What is it?
adapro is a free word processor aimed atpeople with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or another type of functional diversity such as autism. Its adapted, transparent and configurable interface provides an environment that inspires enough security in the user to keep their attention.
Implements ARASAAC pictograms.
Software Development Department – Technology Area Technological and Renewable Energy Institute ITER S.A
Social Technological Innovation Area – Insular Society for the Promotion of People with Disabilities SINPROMI S. L
We learn to configure and use adapro
adapro is a free word processor aimed atpeople with learning difficulties,such as dyslexia or other types of functional diversity. Its adapted, transparent and configurable interface provides an environment that inspires enough security in the user to keep their attention.
With some types of functional diversity such as dyslexia, it is essential to prevent visual confusion of characters. The Sarakanda font greatly facilitates this task and is the perfect complement to the high-contrast functions:a specific contrast mode for the letters p/b/d/q,as well as two alternative global contrast modes to the classic black text on a white background.
In the case of other variants of functional diversity, reducing uncertainty is yet another objective to follow. This is precisely the role of virtual keyboards. They consist of groups of configurable keys with the possibility of inserting predefined text. Furthermore, a representative image of a specific context can be associated with the keyboard. Depending on the relationship or not of the words or phrases on the keyboard with the image, these will be automatically colored in one color or another.
In any case, the paradigm of the program is visual learning. For this, the user has the option of representing words using symbols or pictograms. The extensive adapro database currently stores more than 10,000 ARASAAC pictograms with graphic representation.
One of the aspects that add more complexity to any word processor is the management of document files. adapro always stays on top of the file structure such that the user only sees documents. Folders, files and names with extensions disappear. Furthermore, documents can be made more easily recognizable by associating a pictogram. And if that’s not enough, a preview window lets you examine the document’s content before opening it. Of course, you can also do a search by name.
The complexity derived from the existence of multiple users is also reduced as much as possible. Thus, the login does not require a password and is based on avatars. This greatly simplifies the login process for any user: simply press the corresponding avatar button. Only access to the administration interface is password protected.
The editing interface and virtual keyboards are fully configurable. You can select which buttons on the interface will be visible and create profiles (lists of visible buttons) according to the type of user. On the other hand, you can define the list of virtual keyboards available according to user. All from the administrator view, where you can also delete documents, create users or change avatars. Finally, an additional application is provided for creating and editing keyboards.
adapro is an ERDF project of the European Union framed in the Açores-Madeira-Canarias Transnational Cooperation Program (PCT-MAC). It is available in Spanish, English and Portuguese. It has been designed to be able to be executed from a pendrive and without previous installation, as long as Java is present in the system. And it can be downloaded free of charge thanks to its open source license.