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BrailleMasteran instructional aid that can be used by adults and children who want to learn the basics of the braille code. It teaches and offers practice with braille dot patterns for uncontracted and contracted braille and the most commonly used English words. The plastic box has seven 5/8-inch round buttons or keys that are raised. Six buttons represent a braille cell; the seventh serves as a function key or space bar. Digitized speech provides feedback for students.
Calculator Desk Model, Large DisplayDesk calculator with an 8-digit LCD readout on a module that can be moved up or down for better visibility. Numbers are 5/8" high and keys are .62 inches wide for better visibility and for ease of use. Uses solar power and back-up batteries (included).
Franklin Language Master Special EditionThis miniature talking dictionary is based on one made for the general public. It is 6 square inches and battery powered. Speech is fully integrated, speaking every entered letter and word, definition, synonym, or game.
InvisiboardPortable and lightweight desktop screen that can be set on a desk to block out distractions for students with cortical visual impairment (CVI). The trifold board has a solid white, slick material on one side and a solid black, Velcro-compatible material on the other side. Comes with a carrying case and orientation material in print and braille.
IVEO completeA self-voicing tactile-audio system. Use IVEO like a drawing program to make tactile-audio diagrams. Or convert existing files like maps and graphs to make them speak when touched on the IVEO Touchpad. There are four components: IVEO Creator: a drawing program to create and edit tactile-audio documents; IVEO Converter: a tool to import existing images (like maps and charts) into IVEO; IVEO Touchpad: a lightweight, touch-sensitive pad for reading tactile-audio images; connects through USB; IVEO Viewer: software for reading IVEO documents on-screen or with the IVEO touchpad – download
Jumbo Display Folding CalculatorCompact LCD eight-digit calculator with large number (½”) display. Powered by solar energy and battery back-up.
Math Window Braille Basic Math Math Window is an easy to use math teaching tool utilizing magnetic tiles on a conveniently-sized work surface. It is portable and comes with its own carrying case. Math concepts are easier to understand using this tactile method of building and solving math problems. Tiles can be stored along the perimeter of the board or on our new attachable tile pallet (optional). The Braille Basic Math Kit provides the essentials for students to complete problems in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, as well as fractions and decimals. This moveable Nemeth teaching system allows the student to quickly set problems and easily make changes. Braille Basic Math features include: Standard size Nemeth Code centered on each tile 1/2" square tiles, extra thick for ease of manipulation 11"x14" framed work surface Sturdy canvas carrying case with storage pocket Optional Algebra Add-on is available
Math Window Braille Geometry KitThe Braille Geometry Kit will allow the student to work and solve geometric problems, as well as, graph them on the double-sided, framed work surface. This kit contains point markers for locating points and plotting squares to help the student accurately plot points on the graph. Wickki Stix? are used to connect the plotted points, forming line segments and curves, and to illustrate math functions. Tiles are stored on an attachable tile pallet to allow interchangeable use of both sides of the work surface. Braille Geometry Kit features include: Standard sized Nemeth Code centered on each tile 1/2" square tiles, extra thick for ease of manipulation 14"x16" double-sided work surface: one flat for working problems and the other with raised grid lines for graphing Sturdy canvas carrying case with storage pocket Attachable tile pallet to store tiles Pre-cut geometric shapes identified with Braille and print
Mountbatten Learning System
Odyssey Tactile Talking Globe When the Odyssey stylus is pressed to an area of the globe, the globe voices information such as population, currency, or climate - it even provides examples of music found in the region. The user can specify the type of information and level of detail by touching the accessible controls. With over 10,000 facts the user can compare data between countries and map routes with distance and travel time anywhere on the globe! Everyone, from very young to the mature with or without sight, will enjoy endless hours of touring the world with this globe. Using High Marks or Brailled tape, the globe can be tactually marked. The globe is 10 inches in diameter and uses 4 C batteries (not included).
Oregon Scientific-Smart Globe (Deluxe Edition)By touching the continent, country, body of water, or mountain range with the SmartPen(TM), you can learn such information as size, language, history and much more. A clear male voice speaks the facts. Or, you can select from over 30 learning activities that are organized by age ranges from 5 to 8, 9 to 14 and 15 and up. To update the data, you can connect it to your computer. It can serve as a learning tool, teaching you thousands of facts, or a game to be played by the whole family.
Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator A modified Ti-84 Plus with a small attachment capable of reading the calculator's screen aloud. The attached unit allows the user to navigate graphs through speech and audible tones; designated keys can be used to control volume, rate, pause, silence, repeat, and also change preferences. The unit features built-in stereo speakers, though a headphone jack is available so that headphones may be used. Image
Tactile World GlobeThis 12" globe helps students learn about geography through tactile exploration. Land areas are raised relief, while water areas are flat. The white surface can either be marked with 20/20 pens or labeled with your own Braille labels. Globe comes with a list of suggestions for teaching geography to a visually-impaired child.
Talking Tactile Tablet 2A computer peripheral device that connects to the USB port of any Windows or Macintosh computer. It allows the user to interact with tactile graphics and to read maps, play games, and so on. Users can place one of a large number of raised, tactile drawings on the device and press on various parts of the graphic to receive audio feedback. Instructions are bilt-in. Narration is supplied in digitized human speech.
Talking Typer for WindowsComputer keyboarding and typing training software that speaks and displays lessons on screen. Includes drills, practice, and typing games. Adjustable to the student's level of skill and sight impairment. Recommended ages: 6 and older.
TypeAbility 4.1TypeAbility is a program that teaches the entire computer keyboard in 77 user-friendly lessons. By the end of the lessons, the student will have mastered all the letters, numbers, punctuation, as well as basic navigation and editing in text documents. TypeAbility 4.1 for JAWS, is compatible with JAWS 8 and higher. You can use either a full version of JAWS, or the free JAWS demo. TypeAbility is also compatible with the screen magnification program MAGic. With MAGic, the partially sighted can not only listen to, but also see their typing lessons. TypeAbility for MAGic, can be installed into MAGic 10.5 or MAGic 11. In that case, JAWS is not needed, because MAGic will provide both speech and magnification.
Virtual Pencil AlgebraProvides speech output that allows the user to read, navigate and manipulate Algebraic equations. Teachers can write and password-protect assignments.
Virtual Pencil ArithmeticComputer software that is used to interactively solve math problems. It is designed for those who are pencil mpaired: unable to operate a pencil effectively. This is not a tutorial, although tutorial mode is part of the package. It moves to the right spot on the "paper," guided by the user, and inputs the answers that the user selects. When used with a screen reader, the numbers and actions are read out loud, or displayed in braille. The math problem is displayed on the screen, one number above the other with digits lined up in vertical columns. The Tutor tells the student where he is in the problem, what steps need to be done to solve it, and will even do the navigating and provide the answer. In test mode the student does not have the help provided by the tutor, extended tutor or next step features. He or she must know how to navigate around the problem, where to read the digits in the intermediate steps, and where to put the answers. Just like using a pencil. Teachers can create an assignment, password protect it, and then send it to the student via e-mail, save it to a diskette, save it to the hard drive, or print it or emboss it. When e-mailing it or saving it, the password will stay with the assignment file wherever it goes. This is designed to prevent students from switching from test mode to tutor mode, so the test results will be valid. When an assignment or test is created in Virtual Pencil, the same file can be printed-out for the able-bodied students in the class, saving the teacher a lot of time.

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