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Visual and Audio Cookbooks!

Posted February 13, 2017 By Lee Learson

Cooking is a fun and practical activity for everyone and an opportunity to not only increase independence, but also to put basic academic skills to use in a functional way. Determining what is needed, obtaining the ingredients and following directions to put it together are all important steps.

It not only allows individuals to be more independent, it also gives them an opportunity to put other skills like shopping and basic math to practical use. Using these skills in a real life situation, like cooking, can build self-confidence and self-reliance. And it’s fun! There will be spills and general messiness but the end result is worth it (and tasty too!).  

The following are some wonderful visual and audio cookbooks and links to on-line recipes to help you get you started. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Hearing Aid Comparison Guide

Posted January 27, 2017 By Lee Learson

If you, a family member or someone you know is considering hearing aids, where to start is often daunting. Consumer Affairs* (www.consumeraffairs.com ) has recently published a consumer resource about the Best Hearing Aids for 2017. The guide includes brand comparisons, important features, different types and hundreds of verified consumer reviews.

Over 36 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss, and hearing aids – small sound amplification devices worn inside or around a person’s ear – are one of the most common ways people manage it. Today, the need for hearing aids is growing as more people are diagnosed with hearing loss each year.

 While there are many types of hearing aids and many causes of hearing loss, the purpose of a hearing aid is always the same: to amplify sound and improve the wearer’s quality of life. Hearing aids can vary in placement, features and pricing. The guide does a good job of comparing these products. The reviews from consumers and experts are useful, informative and a good resource as you begin to investigate the possibilities in this expanding market.

 *Please note that Consumer Affairs is not a government agency and charges a fee to companies to become accredited.

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Mathematica Builds Resources for Educators! With teachers and students back in school, finding educational interventions that help students succeed just got easier with the redesigned What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) website. Mathematica developed key features of the new site, a trusted source of evidence for educators, including a tool that lets users Find What Works. Find What Works helps identify programs, products, practices, and policies, and with the strongest evidence of effectiveness positively affecting student outcomes—an increasingly important goal in the era of evidence-based decision making. The powerful search function allows users to sort and filter their searches by gender, race and ethnicity, school setting, and grade level, and to compare interventions to find the right fit for their students. Read the remainder of this entry »

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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.

Here’s an example of what’s available on the site… Read the remainder of this entry »

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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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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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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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New assistive technology website launched by Perkins

Posted May 18, 2016 By Lee Learson

Byline: Alix Hackett

Paths to Technology website from Perkins eLearning will help teachers, parents and students understand and use the best new technology. Assistive technology has opened up exciting new methods of learning for students who are blind. Photo Credit: Anna Miller. For teachers of the visually impaired, assistive technology has transformed the classroom, opening up exciting new methods of learning for students of all ages and abilities. Read the remainder of this entry »

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Looking For a Great Summer Camping Experience?

Posted April 13, 2016 By Lee Learson

If you’re thinking about a summer camp… now’s the time to find one! I’ve put together a list of a few camps and some links to more comprehensive camp lists. These camps cater to both kids and adults, some are disability specific and some are more general. Finding the right camp can be difficult but hopefully these lists and links will help narrow the field! Read the remainder of this entry »

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