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Assistive Technology: Difference Between Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech (TTS)

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

WVATS Spring 2017 Newsletter Available!

Click the link to check out the WVATS Spring 2017 Newsletter! Spring2017Newsletter

Assistive Technology for the Great Outdoors!

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!

PEAT: How to Know When It’s Time for a TechCheck

PEAT: How to Know When It's Time for a TechCheck (peatworks.org) Read More > PEAT: How to Know When It’s Time for a TechCheck

WVATS Annual Report

WVATS Annual Report (cedwvu.org) Read More > WVATS Annual Report

AbleData: Whitepaper on Video Game Accessibility

AbleData: Whitepaper on Video Game Accessibility (PDF) Read More > AbleData: Whitepaper on Video Game Accessibility

WVATS Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2016: Universal Design

WVATS Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2016: Universal Design (cedwvu.org) Read More > WVATS Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2016: Universal Design

CDHH Video on using TTY from an iPhone

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 wvcdhh@gmail.com on Vimeo.

Article from PBS on Assistive Technology.

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.

Low Cost, Low Tech: Be safe and Independent in your own home.

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.