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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

IntelliKeys Overlay Companions From APH

IntelliTactiles Overlay Companions for the IntelliKeys Keyboard

IntelliTactiles Overlay Companions

The IntelliKeys Classic and USB keyboards from IntelliTools connect to either a PC or Mac and provide auditory feedback for overlays placed on their touch-sensitive surfaces. The IntelliKeys keyboards, related software, and standard visual overlays are available exclusively from IntelliTools. Phone: 1-800-899-6687 or Web Site:

IntelliTactiles Standard Overlay Companions, developed by APH, align with the visual overlays provided with IntelliTools' CLASSIC IntelliKeys keyboard, making them accessible to braille readers. These durable clear-plastic tactile overlays correspond with the following visual overlays:

  • Alphabet Overlay
  • Basic Writing Overlay
  • Numbers Overlay
  • Arrows Overlay
  • Apple QWERTY Overlay
  • IBM QWERTY Overlay
  • Setup Overlay

IntelliTactiles USB Overlay Companions, also developed by APH, align with the following visual overlays provided with IntelliTools' newer USB IntelliKeys keyboard:

  • Alphabet USB Overlay
  • Basic Writing USB Overlay
  • Math Access USB Overlay
  • Mouse Access USB Overlay
  • Web Access USB Overlay
  • QWERTY USB Overlay
  • Setup USB Overlay

IMPORTANT: Please check your keyboard before ordering. APH sells Overlay Companions for both the IntelliKeys Classic and the USB keyboards, but the overlays are not interchangeable.

NOTE: The IntelliKeys Classic and USB keyboards are exclusively available from IntelliTools, Inc. Only the tactile counterparts for the visual overlays are available from APH.

IntelliTactiles: Standard Overlay Companions Kit for the IntelliKeys Classic keyboard (includes User's Guides in large print and braille):
Catalog Number: 1-08515-00

User's Guide Only

Large Print:
Catalog Number: 7-08515-00

Catalog Number: 5-08515-00

IntelliTactiles USB Overlay Companions Kit for the IntelliKeys USB keyboard (includes User's Guides in both large print and braille):
Catalog Number: 1-08513-00

User's Guide Only

Large Print:
Catalog Number: 7-08513-00

Catalog Number: 5-08513-00
Click this link to purchase IntelliTactiles Overlay Companions.

IntelliTactiles: Pre-Braille Concepts, Classroom Suite Edition

IntelliTactiles: Pre-Braille Concepts

IntelliTactiles Pre-Braille Concepts includes seven tactile overlays that can be used with the commercially available IntelliKeys keyboard (Classic or USB), or as stand-alone "worksheets," to develop young children's tactile discrimination skills, shape recognition ability, and understanding of many spatial/positional concepts. Overlays included:

  • Texture Recognition 1
  • Texture Recognition 2
  • Four Shapes
  • Six Shapes
  • Nine Shapes
  • Texture/Shape Recognition
  • Braille Cell

The overlays are accompanied by an interactive CD that has pre-recorded, child-narrated scripts which prompt the child to find a specific shape, texture, position, or braille dot. The child can respond to each posed question by depressing his or her selection on the keyboard to receive feedback. Note: The recorded scripts are provided in the User's Guide so that the overlays can be used as stand-alone worksheets. Recommended ages: 5 to 10 years.

IntelliTactiles Pre-Braille Concepts (includes User's Guides in both large print and braille):
Catalog Number: 1-08516-00

User's Guide only

Large Print:
Catalog Number: 7-08516-00

Catalog Number: 5-08516-00
Click this link to purchase IntelliTactiles: Pre-Braille Concepts, Classroom Suite Edition.

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1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
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