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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 […]

How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Assistive Technology

By Matthew Lynch (The Tech Edvocate) The advances in technology could mean more for society than just new educational technology and virtual reality video games. People with disabilities are finding innovative ways to put artificial intelligence to work with their current conditions. As the science improves, assistive technology will continue producing new and improved platforms […]

13 Chrome Accessibility Tools You Probably Don’t Know About

written by Steph Fiorelli (Promevo) Google is committed to bringing the best tech to all their users, including users with disabilities. Through assistive technology on Chrome devices and G Suite, and by supporting accessibility-based Chrome extensions, Google is making sure that all are welcome and able to use their products. Here are some of the […]

Searching Apps Made Fast and Easy

Knicket is a filter and tag based app search engine that enables the user to find the best apps and games in the app jungle. It works with an asynchronous database to provide a near real-time search experience. Knicket allows you to search the app world in depth, before downloading or purchasing an app. This […]

Visual and Audio Cookbooks

Looking for last minute gift ideas? 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 […]

Home Mods! Ideas, Resources & Funding

Reprint From Home Advisor Every year, more Americans living with disabilities are able to call themselves homeowners. Thanks to support and legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), having a home to call one’s own is now an achievable dream for more people than ever before. For many individuals, purchasing a home is […]

Ultimate Guide to Traveling with Disabilities

Reprint from ” Champion Traveler “ About 56.7 million United States citizens are living with a disability, according to the most recent national census. While traveling can be a lot of fun with new memories made, it is important to make sure wherever you travel to can accommodate if you have a disability. Luckily, there […]

Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans

Written by: Jen Crozier When it comes to education, data shows that deep knowledge and practical skills in science and math levels the playing field of opportunity for a diverse population of young people, regardless of zip code. Despite the fact that success in math in the elementary grades connects directly to achievement across all […]

Accessibility, Assessments, Text Readers and EL Exit Decisions

The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) released four resources for special education teachers, administrators and advocates. Educators Experiences With and Attitudes Towards Accessibility Features and Accommodations explores results of a survey about educators’ familiarity with and attitudes toward accessibility features and accommodations. Most respondents reported that they work with students who use accessibility accommodations, which they believe […]

Involving Teens and Young Adults in Selecting Assistive Technology

The Center on Technology and Disability has a new resource paper out on selecting assistive technology with students and young adults. This resource helps families to get teens and young adults involved in learning about and selecting assistive technology. An important goal for older students is to understand the areas in which technology can support them in […]