Sleep Help

I was asked to put this up on my blog so i am able and willing to do this. Seems like something worthwhile to share, especially appropriate as i am writing this in the dead of night due to having a cold keeping me awake! And it’s soppose to be my holiday , Grrrr!

Sleep help guide for people with Autism and ADHD

Office Lens

Microsoft Office Lens has a very useful function I want to share with you today. If someone gives you a business card as they often do to me I promptly put them in my wallet and forget about them! When I do remember I have them and I have some time I go about adding them to my phone contacts. This is slow and laborious.

Now enters Office Lens a free download on iOS and Android .  There is an option to take a photo – business card- . If you focus in so that you get a good clear image of the card it will take the card and if you choose the option “OneNote & Contacts” it will create two entries one for OneNote and the other goes straight into you Contacts folder with name address, website telephone number, etc

..No mor cards forgotten in jackets now!

AbilityNet Volunteer Day

Brilliant day as always for AbilityNet Volunteers. We helped those who are disabled with their tech and their access needs. This is freely given and a network of volunteers operate throughout the UK.

Friom Microsoft to Dolphin Systems , no isolation to smart speakers and then some free stuff. I will mention a few things:-


Seeing AI showed some real potential and use especially the text convertor. Really cool and useful too! I shall be recommending this app more widely now.

Inclusive communications and content

Office lens – nicely frame , ocr and put into immersive reader does the scan documment as well and can do OCR

Microsoft Translator – translates speech to text giving you caption display. Migth try this on a talk or seminar. Useul for the hearing impaired.

A few helpful websites:-

Willing to take on board requests. Invited to complain about Microsoft!!


This is impressive both for its help to children and for adults who need siimple commmunication tools. Something worth looking into, love the AV1 robot that puts the user in the middle of any environment.

Dolphin Systems

Noel Duffy

Increase in sight loss liable double from 2 million to 4 million

80% over 65

20% most interested in technology

Mixed technical ability

Older group might not be able to access technology

Easy Reader – smart phone app – free

Guide Connect – interface that masks the screen, tv remote friendly, connects to overdrive, bookshare, consistent approach. Free support up and running in one hour. Not free!

Googe Keep

Have often mention this app. It will do locations and reminders which has a use for carers of Alzheimers and dementia sufferers.

Free Sofftware

Metaclick – dwell click , to enable a physical disabled user.

AT bar for windows – text to speech , tint screen, works in any browser ( drawback copy and paste) reasonable speech engine.

Amazon Echo

My talkiing newspapers


“Open up my talking newspaper”

“Info sound “

“Info sound select”

Regional newspaper

When to use Switch Technology?

Most users do not need to use switches. But for those with cerebral palsy and physical disabilities and profound multiple learning difficulties switches can be really really useful.

The main reason for using switches is because Hand usee is not possible and therefore we need to use alternative inputs ; this would be via touchscreen or through switches.

What software do use switches? We tend to use cause-and-effect software such as you can see at Ian Bean’s website. There is a whole progression involved in switches which Ian Bean set out in his switch progression map..

How are switches used with pupils? First of all there may be repetitive switch movement which is purely random automotive actions with no meaning. Then there is meaningful action where there is a definite movement forward towards the switch to press it and whatever playing or method the user uses to do such as hand movement, foot movement, and head movement.

Best switch movement is one which is totally initiated by the pupil not any adult intervention such as hand over hand under hand. One more thing is I prefer people to use the phrase “again” or “more” rather than “hit the switch.” The latter takes the focus off the activity which I think is a mistake as the content is king!

iSwitch in use

This guide will help you to understand the mechanism of how to use 2 switches on an iPad. I find the way this does it a little bit irritating with secondary menu options which gets in the way sometimes . I wish it could be switched off and maybe it can be

Using ISwitch with an iPad on Two Switch Mode


1 . Red switch 1 is select

2. Yellow switch 2 is in scanning

3. ISwitch (Yellow) is set to scan as well

4. If you try and use the keyboard whilst using switches turn over the iSwitch and press Mode ( picture of a keyboard above it)

5. You should have the Switch Control set to Manual Scanning for Two switch mode :-


When in Switch control you will find that a blue outline appears around the row of apps or you are in an app the blue outline automatically picks up the different actions needed in the app. Scanning is all about cycling through options. Two switch manual gives you complete control. Easier to operate with i find. The reason being auto-scanning doesn’t work as pupil’s responses are not consistent. So the teacher scans with one switch and the pupil selects with the other.

iSwitch on the iPad or iOS device

For the past few days in preparation for an assessment and training session I am about to do i have been getting to grips with setting up switches iPad. I am using the iSwitch from Inclusive Technology.. Once you understand you need the iSwitch and two other switches you go a long way to understanding how this works. Here are the instructions for setting it up on an iPad :-

Setting up !Switch

1. Turn over the iSwitch

2. Press CHAN once

3. Now go to Settings>Bluetooth and look for

4. Connect till it shows connected

5. Default is set for switch 1 press scanning, switch 2 press select

6. Now go to Settings > Accessibility > Switch Control

7. Then press Switch 1 and ensure it is showing connected

8. And set an action

9. Repeat 7 & 8 on Switch 2

10. It should look like this:-