have come to know and love. These powerhouse devices for the blind feature HIMS’ popular, paper-like Braille, a built-in OCR camera, and an upgradeable Android Operating System that supports mainstream apps like Polaris Office, Google Drive/Docs/Classroom and countless numbers of other blind-friendly apps from the Google Play Store, as well as our own proprietary apps.

Equal Access for Education, Employment & Enjoyment

polaris mini with user and his family

For the first time in history, people who are blind have easy access to the same tools-of-the-trade as their sighted counterparts without the need to get the IT department involved at all! Surf the web with Google Chrome. Use Polaris Office with Word, or Google Docs/Sheets/Slides to compose and edit memos, reports and homework assignments. Collaborate with colleagues by sharing documents on your Google Drive or syncing your calendar to your employer’s Google Calendar. And when you get home, enjoy a much-deserved break, reading a book from BookShare, BARD, Audible.com and other popular media distribution services.

Not Just Another Notetaker… It’s a HIMS Notetaker!

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BrailleSense fans will appreciate that we’ve kept some things the same as they always were. You’ll still enjoy our ergonomic Perkins-style keyboard, traditional computer interface, Quick Browser, Excel Viewer, PowerPoint Viewer, Nemeth & UEB Math, Math Graphs, GPS navigation and Terminal Mode for using the Braille Sense Polaris and Polaris MINI as a Braille keyboard and display with your other devices — we’ve just tucked it all neatly into a new device with even more features. The 32-cell BrailleSense Polaris also has a built-in LCD and screen-casting, Voice Trigger (“Hey Polaris”), wireless charging, touch-enabled cursor buttons and user-definable, touch-enabled multi-function buttons.

Flexible Connectivity & Multimedia Support

Connect BrailleSense Polaris and Polaris MINI to your computer, iOS device, Android device, tablet or phone for easier access. You can even use it as an infrared universal remote, and binge-watch your favorite show using Chromecast to your TV.

Packed with Features, Light on Frustration!

  • User-friendly, upgradeable Android operating system
  • Access to 1000’s of apps on the Google Play Store
  • Built-in 13-megapixel camera for OCR scan, read and save
  • Optimized apps for Google Drive, Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides & APH Nearby Explorer
  • Student Essentials like Math Graphs, Nemeth & UEB Math
  • Connectivity with iOS, Android, Mac & Windows devices
  • Easy portability – BrailleSense Polaris MINI weighs in at LESS THAN 15 ounces!

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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.  ATR has been providing low vision rehabilitation services and devices to individuals with low vision since 1995.

ATR’s Low Vision Solutions

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.

 

Products & Services

Video magnification is a solution that can give individuals with low vision their independence once again when reading the printed word, recipes, prescription bottles and more. ATR has a variety of video magnification solutions to fit the individual’s needs including tabletop CCTVs, distance and self-viewing cameras, portable video magnifiers, iPad applications and handheld magnifiers.

Reading machines read text out loud for individuals with low vision. A variety of reading devices exist, from portable to desktop solutions and computer-based to standalone solutions. ATR has options to fit each users unique low vision needs.

Wearables provides the latest technology in text-to-speech and magnification eyeware. These products are considered breakthrough technology for the Visually Impaired as they bring independence in the form of wearable eyewear devices.

The benefit of working with ATR

ATR has provided consistent, dependable service for over 20 years offering quality products and services from a family owned and operated business. Friendly staff provide service, loyalty and satisfaction to all customers.

Onsite demonstrations of all low vision solutions are provided free of charge throughout Wisconsin.

Hear what others are saying about ATR……

“It is my pleasure to write a letter of recommendation based on my experience working with the ATR staff on a professional level, and seeing first hand the outcomes that my client’s are experiencing. The services that are provided in the convenience of the client’s home have been wonderful, with the focus of always finding the right device with the client’s specific goals and needs in mind. Excellent resource that I am happy to have!” Lindsey Angst, MS, OTR Prevea Health

“I had a very positive experience working with ATR. First off I wanted to work with a local company that could give my father hands on attention. Gabe DeLeon was very helpful and accommodating. He had a calm and pleasant approach and was skilled in working with elderly persons. ATR was willing to go above and beyond. I highly recommend this company to anyone professional or consumer looking for vision related products and services!” – Susan Winkelman, Colgate, WI

 

Gabe DeLeon – ATR’s Low Vision Service Provider

 

Gabe has been working with individuals with Low Vision throughout WI for over 10 years. His experience has extended to clients with a variety of low vision needs and ages. His patient, thorough, relaxed and caring training style have impressed many of his clients.

You can contact Gabe at 800-770-8474 EXT. 108 or via Email: Gabe@adaptivetr.com

ZoomText 11.7 and Fusion 11.7 are now available!

Greetings ZoomText 11 and ZoomText Fusion 11 users!

