REACH is not only an on-screen keyboard but a tool chest, loaded with features to help you write, access information, communicate, access the Internet, learn, and and dynamically interact with others as easy and efficiently as possible.
REACH also has add-ons that enhance its already amazing capabilities. Read more...
Communicating with family and friends is easy with REACH. REACH speaks as you type or after you're finished typing. You can highlight text virtually anywhere on the screen and have it read back to you.
What's more, you can use REACH's new Smart Speech add-on to use the ultimate in augmentative communication.
Using REACH's on-screen keyboards, you can use Twitter®, Facebook®, blog, email, or instant messaging!
Using current social media tools is easier with REACH and can help you stay connected with friends and family!
REACH is adaptive technology. REACH adapts to how you use the mouse or pointer. Can't click? Do you tend to make extra clicks? No problem, REACH can help!
REACH can help you click by using a feature called Dwell. Or, you can filter out unwanted clicks and reduce missed targets by using our ClickAssist.
REACH comes with many keyboard layouts including some game keyboards. In addition, you can customize almost every REACH keyboard or make your own.
REACH makes customization quick and easy with Hot Authoring. In addition, the keyboard authoring tool in REACH allows you to customize keyboards for the ultimate in personalization.
There are so many REACH features to learn about. REACH's comprehensive set of features means you don't have to buy multiple products to meet your assistive technology needs.
REACH's newest add-on feature is Smart Speech. This product includes a set of special keyboards and dictionaries that are targeted for users who need a comprehensive speech augmentation system. By utilizing Smart Lists technology, Smart Speech can deliver an unprecedented number speech options quickly, reducing the number of clicks to create conversational sentences. REACH Smart Speech also can be used as a writing tool, because you can type your sentences into any word processor, spreadsheet, email, etc.
REACH's add-on features can help you become more efficient and productive. Most of these optional add-ons were developed through research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our research led to these innovative solutions which increase typing speed and accuracy, and for most of these options, we have data showing their effectiveness.
REACH Keyboards - Unrivaled Power!
- Display pictures and text on keys while producing sound or speech when you aim at or click on them.
- Create different types of keyboards from standard QWERTY layouts to layouts you have originated.
- Attach macros to keys to control windows functions or to type special keystroke combinations.
- With your imagination the possibilities are endless!
REACH keyboards...flexible & powerful!
Don't take our word for it - try it out and see. Let's take a look at what you can do with a REACH keyboard.
REACH's Change Themes Keyboard
When you first install REACH, you will see a "Change Home" theme keyboard.
A theme is a set of keyboards with a particular look and feel, and sometimes a particular functionality.
For example, if you need to use scanning in REACH, sets of keyboards already have been designed to make scanning easier. Or, if you need high contrast, there are sets of keyboards with high-contrast settings, auditory features turned on, and REACH's Zoom feature turned on. The 'Change Home' keyboard is something you probably won't use too often, but its the first keyboard you will encounter after installing REACH.
REACH's Home Keyboard
After you've selected a theme, you then are taken to your home keyboard. The home keyboard is a lot like the home page in your web browser. From the home keyboard you can get to a whole host of productive keyboards. Here are a few examples:
- Favorite Programs - a keyboard with keys that launch your favorite programs.
- Favorite Typing - your favorite typing keyboard.
- Windows Controls - a keyboard with standard Windows macros.
- Select Keyboard - this key will allow you to choose from any of our 400+ keyboards.
- Speech Keyboard - this launches the built-in REACH Augmentative Communication keyboards. Great for people who need help speaking to others.
REACH's Keys Are Very Powerful
REACH's keys can display a picture and text while also producing sound or speech when you aim at them or click on them.
In addition to typing/speaking, you can give a key a specific action or many actions (which are called macros). The macros available in REACH
are comprehensive. For example, you can open an application, then open a document in that application, and then move to
the third paragraph in that application with one keystroke!
Macros make REACH key's quite powerful, but another thing you can do with a key is make it a "Get Keyboard" key. These keys will load another keyboard when you click on them, allowing you to create very powerful keyboard systems. The picture above is an example from REACH's built-in augmentative communication keyboard system (one of 120+ speech keyboards in that system).