Tech Lending Library

ISD 935 has acquired a variety of assistive tech devices and software titles that can be used with the SETT process.  The equipment is checked out through Wendy Duenow at the Cooperative Administrative Office, 218-998-0935 x1004. 

Here is a listing of the assistive technology equipment and software in ISD 935’s lending library:

Input devices

Cruise:  allows computer users to control both the direction and speed of the cursor with a single, soft touch.  Requires no hand or wrist movement, suitable for all computer users, particularly young children and those with motor skill difficulties and movement impairment.  Cruise uses a control ring to electronically manage cursor movement for precise targeting of objects on the computer screen.  Unlike a mouse, trackball or joystick, no hand or wrist movement is necessary and unlike a touch pad, the cursor does not have to be ‘driven’ around the screen by constant finger movement.  Soft touch Left/Right buttons can be deactivated and their functions operated using remote switches/jelly buttons via the jacks at the rear of the Cruise.  Includes Cruise, USB to PS/2 adapter, instruction booklet.

PC and Macintosh compatible – auto detecting USB and PS/2 protocols

Wave Trackball:  Trackball mouse with smooth ball movement, a large, stable footprint and low profile.  It is a flexible device suitable for computer users with a variety of fine and gross motor skills.  Large, free-running ball allows precise tracking and cursor control with lightest touch.  The Wave has Left, Right and Drag Lock buttons.  External Switch Jacks (2) allow external button attachment to operate Left/Right click.  Includes Wave trackball, USB to PS/2 adapter, instruction booklet.

PC and Macintosh compatible – auto detecting USB and PS/2 protocols

Wave Wireless Trackball:
  With an operating range in excess of 30 feet, this device is ideally suited in team/group sessions, or in classroom settings, to ensure participation in computer-based activities. Trackball mouse with smooth ball movement, a large, stable footprint and low profile. It is a flexible device suitable for computer users with a variety of fine and gross motor skills. Large, free-running ball allows precise tracking and cursor control with lightest touch. Wireless uses a bi-directional radio link for interference free operation. Uses 2.4GHz global, license-free ISM radio band.  Uses 9v battery, typically gives 6 months of battery life.  External Switch Jacks (2) allow external button attachment to operate Left/Right click.  Includes Wave input device, Wave wireless USB/PS2 Receiver, PS/2 to USB adapter and instruction booklet.

PC and Macintosh compatible, auto-detects USB and PS/2 protocols

Rock Adapted Joystick: The Rock is a mouse alternative designed to addres the needs of computer users with limited hand control, motor skill difficulties, poor hand-eye co-ordination, lack of manual dexterity and involuntary muscle spasms. Needs only minimal hand movement, reduces wrist and elbow fatigue, requires far less effort and is less tiring than a mouse. Unit can be configured for right or left handed operation. Includes Rock joystick, USB to PS/2 adaptor plug and instruction booklet.

PC and Macintosh compatible, auto-detects USB and PS/2 protocols

MyBoard-lc keyboard:  Intended for the young typist who doesn’t yet make the association between upper-case and lower-case letters.  MyBoard-lc has easy-to-read lower-case lettering, large 1″ color-coded keys (purple-vowels, green-consonants, red-numbers, yellow-punctuation, and blue-function keys).  Makes typing easier for kids and those with dexterity or vision issues.  Includes MyBoard-lc, USB to PS/2 adapter and instruction page.  Optional keyboard stand and keyboard cover also available.

PC and Macintosh compatible, auto-detects USB and PS/2 protocols

Switches

Jelly Bean Twist:  Jelly Bean switch has a 2.5-inch activation surface with tactile and auditory feedback.  Comes with switch tops that can be removed and replaced with the color of your choice:  Red, Blue, Yellow, or Green for your own style, tastes or specific vision needs.  Includes switch, 4 colored switch tops, and activation instructions.

Use with switch-adapted devices with a standard mono 3.5mm switch jack.

For computer access a computer switch interface is required.

Big Red Twist:  Big Red switch has a 5-inch activation surface with tactile and auditory feedback.  Comes with switch tops that can be removed and replaced with the color of your choice:  Red, Blue, Yellow, or Green to match your own style, tastes or specific vision needs.  Includes switch, 4 colored switch tops, and activation instructions.

Use with switch-adapted devices with a standard mono 3.5mm switch jack.

For computer access a computer switch interface is required.

Jelly Beamer Twist:  Jelly Beamer is a wireless switch consisting of a wireless transmitter and receiver.  To use, turn both components on, plug the receiver into any switch-adapted toy or device and you’re ready for wireless access.  Jelly Beamers are paired with their own receiver so multiple devices can be used in the same room at the same time, without interference.  Effective range is up to 30 feet.  Both the transmitter and receiver require 2 standard AA batteries and offer long battery life with built-in sleep mode.  Make any switch wireless by plugging it into the Jelly Beamer transmitter.  Includes Jelly Beamer transmitter, Jelly Beamer receiver, 4 colored switch tops and quick start guide.

Use with switch-adapted devices with a standard mono 3.5mm switch jack.

For computer access a computer switch interface is required.

Switch Interface

Hitch Computer Switch Interface:  Hitch needs no software to be installed, can control one to five switches, and can be used as a switch driven mouse emulator set to up arrow, down arrow, right arrow, left arrow and enter.  Rows of functions are chosen with a single push of a button.  Includes Hitch Computer switch interface, USB A to mini cable and Quickstart Guide.

