Amazon Echo as an Accessibility Support

6CE80360-0A37-4571-8BC2-728E57C96632Fantastic resource about Amazon Echo by Luis Perez @luisperezonline.com

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Amazon describes the Echo as a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa (Amazon’s answer to Siri, Cortana and other voice assistants) to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. I had been wanting to try the Echo since its launch, but I was just not willing to pay the $180 for the original version of this device. 

When Amazon announced a smaller version of the Echo, the Echo Dot, for $50 in the spring of this year, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to try it. The smaller version includes a lower quality speaker than its larger cousin, but since I have a number of Bluetooth speakers already this is not a major issue. Other than the speaker, the rest of the device performs similarly whether you are using the $180 model or the $5o dollar one. Unfortunately, the original Echo Dot was originally released in…

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Author: Molly Shannon, MS, OTR/L, ATP

I’ve been an OT for almost 36 years and have specialized in AT for 33 of these years. Primarily have worked in the public schools, but have also worked at a state Tech Act program, coordinated 5 counties of AT for Easter Seals, and taught OTA students General OT courses and an AT course for Master’s OT students.

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