ELR Software Pty Ltd combines the skills of speech pathology and computer programming. We produce software in the fields of Internet access for people with disabilities, and specific speech pathology resource material. We have also been involved in consultancy to clinicians and research projects in the fields of literacy and accessibility issues with the Internet.
The aim of this newsletter is to inform you of developments and changes to our major products eLr (Extra Language Resources) and EIA (Enhancing Internet Access). We welcome the opportunity for feedback and questions, and will be pleased to consider including reader contributions and announcements.
This Newsletter (and previous editions) is available online at www.elr.com.au/news and an email version is sent monthly to members of our mailing list (See Subscribing/Unsubscribing).
In this issue -
55 new tasks have been added to Semantics - Associations - Other Associations. (The "Other Associations" section is designed to contain activities which are not specifically synonyms or antonyms etc). The new tasks are picture based using the "MultiPic Slideshow" model, and contain tasks with a field of 2, 3 and 4 pictures. In field of 2 tasks, the client is encouraged to explain how the two pictures are related. In field of 3 and 4, the aim is to have the client identify which two pictures "go together", and if appropriate, to explain what the relationship is. A graded level of difficulty is provided, as the section breaks into "Common" and "Specific", referring to the relative frequency of the vocabulary. The default for the tasks is to present the picture + word. By clicking on "Images", the task can be presented with picture only. These materials should prove useful for child with developmental language disorders, and adult clients with acquired language impairments.
An error was detected in task number 1006-278 (one of the pictures was not showing), and this has been corrected. We encourage you to email us if you detect such errors - they are very readily fixed.
New Internet based literacy materials are now available (free) at www.elr.com.au/lol. ELR Software has been involved in two research projects which have been managed by the Information and Telecommunications Needs Research group at Monash University, and funded by @ccessAbility Program - Round 2, Dept of Communication Information Technology and the Arts.
"Literacy Online for People with Physical and Intellectual Disabilities" and "Literacy Online for Deaf People" aimed to produce Internet based materials which would develop the literacy skill of people with disabilities using content related to recreational interests.
The project investigated the language and literacy issues and barriers to Internet access, and best practice with regard to approaches to literacy development. Web sites and content were developed and trialled with each of the target groups. Models of best practice for the design of web sites which aid traditional, visual/graphical and information literacy as well as catering to the recreational interests of the clients were investigated.
The materials were designed to cater to the wide range of skills and needs which existed in the client groups. For some clients, a supported introduction to the web was required. For others, practice in mouse skills was needed prior to confident use of the Internet. Some clients had trouble working out longer words, or were unsure of the meanings of less familiar words. While others had severe difficulties learning basic word literacy skills, and would benefit from a smaller core of functional words recognised as sight vocabulary. Available materials (at the above site) include:
The current version of eLr-Offline is always available for downloading . Fill in the form, download the installation program to your computer and run it. If you are a registered user who has already installed eLr-Offline, the installer will simply overwrite your older version with the most recent version, and you can continue to use it as normal. If you are not a subscriber, the program will run in "Unregistered Mode" for you to evaluate.
Unregistered trial version (fully functional, but time limited). For Internet training and access for people with disablities and other special needs.
Demonstration of the EIA Browser, Tutorial and AAP. Will let you see, or show others, how the EIA Browser and its Plugin modules (the AAP and the Web Tutorial) "look and feel". It is just a demonstration - it will not allow actual Web browsing.
This summary version of the printable eLr Directory is useful for quick reference and an overview of the scope of eLr. Registered users have access to a full Directory, which contains all the section and sub-section headings, individual task titles and task numbers.
For other supporting materials and documents available for free download, please see www.elr.com.au/support.htm.
- Free demonstration of eLr and related software. 11.00am-1.00pm. Number are limited - please contact us.
- Speech Pathology Australia National Conference, May 20th - 23rd, Alice Springs. We will have a commercial stand during the conference.
- Customs House, July 24th - 26th, Brisbane. We will have a commercial stand at this conference showing our products, especially the EIA Browser, and new materials currently under development.
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