Keeble App from AssistiveWare – Another 3rd Party Keyboard Option!

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Keeble Keyboard App

The option of iOS 8 predictive keyboard and 3rd Party Keyboard apps provides additional support to writers with larger keys, more customization and word prediction integrated into the standard iOS 8 keyboard.  This brings another level of support to struggling writers using iDevices with iOS8 and changes access to many other apps.

Assistiveware, developers of Keedogo and Keedogo Plus keyboard apps offer another assistive keyboard, the Keeble app  (iPad) providing more keyboard options for writers.

What are the options in Keeble keyboard app?

  • Options of colored, gray or customized theme
  • Alternative access options (select on release, hold duration, repeat delay and rate)
  • Text to speech for letter, word, sentence
  • Word prediction (choose number of predicted words, learn words, word completion, next word, multiple words predicted
  • Primary font
  • ABC, QWERTY upper and lower case keyboards

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Here is an image of the options available within the app:

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The installed Keeble app settings provides instructions on activating it and the custom settings options. Make sure you read the instructions for activating the app in your iOS Settings – it requires you to turn on Allow Full Access in the iPad Settings>General>Keyboard>Keyboards>Keeble for the text to speech to work! I needed a bit of help from the kind folks at AssistiveWare to turn the Allow Full Access on to get the text to speech to work. Had I read the directions, I would have had that feature working right away!

I trialed Keeble with several apps such as Pages and story telling apps Pictello and My Story. Keeble assistive keyboard worked smoothly in both apps, providing word prediction and text to speech with the words, letters and sentences. What a great value and support the Keeble keyboard is for emergent writers or for individuals with motor challenges, providing tools with other writing apps.

So, now what’s the difference between Keedogo, Keedogo Plus and Keeble keyboard apps ?

Simply, Keedogo provides a simplified keyboard for emergent writers, Keedogo Plus adds word prediction to those simplified keyboards. For a review and comparison of the Keedogo apps visit the post Keedogo Keyboard for iOS 8. Keeble keyboard app, provides all the options of Keedogo and Keedogo Plus as well as customizing the settings of word prediction, color of the layout, dwell functions, repeat key options, speak keys and more. For primary writers or individuals with motor control challenges, Keeble provides many accessibility keyboard supports when using other writing apps.

And what’s the cost? Currently 9.99 is the introductory price of Keeble Keyboard app, regularly 14.99. It is a value, realizing it can be integrated in most of your favorite writing   or drawing apps!

Thank you to AssistiveWare for supplying me with a code to review the app.

Another keyboarding app to increase access to writing for your teaching or OT mTool Kit!

Carol

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Sign Language Recognition for a Tablet

This sign language recognition for a tablet known as UNI, the case uses gesture recognition technology developed by Leap Motion to translate sign language into audible speech

Source: As scooped from Assistive Technology Daily

Assistive Technology Daily always digs up great AT – Here is another one of their awesome finds – technology that translates sign language into audible speech! Sometimes there are assistive technology that just make you tear up – in a good way, for the awesome potential it can offer individuals with disabilities. This was one of those that made me tear – so incredible – the UNI, a sign language recognition tablet and text to speech!

Oh my, think of the possibilities – what an incredible tool developed by Ryan Campbell at Leap Motion. Watch this video and read the interview and you’ll want to help fund the IndieGoGo campaign for UNI production –  http://www.wired.com/2014/10/motionsavvy/

And then think of the possibilities!

Thanks to Assistive Technology Daily for sharing!

Carol

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SuperKeys App from Crick – Another Assistive 3rd Party Keyboard

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SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard by Crick Software

With the added feature of iOS 8 comes the possibility of using 3rd party keyboards on the iPad. Android had an up on iPads previously with the ability to purchase and use an assistive keyboard. The iPad has stepped up their game with the new choices of 3rd party keyboards.One such iOS 8 assistive keyboards, is the SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard developed by Crick Software .

SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard icon - CrickSuperKeys provides new options for access, word prediction and short cuts (abbreviations) when typing on the iPad or iPhone. Currently, SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard is available at an introductory price of $3.99 (regular price of 9.99).  Here are some screen shots of the features of the SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard app:

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Here is a quick video of the keyboard features:

I trialed the SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard app with the iOS Pages, Google Docs, iOS Email and Write About This apps. The keyboard integrated with ease in each of the apps offering a larger key cluster, larger individual cluster keys, word prediction and access to individualized short cuts. At onset, it took using specific topic vocabulary for it to be offered in the word prediction menu, but once used, recency offered with greater frequency reducing the keystrokes required to write.  It did take a while to get used to the style of word prediction, requiring tapping the keyboard cluster, then again to choose one the 7 larger keys offered. As with most word prediction, it did reduce keystrokes the more I used it and offered my unique vocabulary. For individuals with difficulty accessing small areas or keys, the use of the key cluster offers greater ease of access with the larger cluster areas. For individuals with motor challenges (tremors, incoordination e.g.) or large fingers, the cluster method offers larger keys without consuming limited space on the tablet or phone.

Features of the word prediction includes Crick’s Intelligent Word prediction, which appeared to choose words by context and individual use. An additional benefit is access to up to 36 of your customized short cut phrases offered in the short cut key. The word prediction also offers groups of words frequently used together (e.g. going to, it is, it was) to assist writing.

As aforementioned I used SuperKeys with standard productivity iOS apps and another app used to support emergent writers without difficulty. Using 3rd party apps such as SuperKeys provides new options for writers not previously possible. Integrating  SuperKeys Assistive Keyboard  is also reportedly possible with Crick’s Clicker Doc and Clicker Connect apps, offering other supports during the writing process.

Use of 3rd party keyboards such as SuperKeys, provides writing supports to struggling writers when used with other standard word processing apps. Wouldn’t it be great if text to speech embedded within 3rd party keyboards such as SuperKeys in the future?

Thank you to Crick Software for providing the app for review.

More for your teaching or OT mTool Kit!

Carol

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Apps Gone Free!

freeHere are a few apps gone free for this weekend. Just a reminder that the mystery still stands on how long free might be!

Cutie Monsters icon picCute Mini Monsters - iOS ; free – Puzzle app with math concepts 1-10 for preschoolers.

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Sago Mini swim iconSago Mini Ocean Swim – for iOS; free (regularly 2.99). Interactive app for preschool children with over 30 activities.

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More for your OT mTool Kit.
Carol

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I Forgot to Remember…

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I Forgot to Remember….

I had the opportunity to journey and present at the 2014 AT Across the Lifespan Conference, in Wisconsin Dells this past week. As an ATR staff member , I presented on the topic, “I Forgot to Remember…” ,  providing an basic overview of low to medium AT resources for memory and organization challenges. Although not inclusive (that could take hours!) my review and categorized list of low tech to high-tech organization AT tools targeted school aged to post-secondary students and adults. At ATR we get many different combination of challenges  with the clients we evaluate as an OT and ATP.

One method of identifying specific organization challenges with high school aged and older students I use is  the ” Organization Problems Inventory”  created by Judi Sweeney , from Onion Mountain Tech.com. The Organization Problems Inventory  identifies strengths and weaknesses using six organization categories. From an AT stand point, the categories help identify and quantify areas of academic organization strengths and challenges and help target specific areas of organizational need. AT solutions can then be identified in the area or areas of greatest need.

Certainly, this is only one of many tools for evaluation of organization or executive function of students or clients serviced (not limited to TBI, ASD, LD, stroke, pain, cognitive impairment or mental health challenges).  Other important evaluation components needed during the evaluation includes information about the clients environment, tasks and resources/supports (SETT Format*) related to the concerns being assessed.

One of the categories of the “Organization Problems Inventory is temporal organization or time management. Just a few of the medium temporal/ time management tools reviewed were:

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  • Cadex Watch - 8 alarms (sound and or vibration) with long duration. Easy to set.

Cadex alarm watch

  • TimeTimer – Visual timer with handle, protective lens and volume control.

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Here are a few high-tech apps to assist with time management with reminders:

  • Alarmed! app - free for iOS provides options of setting pre-set alarms with persistent reminders on iPhones, iPod Touch, iPad.

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  • Audio Reminder Pro - free for Android provides options of setting pre-set alarms with reminders.

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  • TimeTimer app – iOS; 2.99 – Visual timer for iOS and Android.