PC and Macintosh compatible

Reading, Writing, Study Skills

Neo2:  Personal writing tool with built-in word processor, dictionary, thesaurus, find-and-replace and Spanish-English word lookup.  Lightweight (under 2 lbs.) and ultra portable with a full-size keyboard.  Neo2 is an easy-to-use tool that can help struggling writers, whether they are challenged by learning disabilities, verbal communication limitations or have physical hurdles like lack of fine motor skills.  Neo2’s onboard assistive technology functions and optional add-ons adapt to the needs of children with physical and learning challenges.

Sticky keys – feature allows you to type combination keystrokes without pressing the keys simultaneously

Slow keys – feature helps students with unsteady hands or difficulty in key targeting

Key auto-repeat control – can be turned on or off to assist with reflex control challenges.

Large display font options  – help with vision challenges

Includes Neo2, USB A to B cable for connection to computer, AlphaSmart Manager software CD, Documentation CD for Neo2, Neo2 Quck Guide.  Uses 3 AA batteries, which provide up to 700 hours of use.

Note:  In order to send files to/from the Neo and a desktop computer, the AlphaSmart Manager software must be installed on the computer.

PC and Macintosh Compatible

Neo2 with Co:Writer:  Same device as Neo2 above, this Neo2 has the Co:Writer applet from Don Johnston installed for struggling writers and children with special needs.  Co:Writer provides grammar-smart word prediction to help students quickly find the word they want, so they can write faster and improve the quality of their writing.  Co:Writer helps writers gain fast access to very specific words and phrases through integrated topic dictionaries and focus on the content of their writing with intelligent word prediction, and helps them write complete, grammatically correct sentences.

Includes Neo2, USB A to B cable for connection to computer, AlphaSmart Manager software CD, Documentation CD for Neo2, Neo2 Quck Guide.  Uses 3 AA batteries, which provide up to 700 hours of use.

Note:  In order to send files to/from the Neo and a desktop computer, the AlphaSmart Manager software must be installed on the computer.

PC and Macintosh Compatible

Neo2 Text-To-Speech:  This interface works with either the Neo2 or Neo2 with Co-Writer (above).  Text-to-speech converts written text to spoken words to improve writing, expression, fluency and grammar.  Includes Text-to speech adapter, headset, and instruction booklet, must be used in conjunction with Neo2.  Uses 2 AA batteries.

PC and Macintosh Compatible

Kurzweil 3000 Prof. Color Full:
  Comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners.

Access to any curriculum
Increased reading fluency
Study skills
Decoding support
Writing and self-editing tools
Independent Test Taking

Appropriate for grades 3 through adult.  Includes Kurzweil system installed on macbook, Epson 4490 scanner, Quick Reference Guide,Tutorial, Guide to the Classic Literature Guide.

Kurzweil 3000 B/W Learnstation:
  Comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners.

Access to any curriculum
Increased reading fluency
Study skills
Decoding support
Writing and self-editing tools
Independent Test Taking

Appropriate for grades 3 through adult.  Includes Kurzweil system installed on macbook, Epson 4490 scanner, Quick Reference Guide,Tutorial, Guide to the Classic Literature Guide.


IntelliTools Classroom Suite 3:
  Pre-K to 5 Software for building reading, writing and math skills.  Provides students with explicit instruction, constructive practice and embedded assessments to allow teachers to gauge progress and individualize instruction for their students.  Includes binder with installation CDs and user guide.  Windows and Macintosh compatible.

Assistive Communication Devices

iPod Touch with Proloquo2go & speaker:  iPod Touch (8GB) with Proloquo2go – an application that allows the user to have the iPod speak for them. Comes with a white USB charging cable, external speaker, stylus and user documentation.

Ablenet Talking Brix:   Set of 3 Brix (1 red, 1 green, 1 blue)  Easy 10 second single-message recording on each Brix.  Each Brix has power on/off switch, rechargeable battery (built-in), magnet (built-in), 1.8″ activation area and a snap switch cap for you can place a picture symbol on the Brix.  Use one Brix for personal reminders, or attach as many as you like, creating simple, scalable communication grids.  For table-top users, Talking Brix use an ingenious tab and slot connector to link to other Brix. Create multi-message communicators in any arrangement you like. Straight-line layouts reinforce sequential communication or linear learning activities. L-shape and other layouts allow users to create communication grids that meet their unique physical needs.

Adaptivation Sequencer:  The Sequencer is a sequential messaging communication aid that allows you to program messages and play them back in succession. The Sequencer has excellent sound quality and a long battery life. The Sequencer has two levels with 45 seconds of record time per level (short play) or 90 seconds of record time per level (long play). The Sequencer has an External Switch Jack, an External Speaker Jack and a Relay Jack for cause-effect.

Mounting Products

Cling! Eval Kit:   Cling! products use powerful suction to produce a super-strong hold on any flat surface. Cling! Plate stays where you want it with a simple push, and it’s easy to release it’s hold by lifting any corner.  Cling! Arm is a small rotating arm that can be fixed in any position within a half-sphere range.

Cling! Eval Kit includes the Plate, Arm and 4 interchangeable surface plates for mounting a variety of devices. Also includes quickstart guide.

Picture Communication Software

Boardmaker Plus v6.1.4:  Checked out to speech and language pathologists for the academic year.

Boardmaker with Speaking Dynamically Pro v6.1.4:  Checked out to speech and language pathologists for the academic year.