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CSUN Conference Sessions!

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Going to CSUN AT Conference next week in sunny San Diego? Don't miss the phenomenal presentations by Lyndon Dunbar & Alyssa Marinaccio from AT for Ed and Access4Employment! In addition to expert knowledge, there will be raffles at each session for iPad apps and iTunes cards! Sessions include iPad apps for Blind & Low Vision users in the Workplace; Successful Transition to College, AT Options, Awareness& Advocacy; and iPad apps for Struggling Readers & Writers, check out the infohttp://www.csun.edu/…/index.p…/public/presentations/view/144

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Going to CSUN AT Conference next week in sunny San Diego? Don't miss the phenomenal presentations by Lyndon Dunbar & Alyssa Marinaccio from AT for Ed and Access4Employment! In addition to expert knowledge, there will be raffles at each session for iPad apps and iTunes cards! Sessions include iPad apps for Blind & Low Vision users in the Workplace; Successful Transition to College, AT Options, Awareness& Advocacy; and iPad apps for Struggling Readers & Writers, check out the info http://www.csun.edu/…/index.p…/public/presentations/view/144

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FREE webinar tonight, 2/3/15, 7pm, Access to AEM, Who, Why, How, Accessible Educational Materials

FREE webinar tonight, 2/3/15, 7pm, Access to AEM, Who, Why, How, Accessible Educational Materials | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Diana Petschauer and Luis Perez on Access to AEM: The Who, Why and How. (Accessible Educational Materials)

What is AEM? (Formerly AIM)

Who Qualifies and Why?

Who is responsible for providing AEM? (IDEA)

How to Access AEM, Free and Low Cost Solutions and Assistive Technology demonstrations!

Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16uJ5e2TS9qU6DuBdf1VkeiXu90Yba0UKYACGGPTSA_A/viewform?c=0&w=1


A recording will be provided.

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Diana Petschauer and Luis Perez on Access to AEM: The Who, Why and How. (Accessible Educational Materials)

What is AEM? (Formerly AIM)

Who Qualifies and Why?

Who is responsible for providing AEM? (IDEA)

How to Access AEM, Free and Low Cost Solutions and Assistive Technology demonstrations!

Register Here: http://goo.gl/forms/4vGncWgPxs 

Presenter Information Here: http://setsig.iste.wikispaces.net/Professional+Development


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Voice Dream Writer

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Voice Dream Writer App released today! Phenomenal support from the developer of Voice Dream Reader app! Text-To-Speech Proofreading; Word Finder. 

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Voice Dream Writer helps you find the right words using phonetic search and meaning search. For example, search for “inuf” phonetically, and you will find “enough”, and search for “Fast Africa Cat” by meaning and you will find “Cheetah.” Outline. As you write, Voice Dream Writer automatically creates an outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. Check out all of the supportive features, including incredible support for Voice Over Users! An excellent video tutorial is here: 

http://www.voicedream.com/writer/


Contact AT for Education for training: http://assistivetechnologyforeducation.com/


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Voice Dream Reader

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Voice Dream Reader App on Sale for Half Price through 1/4/14!  Phenomenal app for individuals and students with learning disabilities, low vision, or Dyslexia to access textbooks, learning materials (handouts/ worksheets), research materials, chapter books, etc. https://itunes.apple.com/…/voice-dream-reader-t…/id496177674


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Worth its weight in gold! https://itunes.apple.com/app/voice-dream-reader-text-to/id496177674


Connect to Bookshare, Google Drive, and Dropbox, as well as Evernote!  Phenomenal app for individuals and students with learning disabilities, low vision, or Dyslexia to access textbooks, learning materials (handouts/ worksheets), research materials, chapter books, etc. https://itunes.apple.com/…/voice-dream-reader-t…/id496177674


The consultants at Assistive Technology for Education and Access4Employment provide hands-on training and live webinar training to use this apps to the greatest potential to access education / curriculum as well as workplace documents.

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Diana Petschauer's comment, December 29, 2014 10:25 PM
Correction, good through 1/4/15, Happy New Year :)
Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, December 30, 2014 11:10 AM

Here's something that you'll want to know about - this app, Voice Dream Reader, is such an excellent tool to support voiced reading of any text on iOS systems - and you can get it for half price through 1/4/15.  Happy New Year!

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, December 30, 2014 11:13 AM

A really great tool for iOS systems - offers complete access through voice to any text - and half price through 1/4/15.  Check it out, and HNY!!

