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Free Software for Students

Many of our students have full access to screen reading software in their school, but they do not have access to their computer at home. Does this scenario sound familiar? Now your students can have their own screen reading software at home on a USB drive. One of the software programs is open-source, which to some people means free, when in fact that is not how it is defined. "Open source software is the shared intellectual property of all developers and users and, thanks to the collaboration, achieves a higher level of quality than software produced using conventional means. " (http://www.directimaging.com/). The opensource screen reader is NVDA, which stands for NonVisual Display Access. Being opensource, the speech engine available for use is not as advanced as commercial screen reading software, but that is also improving with each revision. Download NVDA here: www.nvda-project.org. The next screen reading software available for free is...
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Single Switch Software

I had promised teachers on my campus some resources for switch accessible games.  The first website is called One Switch, and is located in the UK. It has games, switch interfaces, dyi switches, software, links, and so much more.  Check out the Library page, which has a link to 100+ switch accessible games. Not all of the games are accessible for all students, but have some fun looking through the possibilities.  Here is the link: www.oneswitch.org.uk. The next site is in the US, but their parent site is in the UK  and has not only switch accessible software, but story building games.  The story will be different for each choice the student makes in the adventure. Here is the link to the choose and tell games: http://www.inclusivetlc.com/. Don't forget to check out all of the other wonderful software and hardware available on this site. The next site is for a free...
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