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Suppliers & Manufacturers

Profile of a Special Company

Each month in this spot I shall focus on the latest developments at a different specialist software or hardware manufacturer that's showing some exciting changes and making a real difference to the field.

Expect to see the first lucky company here soon!

This list is rather long so it is subdivided into the following sections. Some company's remits will cover more than one area and therefore appear more than once in the list.

Visual Impairment

  • Keytools 02380 584314

  • "Keytools is a one-stop-shop for all your special needs hardware requirements. Visit us to get expert and impartial advice on the best and most effective assistive technology for your pupils at all stages of their education"
  • Dolphin Computer Access 01905 754577

  • "Dolphin creates computer software solutions to support Special Educational Needs that promotes the integration and inclusion in the classroom. Since 1986 Dolphin has been creating solutions for blind, low vision, print impaired and dyslexic computer users."
  • Force Ten 01372 450887

  • "Force Ten is one of the country's leading suppliers of assistive technology for those with sight and hearing problems and the UK distributors of the Tiger Braille Print/Embossers from ViewPlus."
  • Humanware Europe 01933 626 000

  • "Humanware manufacture innovative equipment to empower blind and partially sighted students to compete and succeed. Products range from electronic magnification aids to Braille notetakers with refreshable Braille displays."
  • Optelec 01923 231313

  • "Optelec supply purpose-designed solutions using innovative magnification, speech and Braille technology to provide visually impaired people with access to reading, writing, computers and mobile handsets."
  • Professional Vision Services 0800 783 2468

  • "Professional Vision Services provide aids to vision for the partially sighted through to the blind."
  • Sight & Sound Technology 01604 798070

  • "Sight and Sound Technology provide access solutions for blind, low vision and dyslexic computer users. We offer a range of products and training that work along industry standard hardware and software including screen magnification, screen reading, Braille displays and Braille translation and text to speech programs"
  • VisualEyes 01623 754646

  • "Established in 1989, we specialise in providing a range of high quality portable and desktop electronic magnifying solutions for the visually impaired and dyslexic education marketplace, from a range of suppliers. The products cover all age groups enabling close up and distance viewing capabilities for use in all educational environments."

Dyslexia, Print Impairment and early literacy

  • Claro Software 0870 760 5877

  • "Claro Software is a new name in software publishing, but has deep experience in developing quality, innovative and affordable software. Our software products offer significant support for reading, writing and language learning by using sophisticated speech, linguistic and viewing techniques."
  • 2simple Software 020 8203 1781

  • "2simple products were designed by teachers and IT professionals with only one aim in mind and that was to ensure their products help children to develop their ICT skills in a simple and challenging way ensuring all curriculum areas are met."
  • BlackCat Software 0161 8272927

  • "BlackCat is one of the market-leading suppliers of educational software for primary schools, with particular emphasis on packages that support the teaching of maths, science and literacy in the primary classroom."
  • Scanning Pens Limited 0870 720 3310

  • "The Reading Pen gives someone the independence to read on their own. This portable pen, shortlisted for the BETT awards 2004, assists with reading difficulties such as dyslexia."
  • TextHelp Systems 028 9442 8105

  • "TextHelp Systems Ltd has been in existence since 1996 specializing in the design of assistive technology. TextHelp's Read & Write support software is widely used throughout the Education and Government sectors."

Augmentative and Assistive Communication

  • DynaVox Systems 01384 446565

  • "DynaVox supplies and supports communication aids for people with little or no speech due to disability, illness or accident."
  • Liberator 01476 550391

  • "Liberator provide a wide range of assistive and inclusive technology devices, software, and internationally acclaimed training courses all aimed at meeting the needs of disabled people with access or learning support needs, and for those who work with and support them."

Physical Difficulties

  • Keytools 02380 584314

  • "Keytools is a one-stop-shop for all your special needs hardware requirements. Visit us to get expert and impartial advice on the best and most effective assistive technology for your pupils at all stages of their education"
  • Liberator 01476 550391

  • "Liberator provide a wide range of assistive and inclusive technology devices, software, and internationally acclaimed training courses all aimed at meeting the needs of disabled people with access or learning support needs, and for those who work with and support them."
  • Normedia +4766915440

  • "Normedia is developing a new device that will renew the way of thinking switch control. It will allow the user to control up to four actions from one switch. Both wireless and wired switches will be an option."

Severe Cognitive Difficulties

  • R-E-M 01458 254700

  • "R-E-M is the largest supplier of educational software and peripherals for mainstream and special needs education. Over 4,000 titles from all the top publishers. R-E-M publishes a range of catalogues listing new and top selling educational software for school and home users."
  • QED 0870 787 8850

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  • 2simple Software 020 8203 1781

  • "2simple products were designed by teachers and IT professionals with only one aim in mind and that was to ensure their products help children to develop their ICT skills in a simple and challenging way ensuring all curriculum areas are met."
  • BlackCat Software 0161 8272927

  • "BlackCat is one of the market-leading suppliers of educational software for primary schools, with particular emphasis on packages that support the teaching of maths, science and literacy in the primary classroom."
  • Liberator 01476 550391

  • "Liberator provide a wide range of assistive and inclusive technology devices, software, and internationally acclaimed training courses all aimed at meeting the needs of disabled people with access or learning support needs, and for those who work with and support them."
  • Normedia +4766915440

  • "Normedia is developing a new device that will renew the way of thinking switch control. It will allow the user to control up to four actions from one switch. Both wireless and wired switches will be an option."

If the majority of your work involves disability and computing you can request to be added to this list using my submit site page.

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