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Visit the Assistive Technology Viewer from the NATRI (National Assistive Technology Research Institute) to see short videos for Input Devices,
Communication, Mobility, & Vision  Aids, Switches, Alternative Keyboards, Workplace Technology, and Software.

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Reading & Writing Tools

Clicker 4 (Crick Software)
These tutorials were developed by staff at the Kent National Grid for Learning group in England and include: About Clicker; Making your own grids; Creating a set of linked grids; Clicker Big Books and Clicker projects in schools.

Co:Writer 4000 (Don Johnston, Inc.)
Apply features of this a word prediction program designed to speed up and enhance writing activities.

IntelliKeys (IntelliTools, Inc.)
This programmable keyboard is used to assist students with entering letters and numbers, navigating on-screen displays, and executing commands.

IntelliTalk II - Part 1 (IntelliTools, Inc.)
IntelliTalk II is a full-featured talking word processor that allows you to combine graphics, text, and speech to enhance writing and communication skills.

IntelliTalk II - Part 2 (IntelliTools, Inc.)
IntelliTalk II supports the creation of curricular activities with sample templates and customizable toolbar palettes.

Overlay Maker (IntelliTools, Inc.)
Learn to create your own customized overlays for classrooom activities for IntelliKeys with photos, graphics and text.

Word (Microsoft)
Microsoft Word is a popular word-processing program with many powerful features that can make learning easier for students with disabilities.

Write:Outloud (Don Johnston, Inc.)
This word processor speaks letters, words, sentences, or any combination of the three. Use it for writing and reading activities.

Tools for Visually Impaired

JAWS® for Windows
JAWS® for Windows works with your PC to provide access to software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information.

ZoomText® Xtra
ZoomText® Xtra is an assistive technology software program that combines large print and screen reading when using Windows. Windows programs are enlarged and spoken to you as you do your work.

Creating Talking Books

Clicker 4 (Crick Software)
This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use Clicker 4 to create mouse or switch operated talking books using pictures scanned in from real books.

HyperStudio 4 (TAG Software)
This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use HyperStudio 4 to create mouse or switch operated talking books using pictures scanned in from real books.

PowerPoint (Microsoft)
This guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use Microsoft’s Powerpoint to create mouse-operated talking books using pictures scanned from real books. It will also look at accessing these talking books using a single switch.

Other Tutorial Sites

Several groups have made excellent tutorials on various software programs. Check out the following links for new ideas and more information!

Assistive Technology:Orange County Public Schools, FL

Georgia Learning Connections

Internet 4 Learning

Iowa's Education Area Agency 6: Assistive Technology Tutorials

Le Roy, NY Central School District

Metropolitan School Distict: Indianapolis, IL

Oswego: Software Tutorials

Oswego: Web Creations

Project Participate: High Tech How To's

SET-BC Curriculum Resources

Technology Tutorials: STSU

WebTeach WebLearn Tutorials

Widgit Software Co.



Mayer-Johnson Software

Go to Downloads then click on Tutorials


Below are a few tutorials that may help with Boardmaker, Speaking Dynamically Pro, Writing with Symbols 2000, IntelliTools, & Kurzweil 3000.

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  1. Boardmaker Plus v.6 tutorials pdf.
  2. Boardmaker Tutorials on You Tube
  3. Boardmaker AT Wiki
  4. Boardmakershare (free activities to download)
  5. Boardmaker 5 Basic Tutorial   ppt.
  6. BM win Tutorial   pdf.
  7. BM Win 5 Worksheet tutorial  pdf.
  8. BM WIN 5 tutorial-begin  pdf.
  9. Boardmaker CD Directions  pdf.
  10. Boardmaker Idea Book  ppt.

Speaking Dynamically Pro

  1. SDPro Win 5 tutorial  pdf.
  2. Speaking Dynamically Pro  ppt.

Writing with Symbols 2000

  1. WWS 2000 Basic  pdf.
  2. WWS 2000 linking Envmt  pdf. 
  3. WWS 2000 Match Wksheet  pdf.
  4. WWS Basic tutorial    pdf.

Don Johnston Software

Topic Dictionaries!
Download Topic dictionary files that can be used with Co:Writer 4000 or Co:Writer SmartApplet on the AlphaSmart

Topic Dictionaries provide the critical vocabulary that students who struggle need to exceed writing standards in every content area. For students with physical disabilities, fatigue is reduced dramatically as topic specific words are predicted with minimal keystrokes.

American English
British English
Start-to-Finish Titles

IntelliTools Software

Product Demos

Free Software

Product Guides

Software Updates


Kurzweil 3000 Software

How to Videos

Self Directed Course

Kurzweil 3000 Basics

Kurzweil Video Tutorials

Getting Started Guide


For more information please contact:

Assistive Technology Consultant for DoDDS-Europe


Last Update:  8/21/12