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Special Needs Fringe 2011... Prize Draw / What's New

Dates: 12th - 14th January 2011

Venue: Olympia Hilton, Kensington, London

Opening times: 9.30am - 5.00pm

Prize Draw

Simply register at the Fringe for your chance to win a great prize, and receive a free drink voucher.

The first prize is a full set of Maker software from Inclusive Technology. They make it easy for you to create your own accessible activities using your own text, digital pictures and sound. The titles will include:

new Slideshow Maker

SwitchIt! Maker 2

SwitchIt! Maker 2 Older Learners Edition

ChooseIt! Maker 2

SwitchIt! Facemaker

SwitchIt! Jigsaw Maker

Matrix Maker

Five runners-up will each win a year's subscription to Special Children magazine (the official media partner of the Fringe).

What's New?

There are always many new product launches at the Special Needs Fringe. Here are some of the technologies that will be on display:

TechCess - stand S08

Tellus 4

Tellus 4 - The Tellus 4 has a large 13.3" LED backlit widescreen display that automatically adjusts its brightness levels according to the ambient light levels and so works well outdoors. It has an integrated head tracker and hot swappable batteries. It is also 3G ready; this allows internet access almost anywhere in the country. The Tellus 4 comes with the latest Windows 7 64 bit operating system.

EyeTech TM4 - this standalone eye gaze system can be used on laptop and desktop computers. It comes with software that immediately works as a mouse emulator, allowing control of any Windows based program using eye gaze alone. The TM4 can also be integrated with the Tellus 4.

Zingui - big but not heavy! Zingui has a bright 8.4” touch screen that automatically adjusts its brightness to ambient light levels and it weighs only 1.08Kg. It comes in two versions: the basic version with digitized (up to 5 hours recorded) speech only, and the Plus version with both digitized speech and text-to-speech (synthesized).

SmartBox - stand S24

PowerBox 7

PowerBox 7 - this new communication aid features BETT Award winning software The Grid 2. The most advanced PowerBox released, it includes features such as an 8 hour battery life, new Z-Wave environment control and wireless switches. It also works with a range of eye gaze systems, so users get the fastest and most accurate access possible. As ever, all PowerBox users can take complete control of their PC and easily perform tasks such as email, text messaging, internet browsing and much more.

The Grid 2 is installed on all Smartbox communication aids and provides complete communication and computer access in one package. Not only is The Grid 2 the preferred communication software in the UK but it has now been translated into almost 20 languages and is sold all over the world.

Viliv S5 and Viliv X70 - beautifully crafted portable communication aids, with 5” and 7” screens respectively. The Viliv S5 is the most compact Windows PC available and runs the full version of The Grid 2. The Viliv X70 has the same power but with a slightly bigger screen and can be mounted on a wheelchair.

Smartbox will be showing their complete range of communication and access solutions including 4 different eye gaze systems.

Toby Churchill - stand S07

Lightwriter® SL40 series

Lightwriter® SL40 series - - company founder Toby Churchill lost his speech in the late 1960s following an attack of encephalitis. Dissatisfied with the communication aids available, he designed the first Lightwriter®.

The latest example of this product is the Lightwriter® SL40 series. Not only does this exciting text-to-speech communication aid provide the capabilities to communicate efficiently and effectively either through face to face communication or by SMS texting, but the SL40 Connect gives the user the ability to make mobile phone calls from this small compact device at home or when they are out and about.

The Compact Rolltalk from Abilia is now also available exclusively from Toby Churchill in the UK. This multifunctional communication aid can also control your environment, send SMS text messages, emails and access the internet. Settings are highly adaptable to suit your own personal requirements.

Inclusive Technology - stand S10

Co:Writer 6

Inclusive Technology's stand will highlight three main areas of learning: making resources, reading and writing and switch progression, which will show Inclusive's hardware as well as accessible, educational software.

The reading and writing area will feature a range of products aimed at making life easier for struggling readers and writers. Central will be the new SOLO Literacy Suite 6 from Don Johnston, with context-sensitive word prediction, speech output and a range of other supports.

Matrix Maker

Try out our Maker software in the practical making resources section - including the new, really easy to use Slideshow Maker and Matrix Maker, ideal for creating communication books and boards as well as overlays for communication devices.

Don't forget to register at the Fringe for your chance to win a full set of Inclusive Technology's Maker software!

ForceTenCo - stand S04

Sceye Camera

iRead NOW - OCR Software and Camera - OCR (optical character recognition) is becoming the norm for many people with dyslexia or visual impairment. Now OCR is available on the move with any Windows laptop using the iRead Now software and camera from Forcetenco. The Sceye NOW Camera is extremely lightweight and folds into a compact size for putting into a laptop bag. There is no power requirement as the camera is USB powered.

Text to speech can be achieved with the minimum of effort, with only one key press between the start of the program and reading out the first page of printed text. When the iRead software is used with the Sceye Camera it will, with one key press, scan the document, check the page orientation, OCR the document and show it on-screen.

Kognitiva Kompaniet (Cognitive Company) - stand S25

Memory Quest

Memory Quest - working memory training software - Swedish company Kognitiva Kompaniet will show their new working memory training software, Memory Quest. The software is designed by clinical psychologists Erik Truedsson and Stefan Strohmayer as well as special needs teacher Ann Truedsson. Memory Quest is designed for children and adults with attention difficulties.

Working memory is a fundamental cognitive function that is necessary for our ability to carry out a number of mental activities, such as reading, counting and problem solving. It means we can maintain and use a limited amount of information during a short time. A number of recent studies and evaluations indicate that it is possible to train working memory. This new software has been evaluated with children aged 7 to 11 with ADHD. The children training with the working memory software significantly improved in tests measuring verbal working memory and arithmetic skills.

Liberator Ltd – stand S23

Pixon Project Kit

Pixon Project Kit – A fantastic communication and language curriculum for the emergent communicator.

It can be used as a stand-alone low tech communication system, a teaching tool to build language concepts prior to making a transition to a high-tech speech generating device and can complement or provide back-up to a high-tech speech generating device.


Essence - Communication is the essence of life. That's why losing the ability to speak, due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, or another adult-acquired condition, can be devastating. Now Liberator Ltd is pleased to introduce Essence™, speech-generating devices designed especially for literate adults who want to continue to communicate their thoughts, feelings, wants, and needs, despite their medical condition.

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