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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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    Apps for Literacy Support

    Greg O'Connor from Spectronics has created a list of Apps for iPad and iPod Touch/iPhone that support the literacy needs of people who struggle with reading and writing. Included in the list are Apps to support reading text, writing, note taking, organisation and study.

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    Assistive Software: AbiSee Zoom-Twix

    Zoom-Twix has a zoomable long distance camera to capture what’s on a blackboard, whiteboard, on your desk or in the room—at any zoom, all controlled from a laptop’s keyboard.

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    Assistive Software: ClaroRead

    ClaroRead for Windows PC supports reading and writing. ClaroRead is a simple, easy-to-use and flexible software program that helps you to read, write, study, and increases your confidence. You can read any on-screen text out loud and improve your writing in Microsoft Word. ClaroRead Plus and Pro also lets you read aloud scanned paper books and documents with complete clarity.

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    Assistive Software: Co:Writer SOLO

    Co:Writer is word prediction software, it recognises and predicts words based on phonetic spellings. Co:Writer is for students who struggle with translating thoughts into writing. Students can effectively express ideas in writing, improve spelling and create coherent sentences.

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    Assistive Software: Dragon Naturally Speaking

    Nuance is a supplier of Dragon Naturally Speaking.  Dragon is the leading voice recognition/dictation software. Specialised versions are available that will recognise legal terminology and medical terminology. Student discounts are available for some versions.

    The product “Dragon Anywhere” is a smartphone app version of the product designed for dictating notes and thoughts so providing a mobile means of voice dictation.

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