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WEBED-ATIA01: What's New in AT from ATIA 2011 Orlando
PRESENTERS: Representatives from ATIA on new product announcements from ATIA 2011 Orlando
DATE: Wednesday, March 23, 2011: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Webinar Description:
This webinar features eight new product announcements from at the ATIA 2011 Orlando Conference held in January representing and wide range of assistive technology products available to individuals with disabilities. There will be five separate presentations of approximately 20 minutes each with time for Questions and Answers. Each presentation, including key learning points, is described in detail below.

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Presentation 1

Presentation Title: Powerful Combination TrackerPro and Swype
Presenter: Tom Nikola, Ablenet
Presenter email: tnikola@ablenetinc.com
Presentation description:
This session will introduce a powerful combination of computer access technology that allows for hands free access and dramatically increases an individual's typing speed and efficiency. Swype, onscreen keyboard technology, provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. TrackerPro, head-tracking mouse, is a computer input device that takes the place of a mouse for people with little or no hand movement.

Key Learning Points:

  1. Learn about new technology in texting and the impact it has for individual with disabilities.
  2. Describe the benefit of combining TrackerPro head-tracking mouse along with Swype® onscreen keyboard technology.
  3. Describe the unique features and functions of the Swype and TrackerPro.
  4. Identify who this solution would be appropriate based on applicable features.

Presenter Bio:
Thomas Nikola is the National Account Manager for the Environmental Control Division of AbleNet. He has 12 years experience in providing installation, dealer training, sales support and consultation in all areas of Assistive Technology and Environmental Controls. He has worked in all facets of the industry including reseller and manufacturer representative.

Company Profile:
AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids for all ages and situations; and special education classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. Our products are used in hundreds of thousands of homes, clinics, and classrooms in the United States and across the globe.

Web site: www.ablenetinc.com

Presentation 2:

Presentation title: QuickTalker Series
Presenter: Mary Kay Walc, Ablenet
Presenter email: mwalch@ablenetinc.com
Presentation description:
Being able to express your ideas with those around you is not simply a convenience, or even a need, but fundamentally a basic human right. Assistive and Augmentative Communication (AAC) products from AbleNet allow persons with disabilities the chance to engage with others and connect with their world. This session will introduce the QuickTalker series, AbleNet's new easy-to-use, go-anywhere communicator! The variety of message locations - and five available levels - on the QuickTalker™ 7, 12, and 23 provide the flexibility you need to customize the learning outcomes for each student.

Key Learning Points:

  1. Understand how easy it is to start communicating with students/clients in a variety of settings.
  2. Describe the primary functions of the QuickTalker devices.
  3. List potential advantages for using this technology.
  4. Identify who this solution would be appropriate based on applicable features.

Presenter Bio:
Mary Kay Walch is the Senior Tradeshow Coordinator for AbleNet. Her professional background includes Occupational Therapy, Marketing and Customer Relations. She has dedicated 30 years to providing assistive technology solutions for individuals with moderate to severe disabilities of all ages, 25 of which have been with AbleNet.

Company Profile:
AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids for all ages and situations; and special education classroom curriculum and software that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. Our products are used in hundreds of thousands of homes, clinics, and classrooms in the United States and across the globe.

Web site: www.ablenetinc.com

Presentation 3

Presentation Title: The latest in blind and low vision technology from HIMS
Presenter: Jenny Axler, Technical Support Specialist, HIMS, Inc.
Presenter email: jenny@hims-inc.com
Presentation description:
Since the release of Braille Sense in 2002, HIMS has expanded its product line with at least one new product introduction every year. Today, our Braille Sense models are among the top two leading refreshable braille notetakers on the worldwide market. Our Voice Sense notetakers are the smallest and lightest notetakers available. Our SenseView portable video magnifiers, originally expanding HIMS into the low vision market in 2006, are well-known for their attractive consumer-look, ease of use, versatility of features, and reliability. Our Book Sense DAISY player models, launched in 2007, are the most stylish and feature-packed products in its class. Presently, HIMS product line consists of 13 models of braille and voice notetakers, DAISY players, and portable video magnifiers. In January 2011, the introduction of our SenseView DESKTOP HD High-Definition model is scheduled, with shipments anticipated to begin in April.

Key Learning Points:

  1. Understand how easy it is to use the devices in a variety of settings.
  2. Describe the primary functions of the HIMS technology.
  3. List potential advantages for using this technology.
  4. Identify who this solution would be appropriate based on applicable features.

Company Profile:
HIMS Inc., located in Austin, TX, is the North American sales, marketing and distribution office for HIMS assistive technology products helping people who are blind and low vision. HIMS Inc., opened in November 2010, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of its parent company, HIMS International Corporation located in Daejeon, South Korea.

