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KEYTEC’S touch interactive products are designed with unique simplicity, so even the disabled would be skilled enough to operate a computer. Furthermore, the barriers of learning/working are broken when a disabled person has equal access to his/her peers.  

Those who cannot understand the concept of using a keyboard or mouse (left/right clicking, dragging) have a much easier time touching the screen. Young and autistic children can now focus on learning applications as opposed to learning how to use computer hardware.

Special Donation for Special Needs: We have several discontinued 17" integrated CRT touch monitor to donate.  You may view the full spec at here.  It weighs about 30 lbs, so it is very stable on touch.  All you need to pay is shipping.  If interested, please contact us.

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Assistive Technology

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For Visually Impaired
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his is a wonderful program and my sons, especially the one who is visually impaired, are so excited about using it!!!!!  Kevin is so thrilled that he got to use his programs independently.  This was the first time ever that he has not become frustrated trying to play games on his software.  Thank you for making such a product! 

For Physically Challenged
The touch screen is working great, and Bryon really really enjoys it.  The touch screen seems to stimulate Bryon because he must interact with it.  Most of the time, I must hold his hand and assist him in touching the screen, but he does on occasion touch the screen by himself.  I too am enjoying the touch screen's capability.  THE TOUCH SCREEN WAS ONE OF MY BEST INVESTMENTS!!!   Best wishes, Dolores

For Special Education
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hank you again helping us purchase your screen.  Although Micah's disability is primarily language-based,  getting her to work with the programs in such areas numbers, letters,  shapes, colors, etc., help to reinforce those areas, which we have a  hard time getting through to her without the visual aid the programs provide. 
For Speech Language Pathology
I am totally amazed at the ease of installation, the perfect fit, and the ease of operation of your product.  I am a private practice speech language pathologist who specializes in handicapped children and I am really excited over the potential of this product.  Thank you for such a wonderful device at such an incredibly affordable price. I intend to show it off very well for you.
For Special Education
Hello, First off, let me say that my family and I have been extremely pleased with the Magic Touch window.  It has been a wonderful tool to use with our son, who has dexterity issues.  I was so pleased in fact, I talked my son's school into purchasing a few of touch screens for his use at school.

For Speech Therapy
It is an excellent product, and I am promoting it very strongly to Micah's therapists. Her speech therapist only uses a mouse with her patients, so if you have another demo model that you could make available, I would very much appreciate hearing about it. I would love to help her therapist obtain one of these products.  Thanks for your help - please keep in touch. 
Brent Howell

For Autistic
We recently acquired a Touch Screen for our 3 year old autistic son and have been amazed at how it has transformed his experiences on our computer. He is now able to fully interact with his games by touching the images on the screen instead of having to understand the concept of a cursor control device (aka mouse). We run one of the largest independent Toy Stores and web sites in North America and would like to consider carrying your product as a child's computer accessory. Please forward catalogues and price lists to the address below. Thank you.  Sincerely,  Dan Aysan

For Autistic
Computer Technology Review By Robert Eckert
Article written for the National Autism Newsletter

When I bought my computer, I had high expectations that it would be a tool that vaulted my son to a higher level of capability. My son Bobby is a nonverbal seven year old with autism. After I became adept with the equipment myself, I was ready to introduce my son to the world of computing. He showed an interest in the computer because it resembled a television. I quickly discovered my son could not understand the relationship between the movement of the mouse and the placement of the cursor on the screen. It was too abstract for him to comprehend. I tried working with him placing the cursor where I wanted it and then instructing Bobby to "click the mouse." This worked somewhat, but it took away much of my son's spontaneous input. I quickly felt cheated by all the computer hype. Luckily, I remembered that in his school they had something called "touch screens" that seemed as though they might help Bobby.

I contacted KEYTEC, a company I located in a computer magazine, and began exploring options for financing this purchase. My wife Joanne suggested that I investigate the possibility of gaining a reimbursement for the purchase because their product may be considered adaptive technology. I contacted my son's caseworker at the county Mental Health Mental Retardation agency before the purchase and determined what steps I would need to follow in order to file the claim. As it turned out, the product did qualify as adaptive.

