A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services by CAST

Posted September 27, 2016 By Lee Learson

CAST has announced it’s new publication of “Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services” by CAST Professional Publishing. The book contains much of the information provided on the QIAT website in a comprehensive, concise format with everything in one place.  Other benefits are the inclusion of a research base for the Read the remainder of this entry »

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ShortcutWorld.com is an open, wiki-style Reference Database for Keyboard Shortcuts. Using Keyboard Shortcuts on a daily basis is the mother of all productivity techniques. With this project, ShortcutWorld.com is building an open Hotkey Reference Database with the goal to cover as many Applications on as many Platforms and in as many Languages as possible.

Their goal is to get millions of users out there to be more productive. Please read the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more how the site works and how you can contribute.

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ATIA 2017: Network, Learn, Volunteer!

Posted September 12, 2016 By Lee Learson

ATIA 2017 will be here sooner than you think and now you can start planning your conference experience. The ATIA 2017 online session directory is live! Browse the education sessions you can attend and register by September 30 to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount and the early risk-free cancellation policy.

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App Ed Review was born when Dr. Todd Cherner was teaching a graduate-level literacy class at Coastal Carolina University. As part of that class, Todd set aside time for “app-etizers” that were mini-lessons about apps. Because the school district where the majority of his students worked provided each of them an iPad to use in their classroom, Todd’s students were very interested in these mini-lessons. Then, during one of these app-etizers, a student asked him, “What makes an app good to use in the classroom?” Read the remainder of this entry »

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BeSpoke™ Voices for Millions Who Cannot Speak

Posted August 26, 2016 By Lee Learson

VocaliD Launches First Personalized Digital Voices for Assistive Devices Company.

BELMONT, Mass/PRNewswire/ — VocaliD, Inc., a speech technology company that creates personalized digital voices for those living with voicelessness, launched its online BeSpoke™ voice studio.  The announcement was made at the Biennial Conference of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) in Toronto.

Supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, VocaliD’s innovation is based on a discovery by Founder and CEO Dr. Rupal Patel and her colleagues that even a single vowel contains enough “vocal DNA” to seed the voice personalization process.

The BeSpoke™ process captures a recipient’s unique vocal identity and blends it with recordings from a healthy speaker — matched by gender, age and accent — within the company’s Voicebank of 14,000+ contributors. This blended voice is then used in the recipient’s electronic communications device — creating a BeSpoke™ voice. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Start Students’ Year with Inspiring Math Messages and Creative Learning Opportunities.

‘Week of Inspirational Math’ provides teachers, parents and students with five days of content-rich lessons and motivational videos

To help students in grades K-12 approach math with creativity and enjoyment, youcubed, a Stanford University center that provides research-based resources for teaching and learning mathematics, has released a series of free lessons in time for back to school. The Week of Inspirational Math (WiM) lesson series for teachers, parents, and students includes five lessons that offer students open, rich mathematics experiences that inspire creative thinking and a growth mindset. The lessons are accompanied by five motivational videos created by Stanford professor Jo Boaler and her undergraduate students. Read the remainder of this entry »

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An Icon-based watch – The Octopus by Joy

Posted June 27, 2016 By Lee Learson

Octopus is the first icon-based watch that teaches kids good habits and the concept of time. Octopus by Joy

  • It’s a watch. It gives the time with icons, making it the first clock that young kids can actually read and understand. It helps children conceptually link time to events.

  • It’s a scheduler for children, which helps foster responsibility, independence and self-esteem. Parents can program visual reminders from their smartphone that pop up on the kid’s watch (icon+vibration).

  • It’s an assistant that helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines. It provides tips and personal notes. It also reminds you to remind your kids!

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MoneyGeek has posted some comprehensive information for increasing independence and productivity with everyday activities like driving and independent living.

The first is a resource related to driving. It includes information and costs related to vehicle adaption, insurance and funding resources. The second is information on getting a mortgage and home modifications. It also includes average costs for home modifications and funding resources. The third is a resource for workers with disabilities.

So if you drive, own a home or looking to buy a home, work or are looking for work, the following are worth checking out! Read the remainder of this entry »

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ATIA – New Summer/Fall Webinars

Posted June 15, 2016 By Lee Learson

ATIA has just announced its summer/fall webinar lineup! The all-new lineup features a range of AT topics, including proposed rules on website accessibility, switch activities for independence, and apps to assist with memory tasks. The following are just some of the great opportunities available to you to advance your AT skills in 2016. Read the remainder of this entry »

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An Interactive Visual Framework for History!

Posted May 23, 2016 By Lee Learson

TimeMaps specialize in map-based history timelines. The “Time-Map” concept was originally conceived to offer a visual framework for history topics. A map combined with a timeline lets users see where an event is happening, both in time and space.

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