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.
How can REACH Help with Learning Disabilities and Education?
REACH has a variety of features that can be used to help people with learning disabilities, both educationally and practically.
As an example, your goal might be to encourage a child to use the on-screen keyboard by using a touch screen
with REACH (or mouse or whatever is appropriate for the individual you have in mind). You might start by helping the child
get used to a keyboard with just a few keys on the keyboard to choose from. You can use REACH's Keyboard Author
feature to make a keyboard with just a few large keys on it. Then, on each key, you can put a picture of an animal and
record a corresponding sound that will be played when the child touches or clicks on that key.
Because REACH keyboards are so easily customized, it is easy to imagine how you can get REACH to become a springboard for more sophisticated communication approaches.
Smart Keys™ & Smart Lists™
Smart Keys™ & Smart Lists ™ are REACH add-on features that can greatly enhance a users' experiences with REACH. For children with learning disabilities, Smart Keys can make a huge impact on both their writing and interest in writing. Click here to learn about Smart Keys for children with learning disabilities.
Spelling and Writing Difficulties - Introducing the Sound-It-Out Keyboard Pack
Sound-It-Out is our REACH keyboard pack built on "Sounds Like" phonetic typing technology (patent pending).
This keyboard pack allows someone to spell out words phonetically. Each key represents a phonetic sound - sounds that a person can learn to associate with letters in the alphabet. You can point at a key and Sound-It-Out will play the sound that key represents along with a word clue - for example, it might say "buh, bus" for the sound associated with the letter "b."
Once you find the desired sound, you click on that key and Sound-It-Out will start building your word choices in the word prediction bar. This add-on can improve a user's spelling and encourage them to write even more. In research conducted by AHF, we found this approach improved spelling accuracy in children with spelling disabilities by over 150%!