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WEBED-ATIA04: Literary Software Updates from Leading ATIA Members
PRESENTERS: Representatives from ATIA member companies: Cambium Learning Technologies, Don Johnston Incorporated, Freedom Scientific Learning Systems Group and Texthelp Systems Inc.
DATE: Wednesday, June 22, 2011: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

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Archived webinar ID: WEBED-ATIA04 (no key required)     Handouts

Webinar Description:

This webinar features presentations from four leading literacy software providers with product overviews, demonstrations, implementation scenarios and information on accompanying support and training programs. Products covered include: Kurzweil 3000 presented by Cambium Learning Technologies; SOLO presented by Don Johnston; WYNN and PEARL presented by Freedom Scientific Learning Systems and Read&Write; GOLD presented by Texthelp Systems Inc. There will be time for questions after each individual presentation. Each presentation, including key learning points, is described in detail below.


Presentation 1

Presentation Title: The Tool That Will Get Most of Your Students Flying SOLO!
Presenter: Mary Jo Barry, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Don Johnston Incorporated
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Presentation description:
Solo6 is a suite of individual reading and writing software tools that can be used completely independent of each other, but are designed to work seamlessly together too. SOLO contains the four most commonly recommended types of assistive technology accommodations most cited on IEP's-a text reader, graphic organizer, talking word processor, and word prediction. SOLO6 places all of the necessary tools at students' fingertips, allowing them to call up the support they need to complete the task at hand. In this session, you'll walk through each of the tools and also discover how providing Solo6 can create the least restrictive learning environment. This suite will provide a UDL perspective that can help you change the perception in your setting that AT is a one-student-at-a-time thing!

Key Learning Points:
Participants will:

  1. Be able to differentiate the constituent programs within the SOLO Suite
  2. Know how to pair the appropriate individual program with various literacy tasks
  3. Understand how SOLO can foster growth of their UDL initiative
  4. Find out how Don Johnston's unlimited licensing approach creates the least restrictive learning environment

Company Profile:
Don Johnston empowers educators with assistive technology, supplemental instruction and intervention solutions to help the widest range of students build core literacy skills. Don Johnston's award-winning products build in physical accessibility, integrate validated research, capitalize on new discoveries in brain science, align to standards and are presented in multiple medias through engaging instructional models. Web:

Presenter Bio:
Mary Jo Barry has BA Elementary Education degree and is the Don Johnston Incorporated Marketing and Business Development Manager. Mary Jo has 7 years of Classroom experience with regular education students. During her 13 years with Don Johnston, she has worked extensively with state and federal education institutions, vendor collaborators, special education experts, district administrators and educators to help create and market cutting edge assistive technology solutions and services.

Presentation 2:

Presentation Title: Kurzweil 3000
Presenter: David Bradburn, Vice-President of Sales, Cambium Learning Technologies
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Presentation description:
Kurzweil 3000 supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning as a powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and learning tool that can make curriculum accessible for all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning difficulties, including those who are still learning to read after third grade, those who have learned to read, but still are struggling with reading comprehension, English Language Learners (ELL) and students with low vision or physical disabilities. As an integrated literacy software, Kurzweil 3000 can read text aloud to students from digital and print formats while providing the scaffolded support necessary to allow individual success. Kurzweil 3000 is the only program that provides the same user interface regardless of whether students are reading, writing, completing notes, or taking a test. It's this elegant simplicity that allows students to learn it once and use it for a lifetime.

Company Profile:
Cambium Learning Technologies, which includes Kurzweil Educational Systems and IntelliTools, is the maker of Kurzweil 3000, a comprehensive literacy solution that enables students with the cognitive ability, but not the literacy skills, to learn and perform at or above grade level. The Kurzweil 3000 web site can be found at

Presenter Bio:
David Bradburn has been working in the field of assistive reading technology since 1984 when he began working with the Kurzweil Reading Machine (KRM) for the blind, and the Kurzweil VoiceSystem 3000, a 1,000-word discrete speech recognition system that enabled individuals with physical disabilities to access a computer. David is the Vice-President of Sales at Cambium Learning Technologies, and is based in the Boston area.

Presentation 3:

Presentation Title: WYNN 6 and PEARL: The Portable Solution for Learning
Presenters: Roberta Brosnahan, Vice President and General Manager, and Beth Thomlinson, Product Manager, Freedom Scientific Learning Systems Group
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Presentation description:
WYNN 6 is now available; we will demonstrate its exciting new features, including support for the revolutionary PEARL® portable document camera. PEARL's lightning-fast optical character recognition (OCR) brings instant portable access to printed material. WYNN also includes support for educational technology such as MathML and DAISY books. Skim Reading allows pre-reading for content.

