Both audiobooks and text-to-speech (TTS) can help kids who have reading issues like dyslexia. These types of assistive technology let kids listen to a book being read aloud as they look at the words. But audiobooks and TTS are different in key ways. Use this chart in this link to find out the differences. https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/assistive-technology/assistive-technologies-basics/the-difference-between-audiobooks-and-text-to-speech
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It is fishing and gardening season in West Virginia. Did you know that there is Assistive Technology that could help you enjoy these activities? The West Virginia Assistive Technology Loan Library and Exchange System has the following devices that are available to borrow, free of charge: • Fishing Poll Holder which makes the reel available for one hand operation. • Electric Fishing Wheel Drive with Toggle Switch is an electric Fishing Wheel Drive that allows for the full enjoyment of fighting the fish and feeling the pull without the hard work and tiring effort of cranking. • Fishing Poll Holder for Wheelchairs • Easy Up ATV Garden Seat by Vertex provides lightly padded seating; a handle to help a gardener get up and down; plus a small storage space under the seat for hand tools. • Easi-Grip Garden Fork • Bionic Classic Garden Gloves • Natural Radius Grip Ergonomic Trowel, and Bulb Transplanter, Shovel • Vertex Easy Step Edger Check… Read More > Assistive Technology for the Great Outdoors!
Did you know you can answer and make TTY calls using your iPhone? Check out a video from the WV Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing! Smartphone TTY from firstname.lastname@example.org on Vimeo.
Here is an article from PBS on Assistive Technology (AT) (pbs.org). Information on AT can be found in the Parent’s Advocacy Guide to Special Education in Chapter 3 on page 30. A sample letter to request an AT evaluation can be found in Chapter 3 on page 67. You can call DRWV at 800-950-5250 to request a free copy of the Parent’s Advocacy Guide.
From WV Assistive Technology System (WVATS) Low Cost, Low Tech: Be safe and Independent in your own home. (PDF) All items are under $20 and make great gifts! Read More > Low Cost, Low Tech: Be safe and Independent in your own home.