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Claro kicks off weekly e-learning seminars on assistive tech

Assistive technology specialist Claro Software kicks off a weekly webinar series today, 26 March (2pm UK time), on how to get the most out of Claro Writing Helper and ClaroRead.

Sign up via this Mailchimp page. Each week will focus on a different topic, with sessions lasting around 30 minutes, according to Claro product evangelist Mary Wilcox.

“We can send a CPD certificate if you would like one – just let us know at the end of the webinar,” she writes. “Whether you want to learn how to use our products, find out what’s new, ask questions or just want a bit of online social interaction, sign up.”

“All you need is a computer or phone, speakers and an internet connection.”

Thursday 26 April, 2pm UK time
Introducing Claro Writing Helper

*Review the essay question
*Set the framework structure of an essay
*Review reading lists, summarise documents, and capture relevant information
*Organise research into an essay
*Manage citations

Thursday 9 April, 2pm UK time
New to ClaroRead? A basic guide

*Listen to any text read aloud
*Change the settings
*Tint the screen
*Use word prediction, spelling and homophone checker
*Save to audio or video

Thursday 16 April, 2pm UK time
Your Claro account

*How to download software, Chrome extension & apps
*Explore web apps
*Investigate Labs (find unreleased, retired and prototype programs)
*Access training and support

Thursday 30 April, 2pm UK time
Discover new features of ClaroRead 9

*True black mode in ClaroView
*New homophone checker
*A new look to ClaroCapture including capturing highlighting in PDFs
*Pictures in prediction
*Extras Editor

Claro develops software for people with disabilities such as print and reading difficulties, like dyslexia, enabling them to participate and contribute to more organisations as well as realise their own dreams and career potential.

Its products assist with speech synthesis, word prediction, spell checking and switch access on Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, Google Chromebook, Apple iPad and iPhone, Google Android, and the web.

Customers include a range of education institutions, examination holders, and corporate workplaces — such as police, the NHS, Centerprise or BMW.

According to Claro, businesses typically deploy the software to meet the needs of their staff and invest in their productivity. Products include ClaroRead, which is easy to use and support while complementing popular tools from Microsoft Office to Dragon speech recognition by Nuance, or screen readers for people with visual perception challenges.

The firm says it can fit in with various corporate deployment requirements or even single purchases for specific individuals. Support may be available through the UK Access to Work scheme.

“As employers public sector bodies have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities, such as dyslexia. But they are also keen to be first-in-class in being good employers, and consider ClaroRead a strong solution for increasing accessibility and usability for all staff,” Claro’s website explains.

For more information, speak to Claro product evangelist Mary Wilcox.

Claro was founded by entrepreneur Dave Stevens and assistive technology expert Professor Paul Blenkhorn in 2004. From 2018, it has been owned by Norwegian assistive technology company Lingit AS.

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