Makers of assistive technology (AT) software are stepping up during the COVID-19 crisis.
Freedom Scientific and Don Johnston, Inc. are advertising free access to their software in response to the need for sheltering at home.
Freedom Scientific is offering those in the US and Canada a free home license of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion which will expire June 30, 2020. “We know many of you must remain at home and will need to continue to work or attend school remotely. To ensure that your life remains accessible we are offering those in the US and Canada a Free Home License of JAWS, ZoomText, or Fusion which will expire June 30, 2020.” Learn more at this Freedom Scientific webpage.
Don Johnston, Inc, makers of literacy software relied on by many students throughout the US and abroad, is reaching out to schools, districts, and practitioners (OT, SLP, PT, AT, Educator, etc.) to request free access for students. This is the maker of Co:Writer, Snap&Read, and more. Both current, as well as new customers, are encouraged to request access. Parents may also get in touch with their schools for this purpose. Learn more at this Don Johnston, Inc. webpage.
Is there an AT tool you need access to at home to stay safe and productive during this stressful time? Contact your vendor and learn if they, too, are stepping up. After all, customer loyalty is built this way. Need help? Contact your State AT Program for assistance.
Also of interest: many AAC (communication) apps are going on sale in April for Autism Acceptance Month. Here is a document with links and pricing (thanks Lauren Schwartz Enders!)