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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 […]

“Seeing AI”: A New App from Microsoft

While the number of apps for folks with visual impairments that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ubiquitous “cloud” continues to grow, Microsoft’s latest entry, Seeing AI, may be a game changer. According to Business Insider magazine, Microsoft first showed off the prototype over a year ago, but released the official version this week. According […]

Amazon Video Announces Support for Audio Description

American Counsel for the Blind and The Audio Description Project are pleased to announce with Amazon Video the availability of AUDIO DESCRIBED movies and TV shows — over 125 of them initially!  The ADP website now lists 117 movies and 10 Amazon-produced TV shows, all with audio description tracks.  Sample movie titles include: Alice Through […]

Readtopia is Live!

By Don Johnston It has been a long time coming, and a work of deep passion for students with autism and complex needs. When you see it, you will see this passion, and it will become apparent that this is something special in our work to transform education for individuals with disabilities.   What is […]

Free Online Math Tools for High School You Haven’t Heard of, But Should Totally Be Using

Written by Keith Lambert, Education World Associate Contributing Editor. Lambert is an English / Language Arts teacher in Connecticut (Reprint from Education World) In the new age of technology and the push for 21st century skills in our classrooms, it’s easy for teachers to feel intimidated. New tech appears every day, but “new” tech doesn’t always […]

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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 […]

Easy Guide To Creating Accessible Content With Microsoft Office Products

Many of us use Microsoft Office products on a daily basis. Writing documents, creating spreadsheets, sending and receiving emails, and creating and presenting presentations is a part of everyone’s life. Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint makes things easier for us! Although it is important that we present good content in attractive, easy, and readable formats, […]

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Awards Second Annual High Impact Innovative Assistive Technology Grants

The Reeve Foundation has awarded seven grants focused on exceptional access to assistive equipment and technology, totaling to $520,996.  Massachusetts, Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Illinois, Virginia and Kentucky have received support for their innovative assistive technology programs. For details….. read on