OrCam – Wearable Assistive Technology Solution For Vision

OrCam is the World’s Most Advanced Wearable Assistive Technology Solution for people who are blind, visually impaired, have dyslexia, aphasia or other conditions.

What is OrCam?

OrCam is an intuitive wearable device with a smart camera designed to assist people who are visually impaired.

Easy to Use 

All you have to do is point.  OrCam responds to simple gestures making it easy to use – whether it’s to read, find an item or recognize a face or product.  No need to search for audio books, learn new software or use other tools.

Read

The OrCam device can read printed text, in real time.  You can read newspapers and books, signs, labels on consumer products and even text on a computer or smartphone screen.  Perfect for use at home and on the go.

Identify People

The OrCam device identifies known faces.  No more guessing – previously stored faces are identified and announced upon entering the camera’s view.  Less awkward situations, more control of your environment.

Recognize your personal items

Personalize your OrCam device by teaching it to recognize specific products around you.  Recognize previously entered consumer products, money notes and credit cards to make shopping and browsing quicker and easier.

 

A Personalized Experience

Each OrCam device is hand-delivered by a certified OrCam Trainer who will teach you how to use your new device. It arrives at your doorstep complete with all accessories included.

 

Gabe DeLeon – Adaptive Technology Resources (ATR) – Low Vision Solutions Specialist and Certified OrCam Trainer

For the past several years, Gabe has been working with individuals who are Blind or have Low Vision throughout Wisconsin.  Gabe’s focus is on our Veterans; working in conjunction with the Visual Impairment Services Teams throughout the VA System in Wisconsin, including the Milwaukee, Madison, and Tomah VA Centers.  Installing low vision and blindness equipment, training veterans on their use, and assessing what is in the best need of the Veteran are among Gabe’s goals.  His experience has extended to a variety of low vision clients of all ages and his patient, thorough, relaxed and caring training style have impressed many of his clients.

 

Lindsey Angst – Prevea Therapy Institute – MS, OTR/L, CLVT – Certified OrCam Trainer

Lindsey Angst

Lindsey Angst is an occupational therapist and the only Certified Low Vision Therapist (CLVT) in the state of Wisconsin north of Milwaukee and Madison.  She is also a Certified OrCam Trainer and has been working closely with ATR for many years.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

OTs with APPs workshop – August 11-12th, It’s not too late to register

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.

DATES & TIMES:
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)

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

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

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 www.AdaptiveTR.com 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.

 

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.

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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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!

 

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!

 

New Features Make Kurzweil 1000 Better than Ever

New Features Make Kurzweil 1000 Better than Ever

What is Kurzweil 1000?
Kurzweil 1000 is award-winning software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. It incorporates communication and productivity tools to ease and enhance the reading, writing, and learning experience. The software speaks text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to individual preferences. In addition, the software gives users the ability to write and edit documents, and to complete simple forms independently. It includes features for note taking, summarizing content and outlining text.

With its wide array of features, Kurzweil 1000 saves you time and will help you gain independence—whether at home, at school, or at work.

What is Kurzweil 1000?

  • Camera support for HoverCam®, in addition to ABiSee’s Zoom-Ex and Eye-Pal.
  • ePub® support that allows reading of ePub documents and the ability to write ePub documents that can be read on portable devices, such as an iPhone.
  • Support for Microsoft® Speech Platform, giving users access to more than a dozen additional text-to-speech voices in a variety of languages.
  • The ability to choose the audio output device for a selected voice.
  • OCR updates to ABBYY® FineReader® 10 and ScanSoft 18 which increases accuracy when recognizing documents and reduces time spent fixing errors in recognition.

If you already own Kurzweil 1000, you can upgrade now for $125.

Download a free 30 day trial of Kurzweil 1000 Version 13.

For personal assistance, contact sales.

Macular Degeneration Symposium: Innovations 2012

The Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences will be presenting the Macular Degeneration Symposium: Innovations 2012 on Thursday, October 18th 2012 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI from 9am to 2:30pm.  This event is free and open to the public.

In previous years, this event has had in excess of 900 attendees and is extremely popular with consumers and their families for its up to date information on the latest developments in the research of AMD.  This year’s guest presenter is author and motivational speaker, Terri Gilliland of Kenosha, WI.

Stop by ATR’s exhibit where we will be presenting the latest technology available for low vision.  These products will be available for hands-on demonstrations.

Please see event website for more details on the events of the day.

 

Adaptive Technology Resources is pleased to introduce two new braille devices from HIMS!

Adaptive Technology Resources, ATR, is pleased to present Braille Sense U2 – a brand new notetaker and Braille EDGE 40 – a stand alone braille display with notetaking features priced at under $3,000. Both devices can connect wirelessly with iOS platform products (iPad, iPod, iPhone) as well as all major screen readers including WindowEyes!  Visit ATR’s website to order or compare our line of Braille-Displays and Notetakers.

HIMS is also offering a Braile Sense U2 Trade-In Promotion that provides for an excellent opportunity to upgrade your current model to the most powerful notetaker on the market!  This Trade-In Promotion is in effect until June 30th, 2012.  Please see ATR’s Current Promotions for details.