Assistive Technology Tools

Assistive Technology Tools
Assistive Technology Tools South Africa

Tuesday, 8 July 2014


Personswith disabilities include those who have long-term sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

Discrimination on the basis of disability means any distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of disability which has the purpose or
effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal basis with others, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in the
political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field. It includes all forms of discrimination, including denial of reasonable accommodation.

Reasonableaccommodation means necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments not imposing a disproportionate or undue burden, where needed in a particular case, to ensure persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise on an equal basis with others.

The three basic criteria must all be met if a person is to be covered under the SA legislation

A person must have an impairment. An impairment may either be physical or mental or a combination of both. A physical impairment means a partial or total loss of a bodily function or part of the body. It includes sensory impairments such as being deaf, hearing impaired or visually impaired. Secondly, the impairment must also be long-term or recurring. Thirdly, the impairment must be substantially limiting.

In practice deafness may be only a physical characteristic or it can signify both a physical condition with a social/cultural perspective. Hearingimpairment can run the full scale from slight loss to profound. The main characteristic that separates a hearing impaired person/post-lingual deaf person from the pre-lingual deaf person, is whether they relate primarily to the “hearing world” or to the “deaf world”. Persons who relate with the deaf world belong to a community who uses a signed language and the person is considered Deaf. This group does not align itself with the words “impairment” and “disability”.

The freedom of choice and freedom of association with a particular group is promoted by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is protected by the SA Constitution.


UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – Articles 1 & 2
The SA Constitution/Employment Equity Act/Code of Good practise and Technical Assistance Guidelines on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities – Chapters 5 & 6
The Americans Disability Act – Deafness and hearing impairment under the ADA
SARS – Tax and disability

Department Social Development – Disability Grants

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Dragon Naturally Speaking South Africa learning difficulties dyslexia

Dragon Naturally Speaking South Africa learning difficulties dyslexia 

  • Natural sounding text-to-speech reads back editable text for easy proofing or multitasking.
  • Smart Format Rules allow Dragon to adapt by detecting format corrections – abbreviations, numbers and more – so whatever is dictated is laid out the way it's needed every time.
  • An interactive tutorial provides simulations to enable users to learn and practice good dictation, correction and editing habits.
  • Use Dragon with two of the most popular web based email applications – Gmail™ and Hotmail® – with Full Text Control and commands for the most frequent actions.
  • Use an iPhone®, iPod® touch (4th gen), iPad® or compatible Android™ device as a remote microphone for greater freedom and flexibility.
  • System administrators can create a recognition log that provides rich, objective information about usage for guiding enterprise users in achieving better results. The log also provides valuable metrics for measuring productivity gains (Available in Dragon Professional).
  • Dragon 12 Training Reference Videos. This video series will provide basic training to help users learn to use Dragon efficiently. (Available in Dragon Professional).

Features Of Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Ignite Personal Productivity With Fast, Accurate Dictation
Dictate naturally to create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, email and more – three times faster than typing – with up to 99% accuracy. The more Dragon is used, the better it recognises a users voice.
Intelligent reminders prompt users to initiate analysis of documents and emails so Dragon quickly adapts to a users voice and writing style. Plus, the software automatically updates the voice profile based on a users dictation sessions and corrections to deliver continuous accuracy improvements.
Ignite Proficiency And Ease Of Use
Dragon makes it easier than ever before to dictate accurate text and make corrections.
The Dragon Sidebar puts important voice commands and tips in one convenient desktop location. And on-screen help means assistance is always available when needed.

Ignite A Voice Driven Experience In More Applications
Use Dragon with many of the Windows® applications used every day on the job. Dictate, edit and format text in Microsoft® Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Outlook®, OpenOffice™ Writer, Corel® WordPerfect® and more. Search the Web using Internet Explorer®, Mozilla® Firefox® or Google Chrome™.

Ignite Convenient PC Command And Control
Use simple voice commands to create files, send email, schedule meetings, open and close applications or folders, switch between windows, save and convert documents and search the Web with remarkable speed and ease. Dragon Voice Shortcuts™ enables multiple keystrokes and mouse clicks to be executed with a single voice command that can be spoken at any time, helping to get more done in less time.

Ignite Efficiency With Time Saving Macros
Create special macros that collapse multi-step processes into a single voice command so forms can be filled in, frequently used text and graphics can be inserted and business processes can be automated for unparalleled speed and efficiency. Develop powerful macros to:
Automate any user specific functions to streamline routine tasks
Control various applications elements such as menus and toolbars
Manage custom user forms or dialog boxes.

Ignite Mobility And Flexibility
Dictate content at work, at home or in the field. Record ideas and notes while they are still fresh to produce higher quality, more detailed documents. For optimal convenience:
Use a Nuance approved digital voice recorder or a compatible iOS device to record ideas and notes on the go; Dragon automatically transcribes the audio files to text at the PC.

Ignite User Accessibility And Corporate Compliance
Dragon enables users to meet government mandated accessibility requirements for workers with disabilities. It also helps prevent fatigue and repetitive strain injuries and keeps more employees on the job by offering a comfortable, ergonomic alternative to the keyboard and mouse.

Ignite Ease Of Enterprise Administration
Dragon security features and administration tools make it the ideal enterprise speech recognition solution. Centrally manage voice profiles, custom vocabularies, feature access and multiple installations over a network.

E-Scope, Electronics Stethoscope for hearing loss South Africa

E-Scope, Electronics Stethoscope for hearing loss

The E-Scope Hearing Impaired Model is an electronic stethoscope which amplifies 30 times louder than an acoustic scope. This model E-Scope is supplied without headphones allowing the user to choose the appropriate listening device to meet their specific needs.

The E-Scope, Electronics Stethoscope – Hearing Impaired Model can amplify sounds up to 30 times louder than an acoustic scope.
This E-Scope can be used with multiple-style headphones. A 3.5mm (1/8”) mono-sound output jack on the top of the stethoscope connects the headphones to the E-Scope (pictured).
Cardionics headphones allow the user to leave their hearing aid(s) in place while listening. The headphones go over the top of their ear canals or ear molds thus not interfering with the hearing aid(s). This E-Scope is successfully being used with In-the-Ear (ITE), CIC, and Behind-the-Ear (BTE) hearing aids with these headphones.*
The E-Scope has a control filter switch which allows the user to concentrate on heart or breath sound frequencies within a specific range. The control buttons are conveniently located on the head of the stethoscope. Volume is also controlled on the head of the stethoscope. The E-Scope is designed to remain at the same volume setting each time you power on and has 64 possible volume positions with the maximum output of 125 dB, undistorted.
* BTE hearing aids will need to be adjusted by an audiologist for optimal use – increasing the gain of low frequency improves heart sounds. They will need to disable automatic noise reduction.

  • Battery operated- Powered by a single “AAA” battery which will last about 4-6 months with regular use.The E-Scope has an automatic timer which will power off to conserve the battery.
  • Customer Service– Backed by world-class customer service, our E-Scope team will answer your technical questions and provide service when needed.
  • USB-style side output jack- Used for accessories including headphones for a second listener or connecting cables to a pc for recording purposes in medical records and Telemedicine.
  • Specialist Adult Diaphragm- Stainless-steel diaphragm produces 50% greater sound sensitivity, a more comfortable feel, and allows listener to use the split-finger technique. (supplied with E-Scope)
  • Accessory pack included– A zippered carry case is included which contains a pediatric diaphragm, plastic adult diaphragm, pediatric and infant bells, and your choice of ear tips