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Part 4: Examples of Assistive Technologies in different countries and languages

Introduction

When we set out to plan this toolbox our section on Assistive Technologies was originally intended to mainly provide a directory of available applications. But two things became clear. One it wasn’t enough just to signpost to applications without talking about how they might be used, and secondly, we were completely overwhelmed by the numbers. Of applications there were – far too many for us to test and make an honest judgement about.

But we also found out that most of the applications and tools seemed to be in the English language and we were concerned to both explore and signpost to applications and tools in other European languages, especially those used in some of the less used languages. So we hasten to say that this short list of tools is in no way comprehensive but it is designed to show the variety of tools and applications available, at least in the languages of the project partner organisations who have written this toolbox.

DYS VOCAL

FRANCE/French

www.dyslogiciel.fr

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
This software can be of great help to students with dyslexia but also students with reading difficulties.Reading, dyslexia, syllabic imprinting, screen reading, word predictor, speech synthesis, virtual keyboard, talking calculatorDys-Vocal is compatible with all Windows versions PC and tablet, including Windows 10

Facil’iti

FRANCE/French

www.facil-iti.com

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
is aimed at people suffering from cognitive decline, dyslexia, visual impairment or or diseases such as Parkinson’s diseaseFacil’iti is a free tool accessible via the Internet. It consists of setting the parameters of the browser of your computer terminal: computer, tablet, smartphone. This setting allows you to make partner sites accessible according to the specific needs of the user and needs, whether these are related to cognitive, physical or sensory impairments.free

Astread

FRANCE/French

www.astread.com

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
reading, visual impairment, motor disorders, oral transcriptionUpload the text document in epub, pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf or odt format to convert to audio fileconversion text to audio

Authot

FRANCE/French

www.authot.com

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
Writing, language learning, hearing impairment, motor disorders, dyspraxia, visual impairment, video, written transcription, SEO, subtitling, digital accessibility, live transcriptionAuthôt is an online application that allows the transcription and automatic subtitling of any audio or video document.for reverse audio to text

CiviKey

FRANCE/French

www.civikey.fr

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
Physical disability, Specific Language and Learning Disabilities (SLLD), writing, keyboarding, predictive input, computer controlCivikey offers a set of alternative solutions to the keyboard and mouse for students who, due to their motor disability, cannot or cannot easily access these peripherals.free

Talk and play

Greece

https://www.scify.gr/site/el/impact-areas/assistive-technologies/talk-play

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For people with psysical disabilities or difficulty in speaking, without mental disabilities . People with aphasia (e.g. due to brain damage).Talk and play enables users to communicate with their environment, be more independent and train or exercise for rehabilitation at home, under the guidance of their occupational therapist.free (has to be dowloaded in Computer, available for windows-linux)

ICSee

Greece

https://www.scify.gr/site/el/impact-areas/assistive-technologies/icsee

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For people with vision issues (for blind or those with limited vision)It is an application for android smartphones / tablets, which processes in real time the image / video of the device camera, applies a series of filters and displays on the screen a result that is easier to read or recognize.free (app for phones and tablets)

NVDA

Greece/ Many languages including greek 

https://www.nvaccess.org/

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For blind/limited visionNVDA is a software for computers that reads the screen. It fully support the greek language and the menue is in greeek too (screen reader for Windows)free (only for Windows)

eType

Greece/ 15 languages including greek

https://etype.com/about.php

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For those who cannot write fast due to low hands mobility, othersIt is a software for the computer that predicts the words, corrects mistakes and helps the user to write fasterfree (Windows)

AT HIVE

Ireland

https://ahead.ie/

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For students with a disabilityPortal for students with a disability to discover the types of AT that can help them through answering a series of questionsfree

Discover-your-AT AT in Ireland Webinar

Ireland

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt_iS7TAsDk

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For students with a disabilityA firsthand account about experience of using AT in the workplace, top 10 tips in AT, with demos of select recommended devices. AT Passport idea.free

Lifetool

Germany(/Austria) – German language only

https://www.lifetool.at/hilfsmittel/hilfsmittel-uebersicht/

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For people who need technically
supported communication
Homepage of the enterprise Lifetool – it offers different technical solutions
for computer aided communication; there is also counseling offered. Homepage
is primarily for stakeholder, parents etc.Lifetool is part of the Catholic Diakonie in Austria
and Tschech Republik
hard to say; portal for finding hardware solutions

Datenbank barrierefrei kommunizieren (database barrierfree communication)

Germany(/Austria) – German language only

https://www.barrierefrei-kommunizieren.de/datenbank/produktliste?tx_dsonlinedb_onlinedb%5Bperpage%5D=100&cHash=d2b5488f443263fbf2d8ae1ed1b97326

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For people with any impairment!Very interesting portal for people with different impairments and a variety of competencies
reading, writing moving etc.; pretty interesting page (maybe Jutta could have a look at it)
a portal for free and
commercial hardware
and software

Envision

Spain

https://www.letsenvision.com

Designed for whoWhat does it doComments
For blind and visually impaired usersEnvision is a fast, reliable and award-winning OCR application that tells us about the visual world, helping blind and visually impaired users lead more independent lives. Envision is a fast, reliable and award-winning OCR application that tells us about the visual world, helping blind and visually impaired users lead more independent lives.
Envision is developed for and with the visually impaired community. The app is simple, works well and provides the best assistance experience for blind and low vision users.
Simply use your phone’s camera to scan any text, your environment, objects, people or products and everything will be read to you thanks to Envision’s artificial intelligence and Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
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