2004 Conference Proceedings

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Terry Johnson
Mayer-Johnson, Inc.
6650 Flanders Drive, Ste. F
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: 800-588-4548
Email: terry@mayer-johnson.com

This session will review many Mayer-Johnson products and will highlight new products including Calcu-Scan, PCS Animations, Artic-u-print, plus a brand new Boardmaker Add-On and the new 2004 Addendum Library! Participants will be introduced to a variety of software, hardware as well as lo-cost, lo-tech products.

Boardmaker is a database of PCS and allows users a flexible platform to select symbols and use them to make a wide variety of materials. This session will take a look at the latest version of Boardmaker (V. 5) for Windows. The presenter will discuss the variety of materials that can easily be created with Boardmaker including: communication boards, schedules, adapted books, worksheets, flashcards, games, and more! In addition, participants will be made aware of the Boardmaker Add-On Products and Addendum Libraries. We will introduce both the 2004 addendum library and a brand new Boardmaker Add-On full of templates that can be used for a wide variety of activities!

Speaking Dynamically Pro is an invaluable tool for creating talking, interactive activities and customized communication boards. SD Pro is ideal for users of all ages, any access method, and all ability levels. This presentation will take a look at many of the boards that can be easily created including interactive books, writing activities, social stories, schedules, theme-based units, student portfolios and more. Our new templates will also be shown that make creating boards easier than ever. The presenter will demonstrate our PCS Animations that bring over 400 PCS verbs to life in SD Pro.

Writing With Symbols 2000 is a talking symbol/text processing program. Therapists, teachers, or parents can quickly and easily adapt text with symbols. This is a great tool for writing stories with symbol support and adapting books with symbol strips. WWS also allows you to create writing environments in which individuals with limited writing skills can create writing by selecting symbols from on-screen grids. We will also take a look at Inter_Comm, which works with WWS, to allow nonreaders to address, write, send, receive, and read emails using symbols and/or photographs.

Participants will be introduced to Calcu-Scan, an exciting new program that enables individuals to solve math problems using an on-screen calculator with speech options. The program can be accessed by individuals with various disabilities including communication and/or physical disabilities. A variety of calculator key layouts and styles are available in addition to six access methods. Calcu-Scan can be used with most switch access devices. We will demonstrate how math problems can be entered by a teacher, presented to the student and solved by the student all using Calcu-Scan.

Additional software programs that will be introduced include School Fonts for Beginning Writing, a wonderful collection of fonts that can be used to practice writing. We will also look at the new programs, Animals Galore and Food For Thought. These simple programs are a fun way to teach basic symbols while reinforcing language and math skills.

Participants will be introduced to our line of lo-cost, portable communication devices. Lastly, we will take a look at many of the lo-cost, lo-tech items that we offer. Items that will be shown include the Flip 'n Talk, a wonderful lo-tech option for organizing and using symbols to communicate. We will also review some of the many books we offer that cover a wide variety of topics for many different populations.

This session will help participants to have an understanding of how to access and use symbols for a variety of materials. Participants will leave with an understanding of the various products Mayer-Johnson offers including software, hardware, and lo-tech options plus a CD of SD Pro templates!

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