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In this quickly evolving time, MATP has been receiving a number of announcements from various companies about free offerings to their assistive technology products - mostly apps and software - during this national disaster due to COVID 19. We will update this page as soon as possible, given other urgent matters, as we hear of new offerings. If you have an offer to add, please contact us!

Please note: no endorsement of the product and/or accessibility is implied.

Remote Learning Platforms

  • The National Council on Aging(NCOA) has developed a detailed overview of remote video communication options titled,Tools for Reaching a Remote Audience (PDF). NCOA provides pros and cons for each tool, including Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, Zoom and several others. Links to additional information are included in the document. This resource is a convenient first stop for people wanting to connect to each other remotely and also includes information about tools that can be used for meetings and presentations.
  • Questions about the accessibility of Zoom for people who use JAWs? Check out Meet Me Accessibly, A Guide to Zoom Cloud Meetings, by Jonathan Mosen- now free for everyone! Jonathan’s demonstrations use JAWS for Windows, but the concepts apply universally; you don’t need to be a JAWS user to benefit from this book.

Communication/AAC

TobiiDynavox

Have created a landing page on their website that points to all of the COVID-19 support they are offering.  On this page, people will find:

  • A number of Coronavirus-specific resources to help facilitate communication about the virus
  • Links to access Boardmaker Activities-To-Go and Pathways apps (always free)
  • Links to extended trials of Snap Core First (60 day) and Boardmaker Online (90 day)
  • Links to their training and support pages, where people can find e-learning and live webinar opportunities

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Reading/Writing Support

For People who are Blind

Dolpin Technology - SuperNova:  Magnifier, Magnifier & Speech or Magnifier & Screen Reader

Dolphin would like to offer every visually impaired student, 3 months of free SuperNova, for their home laptop or desktop computer.

YesAccessible – TypeAbility

TypeAbility is a fun, interactive typing tutor program for those who use JAWS or Fusion.  TypeAbility is a Typing Tutor and Computer Tutor for the blind. TypeAbility uses JAWS for its speech engine. TypeAbility teaches both typing skills, and also skills for editing and navigating in documents, menus and dialog boxes.

It is now available for only $30 (usual retail price is $150) to those using the free home version of JAWS/Fusion through June 30, 2020. TypeAbility will time out June 30, 2020.

  • More Information about TypeAbility Offer
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Freedom Scientific

Free access for students and workers who must remain home during the COVID-19 crisis. A free short-term Home Annual License of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion (expires June 30, 2020) is available to anyone with a personal email address in the United States and Canada.

From American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

"We’re all familiar with the effects that social distancing, self-quarantine, and canceled classes are having on our day to day life. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to help ease the stress and boredom by offering fun activities and virtual educational opportunities for learners of all ages. We’ll be posting information about all of our favorite, free and educational activities and lessons, plus some great external resources. We’re working hard to build more resources, and will be adding to our #AtHomeWithAPH resources page on a regular basis (be sure to bookmark it)."

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