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ConnSENSE is sad to report the passing of our founder Chauncy Rucker.

The ConnSENSE Report (formerly the ConnSENSE Bulletin) began in 1984 by Chauncy Rucker, Ph.D. Dr. Rucker, Professor Emeritus of the University of Connecticut, served as director of the Assistive Technology graduate program. He is a former president of the Technology and Media (TAM) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children and is the author of […]

4 Expert Tips for Getting Your EdTech Budget Approved

By Alec Sears (Reprint from EmergingEdTech) Experts Weight in on Critical Steps for Getting Those Budget Requests Approved… Proper training and education are vital to success in today’s world. Everyone from students to employees need effective, efficient learning processes to help guarantee continued growth. And whether it’s a K-12 school, local college, major state university, […]

Apps and Tools That Will Help You Develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

Reprint from The Tech Edvocate What makes an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) unique is that it is designed for younger children and is family-oriented. An IFSP is a document that outlines a plan for young children who need early intervention services. It is customized for each child, as well as including a plan for […]

Summer travel time is here and… there’s an app for that!

The following are some apps that can help travelers with disabilities smooth the way. Google Maps (iOS and Android) has an option for “wheelchair access” To access the “wheelchair accessible” routes, type your desired destination into Google Maps. Tap “Directions” then select the public transportation icon. Then tap “Options” and under the Routes section, you’ll […]

Microsoft – Bringing our accessibility awareness game today and every day

By: Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Microsoft announces new technology and resources for people with disabilities. The goal of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about accessibility. For us, it’s also about digging deep into how technology can empower the 1 billion people worldwide who have disabilities. Not only is it […]

How Tech is Revolutionizing Care for People With Dementia

By John Ramsay for ItProPortal Innovations in technology are helping support workforces across the globe to become more efficient and alleviate the stress felt by workers. A prime example of this is the introduction of augmented reality to the property industry, as it allows individuals to view their furniture in a properly without physically moving […]

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is Microsoft’s answer to gamers with limited mobility

By Cal Jeffrey (Techspot) Microsoft just announced a new controller for the Xbox One that will bring accessibility to gaming for those with a variety of disabilities. It is called the Xbox Adaptive Controller (XAC), and its design is not like anything you have ever seen. It looks a bit like a dual-turntable device that […]

Apple’s Everyone Can Code Curriculum Expanding to Schools Serving Blind and Deaf Students

By: Joe Rossignol (MacRumors Newsletter) Apple announced that its Everyone Can Code curriculum is expanding to schools serving deaf, blind, or visually impaired students, starting with various locations in the United States in the fall. Initial list of participating schools: California School for the Blind (Fremont, CA) California School for the Deaf (Fremont, CA) District […]

Bringing our accessibility awareness game today and every day

By:  Jenny Lay-Flurrie – Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer Today we celebrate the seventh annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day and announce new technology and resources for people with disabilities. The goal of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about accessibility. For us, it’s also about digging deep into how technology can empower the […]

Microsoft wants to use AI to help people with disabilities

By Devindra Hardawar (Engadget) One of Microsoft’s biggest announcements at Build this year is all about using artificial intelligence for social good. Through the new AI for Accessibility program, Microsoft has committed $25 million over the next five years to helping people with disabilities worldwide (a figure that currently sits at over one billion, according […]