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    ADCET Webinar: Accessibility in Apple Products

    In this webinar, Jessica from Apple discussed key technology updates, and then demonstrate hints and tips in the cognitive and neurodiverse space.  

    There was no recording of this webinar, however, Jessica provided a terrific list of links to all the features (plus more) that were discussed during the webinar. The links as well as questions answered by Jessica after the webinar can be found in the document below. (November 2020)

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    ADCET Webinar: Glean - the 2020 vision for note taking has arrived

    This presentation will outline a re-imagined note taking technology that helps address the cognitive challenges of note taking and how Glean connects the repurposing of higher quality notes to the wider learning process. (May 2020)

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    ADCET Webinar: How Ideamapper helps students of varying abilities plan, write and reference

    Callum Ferguson, the sales and marketing manager at Ideamapper will outline the unique innovative features of Ideamapper that helps address the cognitive challenges of note-taking, grasping complex learning concepts and constructing written assignments across all subject areas including STEM. Ideamapper uses mind mapping to help students manage information in a bitesize format, helping unlock ideas otherwise lost in a jumble of information. A vast array of templates and writing frames are included to help students get started with their essays and to more effectively manage the structure of their writing tasks. For the remainder of the 2020 academic year, ideamapper is offering free pilots to universities and TAFEs to allow all students to have access to an effective mindmapping technology during these challenging times of COVID-19. (July 2020)

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    ADCET Webinar: Microsoft's Reading Support with Immersive Reader

    In this webinar, Troy explains how to personalise Microsoft’s Immersive Reader for your own experience and to motivate your students to achieve their fullest potential.

    The Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool, built into Word, OneNote, Outlook, Office Lens, Microsoft Teams, Forms, Flipgrid, Minecraft Education Edition and the Edge browser, that implement proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people regardless of their age or ability. It aids with independent reading and comprehension. Because it lives in so many different apps and platforms, it is helping readers with many different aspects of access. There are features within this tool that read text out loud, break it into syllables, and provide options for visual layout, such as spacing between lines and letters, or color themes. (May 2020)

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    ADCET Webinar: Support for Writing using Microsoft Tools

    In this webinar, Troy will help you personalise Microsoft’s writing tools for your own experience and to motivate your students to achieve their fullest potential.  Accessible technologies help students with challenges unlock their full potential by addressing the diversity of needs. When a creative twist is applied to even the simplest of tools, the learning can be enhanced. Microsoft has many tools available, from simple to robust, to help students in multiple aspects of writing. You will see how to use various tools including Dictate, Immersive Reader, Editor and Word Prediction. (June 2020)

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    Access to Graphics in Higher Education

    “Improving vision impaired student’s access to graphics in higher education”  investigates the level and type of access that vision impaired students gain to graphic components of their study materials in higher education in Australia, to uncover any barriers to access and inclusion, and to offer strategies and resources to enable improved access to graphics for blind and vision impaired students. The project consisted of three major stages:

    • Data-gathering: What access do vision impaired students currently have to graphics in higher education? What are the barriers to access? The questions were explored through a national online survey of 72 vision impaired students in higher education, along with 41 semi-structured interviews with students, their disability advisors, academics and accessible formats producers.
    • Pilot studies: Working closely with vision impaired students and associated staff to trial processes and technologies over three semesters in 2015 and 2016.
    • Synthesis: All study participants were invited to a full day workshop at which they developed and refined a set of model principles for improving vision impaired students’ access to graphics in higher education.

    The results of stages 1 and 2 are reported in “Understanding the graphical challenges faced by vision-impaired students in Australian universities”, Higher Education Research & Development, May 2016.

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    Adobe Reader: “Read out Aloud”

    Adobe Reader offers basic text-to-speech functionality for PDF documents. Functions allow the user to have a document read from the top to the bottom of a page. Visit the accessibility features section of the Adobe Reader website for more information.

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    Amovil: Accessible mobile devices

    Amóvil aims to help people with disability identify accessible mobile devices that are compatible with available assistive technologies and that suit their preferences and needs. It is an interactive website that also offers information on mobile applications that comply with Universal Accessibility and Design for All requirements.

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    Apple Accessibility

    Apple devices are built with powerful assistive technology. Including:

    Switch Control that lets you use switches, a joystick or another adaptive device to control what’s on your screen.

    Live Listen lets you use your Made for iPhone hearing aids and iPhone to hear more clearly in loud places. Move your iPhone closer to the people who are speaking, and the built-in microphone will pick up what they’re saying.

    VoiceOver can describe what’s on your screen, even while you’re taking a photo.* And when you’re looking back at pictures, it can recognise things like facial expressions, scenes and specific objects.

    If you have a learning disability like dyslexia, features such as Speak Screen, Speak Selection, Typing Feedback and Predictive Text can help by adding an auditory element to reading or writing email messages, blog posts and long documents.


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    Apple Mac: Accessibility

    Apple provides reinforcement of speech with reading. Students can use Text-to-Speech Synthesis as an audible method for getting feedback from the computer. Students can have the computer speak the text in dialogues, messages, and documents. Students can even customise the rate at which content is read aloud.

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