Friday, February 06, 2009

SeroTalk at ATIA: bringing wide array of assistive technologies together

This information has been out on the web for about a week and I’m a little late writing about it, but the richness of the resources offered makes this worth even a delayed posting.

A week ago, the assistive technology professional trade group ATIA held its annual conference in Orlando. While attending there, Serotek’s
SeroTalk Blog
Set up recording equipment at a table to interview professionals from whichever company wanted to sit down and chat up their latest offerings.

What they put together was a compendium of resources that only rarely occurs—
35 Interviews from ATIA 2009.
Not only are there almost all of the usual big names in blindness-related assistive technology, (one obvious name is missing, see if you can figure out which one) but there were also several others that weren’t as well known. The blindness-related products run the gamut from screen readers to magnifiers, to the latest offerings from APH, and even some federal, state, and regional blindness resources.

What makes this collection stand out even more, though, is that while it was hosted by Serotek, a blindness-related technology company, they also included the following interviews that weren’t necessarily related to blindness:

  • * Dynavox discussing their interactive AAC speech generating devices

  • * InfoGrip talking to listeners about keyboards, tracballs, and switches

  • * sharing about assistive technology act programs across the U.S.

  • * UltraThera giving a Demo of PointScribe Software for Helping Persons to Improve Handwriting

  • * ProxTalker sharing about their AAC devices to help people who can’t speak

  • * Quilsoft giving a Demo of WordQ Predictive Text and SpeakQ Speech Recognition software

  • * Jim Fruchterman Discussing a Project Called Raising The Floor to Create Universal Access

  • * Talker Inc Augmentative Communications Device for the Speech-Impaired

Drive on, Serotek! Keep on bringing the different communities together and making things happen in the world of assistive technology.

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