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Vicki Souter works with Kansas Assistive Technology. The A.T. office is at 110 South Eighteenth Street in Parsons. SKIL Resource Center is the lead agency for the Assistive Technology program in Kansas.
The access site uses the display window to showcase a wide variety of devices. Currently there are on display devices for the hearing impaired and there are also ergonomic-gardening tools.
Each year the A.T. department works with the community gardening. The plats come in several sizes and shapes with raised beds and ground level access available. The location is just off North 16th behind McDonalds. The group has folks lined up to till the ground and help to prepare the soil if you need it.
“The nice thing is, this year we have some heirloom seeds. So if you have a desire for some good old fashion vegetables and flowers, you can get some of those seeds from our little community group.” Vicki explained the options.
Vicki works with people to learn about and train on how assistive technology can improve a person’s ability to do tasks in everyday projects.
One tool that Vicki has trained others to use is the Intel® Reader. This is a mobile device. It can provide convenient access to the printed word. And can be life changing for people with vision or reading-related difficulties, blindness, or low vision.
Portable and unobtrusive, the Intel Reader takes pictures of printed material. It then converts it to digital form and allows magnification and/or audio playback. The reliable Intel® technology combines a high-resolution camera with an Intel® Atom™ processor. Which means conversion is fast, and the Intel Reader can hold large amounts of text.
You can also store content on your Intel Reader and listen to it when it's most convenient for you. If you want to capture a chapter, an article, or a book, the Intel® Portable Capture Station makes it easier to shoot large amounts of text. The Intel Reader also plays most audio content including MP3, DAISY* digital talking books, and even text that you transfer from a computer.
“I have students that take it to classes.” explained Vicki. One of the major roles of Assistive Technology is to look into ways to fund specific people with the tools they need to be independent.
Vision impairment doesn't have to mean the end of reading. Turning text into speech lets people with impaired vision and dyslexia stay in touch with the world.
ATK- Assistive Technology for Kansans, connects people with disabilities and health conditions of all ages with the assistive technology they need to learn, work, play and participate in community life safely and independently.
Each of the five AT Access Sites have experienced staff who can assist Kansans see and try a device, borrow a device, get a used device or help locate funding for a new or used device, or teach individuals or groups how to maintain and use technology. The AT Access Sites are located in Oakley, Salina, Wichita, Topeka and Parsons. An affiliate office for obtaining high quality refurbished technology is located in Garden City.
You can contact your regional AT Access Site by calling 800-KAN DO IT (800-526-3648). Management staff can be reached by calling 620-421-8367.