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Offers and Information for Individuals - Pandemic
In this quickly evolving time, MATP has been receiving a number of announcements from various companies about free offerings to their assistive technology products - mostly apps and software - during this national disaster due to COVID 19. We will update this page as soon as possible, given other urgent matters, as we hear of new offerings. If you have an offer to add, please contact us!
Please note: no endorsement of the product and/or accessibility is implied.
Remote Learning Platforms
The National Council on Aging(NCOA) has developed a detailed overview of remote video communication options titled,Tools for Reaching a Remote Audience (PDF). NCOA provides pros and cons for each tool, including Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, Zoom and several others. Links to additional information are included in the document. This resource is a convenient first stop for people wanting to connect to each other remotely and also includes information about tools that can be used for meetings and presentations.
Questions about the accessibility of Zoom for people who use JAWs? Check out Meet Me Accessibly, A Guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings, by Jonathan Mosen- now free for everyone! Jonathan’s demonstrations use JAWS for Windows, but the concepts apply universally; you don’t need to be a JAWS user to benefit from this book.
APP2Speak, a photo-based speech and communication AAC app provides speech-impaired individuals with immediate communication independence, is committed to making sure people who need help communicating have access to the tools they need to stay in touch with family and friends. To help make communication more accessible to people who need it, APP2Speak is offering the app at half price. This offer is available from April 13th through April 24th.
Emergency communication tool from Temple University Institute on Disabilities: Communication during times of emergency is critical. However, many individuals may not use verbal communication due to their disability, injury, or shock. These communication tools may be used during times of emergency when spoken English or Spanish may not be an option.
The UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities has developed a flipbook provides communication strategies for addressing the needs of people who do not communicate through speech to express themselves and/or to understand what is being said to them. Aids include an emergency QWERTY board for typing, pain charts, sign language basics, and icon-based options. It can be printed out and hung inside emergency vehicles for easy reference on the job.
The Patient-Provider Communication Forum, with the support of the United States Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (USSAAC), is providing a free bank of communication supports to patients and their health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kurzweil 3000 platform: "While adding “homeschooler” or “virtual teacher” to your many hats seems overwhelming, we’re lining up supports to help you take it one step at a time. So take a deep breath, get a free subscription, and let’s do this together."
Dolphin would like to offer every visually impaired student, 3 months of free SuperNova, for their home laptop or desktop computer.
YesAccessible – TypeAbility
TypeAbility is a fun, interactive typing tutor program for those who use JAWS or Fusion. TypeAbility is a Typing Tutor and Computer Tutor for the blind. TypeAbility uses JAWS for its speech engine. TypeAbility teaches both typing skills, and also skills for editing and navigating in documents, menus and dialog boxes.
It is now available for only $30 (usual retail price is $150) to those using the free home version of JAWS/Fusion through June 30, 2020. TypeAbility will time out June 30, 2020.
"We’re all familiar with the effects that social distancing, self-quarantine, and canceled classes are having on our day to day life. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to help ease the stress and boredom by offering fun activities and virtual educational opportunities for learners of all ages. We’ll be posting information about all of our favorite, free and educational activities and lessons, plus some great external resources. We’re working hard to build more resources, and will be adding to our #AtHomeWithAPH resources page on a regular basis (be sure to bookmark it)."
The contents of this web page were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.