REACH is not only an on-screen keyboard but a tool chest, loaded with features to help you write, access information, communicate, access the Internet, learn, and and dynamically interact with others as easy and efficiently as possible.
REACH also has add-ons that enhance its already amazing capabilities. Read more...
Communicating with family and friends is easy with REACH. REACH speaks as you type or after you're finished typing. You can highlight text virtually anywhere on the screen and have it read back to you.
What's more, you can use REACH's new Smart Speech add-on to use the ultimate in augmentative communication.
Using REACH's on-screen keyboards, you can use Twitter®, Facebook®, blog, email, or instant messaging!
Using current social media tools is easier with REACH and can help you stay connected with friends and family!
REACH is adaptive technology. REACH adapts to how you use the mouse or pointer. Can't click? Do you tend to make extra clicks? No problem, REACH can help!
REACH can help you click by using a feature called Dwell. Or, you can filter out unwanted clicks and reduce missed targets by using our ClickAssist.
REACH comes with many keyboard layouts including some game keyboards. In addition, you can customize almost every REACH keyboard or make your own.
REACH makes customization quick and easy with Hot Authoring. In addition, the keyboard authoring tool in REACH allows you to customize keyboards for the ultimate in personalization.
There are so many REACH features to learn about. REACH's comprehensive set of features means you don't have to buy multiple products to meet your assistive technology needs.
REACH's newest add-on feature is Smart Speech. This product includes a set of special keyboards and dictionaries that are targeted for users who need a comprehensive speech augmentation system. By utilizing Smart Lists technology, Smart Speech can deliver an unprecedented number speech options quickly, reducing the number of clicks to create conversational sentences. REACH Smart Speech also can be used as a writing tool, because you can type your sentences into any word processor, spreadsheet, email, etc.
REACH's add-on features can help you become more efficient and productive. Most of these optional add-ons were developed through research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our research led to these innovative solutions which increase typing speed and accuracy, and for most of these options, we have data showing their effectiveness.
What Is Dwell?
If you're already familiar with the concept of dwell you can skip this section.
If you can point a mouse cursor on the screen but have trouble clicking, then REACH can click, double-click, or drag for you. This feature is called Dwell. REACH watches your mouse movements, waits for a certain adjustable period of time, and then clicks for you. Read on to see why REACH's dwell is very cool.
REACH's Dwell is Feature Packed
First, you set up the dwell time to suit your specific needs. For dwell time, REACH uses a 'ready', 'set', 'go' approach. You can control amount of time delay you want for each of the three stages.
REACH's Dwell allows you to receive cues about its current status. For example, if you select the "Street Light"
dwell icon, the street light will then change from red to yellow, and then to green to indicate when a click is going to occur.
You won't see the dwell icon until your mouse movements have steadied enough to indicate you are close to a target.
In addition, you also will receive specialized cueing inside the REACH keyboard with colored borders surrounding the keys.
Other dwell programs tend to just click and click over and over again while you're not doing anything. This can be very annoying.
REACH solves this dilemma by providing two pause options. The first pause option is called a "passive" pause. After you click,
dwell will not start again until you've moved your mouse a little.
Sometimes, however, that isn't enough. You might want to turn dwell of for a little while but you don't want to have to go into the REACH settings to turn it off and on again. Besides, how could you? If you turn off dwell in settings how would you click to open settings up again? To help with this, REACH's Dwell provides "active" pause. When you activate dwell, a little window tab appears on the right side of the screen. When you get close to the tab, it will slide out, and you then can dwell on the tab for a period of time to pause Dwell (the "pause" tab changes color too to indicate you have paused the dwell switch).
To start dwell up again, simply go back and aim at the dwell tab. When it slides out again, dwell on it to start the dwell switch back up. Dwell Pause is a great feature to make dwell a more viable solution for those who have trouble clicking.
Clicking, Dragging, Etc.
If you want to get more daring and sophisticated, you might want to double click, drag, right click, etc. With REACH Dwell it's no problem - simply dwell on the "Mouse Control" buttons on the REACH button bar and then the next time you dwell the mouse function you selected will be performed.