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tools may require some initial training, depending on the teacher and student, but generally do not require ongoing training or support from an AT specialist? particularly if the school has digital learning specialists on staff. Examples of mid-tech tools are text-to-speech, word prediction, or screen masking software. High-tech tools tend to be more specialized and generally require training and follow-up services from an AT specialist. An example of high-tech AT is braille translation software. This type of software converts electronic documents into braille code, sends it to a special braille machine, and prints it out in tactile format. ? Graph paper for aligning numbers for mathematical computations Exam ples of Low -Tech Devices ? Accessibility software such as Texthelp ? Sticky notes and removable highlighter tape Exam ples of High -Tech Devices ? Optical character recognition software that converts a scanned image into digital text, which can be opened in a word processor and read aloud by a computer ? Reading frames or place markers ? Communication books with pictures representing frequently used phrases ? Timers to help students pace themselves ? Magnifiers ? Seating options Exam ples of M id-Tech Devices ? Recorded books ? Amplification systems ? Zoom caps or other keyboard modifiers ? Touch screens ? Augmentative communication software such as Proloquo2go that enables non-verbal students to communicate with others through graphics, text, and sound ? Touch-screen devices that can be used instead of a mouse or touch pad ? Switch or eye-blink response systems How do I get AT f or m y ch ild? If you believe there are AT supports your child needs, the first step is to speak to your child?s Evaluation Team Facilitator. The ETF may recommend a consultation with the AT specialist. If your child needs training or assistance with accessibility tools, they will be able to arrange it through one of our educators or digital learning specialists. If your child needs access to unusual or high-tech supports, the ETF may recommend an evaluation with the AT specialist.