Read to Me in Book Creator 5 — The Website of Luis Perez

Luis Perez shares a new feature of Book Creator 5  for iPad (4.99) that provides a “read to me” for stories created. This is a great new feature of the popular Book Creator app for iPad. Read more on Luis’s website via Read to Me in Book Creator 5 — The Website of Luis Perez

Book Creator for iPad recently added a new Read to Me text to speech feature that allows learners to hear their books read aloud within the app (without having to transfer the book to iBooks first). The feature also supports accessibility in two other ways: all embedded media can be played automatically. This

via Read to Me in Book Creator 5 — The Website of Luis Perez

Luis Perez provides expert information on accessibility on his Website of Luis Perez. If you are seeking accessibility information, make sure you peruse his up to date information shared on his website.

Thank you to Luis for sharing his expertise with the AT community!



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App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say — The Assistive Technology Daily

As posted on The Assistive Technology Daily

Wenyao Xu, left, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University at Buffalo, and undergraduate Kun Woo Cho show a smartphone with the autism screening app they are developing. The purple areas show where the child’s eye is gazing. (Douglas Levere/University at Buffalo) A smartphone app could dramatically speed up the…

Read  more about this research on diagnosing Autism and an app via App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say — The Assistive Technology Daily

H/T to AT Daily for their stream of AT news!


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C-Pen Reader Scanning Pen with Text to Speech


C-Pen Reader Pen

Scanning pens with text to speech and dictionary support have been around for quite sometime. The first pens I used were the Quicktionary Pens probably about 10 years ago as a handheld reading tool. Although they scanned and read text aloud, they worked best for individuals with good fine motor control and patience for scanning hard copy text,  listening to the line of print scanned as well as scanning  single words and definitions for individuals with reading challenges. Starting the scan at the right place, scanning a line of text and stopping the scan to capture a whole line took practice, patience and the right size print. Having trialed them with a number of clients, a few really liked them, but they required persistence with use.

The Wizcom pen, more recently purchased, I found to be an improved scanning pen, however it continued to require accuracy with placement of the scanning head and alignment of the pen with line scanned for accurate recognition. Limitations with size of text and accuracy of recognition was improved but still required patience with use.

The C-Pen Reader Pen is a new scanning pen developed by Scanning Pens LTD now available in the US. A recent purchase of the pen found it easy to use, fast and accurate. Trial on a variety of font sizes from dense 10 point textbook print to newspaper ads to worksheet print at 12-15 point found it accurate with all print trial. A light turns on when scanning assisting with guiding the user with text being scanned. Placement for starting and stopping a scan captured all of the print without missed words or letters. Only when I tried to scan very fast with less control did inaccuracies result. I was also able to scan line after line quite quickly, resulting in it reading one line at a time in succession. Controls on the pen also allows the user to move the cursor to prior lines of text to review and use text to speech to read additional lines of scanned text.

Below is a short video of use of the C-Pen Reader  showing its ease of use and features:

Information from the C-Pen Reader website provides device specifications:

  • OLED 256*64
    CPU 600MHz
    Memory – 4GB (OS 1G, User 3G)
    Earphone 3.5mm
    Battery 1,200mAh
    Scan Font Size Range 6.5 – 22 pt
    Electronic Dictionaries – Collin English 30th Anniversary Dictionary 10th Edition (156,120 words) & Oxford Spanish>English>Spanish Dictionary
    Certifications CE RoHS FCC
    Size Dimensions: 135*33*19mm Weight: 50g
  • USB – USB 2.0 High speed / Micro USB
    Extracted Content – Extracted text saved as a .txt file
    File System – FAT\FAT32\NTFS
    Menu Languages – English

The C-Pen Reader Pen comes with a micro USB charging cord, earbuds and a case. It is small, making it easily portable for use in a variety of environments. Although targeted for individuals with sight, it can be used on text that has been highlighted (worked on yellow, pink and orange highlighted text accurately using highlighting pens) by individuals with low vision.

My initial trials found this pen to be highly accurate scanning and reading medical (OT textbook) and news correctly with text to speech output. Fast and easy to use, I would again consider recommending use of this new model C-Pen Reading pen for spot reading for individuals with decoding challenges.

The pen is available at for $262.50 + 10.00 shipping. Although a bit pricey, its accuracy and ease of use makes it a portable reading assistive tool for individuals with learning disabilities.

The C-Pen also comes in a C-Pen Exam Reader pen, with the same scanning and text to speech tools but without the dictionary and file saving option also for $262.50.

Have you used the C-Pen Reading pen? What has your experience been with its use?

More for your OT mTool Kit!




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The Easy Push — IntelliWheels — The Assistive Technology Daily

Easy Push Wheelchair Pushing a standard manual wheelchair can be tough, but with the IntelliWheels Easy Push, pushing instantly becomes twice as easy. The IntelliWheels Easy Push uses simple gears in each wheel to make it significantly easier to push forwards, backwards, around corners, and over any surface. No Motors or Batteries You will never…

As reposted via The Easy Push — IntelliWheels — The Assistive Technology Daily

H/T to Assistive Technology Daily for keeping us informed on all things AT!



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Looking for Flexible, On Demand OT Continuing Education?

There are many continuing education opportunities available for OT’s with many online opportunities. Several months ago I subscribed to Occupational for an annual fee of $99. The continuing education and have had positive experiences with the courses enrolled. As I continue to work as an Occupational Therapist and ATP, I have found relevant courses in both areas of which I work.

Occupational offers online  courses, webinars in slide presentations and also text and audio format. Handouts supplement each presentation format. I especially enjoy the audio format, uploading podcasts and listening while traveling. I have the opportunity to review or re-listen to the presentations in either format. CEU’s are earned after participating in the course, webinar, text or podcast and taking a test.

Here is a listing of all of the topics offered at Occupational


There is a wide selection of topics and media choices. I have enjoyed learning on demand at Occupational when time allows or I want or need background on a topic. Occupational also stores all my transcripts in my user account!

Certainly there are other web based continuing education opportunities. Occupational has been a positive, low cost solution. I will be ready with my needed CEU’s come 2017 when my credentialing licenses are due!

What online OT continuing education do you recommend?



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KMINA: The World’s First Pain-Free And Stylish Crutches — The Assistive Technology Daily

KMINA Crutch Surprisingly, something as necessary as crutches have barely evolved over time. Beyond the inclusion of bandages or padded handgrips, no significant changes have been made since ancient Egyptians. KMINA has developed a new crutch concept in order to improve the mobility and quality of life of users. This new crutch reduces pain in…

As reblogged via KMINA: The World’s First Pain-Free And Stylish Crutches — The Assistive Technology Daily

Thanks to The Assistive Technology Daily  for their constant stream of new AT equipment from low to high tech! Their post on the KMINA Crutch shares a new type of augmented mobility device. Augmented mobility, or devices that assist or augment ambulation was a new term learned from an online webinar by Michelle Lange, ATP/SMS specialist.   Check out is new AM technology at the AT Daily blog!


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iPad Apps for Improving Vision

Thanks to the VisionHelp Blog, I am reposting a recent iPad Apps for Improving Vision list, posted by Dr. Leonard Press from a list serve via Dr. James Henning. Wow, many familiar apps and many new apps.
H/T to both Dr. Press for sharing this on his The VisionHelp Blog ( )!

The VisionHelp Blog

Not sure of the origin of this iPad app compilation for vision therapy, but plucked it off the VT-OD list serve via Dr. James Henning.  It is well organized, and hopefully you can make out the print size.  😉


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