Individuals with cognitive disabilities often have difficulties with reading, math and visual comprehension. They also struggle with memory retention and have attention deficits. These Individuals can use the following assistive technologies to assist in meeting their academic and personal goals:
Kurzweil 3000 is used by those with learning and cognitive disabilities. It is computer software used to read various types of documents, including items scanned using a scanner. The software can read webpages on the internet, can be used as a read-back in the writing process and offers a number of tools to aid one’s study skills. Individuals who have difficulty reading materials often find success when reading along with a reading software like Kurzweil 3000.
The Livescribe pen is a smart pen that uses unique micro dot paper to record lecture audio that is synced with the student’s handwritten notes. It allows the student to go back and review the recording of incomplete or missed notes by simply tapping on the notes with the pen.
Audio Note Taker is a software that let students capture class lectures and discussions. Audio notes are captured and color-coded according to the level of importance. The software also provides the ability to import presentation slides which can then be linked to recorded audio.
Read & Write is software that provides help to individuals with reading and writing difficulties. It can read text aloud and help one construct words and sentences. It has advanced spell checking, word prediction, document scanning and many of its tools can be used on the internet.
Dragon Naturally Speaking lets users dictate to the computer instead of typing. As one speaks, the words are transcribed onto the screen. This program can be used with many other computer applications and on the internet. Individuals who have learning and cognitive disabilities benefit from using Dragon Naturally Speaking.
Inspiration is a program that allows users to visually organize, prioritize, and link their ideas. Pictures, diagrams, and text are all used in combination to help individuals understand and retain the information presented. The program features a text-to-speech component as well. Students are able to use alternative ways to create written work and can easily transfer it into a traditional format. Documents created in Inspiration can be exported into word processing applications to “jump start” the writing process.
The Franklin Language Master is a talking electronic dictionary, thesaurus and spell checker. This device helps individuals with learning disabilities who might have difficulty with spelling, reading and interpreting information.
Tablets are equipped with a variety of built-in assistive technology apps to accommodate individuals who have a variety of learning and cognitive disabilities. Additional apps can be purchased and downloaded from the devices’ respective app store. There are apps to assist with processing during reading, memory retention, organization, time management, etc.