HIMS, meaning Human Information Management System, is as much a "human company", as we are an assistive technology company. HIMS employs blind and visually impaired people at all levels at HIMS Inc., HIMS International Corporation, and as Dealers of our products.

Web site: www.hims-inc.com

Presentation 4

Presentation Title: What's new with AAC at PRC?
Presenter: Jo Donofrio, Director of Marketing, Prentke Romich Company (PRC)
Presenter email: jmd@prentrom.com
Presentation description:
This presentation features key product announcements from Orlando including: Bilingual Support Vantage Lite and Vanguard Plus and Essence product line (Pro, VG, and VT) designed for literate adults with acquired speech challenges.

This presentation will walk through the new Spanish bilingual software for the Vantage Lite and Vanguard Plus communication devices. This software enables Spanish-speaking individuals with speech impairments to communicate in both Spanish and English. Highlights include dedicated Spanish support and the ability switch between languages with the press of a button.

The next part of the presentation focuses on the new Essence™, product family, Essence Pro, VG, and VT , the company's first AAC devices designed specifically for adults with ALS, Parkinson's, and other medical conditions that can impact the ability to speak. These devices are simple to use with little or no training. Every Essence device features a standard QWERTY keyboard; pre-stored vocabulary and word prediction software; abbreviated expansion capability; and useful tools, including an MP3 player, appointment reminder, alarm function for soliciting help, and more.

Key Learning Points:

  1. Understand how easy it is to use the devices in a variety of settings.
  2. Describe the primary functions of the new technology.
  3. List potential advantages for using this technology.
  4. Identify who this solution would be appropriate based on applicable features.

Company Profile:
PRC is a global leader in the development and manufacture of alternative and augmentative communication devices, computer access products, and other assistive technology for people with severe disabilities.

A 100% employee-owned company founded in 1966 and headquartered in Wooster, OH, PRC has enabled thousands of children and adults worldwide with speech disorders to achieve spontaneous, independent, and interactive communication regardless of their disability, literacy level, or motor skills.

In addition to its powerful communication devices - the new Essence™ , ECOTM 2, Vanguard™ Plus, Vantage™ Lite, and SpringBoard™ Lite - PRC provides a wide array of high-quality teaching and implementation ideas, therapy materials, curriculum sequences, funding assistance, and training to speech-language pathologists, health care professionals, special educators, and the families of AAC communicators.

Web site: www.prentrom.com

Presentation 5

Presentation Title: What's new from Benetech/Bookshare? Good news for iPad, iPhone and iPod Users!
Presenter: Betsy Burgess, Senior Director of Marketing, Benetech/Bookshare
Presenter email: betsyh@benetech.org
Presentation description:
This presentation will feature the new Read2Go, a new accessible e-book reader for Apple iOS devices, developed in partnership with Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd, known for its PLEXTALK® brand of digital talking book players. Read2Go is the most full-featured, accessible DAISY reader available for the Apple device market. Now iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users can read Bookshare books with Read2Go.

Based on reading preferences, users will have a wide range of options for font size, color and background color. Word-by-word highlighting with simultaneous text and speech enables multi-modal reading. The app includes high-quality Acapela voices for highly natural narration. Users will have options to turn the text-to-speech on and off and adjust the rate to their personal preferences. Further, Read2Go supports all levels of DAISY navigation that are included in the structure of the book.

Read2Go will be available this quarter in the iTunes App store and will sell for $19.99., including an MP3 player, appointment reminder, alarm function for soliciting help, and more.

Key Learning Points:

  1. Understand how easy it is to use this technology in a variety of settings.
  2. Describe the primary functions of the new technology.
  3. List potential advantages for using this technology.
  4. Identify who this solution would be appropriate based on applicable features.

Presenter Bio:
Betsy Burgess joins Benetech with a combined background in both education and high tech marketing. She has over 15 years of experience in various marketing and public relations capacities for software startups, most recently serving as Senior Director of Marketing Communications. A former teacher herself, she has developed and taught computer and Internet training seminars, and delivered those seminars to educators around the country. In the early days of the Internet, Betsy launched a small business focused on helping schools and educators use the Internet in the classroom. She also published two books and six CDs designed to help educators integrate the Internet into the curriculum. After completing her BA at Wellesley College, Betsy earned a Master's degree in Education with a specialization in Learning Disabilities.

Company Profile:
Benetech, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, is a nonprofit technology company based in Palo Alto, California. Benetech pursues projects with a strong social rather than financial rate of return on investment, harnessing open source technology to create innovative solutions to challenging social issues. The Benetech Bookshare service is the world's largest accessible online library of copyrighted books for people with print disabilities. Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare offers approximately 90,000 digital books, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading, periodicals and assistive technology tools.

Web site: www.benetech.org and www.bookshare.org

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