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Assistive Technology Training

Compusult Training Modules

Whether you use Assistive Technology (AT) yourself or support AT users, knowledge of the basic and advanced features of your AT software can improve efficiency.  Learn to use advanced built-in features and spend less time or money on unnecessary work arounds and external devices.  Some of the more advanced functions you may not be using in your current AT include the following: 

  • Importing and exporting content from other formats
  • Creating and using shortcuts 
  • Using multiple languages in the same software
  • Customizing dictionaries and word pronunciation
  • Customizing the look of the screen
  • Customizing voices for different functions
  • Scanning, document preparation and OCR functions
  • Creating outlines and templates for easy organization of writing

See the course summaries and the accompanying links on this page for more details. If you wish to customize a course, please contact us at at@compusult.net, call 1-888-745-7914 or fill in the electronic form at the bottom of this page with your information.  

A free sample is available: Guide to Advanced Excel Functions (click this link: Advanced Excel (written guide).  Use the skills on our worksheet that features these skills: Excel Practice Guide.

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Courses

JAWS Skills: Parts 1 and 2

The course introduces new users to JAWS or provides a guided exploration of advanced functions.  The full day course can be divided into two half-day sessions to allow trainees time to digest the information from the first session before starting the second.

Download Full Course Brochure: JAWS Skills Parts 1 and 2

Dragon NaturallySpeaking: Parts 1 and 2

This course covers everything from dictation, correction and editing skills to advanced use of custom commands.  It is designed to help the novice users and others who have used limited features of Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  The full day course is separated into two half-day sessions to allow trainees time to digest the information from the first session before starting the second session.

Download Full Course Brochure: Dragon NaturallySpeaking Parts 1 and 2

Kurzweil 3000

Learn how to use the writing, studying and research support tools provided in the Kurzweil 3000 software.  Our trainers will provide practice to help you use the tools and practice importing and exporting documents with different formats.  Document preparation, toolbar customization and accessibility features will also be explored.This is a half-day course that starts with basic writing and extends to an overview of changing the settings to suit your preferences.  

Download Full Course Brochure: Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 1000

This is the blind or low vision version of Kurzweil 3000. It has most of the same features and functions.  You will learn to use the tools and practice importing and exporting documents with different formats.  This is a half-day course that starts with basic writing and extends to an overview of changing the settings to suit your preferences.

Download Full Course Brochure: Kurzweil 1000

ZoomText and Windows Keystrokes (Quick Keys)

This course reviews all the functions of the magnifier and reader, including customization and advanced reading features.  It also covers adding common Windows keystrokes which allows the program to be used more efficiently.

Download Full Course Brochure: ZoomText and Quick Keys

Creating Accessible Documents

Creating accessible documents requires planning and using tools in programs such as Microsoft Office products and Adobe Acrobat Pro.  Planning a document well will save a lot of time later as it will not need to be redone for other formats or greater accessibility.  This course covers design principles and specific computer techniques, while considering the impact of a range of disabilities: vision, hearing and learning disabilities.

Download Full Course Brochure: Creating Accessible Documents

Basic to Advanced Skills for Common MS Office Products: Word, Excel and PowerPoint

This course provide introductory skills required for using AT software and is geared toward user with minimal computer experience (i.e. basic word processing and data entry skills).  You can select the programs you would like the training to cover.

Please contact us to discuss your needs for a course teaching this material.  The content will be selected to match your individual or group needs.  

Computer Basics and Troubleshooting

This course covers basics such as loading and unloading programs, managing security issues and basic computer terminology.   The goal of this course is to provide enough knowledge to allow users to understand how computers interact, check for compatibility issues, follow safe computing practices online and be more independent when research further computer purchases.  Computer technology does evolve with time, but the basic terms and functions remain the same.

Download Full Course Brochure: Computer Basics and Troubleshooting

Accessibility Tips for Mobile Devices:  iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) and Android

As more people use mobile technologies as essential tools for daily life, the accessibility features available for these devices become more important.  Customizing text size, using multiple gestures, inverting colors and protecting the contents of the devices are useful steps that result in a smoother experience. 

This three-hour course is $30 per person, with a minimum five participants. A single trainee session is $150.00.

Download Full Course Brochure: iPad and Android Accessibility

AAC Software: Proloquo2Go, Predictable and more basic communication tools

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) software users can benefit from skills such as finding archived words, customizing spelling and pronunciation guides, adjusting voice settings and creating new buttons based on home, work and school contexts.  Proloquo2Go in particular supports basic to advanced literacy skills and allows the user to customize everything from the look of the screens and buttons to the working vocabulary. 

This three hour course is $60 per person, with a minimum of three participants.  A three-hour session for one person is $180.

Please register with the electronic form below or contact us to discuss the individual or group needs for your session.

