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Paul Adelman Assistive Technology Collection

PACER’s Simon Technology Center is thrilled to add some new, cutting edge technology. Thanks to a grant from the Paul Adelman Children with Disabilities Endowment Fund, PACER was able to purchase two VGo Robots, the UbiDuo Wireless Face to Face Communicator.  With additional funds the Tobii Eye Mobile, the Nova Chat 8, the Accent 800, the Accent 1000, the Blaze ET, the E-Bot Pro, the VoiceMe ECU, the Pilot One, and the Relax IR Learning Remote were added fall 2015. Each of these exciting technologies has the ability to greatly improve the quality of life for individuals with a broad range of disabilities.

Communication Toolkit

Nova Chat 8
The Nova Chat 8 is a small dedicated communication device for people who have communication needs.  It features an 8-inch touchscreen and includes a handle and strap, making it easy to carry around.

Accent 800
The Accent 800 by Prentke Romich Company (PRC) is a dedicated communication device that comes with the Unity with LAMP/Words for Life language system.  The 8-inch screen size makes it easy to carry around where ever you go.

Accent 1000
The Accent 1000 by Prentke Romich Company (PRC) is a larger version of the Accent 800.  It features a 10-inch touch screen and also includes the Unity with LAMP/Words for Life language system.

Literacy Toolkit

Blaze ET
The Blaze ET is a portable device that scans and reads printed material such as newspapers, documents, books, and more.  It uses optical character recognition (OCR) and can play a variety of audio file formats.  The Blaze ET also features built in Wi-Fi capability to access books online, podcasts, Internet radio and more.

E-Bot Pro
The E-bot Pro allows users to magnify printed material and has the capability to convert documents using optical character recognition or OCR which then allows the user to use text-to-speech to read the document.  Pair the E-bot Pro with your iPad, Android tablet, Mac or PC to change the zoom level.  OCR documents can be saved to the extra SD card.  The E-Bot Pro runs on a rechargeable battery which holds a charge for up to 4 hours.

Environmental Control Toolkit

Relax IR Learning Remote
The Relax IR Learning Remote is a scanning infrared transmitter that controls the TV, VCR, or any other device that operates using infrared. It will store up to six functions. Complete with large and colorful graphics, it provides visual and auditory feedback and features two scan modes.

VoiceMe ECU
The VoiceMe Environmental Control Unit (ECU) allows you to use your voice to control the TV, stereo, and more.  It can hold up to 120 voice commands.  Each command is capable of a 10 command sequence (i.e. "play movie" will turn on the TV, turn on the DVD player, and press play).

Pilot One
The Pilot One allows you to control devices around your home such as the TV, lights, and telephone using just your voice.  It's small and portable and can be used in any room in your house or office.

VGo Telepresence Robot

In the past, one solution for a student who receives education at home, hospital or other setting was to bring in tutors. While this is a great way to deliver academics, it still left the student out of the true social classroom experience. Enter the VGo Telepresence Robot! VGo opens the doors to inclusion through technology. Using the VGo software on their home computer (or iPad app), and with a webcam, a student can drive the robot to attend and participate in class, go to lunch, and even change classes with his or her peers. Here at PACER, we’ve named our robot Paul.

Posnack Technology: A Day in the Life of Kyle

The US Department of Education received more than 2,500 submissions for films highlighting the use of technology in education. One of the 16 winners was Posnack Jewish Day School which documented Kyle Weintraub's use of a VGo to attend class. 

The short film, titled Posnack Technology: A Day in the Life of Kyle, follows Kyle Weintraub, a seventh grader who is being treated for lymphoma in Philadelphia but continues to attend school in Florida by using VGo.

"Life would be awful without the robot," Kyle says in the film, which is two minutes and 44 seconds long. "I wouldn't see my friends. I wouldn't be doing much at all."

UbiDuo Wireless Communicator

UbiDuo Wireless Communicator from SCOMM allows someone who is deaf or hard of hearing to communicate with the hearing. The UbiDuo is easy to store and transport. Communicating with the UbiDuo feels similar to texting via cell phone, but allows for communication in situations where it may not be appropriate for users to share their phone numbers.

Tobii Eye Mobile

The Tobii Eye Mobile allows the user to have hands-free access to any Windows 8 Pro Tablet. The PCEye Go eye tracker mounts to a Windows tablet (purchased separately) and allows the user to completely control the tablet with their eyes by simply gazing at the desired spot on the screen. Thanks to this revolutionary device, individuals with physical or communication challenges have the ability to surf the web, use apps, participate in social media, or even read eBooks. With practice and training, a person who is unable to use their hands is able to enjoy tablet technology.


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