Don Johnston Offers Special Pricing for Intel Reader Handheld Device Transforms Printed Text to Spoken Word for People with Reading Disabilities.
Don Johnston Incorporated, a company that develops assistive technology for individuals and students with disabilities, just announced a limited-time price offer for the Intel Reader, a handheld device that converts printed text to digital text and then reads it aloud.
For people who struggle to read standard print, the Intel Reader will increase reading independence and is especially useful for students who have low vision or a reading disability, such as dyslexia. Schools and individuals can purchase the Intel Reader for $899, with additional savings when purchasing multiple devices. The limited-time offer ends January 30, 2011.
Intel Reader Product Features
Users can point the device's high-resolution camera on any printed material such as a textbook, novel, magazine, menu, or bus schedule and instantly capture the text in digital format, see words highlighted onscreen and read aloud with quality text-to-speech. Voice preferences can be set for gender, pitch and rate. The Intel Reader can store up to 600 pages of images and text and up to 500,000 text-only pages. Built-in speakers and a headphone jack make any time reading possible and private. A USB port easily transfers the digital text to and from a computer and the rechargeable lithium-ion battery will play up to four hours. The Intel Reader supports DAISY 2.02, DAISY 3.0, NIMAS 1.0/1.1 MP3, WAV, and ASCII text.
Making a Difference
"The Intel Reader has helped make life easier for many people with reading disabilities and we're excited to offer this limited time price reduction to make the product even more affordable," said Ben Johnston, Director of Marketing at Don Johnston Incorporated. "We hear stories every day from people who say their lives have changed because of assistive technologies like the Intel Reader. "
Jenny Smith, a teenager who struggled with reading difficulties most of her life, kept it to herself, until a typing teacher noticed classic signs of dyslexia. She could not decode words easily and was aggravated by her school work. Dyslexia affects her ability to read with fluency and comprehension. "It used to take me weeks to finish a book," she said, "but now I use my Intel Reader to read a story in about the same time as my friends. We can talk about the book which makes learning a lot more fun!"
Jenny is the author of 'Dyslexia Wonders', a book she wrote about her reading challenges with a wish for more people to be diagnosed early and to receive the strategies and devices that will help them overcome certain barriers. Jenny's mom, Anita Smith, adds "Jenny's confidence has grown along with her productivity in school. She reads longer and more often and is proud of her book. We see a real benefit for her to have the flexibility to scan text on-the-go and to hear the text read aloud in a multi-sensory (audio and visual) reading experience."
Visit www.donjohnston.com/quote or call 1-800-999-4660 to reserve your special Intel Reader price.
Learn more about the Intel Reader - www.donjohnston.com/products/intel_reader/index.html
Read Jenny's Story, a Teen's Struggle with Dyslexia - www.donjohnston.com/products/intel_reader/intelreader_useprofile_js.pdf
Learn more about Jenny's book 'Dyslexia Wonders' - dyslexiawonders.com/
About Don Johnston Incorporated - Don Johnston develops accessible and emerging reading and writing technologies to support K-12 and postsecondary students with cognitive, physical, and learning disabilities. Since 1980, the company has partnered with literacy experts, AT specialists, SLPs, OTs, special education teachers, university researchers and DSS coordinators to improve access to learning and to increase writing independence. Students and individuals with dyslexia, autism, dysgraphia, down-syndrome and diverse learning challenges will benefit from software and hardware devices to accommodate them in education and workforce programs.