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IntelliKeys means physical, visual and cognitive access for people with a wide range of disabilities to easily type, enter numbers, navigate on-screen displays, and execute menu commands. IntelliKeys is an intelligent, alternative keyboard that plugs into any Macintosh or Windows computer with only the change of a cable. It is an ideal solution for anyone who has difficulty using a standard keyboard. Unlike the keyboard on your computer, you can change the way IntelliKeys looks and functions by sliding in different overlays for numbers, mouse movement, alphabetical and QWERTY key layouts, and others for instant use.
IntelliKeys USB plugs into the computer's USB port. The universal design of the overlays provides large, well-spaced keys in high contrast colors to help students locate letters, numbers, words, and directional arrows. Concepts are broken down into manageable components, with streamlined choices, fewer concepts at a time, pictures to support learning - even student photographs for personalization.
A special setup overlay allows you to customize keyboard settings such as the response rate and the repeat rate to facilitate access for students who tend to press unwanted keys or keep their finger on a key too long. IntelliKeys USB also works with switch-accessible software and helps the transition from switch-scanning to direct-select access.
IntelliKeys USB also works with switch-accessible software and helps the transition from switch-scanning to direct-select access. It is compatible with cabled and wireless switches.
IntelliKeys USB's sophisticated programming allows customizing each keyboard by selecting:
- How quickly each key responds to touch
- How quickly each key repeats (fast to slow)
- Whether the repeat feature is on or off
- How quickly the mouse moves
- Whether to latch the shift and control keys for one-finger typists
- Whether the user must lift off before another key press is recognized
- Smart typing, such as punctuation spacing and "q" automatically followed by "u"
IntelliKeys USB comes with connecting cable, six standard overlays plus a setup overlay, access features chart, system software on CD, User's Guide. Included overlays:
- Basic Writing
- Math Access
- Mouse Access
- Works alongside standard keyboards
- Works with any keyboard-accessible software
- Customizable settings with Set-up Overlay or control panel
- Updates can be downloaded from the web
- Convenient and flexible switch interface
- Plugs and unplugs without disruption
- Turns on or off while connected
- Macintosh and Windows compatible
- Includes connecting cable, six standard overlays plus a setup overlay, access features chart, system software on CD, User's Guide, and carrying case
Six Standard Overlays get you started
Standard overlays feature large, well-spaced keys in high contrast colors to make it easy for students to locate letters and numbers. Each represents a different keyboard configuration to facilitate physical and cognitive access.
Customize settings for each user
A special set-up overlay allows you to customize settings such as the response or repeat rate to greatly ease access for students who tend to press unwanted keys or keep their finger on a key too long.
Easy to use Switch Interface
IntelliKeys is a convenient, flexible switch interface that works with a wide variety of switch-accessible software and helps transition from switch scanning to direct select access. It is an ideal tool for integrating your switch user with IntelliKeys and mouse users.
Create Custom Activities
IntelliKeys becomes an even more powerful communication tool when you design your own curriculum activities and custom overlays using Overlay Maker.
The many faces of IntelliKeys
IntelliKeys' flexibility and versatility have led to applications beyond traditional classroom use. It enables first-time access for senior computer users, creating customized keyboards for individual adaptability in the work environment and providing access - even serving as a communication device - for patients in acute care and rehabilitation.
- Operating System: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- Minimum Processor: Pentium 166MHz with working USB port
- Minimum RAM: 512 MB
- HD Space Required: 1 GB free hard drive space
- Minimum Display: Required
- DVD: Required
- Switch Accessible: has 2 switch jacks
Macintosh System Requirements
- Operating System: OS 9.x, OS 10.1 through 10.8. 32- and 64-bit versions
- Minimum RAM: 4.5 MB available RAM
- HD Space Required: 14 MB hard drive space
- Minimum Computer: iMac 350MHz or G3 350MHz (blue & white) with working USB port
- Minimum Display: Required
- DVD: Required
- Switch Accessible: has 2 switch jacks
St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute (Spokane, Washington), which uses IntelliKeys in its Assistive Technology program, recently invented a new use for the keyboard when it creatively deployed IntelliKeys as a communication device for a critically injured patient in its intensive care unit.
Sharon Ferrell, coordinator, assistive technology services at St. Luke's, describes: "I was called in to assist with communication for a young lady in ICU. This young lady was deaf and had sustained a spinal cord injury, effectively eliminating her hand movement: her signing, her voice. We followed standard protocol, searched for usable switch sites, trialed all kinds of systems and access methods with very little success.
"One visit, in watching her forearm move (she continually attempted to produce sign) I had a glimmer of hope, although her movements appeared reflexive and poorly controlled. I went back to the lab and imitated her range and movement on an IntelliKeys with a keyguard. "On the next visit, we covered her best hand in a sock (basically) with only one finger extending out, angled the keyboard to support her forearm, demonstrated how to use the big muscles to 'punch' into the key opening, and voilà! Communication. Absolutely amazing to see!"