Assistive Technology Overview

If you work with people with disabilities or wish to explore the types of products available for a range of disabilities, an overview based on products available on the market can be essential to addressing needs.  Balancing functionality, price and compatibility is easier with comprehensive knowledge of the options.  This course provides background knowledge on how specific types of products work to allow you to make future decisions more independently.

This three hour course is $60/person, with a minimum of three participants. Contact us for a flat fee for a group of 6 or more attendees.

Download Full Course Brochure: Assistive Technology Overview

Career Development and AT Skills: Carrying AT Skills into Daily Lives

Some individuals must use AT for any computer access, but students and employees who use writing support software such as Kurzweil 3000 are not required to use these tools at home or during their leisure time.  Students often do not consider the value of these programs as they start looking for work and are required to write résumés and cover letters.  This course is geared towards career development to help users maintain their writing skills outside of situations where writing is mandatory.   The goal is to have participants use AT whenever possible to allow them to be more independent and to develop more awareness of career development skills.  This session is beneficial to those with minimal experience using the chosen program, as it covers both basic and advanced functions.

AT software that may be covered in this course: Kurzweil 3000, Spark Space, Inspiration, WordQ Speak Q and Read and Write Gold. 

Note: The activities in this course require that all participants have access to individual copies of the software.  If you are a non-profit organization with several clients who could benefit from this session, consider contacting local schools or computer access programs in your community who would have the facilities and software for participants who don’t their own laptops or individual program licenses.

This three hour course is based on the regular half day pricing. For more than 10 participants, call us to negotiate a flat fee.


Pricing and Course Length

Personalized Training for your Needs

Inform our trainers of your issues with the assistive technology you use and we will provide personalized one-day training that meets your work and study needs.  This is especially recommended for those using global and comprehensive programs like JAWS, J-Say, and Dragon NaturallySpeaking.  If preferred, the course can be divided into two half-day sessions to allow more time to absorb the material.   

Price: $800 for a full day training session; $400 for a half-day session.

Training Format: in-person, online if desired and appropriate for the situation

Group Sessions

Three to five people

Training three to five people with similar needs together can be cost effective and allows trainees to learn from the questions of others.  It also allows for more customization of the program.

Price per participant: $265 for a full day training session (8 hours); $133 for a half-day session

Training Format: in-person training for most; online if appropriate for some programs

Small class of 6 to 9

All the benefits of a group experience at a lower cost per individual. 

Price per participant: $130 for a full day session (8 hours); $65 for a half-day session

Training format: in-person; other formats offered only if the program and level of experience of the participants allows for an effective session.

For all courses: Travel costs involved with providing training and taxes are not included in training fees.  

We look forward to speaking to you about other training opportunities.


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Attendee Information

Individual Attendee Registration


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Group or Organization Registration

For groups or organizations: If this is a multiple registration inquiry, please indicate the names and contact information for all potential attendees in the following space. If you are registering more than 7 people, indicate the total number of attendees and we will contact your for an electronic copy of your list.

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Course(s) and Dates of Interest

Course Selection

Please indicate the course or courses you are interested in by checking the box to the left of the item.

JAWS Skills: Parts 1 and 2
Dragon NaturallySpeaking: Parts 1 and 2
Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 1000
ZoomText and Windows Keystrokes
Assistive Technology Overview and Demonstration of Selected Products
     What products are you most interested in?
AAC Software
Creating Accessible Documents
 iPad and Android Accessibility 
Computer Basics
 Career Development and AT Skills
MS Office topics: We will contact you further to get more information about the topics and predicted length of course.

Date Selection

We will alert you to any possible conflicts or scheduling issues based on the dates you have chosen. We usually run courses on Wednesdays and Thursdays. If this schedule does not work for you or your organization, please inform us and we can make other arrangements.

Refer to the links in the table for full brochures about each course: specific topics covered, materials provided and any other course requirements.

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Registration Policy

Please be aware of a few course policies before registering.

  1. We take purchase orders or credit card information for payment. We can invoice you by mail or email.
  2. Prices as posted on this site do not include applicable provincial and/or federal taxes.
  3. Registration for courses with custom content must be done at least 1 week in advance. If we travel outside of Nova Scotia to meet you, please contact us at least 2 weeks before your preferred training date(s).
  4. Cancellation due to illness or lack of transportation for those relying on public transit services for persons with disabilities can be accommodated. We will reschedule you for a later date.
  5. If you are cancelling for any other reason, please advise us at least 3 days before a scheduled local training session or 1 week before any training that involves out-of-province travel planning.
 

 

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We offer Assistive Technology solutions for mobile devices such as iPads, iPods and other accessories, giving you options for your needs! 

Check out our Mobile Apps in our Assistive Technology Products and Catalog sections for more information.

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