The ZoomText development team has delivered a very robust set of version 11.7 updates for ZoomText 11 Magnifier, Magnifier/Reader, and Fusion 11.  These free updates include important design changes in the ZoomText software that improve stability, performance and functionality of ZoomText’s features and tools. These improvements appear in a broad range of applications including Microsoft Office (2010, 2013 and 2016), Adobe Reader, web browsers (IE11, Chrome and Firefox), Skype, Windows File Explorer, Windows apps and utilities, and more. You can learn about all of the changes in the 11.7 update in the ZoomText 11 release notes.

To get the ZoomText 11.7 updates (for Magnifier and Magnifier/Reader)

  • If a previous version of ZoomText 11 Magnifier or Magnifier Reader is already installed on your system, go to the ZoomText 11 toolbar and choose ZoomText > Manage License > Check for Updates. This will launch the update wizard and walk you through the fast update process.

If you need to install ZoomText 11.7 Magnifier or Magnifier/Reader on a new system (where ZoomText is not yet installed), you can download the full installer from the ZoomText Downloads webpage. On this webpage, go to the section titled “ZoomText 11” and choose the installer that matches your license type.

To get the Fusion 11.7 updates

  • Go to the ZoomText Downloads webpage. On this page, go to the section titled “Fusion 11” and choose the installer that matches the language you require.

We hope you are enjoying ZoomText 11 and  would love to hear your thoughts on how to make it better.  Send your feedback to support@aisquared.com.

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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.  ATR has been providing low vision rehabilitation services and devices to individuals with low vision since 1995.

HIMS Releases New BrailleSense Polaris Firmware

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BrailleSense Polaris

HIMS has announced their third upgrade for the BrailleSense Polaris, the first and only Google certified Braille tablet without a screen. This upgrade features many fixes and enhancements in response to customer feedback and suggestions. This includes major improvements to the Word Processor, e-mail, improved access to Web portals like airports and hotels, better consistency and connection between the BrailleSense and Android side, and more. For those who have made the transition to UEB, there is no need to ever use Computer Braille on BrailleSense Polaris. Whether you’re writing an address in the web browser, entering an email address, writing in Google Docs … Computer Braille is gone. For people who are not using UEB yet, Polaris continues to support older braille codes.

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BrailleSense Polaris supports creating and editing of Nemeth and UEB math right in the word processor and instantly displays the results correctly for sighted teachers. Coming soon! HIMS will be releasing another Polaris update which will have a treasure trove of features including support for creating and editing graphs.

Click Here for more information about this firmware release and for upgrade instructions.

 

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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.  ATR has been providing low vision rehabilitation services and devices to individuals with low vision since 1995.

Interested in NuEyes? Up to 50% may be covered by your insurance!

Under the health code V2615 you can get 50% of NuEyes covered!

Here is a link to the details : http://hcpcs.codes/v-codes/V2615/

You must contact your insurance company to see if there is coverage for the device under that particular CPT code. If so, you would purchase the device thorough ATR, receive your complementary training, and submit for reimbursement through your insurance provider. At this time ATR does not work directly with insurance companies for device purchases, but we are excited about this potential option for our customers!

NuEyes Smartglasses Products

NuEyes in partnership with ODG has revolutionized the future of head-worn display technology for the visually impaired. NuEyes Smartglasses allow you to live a much more independent life whether you are inside or outside of your home, at work, shopping, dining with your loved ones or watching a movie.

The Full HD camera in front of the smartglasses act as forward looking eyes, capturing live images and projecting them onto the lenses in front of your eyes. You can easily adjust the images colors, magnification and brightness to what works best for you.

Using hands-free features such as voice commands, voice recognition and Text To Speech, you can interact with your NuEyes glasses without any hassle. Your glasses can be configured to respond to your own individual needs.

 

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.  ATR has been providing low vision rehabilitation services and devices to individuals with low vision since 1995.

Upgrade Your Polaris to the Newest Firmware Today!

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HIMS is excited to announce their second BrailleSense Polaris upgrade.

Read about all the new features here!

HIMS will continue to provide frequent software releases throughout the next few months to address your feedback and concerns, and continue to tweak and improve the general operation of the BrailleSense Polaris.
This upgrade features many fixes and enhancements. Please find the complete list of fixes and improvements in the release note linked above.

Find the upgrade announcement here.

Use this link to directly download your firmware.

*Note: the upgrade process for Polaris is very different from that of the former BrailleSense models. Please read the step-by-step instructions in their entirety before proceeding.

You can update the Polaris either via an Internet connection or from external media containing the upgrade files. If you choose the “Online” method, be sure you have an active Internet connection before attempting the upgrade. When you update the Polaris, settings are usually maintained. However, if there are changes to setting values in the firmware, all settings will be initialized. Therefore, it is recommended that you back up your settings using the backup/restore utility in the “Polaris Settings” menu. Data in the flashdisk is protected. However, we recommend you backup your files before updating the Polaris Firmware as unexpected problems can occur.

 

 

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.  ATR has been providing low vision rehabilitation services and devices to individuals with low vision since 1995.