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Jen Mundl is certified as an Assistive Technology Practitioner and holds a masters degree in Special Education along with an undergraduate in computer engineering. It is a unique match of skills emphasizing the technology area along with the communication skills required by a teacher and in this case working with a wide variety of different disabilities.
Jen Mundl has worked at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute for over 25 years where she was the Lead Assistive Technology for the organization where she performs Vocational and Academic evaluations in determining assistive technology which can lead to employment or ability to attend a postsecondary education opportunity. There is a transitional rehabilitation program at Courage Kenny in which the residents come from a variety of hospitals and learning how to able to return to their previous life and utilizing assistive technology to do so.
She now has taken a new job path after leaving Courage Institute for more freelance and independent work career. Under the MA-EPD program, she works to maintain benefits and to inform individuals about the benefits and usefulness of accessibility and assistive technology.
She has presented at both local and national conferences. This includes Closing the Gap, Rehabilitation Society of North America, Assistive Technology Industry Association, and the Governors Initiative for implementing reasonable accommodations into all environments.
Verbose is a text to speech program which will read text or saved documents. Voice settings allows changes to speed, pitch and volume of the speech engine voice. Converts text to voice or saves as mp3 to play later or save for a later time. There is a professional and a free version of Verbose. The professional version works with more formats, provides different voices, and will convert information from a picture as well as a text document.
Screen Reader Applications
Text to Speech Features
There are tools to modify the recording by cropping it, this will allow you to take out areas of the recording making it easier to understand and…Continue
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Speech-to-Speech--Using A Telephone Independently
Speech-to-Speech (STS) is a Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). This is a service allowing persons with hearing or speech limitations to access the telephone to place and receive calls. STS enables persons with a speech disability to make telephone calls using their own voice or an assistive voice device. A caller may use a communication device such as a Tobii or Dynavox. Speech-to-Speech uses Communications Assistants (CAs) to relay the conversation back and forth between the person with the speech disability and the other party to the call. CAs are operators who are specifically trained in understanding a variety of speech disorders, which enables them to repeat what the caller says in a manner that makes the caller’s words clear and understandable to the called party. The communication assistant will notify the receiver that the communication will take time and to remain on the line.
The service is a good way for someone with a hearing limitation to use a phone without assistance from the hearing world.
Who Uses STS?
Often people with speech disabilities cannot communicate by telephone because the parties they are calling cannot understand their speech. People with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease and those who are coping with limitations from a stroke or traumatic brain injury may have speech disabilities. People who stutter or have had a laryngectomy may also have difficulty understood. In general, anyone with a speech disability or anyone who wishes to call someone with a speech disability can use STS. Are you under A person can make a STS call from any telephone. You simply call the relay center by dialing 711, and indicates you want to make an STS call. You are connected to an STS CA who will repeat your spoken words, making the spoken words clear to the other party. Persons with speech…Continue
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