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Adaptive Technology/Products: Computers

Hardware/Software Distributors


Sensory Software International is a software development partnership based in the United Kingdom. They offer software and hardware designed specifically for individuals with disabilities. Their products are distributed throughout the world. To find a dealer in your country, visit their website.

Aurora Systems Inc. is a company based in Canada that produced software for individuals with learning disabilities, individuals in need of Augmentative Communication devices, as well as for those with speech disabilities. They are closed, however, you can still download their software from their website.


Ai Squared is a company that offers text magnification programs for PC's for the visually impaired. ZoomText and VisAbility software are available. To download the free 30 day trial ZoomText software or to find the authorized dealer nearest you, check out their site.

Coglink is a personalized, simple-to-use, safe email program that comes with automated training and unlimited access to HelpDesk staff for questions and troubleshooting.. This e-mail program is useful for a simple e-mail to stay in touch with friends and family, or if you find a computer too hard to set up or maintain, is simple to learn, very little to remember and will not allow email carrying computer viruses. You need to be able to see the computer monitor, read and type messages and be physically able to use the mouse and keyboard or other device that you currently use to move the cursor and enter text into the computer. The program has a monthly subscription fee of $10 that provides users with technical support that includes adding or subtracting people from their buddy lists. For more information, see their website or call their staff at (541) 346-0572 or (800) 716-9695, or write Computer and Information Sciences, 1202 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403.

Cursor Controls LTD. lists trackballs that are centrally located on the device. For main distributors or stocklists or their on-line store, see their site.

Don Johnston Incorporated is a company that provides high quality intervention products that struggling students and students with disabilities need to achieve literacy. They offer reading, writing, word-study and computer access products as well as professional development services for educating teachers on using technology in the classroom to teach reading and writing. Contact Don Johnston Incorporated at (800) 999-4660.

Dragon Systems, Inc. is a company that offers computer adaptive software that allows you to turn your spoken words directly into text. For more information or to order the software, visit their site.

EnableMart is a company that provides computer hardware, software and related technologies. The mission of EnableMart is to assist individuals in the search for computer access solutions by locating, supporting, and selling computer hardware, software and related technologies designed for their specific need. The vision is to bring about awareness within the community, to increase the number of individuals using assistive technologies, and thus provide the link to the benefits computer hardware, software, and related technologies have to offer them. Enable Mart is sponsored primarily by Microsoft. You may contact Enable Mart at 400 Columbia Street, Suite 100, Vancouver, WA 98660-3413, or call (888) 640-1999, fax (360) 695-4133 or email sales@enablemart.com.

GW Micro is a company offering the products vocal eyes and window eyes visually impaired computer based speech products in software or hardware solutions.

New Sign Greystone Digital Inc. is a company that offers the Big Keys which are standard size computer keyboards with very large keys. The keys are one inch square 4 times bigger than the keys on standard computer keyboards.

Freedom Scientific is a company that offers Screen Reading and Screen Magnification Software, Web Access Software, Braille Note Takers, Embossers, and Displays and Scanning Reading Software/Hardware and Learning Systems Software. Their mission is "to change the world for people with sensory and learning disabilities by creating innovative assistive technology products and solutions."

Infogrip is a company that "develops and markets products that provide people with a healthier and more productive way to interact with computers. Option Catalog is a complete source for computer access and ergonomic solutions." Search under keyboard, switch, software, pointing, mounting, communication, vision, ergonomic, scanning, adapter, and desk product categories.

Kurzweil Education is a company that offers a product package called Kurzweil Educational Systems, which is designed to scan printed documents into a PC and then convert the text into spoken word. These products are very helpful for individuals that are blind or have visual impairments and for those with dyslexia or other learning disabilities. For more information on this company's products, visit their website.

Origin Instruments is a company offering products for head-controlled pointing for computer access. They develop and deliver access solutions for people who do not have the ability to control a computer or iOS Device (iPad, iPhone or iPod touch) with their hands. Contact them or one of their international channel partners with any questions. Keep in mind that you can download free, time-limited, full-function versions of their software for review and email the to request information on our free hardware loan program for assessments, evaluations and demonstrations.

Traxsys Computer Products (formerly Penny and Giles Ltd.) is an Ametek company that offers access options for students with disabilities. These products offer comfortable, alternate input devices for those who find the mouse or trackpads difficult to use. Penny-Giles has rollerballs, trackballs and joysticks for the computer. Contact Traxsys Input products, Ametek at 33 Oakfield Road, Penge, London, SE20 8EW, UK, Tel: +44 (0) 208 659 9090, or email at traxsys.sales@ametek.co.uk

ReaderPal Corporationis a company formerly known as Read Please that offers a free shareware of text to speech software. Currently there is only a Mac version of the software. They are working on improving the software and even adding it to the Apple Store soon.

RJ Cooper and Associates is a company that makes products for persons with special needs, including special software and hardware adaptations for persons with very special needs. This company offers software, hardware and positioning arms. The Track IR for head control, Switcheroo for button/interface and BigKeys for large, oversize, alternative keyboards are some of the products sold by this company. For more information, contact RJ Cooper & Associates at 27601 Forbes Rd. Suite 39, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, (800) 752-6673 or dial direct (949) 582-2749, or fax (949) 582-3169. For general information, e-mail info@rjcooper.com.

Trackballs.com offers many types, mountings, and waterproof trackballs and keyboards. By Evergreen Systems International, they can provide custom designed trackballs.

Touch Screens Inc. provides computer access at the touch of a finger. Touch screens are available in add-on or built-in touch screen monitors. Contact Touch Screen Inc. at 5761 Four Winds Drive, Lilburn, GA 30047, or call (voice) (800) 753-2441, (770) 921-8436, fax (770) 921-8494 or email scott@touchwindow.com

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