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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Posted April 30, 2017 By Lee Learson

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month!  In celebration, OSEP’s Early Childhood Assistive Technology Model Demonstration grantees and Center on Technology and Disability is partnering with the Office of Head Start’s Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative to join the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in celebrating this year’s theme “Communication:  The Key to Connection.”  Throughout the month of May, ASHA partners with national and local stakeholders to engage in a multifaceted public education campaign to raise awareness about the critical need to intervene early when young children are identified with communication disorders.  The Coffee Break Webinars will focus on Read the remainder of this entry »

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Readtopia™ Coming Soon!

Posted April 24, 2017 By Lee Learson

Don Johnston, Inc. will be releasing Readtopia and make learning to read an experience! Readtopia™ is a comprehensive reading curriculum for middle and high school students with autism and other complex needs. It brings first-hand experiential learning into the classroom—teaching students standards-aligned social studies, ELA, and science content.

For many, reading is not a natural act, but everyone naturally derives learning from first-hand experience. The purpose of Readtopia is to bring first-hand experiential learning into the classroom, so students can bridge the gap between learning through reading, and learning through experiencing.

In so doing it taps students’ natural learning capabilities, and channel them into reading capabilities so students can begin to more fully participate both in school and in life. Readtopia takes students on-location throughout the world as they learn to read through original video, activities, and graphic novels. Read the remainder of this entry »

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By Shelby Rogers (Interesting Engineering)

A new pair of glasses could help revolutionize computer usage in those with restricted mobility. The tech startup GlassOuse uses a modified pair of glasses to help people with no hands or no usage of their hands use technology.

Millions of people suffer from debilitating physical disabilities around the world. From amputations to strokes to neurological injury, these disabilities force people to reconfigure their lives. For someone who can’t use his hands, technology can be one of the most challenging aspects of a new life. Constantly texting on phones, researching online, or even posting a simple Tweet become infinitely more difficult. The company notes that over 30 million people can’t use their smart devices due to their disability. GlassOuse looks to be the universal device to assist with almost any technological need someone could have.

The glasses track head movement to move the cursor accordingly. A durable bite part clicks on whatever someone needs. The clicker is sensitive enough to register small bites yet durable enough to withstand more pressure. The battery cell can be used for up to 15 days of usage without a need for recharge. The app connects to Android and iOS systems as well as Windows PCs, Macs and Linus PCs.

GlassOuse founder Mehmet Turker has an immensely personal connection to the product. Read the remainder of this entry »

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A 12-Credit Online Graduate Certificate Program

Posted March 18, 2017 By Lee Learson

The University of Connecticut (UConn) A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD), in partnership with the UConn School of Medicine Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, is offering an online graduate-level Disability Studies in Public Health Online Graduate Certificate.

Program Description:

The Disability Studies in Public Health program examines the multiple aspects of public health, health care, society, culture, politics, economics, history, legislation, education, and social attitudes that impact people living with disabilities. The 4 courses (3-credits each) that comprise the Disability in Public Health program (12-credits total) are:

  • Foundations of Public Health and Disability
  • Epidemiology of Disability
  • Disability Law, Policy, Ethics, and Advocacy
  • Public Health Interventions in Disability

As an online program, the Disability Studies in Public Health courses are offered year-round, and the full, 12-credit program can be completed in as little as one year. Students must earn Read the remainder of this entry »

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Gift Giving Guide for Kids with Special Needs

Posted November 28, 2016 By Lee Learson
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 »

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5 ways the cloud complicates accessibility

Posted May 18, 2016 By Lee Learson

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.

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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 »

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T.H.E. P.A.C.T. & Teaching Tip Tuesday

Posted February 9, 2015 By Lee Learson

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 »

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Upcoming ATIA Webinars

Posted February 9, 2015 By Lee Learson

ATIA webinars provide participants with high-quality professional development on assistive technology from home or office, 24/7, ( Read More about ATIA Webinars ).

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 »

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UConn Ucedd… On-line Resource Center

Posted February 8, 2015 By Lee Learson

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 .

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