WYNN's unique features and benefits were created with input from educators, researchers, and individuals with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. It uses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles to enhance success. WYNN continues to maintain its unique differentiators, such as its clean, clear user interface, including the unique Text View/Exact View method to display documents; Web Browsing features, including the patented WebMasking® feature; NavBar for managing open documents; and visual tailoring, including the ability to change size, line spacing, and word spacing with a click of the mouse.

Company Profile:
Freedom Scientific Learning Systems Group. Literacy products.

Presenter Bios:
Roberta Brosnahan is the Vice President and General Manager of Freedom Scientific Learning Systems Group. She defined both WYNN and TestTalker, software products that support individuals struggling in reading, writing, comprehension and test taking. The products are based upon extensive qualitative research conducted by Ms. Brosnahan to define user requests and upon her academic expertise. Trained as a speech and language pathologist, she earned a B.S.Ed., M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech and Language, and credentials in Reading, Special Education and Administration. Ms. Brosnahan continues to be active in defining products within the LD arena and is interested in research and efficacy studies related to the benefits of technology and learning.

In addition to her professional work, Ms Brosnahan is active in a number of educationally-based organizations and has presented academic papers at national and international conferences. Organizations include: Specialty Board on Child Language, Consumer Advocate, Seton Hall University, New Jersey; Board of Directors, Peninsula Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Palo Alto, CA; Board of Advisors, Center on Educational Research on Dyslexia, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; Board of Directors, Child Advocacy Council, Palo Alto, CA; ATIA, Member, Education and Learning Special Interest Group; and member of the eText Publishers Advisory Board.

Beth Thomlinson has worked in the learning disabilities and visual impairment fields since 1983. She is currently Product Manager for WYNN and TestTalker at Freedom Scientific's Learning Systems Group. Previously, she was Product Manager for learning disabilities and low vision products at Arkenstone, Product Manager for Low Vision Products at Telesensory, VTEK, and Visualtek. Thomlinson is also a volunteer tutor for adult literacy learners in the Read Santa Clara project, which was founded as a member of the California State Library's California Literacy Campaign.

Thomlinson received her MBA in Technology Management from University of Phoenix in 2001. She received Special Education Teacher Training from 1979 to 1981. Her Bachelor's Degree, in Music Composition and History, was awarded by UCLA in 1979.

Thomlinson has numerous speaking engagements to her credit, including, "Powerful Access to the Internet Using WYNN" and "Atomic Learning and WYNN Provide Universal Design for Learning" at ATIA Chicago 2009; "Internet Research for All Students Using WYNN" at ATIA and TRLD conferences in 2008; and "Using WYNN 4 and the SQ3R Method to Support the Older Struggling Student" at CSUN Conference on Technology and Disabilities in 2007.

Presentation 4:

Presentation Title: Read&Write; 10 GOLD - the UDL Key to Student Success
Presenters: Doug Rosette, Vice President of Sales, Eastern Region, Texthelp Systems Inc.

Presentation description:
Read&Write; 10 GOLD provides comprehensive literacy support for a wide range of learning abilities. Students from elementary through higher education can use the customizable toolbar directly with commonly-used applications, allowing them to access any curriculum and work within familiar environments. The UDL design allows for differentiated instruction and provides key reading, writing, research, and studying features which can be used by all students in any classroom! Flexible deployment options for school and home access give students the support they need when and where they need it. Product webinars, videos, and Training/Implementation services ensure success whether used in a single classroom or across an entire district.

Discover how this UDL solution can be the key to your students' success!

Company Profile:
Texthelp Systems provides literacy software solutions for individuals, K-12, higher education, and publishers. Texthelp's products include: Read&Write; GOLD and Fluency Tutor. Read&Write; GOLD is a customizable easy-to-use toolbar that directly integrates with mainstream applications giving students access to reading, writing, studying, and research support tools from within the programs they use every day. The newest release, Version 10, contains many exciting new features including a Picture Dictionary, Vocabulary List Builder, Verb Conjugation Checker, and Paragraph Translator. Fluency Tutor, a web-based solution for developing and measuring oral reading fluency and comprehension, can be used by all students in elementary and middle school and also provides specific and targeted intervention support for older students who are struggling with reading fluency, prosody, and comprehension. Company website:

Presenter Bio:
Doug Rosette manages the sales efforts in the Eastern Region of the United States and Canada. Doug has been in the assistive technology industry for over 15 years and has worked with school districts and universities across the United States and Canada to help them provide their students with the best technology available to ensure their success in school and beyond.

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