What Is the Software Preview Centre
The Preview Centre is a place where you can evaluate a number of different software titles and use other assistive technologies which are specifically designed to address the needs of various disabilities.
The Preview Centre is intended for Education and Health Care Professionals but if you’re a person with a special need or you know someone who is and you’re in the market to purchase some assistive technology but are unsure of what’s out there and you need a hand with deciding whether or not it would be beneficial to own a certain technology then you’re more than welcome to come in and experience the products that we showcase because with the cost of things nowadays it just makes sense to try something before you buy it.
We’re also proud to announce that we are an official Clicker Center. Currently there are only four Clicker Centers in all of Canada and Easter Seals NB is one of them. Come into the Preview Centre to receive Clicker 5.0 and other Crick Software promotional materials.
Special Needs Software & Hardware
The ESNB Preview Centre also offers a selection of demo and trial versions of special needs software. Choose from several titles offered by Laureate Learning Systems or the following line of product: DyslexiWrite, ClipReader, Dictionary Trainer, PenReader, and ScreenReader.
Try out some of our assistive technology equipment as well as the special needs software. We have assessment items such as: the IntelliKeys keyboard, the IntelliSwitch switch interface, the Don Johnson Switch Interface, and the new Jouse 2 generously donated by Compusult Limited located in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.
If we don’t have what you’re looking for then Easter Seals NB will provide you with Internet links, vendor contact information and other means of obtaining what you want.
Please contact us for an appointment.
Software Titles Available for Preview
WordQ & SpeakQ
WordQ with SpeakQ is the first and only integrated word prediction and speech recognition tool available. It has been designed to be more forgiving than other programs, offering more success for users. It’s perfect for those who struggle with writing.
Laureate’s Micro-Lads Modules 1-7
Based on years of clinical experience and extensive research, Micro-LADS provides exactly the kind of instruction that children with language-learning disabilities need to acquire the grammatical forms of English. Seven modules use over 600 pictures to train comprehension of 46 fundamental grammatical structures.
Crick Software’s Clicker 5.0
Clicker is a powerful and incredibly easy-to-use writing support and multimedia tool, which enables you to write with whole words, phrases or pictures. It has won five BETT Awards, the ‘Oscars’ of British Educational Software - as voted for by teachers. It can be used to support any area of the curriculum.
Crick Software’s ClozePro
ClozePro is a tool for cloze activities - children click on words to fill in gaps in sentences. You can also use it to create paper-based cloze activities very quickly and easily. It provides a range of exciting and stimulating cloze activities. It is for learners of all ages and abilities. It is suitable for use across all subject areas.
Crick Software’s Wordbar
Wordbar is a toolbar that sits along the bottom of your screen. You can click on words and phrases in Wordbar to send them to your word processor. It has rapid point-and-click access to thousands of words. Has a great looking user interface for any age. Words and phrases in Wordbar are organised into tabs - just click on tab to see a different set of words. Wordbar comes with high-quality software speech so you can hear words or phrases before you write. You can also use speech voices for other languages, or record your own speech.
IntelliTools' Overlay Maker 3.0
It does more than let you create overlays to personalize the IntelliKeys keyboard. It opens up a world that was previously closed to students with special physical and/or cognitive needs. Use Overlay Maker 3 to ensure that all your students have access to the curriculum. You can create custom overlays for any IntelliTools Classroom Suite activity. IntelliTools Classroom will create the keys for your overlays, which you can edit and print with Overlay Maker 3. Or you can create overlays with IntelliTools Classroom Suite and send them to the DynaVox 4, providing DynaVox users with access to IntelliTools Classroom activities.
Mayer-Johnson’s Boardmaker 5.0
Create printed symbol-based communication and educational materials with Picture Communication Symbols and other pictures and graphics in 42 languages!
Madentec’s Discover Pro 2.0
This is the new version which is available for the brand new switch interface called IntelliSwitch. The IntelliSwitch replaces the Discover:Switch USB product and the Discover:Kenx USB. It offers a choice of input methods to match users’ individual access needs; complete keyboard and mouse alternatives optimized for various ability levels; setups geared to match many software programs; and integrated speech software that aids in making correct selections and lets users communicate as they work.
Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking 8 Standard
Instantly turn what you say into E-Mail, Instant Messages, and more. Dragon Naturally Speaking is a very popular speech recognition software with a proven track record.
Marblesoft Software’s Early Learning I
Early Learning I is widely acclaimed as one of the best educational programs ever for pre-reading students with disabilities. Dozens of options allow the teacher to custom-tailor the program to any student’s needs. Early Learning I includes 4 activities that teach pre-reading skills. Each activity features multiple levels of difficulty. Single- and dual-switch scanning are built-in (6 different ways), and special prompts allow blind students to use all levels of difficulty.
Marblesoft Software’s Single Switch Games 2
They’ve taken some games similar to the ones you enjoyed as a kid and made them work just right for single switch users. Your kids will love them. It features 14 games, including 4 two-player single switch games; all activities are controlled with a single switch; each activity starts very simple and progresses to very challenging; 4 modes of play for students with multiple disabilities, including cause and effect and a special demo mode; Optional simple background mode uses bright colored shapes on plain dark backgrounds to make the activities easy to see; and Top 10 screen shows the last 10 games played, so the player always sees their name in the top 10.