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WAAT project

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Assistive Technology: Anypiece of technology that helps people do things that they might not even do without it.


The Assistive Technology act of 2004:

The Improving Access to Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004, signed into law by President Bush on October 25, 2004, ensures the continued existence of a major source of funding for assistive technology. This is a reauthorization of the Assistive Technology Act that has been on the books since 1998, but its purpose and the related services have not always been apparent or well publicized to the intended recipients. The goal of the act is to provide assistive technology to persons with disabilities, so they can more fully participate in education, employment, and daily activities on a level playing field with other members of their communities. Under the law, each U.S. state and territory receives a grant to fund an Assistive Technology Act Project (ATAP). These projects provide services to persons with disabilities for their entire life span, as well as to their families or guardians, service providers, and agencies and other entities that are involved in providing services such as education and employment to persons with disabilities.


Section 508

The White House is having the first monthly disablity call on assistive technology. It is begining in December, and it is helping people with disablities and also having people without disabilities learn about what life is like for them.


The White House is having an international day of disabilities, on December 3. On that day people are going to recognize people with disablilies. Barack Obama stated that December 3rd was the international day of disablilities. 


"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2010, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth."

-Barack Obama





Picture  Resources 

iSpeech is an tool that peoplewho can't talk use. 

They can type what they want to say in the box 

and then they will be able to comunicate with the

world around them. 

Free Text to Speech   iSpeech 

The Reading Pen allows people who can't read, to scan

the pen over the words and have it read to them.  It also

displays the words in large font on the display screen. 

Also, if you do not know what a word means, you can look it up in its dictionary. 

  Reading Pen from Franklin Electornic Publishers

The Kindle is a reading device that helps people read who can't read. It speaks out loud to them.  Recently, Amazon anounced that they have made a Kindle for the blind. This allows blind people or

people who have a low visiblity to read. It has enhanced font size and audible features for people with disablilites in reading.


Dragon Natually Speaking helps people who have a disablility with their hands or some other disablility that prevents them form typing.  All they have to do is speak to their computer and then the computer will read what they say and do it for them.   



Dragon Naturally Speaking 

Apple's iPad is a portable computer that allows people to get apps that

help them with day-to-day activities. There are apps that help people speak, talk, read and do even more things. Since the iPad is portable and easy to carry people can just put it in their pocket and go! 

  Apple iPad 
Proloquo2go is a device that helps people comunicate. It is an app that you can get on your iTouch/iPhone/iPad. All you have to do is click on the approperiote word and then it will speak to the person who you are talking to.   Proloquo2go



My Reflection:


A piece of technology that I have used to help me is a computer. The computer helps me get my ideas on to paper and also to organize my work.  I can use the computer not only for school work, but for many other things.  I really liked the WAAT project because I never knew how many things were available for people with disabilities.









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