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Eastmont Middle School special-education teacher Jennifer Heaney has received a $1,674 grant from the Qwest Foundation to order five optical scanners that translate the written word into spoken sentences, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The devices, known as Readingpens, are manufactured by WizCom Technologies in Westford, Mass. Heaney says they should help disabled students with reading impairments understand science and social-studies textbooks. She had considered buying textbooks on CDs, but realized that would make disabled students stand out from their peers. Plus, she'd have to buy separate copies for each new textbook the school purchased. The Readingpens seemed like a
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