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Top 5 iPad apps for Struggling Readers & Writers-Free Webinar! 12/16/14, 4:00pm CT

Top 5 iPad apps for Struggling Readers & Writers-Free Webinar! 12/16/14, 4:00pm CT | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

The Top 5 iPad apps for Struggling Readers & Writers, FREE WEBINAR! 12/16/14 at 4:00pm Central Time. 

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There are many apps available to support struggling learners in the classroom. This webinar will present the top 5 apps to get you started, to help you support your struggling student immediately. These apps support access to textbooks, research, and learning materials, as well as support for reading, writing, and completing homework. Apps to support literacy and executive functioning, including text to speech, voice recognition (speech to text), accessible textbooks and learning materials, word prediction, note taking, audio recording, mind-mapping and scheduling/ reminders. You will learn realistic application and implementation to begin using in your classroom today! iPad accessibility features (built-in) will also be discussed.

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https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=3w527s1ws48i

 

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Event Info Page

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Time for a TechCheck—Assessing the Accessibility of Your Workplace Technology-FREE WEBINAR from PEAT

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Monday, November 10, 2014 02:00:00 PM EST - 03:00:00 PM EST

Many employers know they should ensure the technology in their workplace is accessible, but not everyone knows how to get started. Join PEAT's Jim Tobias for an overview of TechCheck, a free, interactive tool that helps organizations evaluate their accessible technology efforts and find tools to develop them further. More info and Registration Here



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Chrome apps & extensions to support struggling learners- Going Google! FREE webinar from RESNA

Chrome apps & extensions to support struggling learners- Going Google! FREE webinar from RESNA | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Many schools are discovering the use of the free Chrome Browser, and free apps and extensions in the Chrome browser to support education and learning. How do you support your struggling students? 

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Many schools are discovering the use of the free Chrome Browser, and free apps and extensions in the Chrome browser to support education and learning. How do you support your struggling students? This webinar will present several apps and extensions to support literacy and executive function, and they are free to download right in the Chrome web store. If your students are using laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or a tablet (android or windows), Chrome apps and extensions can support them on their device in the classroom and at home to read, write, research, complete assignments, organize, complete assignments and more. These apps and extensions are useful for students in 3rd grade through post-secondary.

Register Here:

http://www.resna.org/professional-development/webinars/chrome-apps-extensions-support-struggling-learners-going-google


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AnnC's curator insight, November 4, 2014 12:39 PM

These Google apps can help readers and writers who struggle.  They cannot be used on iPads or iOS devices.

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A look at the Technology of the Future Classroom

A look at the Technology of the Future Classroom | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
A look at the Technology of the Future Classroom

Via TechinBiz
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I look forward to this technology as it evolves, though it needs to be accessible to all learners and individuals ( text to speech, tactile, descriptive, sensory output, etc). 

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Stewart Dunn's curator insight, September 30, 2014 6:19 PM

looks good  

 

CTD Institute's curator insight, December 24, 2014 9:16 AM

The technology itself seems great but the context, the traditional F2F classroom, seems rather odd. Having the 3D possibility, why would individuals "go" to a F2F classroom? 

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2014 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo

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Join us 10/27-10/28 in Tupper Lake, NY, 2014 Adirondack AT Conference

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AT for Education will be presenting iPad apps for Struggling Readers & Writers

http://www.adkabilities.com/Pages/2014ATexpo.aspx

2014 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo
October 27 & 28, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Wild Center
Tupper Lake, New York

Brought to you by:
ADK Abilities
Clarkson University
North Country Assistive Technology Network
Don Johnston, Inc.
RJ Cooper & Associates
C Tech, Inc.
TextHelp, Inc.
Assistive Technology for Education
Monroe Wheelchair
Dynavox Inc.
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iOS 8 New Accessibility Features

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Detailed Description of new iOS 8 Accessibility Features!

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Great Description, I hope all of these new features work well from the onset!

Now that you have the iOS 8 upgrade checklist, here are some new features of iOS 8 that we thought you may like.

Switch Control
Switch Control is an accessibility feature that was first introduced in iOS 7. Switch Control gives a user the ability to control almost any aspect of their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with one or two external switches. Here are a few of the important changes that we’ve noticed in iOS 8.

