CWUNewsNewshttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/newsen-usCAR 2.0 Releasedhttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2524Fri, 07 Feb 2014 12:56:11<p>The Central Access is proud to announce CAR 2.0! We have updated CAR inside and out.</p><ul><li><strong><u>Tabbed interface</u></strong>: You can load multiple documents into CAR and read them independently.</li><li><strong><u>Point and click</u></strong>: Click on a word, image, or math equation to set the start point for reading.</li><li><strong><u>Copy and paste</u></strong>: Now you can read from your clipboard! Either click on the main menu button on the top right and go to File &gt; Paste From Clipboard or press Ctrl V (Command V for Macs).</li><li><strong><u>Out-of-the-way save to MP3:</u></strong> Now you don't have to wait around for the save to MP3 to finish. You can just start it and interact with your document as if nothing happened. A progress bar below your current document will show its progress. When the export is finished, click on the Show Files button to open your files. Also, you can save to MP3 on all of your other documents at the same time!</li><li><strong><u>Themes</u></strong>: In the color settings (button on sidebar with color wheel), you can change the theme of the application. Themes include Crimson, Dark, Light, and Classic.</li><li><strong><u>Better performance on Macs</u></strong></li><li><strong><u>Batch export</u></strong>: If you have lots of files that need to be exported to MP3, MP3 by page, or HTML, now you can convert them in a batch process! Click on the main menu button on the top right and go to File &gt; Batch to get started.</li></ul><h2><a href="/central-access/node/2505">Check out CAR 2.0</a></h2>CWU Student Creates Revolutionary Text-to-Speech Readerhttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2521Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:43:05<p><img alt="" src="/central-access/sites/cts.cwu.edu.central-access/files/images/CAR_Logo_128.png" style="width: 128px; height: 128px;"></p><p>Spencer Graffe, a senior in Central Washington University’s Computer Science Program, has helped develop Central Access Reader (CAR), a free computerized text-to-speech reader program that has attracted attention of institutions across the nation.</p><p>Marshall Sunnes, Central Access program coordinator and Wendy Holden, Disability and Accessibility Consultant, collaborated to determine what the program should be, how it should look, and what features were most important to include. Graffe had the skills to make it happen.</p><p>The program, developed as a tool to assist students with print-related disabilities—those with visual impairments, dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or other conditions—reads documents that other text-readers can’t handle, especially those with equations or symbols.</p><p>The program started as a computer science class capstone project. Central Access, CWU’s department that makes educational materials accessible to people with disabilities, hired Graffe to continue to work on the program after the project ended. The Central Access Reader has attracted the attention of schools across the country. In recent weeks, Sunnes&nbsp;has received inquiries about the program from numerous institutions, including MIT and Harvard.&nbsp;<br><br>In addition to an intuitive user interface and simple customizations, the program is able to read documents that contain symbols from geometry and trigonometry, linear algebra, calculus, math, logic, or statistics. Sophomore Justin Wilson, another computer science major, refined its math-reading abilities. The powerful, yet simple, interface allows the user to customize how the text looks and sounds.<br><br>The program is being installed on both Macs and PCs at CWU and is currently being used by both students and faculty. The program can be downloaded free at http://www.cwu.edu/central-access/reader.</p><p>Central Access serves not only the university community, but also provides materials to institutions and schools across the country. Central Access leads the industry in offering accessible products, including electronic text, Braille, and tactile graphics.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p>Mac Release: Central Access Readerhttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2517Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:28:17<p>Central Access is pleased to announce the release of the Mac OS X version of the Central Access Reader (CAR).&nbsp; CAR transforms any Microsoft Word document into a multi-sensory experience by providing visual tracking of text as it is read aloud. Mac and PC users can customize how the text looks and sounds to help overcome the barriers of print-related disabilities, low-vision, ADHD, and so on. CAR is free, open-source, and available to anyone with a qualifying system.</p><p><a href="/central-access/node/2505">CENTRAL ACCESS READER HOMEPAGE</a></p>Language and Children with Autismhttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2504Wed, 19 Jun 2013 13:58:27<p>The Human Voice May Not Spark Pleasure in Children with Autism</p><p>The human voice appears to trigger pleasure circuits in the brains of typical kids, but not children with autism, a Stanford University team reports. The finding could explain why many children with autism seem indifferent to spoken words.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/06/17/192753499/the-human-voice-may-not-spark-pleasure-in-children-with-autism">Read the article</a></p>Central Access produces accessible voters' pamphlet for Washington State. http://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2491Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:20:20<p>Central Access produced the audio version of the Washington State &nbsp;voters' pamphlet to provide access to individuals with print related disabilities. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.kapptv.com/article/2012/nov/02/alternate-voters-pamphlet-those-reading-disabiliti/">Read more</a></p>MyStudy Bar: a tool to help with reading, writing and studyinghttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2490Thu, 20 Dec 2012 10:15:48<p>MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package. MyStudyBar is easy to install, simple to use, handy, effective and FREE.</p><p><a href="http://eduapps.org/?page_id=7">Download MySTudyBar here</a></p><p>Although MyStudyBar is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, the toolbar can offer potential benefits to all learners.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Where Great Art Transcends Disabilityhttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2487Thu, 13 Dec 2012 16:52:40<p>"I believe that when you ask people to tell you their story phenomenal things happen." explained Tom Di Maria director of Creative Growth Art Center. &nbsp;Judith Scott's social and verbal communication was blocked for most of her life. Once she found textiles, it became her communication pathway. &nbsp;In the book, <em>EnTWINed: Secrets From the Silent World of Judith Scott</em>, Joyce Scott &nbsp;tells the story of her twin sister who &nbsp;became a ward of the state at the age of 7 and spent 35 years in an Ohio state institution. &nbsp;When Judith moved in with Joyce and her family, she began attending the Creative Growth Art Center where she created &nbsp;colorful elaborately woven sculptures. Judith became the first artist with Down's Syndrome to be featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work is in permanent museum collections in New York City, Paris, and London. Her story has inspired five books and three documentaries.</p><p><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/12/where-great-art-transcends-disability/266184/">Read full story</a></p>Disability Awareness Curriculum Proposedhttp://www.cwu.edu/central-access/node/2486Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:14:54<p>American scholars and educators discuss and teach gender, racial, and ethnic issues about inequality, but not issues relating to disability inequalities explains University of Iowa history professor, Douglas Baynton. &nbsp;As a result, many Americans are ignorant of the way disabled people live.</p><p><a href="http://www.policymic.com/articles/20392/american-public-schools-should-make-disability-awareness-programs-mandatory-curriculum">Read the full story</a></p>