The touch screen produced by KEYTEC is available in Mac and Windows formats. The Mac version works with all Performas, Quadras, LCs, and Power Macs. The Windows version works on any model running Windows version 3.11 or higher, including Windows 95. KEYTEC's sales staff provide assistance on questions of compatibility and custom set ups. The systems are similar, but the Windows version has a universal DC power supply plug. The power for the Mac version comes from the ADB port on the back of the computer.

For me, the computer set up was fairly straightforward. The unit attaches firmly to the front of my monitor with two small brackets and Velcro. The installation of the software was also quite standard. You can use a finger or a soft tip pen, which is provided, on the screen. Following the instructions, I calibrated the screen and was ready to work with our programs.

The company guaranteed that the screen would work with all programs. In general, I found this to be true, although there are some exceptions. In my son's case, the touch screen makes my son's computer use more intuitive. Many children's titles have large areas to click on with the mouse or cursor. This translates into a large area for children to touch on the screen.

My son has low muscle tone and is imprecise with his fine motor movements, so for us, this is a favorable feature. Precise accuracy with the screen was possible with the felt pen, but I found this cumbersome for Bobby. Drag and drop and double clicking (double touching) are also functions that are available.

In my view, this product opens up the capabilities of the computer for early learning for all children. My 2 _ year old daughter Julia also enjoys using the "compeumer" now. My two children can now set side by side and take turns. Try that with a mouse!

The Magic Touch touch screen is available in many different sizes. Prices range from $199.00 to $299.00. A touch monitor is also available that has the touch screen capabilities built into the monitor. Prices range from $725.00 to $1,290.00 for that product. Lastly, the company also manufactures Touch-Interactive Multimedia Systems that are complete Windows 95 O/S computers. Prices range from $1,549.00 to $2,699.00. Before buying the monitors or the complete systems, I caution you to inquire at your appropriate agency to find out whether these products qualify for reimbursement.

Robert Eckert, the father of a child with autism, lives in Boothwyn, Pennsylvania with his wife Joanne, daughter Julia, and son Bobby, who attends the Timothy School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Individuals interested in reaching Robert can do so by contacting 3126 William Road; Boothwyn, PA 19061; 610-485-1793; e-mail: robekert@erols.com

Magic Touch products are one of the assistive technologies approved by the Federal Government, which means federal funding is available to assist in purchasing our touch screen. Listed below are some links to information on autism and other disabilities, and acquiring funding for assistive technology products.
DISABILITIES Description
ADA Homepage Information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Autism Today Your online source for the latest Autism and Asperger's Syndrome resources and information. We are physically located in Edmonton, Alberta Canada though we reach many places around the world with our worldwide presence.
Center for Autism and Related Disorders(CARD) CARDis one of the largest organizations in the world providing treatment to children with Autism, PDD and Asperger's Syndrome.
Coping.org Home of the Tools for Coping Series. Contains onsite manuals for coping with a variety of life's stressors, authored by: James J. Messina, Ph.D., & Constance M. Messina, Ph.D.
Disabled Travelers Working with Students with Disabilities - suggested by Emily and Lily
Learning Disability Resources For reading disorders, writing disorders, math disorders'
RehabTool.com Their mission is to help children and adults with disabilities enhance their lives, increase their independence and productivity, and gain greater social inclusion through leading-edge assistive and adaptive technology.
SPECIAL EDUCATION Description
Special Ed News.com Provides timely news related to educating students with disabilities. The Web site is designed to offer unique resources to special education professionals in one convenient place.
Internet Special Education Resources Links to nation-wide pages for special education advocate services
Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI)- Collection of Internet accessible information resources of interest to those involved in the fields related to Special Education.
Special Education Home Page Information for students and parents who are working to gain more knowledge about the disability that affects their lives.
Voice Resources: Special Education Resource Guide A list of very useful resources.
FUNDING RESOURCES Description
Family Village Resource guide to find specific public programs for funding assistive technologies.
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