St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute's Assistive Technology program provides patients computer access, environmental aids to daily living and augmentative and/or alternative communication, and uses IntelliKeys with its acute care and rehabilitation patients.
It's Never 2 Late Helps Seniors by Using IntelliKeys
It's Never 2 Late is an organization dedicated to helping senior citizens learn to use computers, find IntelliKeys to be the perfect tool for teaching older first-timers how to use a computer and the Internet.
It's Never 2 Late, founded in 1999 and based in Englewood, Colorado, provides computer systems, Internet access and training for seniors in nursing homes, assistive living and retirement communities and adult day care centers. The organization realized that a standard computer and keyboard wasn't sufficient to meet the needs of many seniors, who may face reduced mobility or deteriorating eyesight, or varying degrees of disability.
It's Never 2 Late uses IntelliKeys, noting that the adaptive keyboard provides large, well-spaced keys in high-contrast colors that make it easy for users to locate letters and numbers, as well as overlays that provide customization capabilities to meet each senior's unique needs. The organization recently provided a hands-on demonstration of IntelliKeys to Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
Clicksilver Finds That Navigation, from Web Browsing to Word Processing, Can be Made Easier with IntelliKey
Meanwhile, Clicksilver, a nonprofit organization of volunteers in the San Francisco East Bay , teaches computer and Internet use to older novices at senior centers, skilled nursing facilities, and residential retirement communities. Clicksilver was founded in 2000 by two retirees, Gloria Bayne and Anita Goldstein, who made it their mission to help seniors gain computer access.
The two gained much of their recent computer training knowledge through a five-month internship at the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley, where they were introduced to solutions for senior and disabled learners.
"One of the most dramatic tools that we learned about is IntelliKeys," explains Goldstein, in a Contra Costa Times article about their efforts. She notes that navigation, from Web browsing to word processing, can be made easier with IntelliKeys. And she likes the free templates that can be downloaded from the IntelliTools Web site, providing, for example, a keyboard in an alphabetical setup for new typists not familiar with the traditional "q-w-e-r-t-y" arrangement.
IntelliKeys means physical, visual, and cognitive access for people with a wide range of disabilities. Considered by many to be the leading assistive technology tool in the world, IntelliKeys is the centerpiece of a complete system of communication, education, and fun.
What is an IntelliKeys Alternative Keyboard?
The IntelliKeys keyboard is a versatile enlarged keyboard that plugs into any Macintosh or Windows computer with only the change of a cable. It enables users with physical, visual, or cognitive disabilities to easily type, enter numbers, navigate on-screen displays, and execute menu commands. Overlays for numbers, mouse movement, and alphabetical and QWERTY key layouts can be slid into the IntelliKeys for instant use. Customized overlays can also be created and printed with the Overlay Maker Program. Many children's software programs now include ready-to-use custom IntelliKeys overlays.
IntelliKeys meets the needs of students who face challenges ranging from learning disabilities to significant physical disabilities. The keyboard is flexible enough to meet a variety of access and learning needs. Unlike a keyboard normally attached to a computer, IntelliKeys look and functionality is changeable by sliding in different overlays.
Customize Settings for Students
A special setup overlay allows you to customize keyboard settings such as the response rate and the repeat rate to facilitate access for students who tend to press unwanted keys or keep their finger on a key too long.
The Many Faces of IntelliKeys
IntelliKeys' flexibility and versatility have led to applications far beyond its traditional classroom use. IntelliKeys is currently enabling first-time access for senior computer users, creating customized keyboards for individual adaptability in the work environment, and providing access - even serving as a communications device - for patients in acute care and rehabilitation.
What do we mean by Computer Access?
Personal computer technology has revolutionized how we communicate, learn, manage information, and entertain ourselves. But for many people it is difficult or impossible to enjoy those benefits. For example:
- School children with physical or cognitive disabilities
- Adults recovering from accidents or illness
- Seniors with mobility limitations
- Employers with disabled employees
- Anyone with low vision
- Very young computer users
Seniors Surfing the Web
Seniors, using computers and IntelliKeys are gaining access to the world wide web, for information, shopping, and most importantly, e-mailing family and friends. Organizations dedicated to helping senior citizens learn to use computers, find IntelliKeys to be the perfect tool for teaching first-timers how to use a computer and the Internet.
Gateway to Learning for Students
For some students the computer is more than just a helpful tool. It can be their hands, eyes, and voice. These are the kids who have a physical disability that may prevent them from speaking, controlling their movements, or seeing small type on the screen or keyboard. For these students access to the computer is their life.
A Rehabilitation services organization which uses IntelliKeys in its Assistive Technology program, recently invented a new use for the keyboard when it creatively deployed IntelliKeys as a communication device for a critically injured patient in its intensive care unit.
Libraries Recognize Need for Access
IntelliKeys has been determined appropriate for meeting the ADA requirements for accessibility within Libraries. IntelliKeys meets 508 Compliance.
- John Hopkins National Search for Computing to Benefit People with Disabilities
- Media and Methods Magazine Award of Merit
-100 Best Product Picks, Early Childhood News
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