Looking for great story creating apps? Here’s a rundown (with links) of some of the best! Story telling is a great way to encourage kids to write and hear themselves speak too. It provides an opportunity for kids to be imaginative and creative while learning the foundations of writing and storytelling. Creating their own stories can be used not only for telling stories about events, but for writing social stories, sequencing daily living skills, creating schedules and so much more. The following are just a few of the wide variety of story creating apps available. Read the remainder of this entry »
By Glenda Hampton Anderson, Education/Assistive Technology Consultant.
As stated by Cari Jean, “It’s no secret that kids love toys. They see a new one on a television advertisement and tell their parents, “I want that!” If kids had their way, they would have every toy imaginable. Toys can be a great way for kids to use motor skills, to learn to play by themselves and to learn to share with others. But what happens when children do not have the required skills to play with their toys? Kids with special needs may not be able to play with many of the mainstream toys available. That’s why there is a market for adaptive toys for special needs children.” Read the remainder of this entry »
By Aaron Boyd, Federal Times
Five years after the administration instituted the Cloud First policy, federal agencies across the government are buying in to cloud computing at an accelerated pace. But, when it comes to the government, progress can’t mean leaving people behind.
ATIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. ATIM modules are available at no cost and fee based certificate and credit options are coming soon.
Earn Professional Development Certificates
Now available! It’s simple to earn professional development certificates using ATIM. Certificates verify your participation and completion of modules.
Earn Graduate Credit
Now available! Earn graduate credit – ATIM makes it easy. ATIM graduate credit courses are self-paced take place entirely online. No face-to-face meetings are required. Read the remainder of this entry »
Have you checked out this website? http://www.aboutthepact.com/what/ ! Phyl T. Macomber, M.S. ATP has developed “The 4 Language-Based Modules of T.H.E. P.A.C.T: Building Comprehension to Improve Expression”
T.H.E. P.A.C.T. is:
- a research-Based 4-Step Teaching Framework
- Bridges the Gap Between General Education & Special Education
- Provides a Blueprint for Universal Design for Learning
- Systemizes Instruction for Learners & Teaching Staff
- Directly Aligned to the Common Core Standards
Her site provides webinars, access to Read the remainder of this entry »
ATIA also offers an Online Professional Development Subscription program designed to provide affordable access to ATIA’s webinar series. Check out February offerings… Read the remainder of this entry »
The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service on-line resource center offers a wide variety of publications, scholarly products and materials, technical assistance, and other dissemination activities (in partnership with other agencies and organizations, local, statewide and national) for students, professionals and individuals with disabilities and their families. You can find these under their Current and Active Projects as well as Completed Projects pages.
The center’s library contains over 2,000 books and multimedia materials that deal with specific developmental disabilities such as Asperger’s syndrome, autism, and Down Syndrome, plus the education, employment, health, and rights of people with disabilities. To find out more visit their site at http://www.uconnucedd.org/index.html .
TITLE: Improving home and school access to text and writing supports for students with visual impairments, physical disabilities or severe learning disabilities.
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this three session webinar series is to share information about the free federally funded program Bookshare, which allows access to books and Read the remainder of this entry »
Strategies for Assistive Technology Negotiations adapted from an Advocacy Institute presentation on Assistive Technology by Dave Edyburn, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – See more at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/at.strat.edyburn.htm#sthash.7O7j0Dne.dpuf
USA TechGuide is a web guide to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and assistive technology choices. You can read and submit wheelchair reviews, mobility scooter reviews, wheelchair cushion reviews, standing device reviews, and search The TechGuide for all types of assistive equipment. http://www.usatechguide.org/index.php
3D Printing & AT: Check out the possibilities! 3-D printers are revolutionizing assistive design. 3-D printers have printed everything from a robotic suit that has enabled an individual who is paralyzed from the waist down to walk to jar openers. Where this will take the field of assistive technology devices will is continuing evolve. Another encouraging aspect to the emerging 3D printing community is that many designs are shared freely through many sites adopting the principles of the Open Source community.
AAC technology changes fast. Medicare policy? Not so much.
In this article reprinted from AT Program News, Amy Goldman provides context and analyses of Medicare’s struggle to respond to changing times.
2014 has been a critical year for how Medicare handles its coverage of SGDs, and the result has been significant impact on individuals with complex communication needs. Currently Read the remainder of this entry »