Another option is your iOS or Android mobile device or phone’s native clock app. Both the iOS clock on my iDevices and the clock in my Samsung Galaxy Tab S provide the ability to pre-set alarms, choose sounds and reocurring alarms by date/days, time and for a programmed number of days or forever! The clock can be set with one or  numerous reminders, a countdown timer or stop watch. A handy utility tool for therapy!

Certainly there are many more apps and tools reviewed during the “I Forgot to Remember” presentation, but too many to mention here.

I expect that other who use iOS or Android devices have their own favorite reminder or time management apps or tools. What do you use or recommend for your clients with time management challenges?

More for your OT mTool Kit!

References:

Zabala, J., 2005. SETT Format. Retrieved on November 15, 2014 from: http://www.joyzabala.com/uploads/Zabala_SETT_Scaffold_Data_Gathering.pdf .O

Organization Problems Inventory (2006): n. pag. Onion Mountain Tech, 2006. Web. 15 Nov. 2014.

Carol

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KNFB Reader App for Individuals with Visual Impairments and Learning Disabilities

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KNFB Reader app

Any of you remember the KNFB Reader used on cell phones about 8-10 years ago? Well that type of functionality using a smart phone is back, better than ever for the iPhone. Used by individuals with blindness,  learning or visual impairments, the KNFB reader was a quick, mobile access to print on the fly. And now it is back with updated technology and accessibility option of  iOS.

KNFB Reader app (iPhone/iPad; 99.), developed by Sensotec NV and KNFB Reader Technology, converts images to text with text to speech capabilities, voiceover access and voice for individuals with low vision, blindness or learning disabilities. The interface is simple and easy to use –  point and shoot controls and  verbal guidance available for individuals that have visual challenges.

KNFB Reader picWhat’s in it for the cost?

  • Options to scanning single or multiple columns
  • View finder for live view of field being scanned
  • Tilt guidance to assist the user with aligning the camera to the document
  • Automated text detection
  • Ability to capture a variety of print sources  (mail, receipts, handouts, memos and documents)
  • Synchronized highlighting with text to speech and Braille Access
  • Text navigation by character, word, line, sentence
  • Import images and documents
  • Export txt and html formatted text files to cloud storage services including Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Batch scan mode to process and read multiple pages
  • Recognize and read text in multiple languages; please visit our website for details
  • Tap and read function using standard touch or voiceover gestures

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My Experience

The app was generously provided  as a demo for evaluation purposes. I had the opportunity to trial the app with standard print from magazine sources as well as functionally with multiple print menus gathered from a fast food chain restaurant. Putting the app to the test, the print sources had multiple colored backgrounds, images on the pages and also had the deadly itsy bitsy print of about 8-9 point with serif font (not a popular font size for 50 something year olds, much less individuals with low vision!!).  The results of the gathered images of the print sources resulted in good accuracy of images converted to text. Taken upside down or right side up the images were converted to accessible text that was able to be understood.

One of the tests used part of an article from a professional magazine with 9 point font.  Accuracy of the 373 words recognized in the scanned part of the article  resulted in 99% accuracy. The small, dense print was accurately recognized and read aloud using text to speech and a quality voice. Testing using fast food menus with tiny and dense print and Word Art (that is always tough to recognize) managed the important information (do they have cheesy fries ?) as well as subscript print. It was quite impressive and a very functional addition to your app collection if you need speech output access to print on the fly.

A Quick Start Guide and the User Manual is easily available in the saved documents of the app providing text to speech to support the apps use.  As a sighted person, this is an easy to use app with great recognition. Options of using voice over controls on an iPhone or iPad makes this a great option for individuals with visual challenges .

For more information visit or contact Adaptive Technology Resources or check out KNFB Reader.com website.

Have you tried this app?

Carol

 

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Mr C goes to school: Soulver- a great math app for students who can’t show their working!

As Scooped from:  http://sinkthenswim.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/soulver-great-math-app-for-students-who.html

Steven Cordwell shares another math writing equation option for iOS – the app Soulver.

Check out his blog post for more information –  But just a heads up if you are interested in the app – Steven’s links go to the Australia iTunes Store  – so If you are stateside and interested, you will find the app in US iTunes here: (iPhone / iPad 4.99)  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/soulver-notepad-calculator/id348142037?mt=8

Thank you for visiting OT’s with Apps Steven and sharing this math app option!

Carol – OT’s with Apps

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