Scanning Pop-up Menu
When scanning and a switch is clicked, a pop-up menu of options appears on the screen. There are two important changes to this pop-up menu.

The amount of options that initially shows on screen has changed. In the initial click state, fewer options are presented to the user; typically Tap and one or two other options that would apply to the object that has been selected. The user can then scan to a second menu/screen of options. Overall, the amount of options available to the user has not decreased, but the logic behind how they are displayed has changed.

Inside of the menu, when there are multiple rows of options, only the row that is selected is highlighted/active. The other rows of options are grayed out until the scan reaches them.Gliding Cursor Speed
The speed of the gliding cursor has been greatly reduced at the lowest setting. In iOS 8 it takes approximately 15-seconds for the gliding cursor to get from one side of the screen to the other versus just 5-seconds in iOS 7. This slower speed will help individuals who are unable to react as quickly as other users.Bluetooth Pairing
There has been a slight change to the Bluetooth Pairing menu within the settings app. In iOS 7 all Bluetooth devices would show up in a section called My Devices and have the status of Connected, Not Connected, or Not Paired. In iOS 8, under My Devices, you only see devices that have previously been paired or are currently paired with the iDevice. For other devices that could potentially pair with that iDevice, they now show up under a section called Other Devices. This is important for anyone trying to pair the Blue2 Bluetooth Switch with their iDevice for the first time.Assistive Touch Enhancements
Access to the Notification Center and Control Center has been added to Assistive Touch.Word Prediction
Better word prediction is now integrated into iOS 8. Simply start typing and iOS 8 will recommend your next word based on your writing style and past messages. Word recommendations appear at the top of the keyboard and are easy for switch users to scan to and select.Third-Party Keyboards
A new API for developers is available to allow third-party keyboards to be used on iOS devices. This opens the door for more accessible on-screen keyboards to be created.Speak Screen
When Speak Screen is turned on, a two-finger swipe from the top of the screen will start a screen reader that will read back everything available on that screen. This is similar to the Speak Selection feature found in previous versions of iOS, but it will now read the entire screen instead of just a small selection.Alex
Alex is a new high-quality U.S. English voice that delivers natural sounding speech. Alex works well with the Speak Screen feature.Grayscale Screen
In addition to the Invert Colors feature, a new Grayscale feature has been added so that all screens on the iDevice show up in grayscale. Note that if you are using your device with an Apple TV, the grayscale screen will only show on the iDevice and not on the Apple TV.Zoom
The zoom options in iOS 8 have been greatly expanded to give the user more controlZoom Region
You can now select to have a movable zoom window on the screen or zoom the entire like previous versions of iOS. The zoom region (movable zoom window) can be resized to meet the users needs.Zoom Controller 
The zoom controller is a menu that appears on screen that gives you control of the zoom without having to go back into the Settings App.Zoom Level 
You can adjust zoom level from 1X to 15X.Guided Access Enhancements
Guided Access was introduced in iOS 6 and allows a user to lock an iDevice into a single app. With iOS 8, you can now set time limits on how long an app is locked and unlock Guided Access using Touch ID.Family Sharing
The key feature of Family Sharing is that up to six “family members” can share iTunes, iBooks, and app purchases.iMessage Enhancement
Within iMessage, you can now easily send live voice messages from within the iMessage app by simply selecting the microphone icon.Health App and HealthKit
The Health App and HealthKit API are going to make it easier for third-party app and hardware developers to track fitness and health data in one place on your iDevice. In addition, future Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, will be able to capture fitness and health data.HomeKit
The HomeKit API will enable third-party developers to better integrate their home automation hardware and apps with Apple devices. HomeKit will also make it easier for home automation devices to talk to each other and work in harmony. Because of this better integration, native accessibility features should be more widely available for users with disabilities and expand the amount of consumer options that are available for them to use.
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Now that you have the iOS 8 upgrade checklist, here are some new features of iOS 8 that we thought you may like.

Switch Control
Switch Control is an accessibility feature that was first introduced in iOS 7. Switch Control gives a user the ability to control almost any aspect of their iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with one or two external switches. Here are a few of the important changes that we’ve noticed in iOS 8.

Scanning Pop-up Menu
When scanning and a switch is clicked, a pop-up menu of options appears on the screen. There are two important changes to this pop-up menu.

The amount of options that initially shows on screen has changed. In the initial click state, fewer options are presented to the user; typically Tap and one or two other options that would apply to the object that has been selected. The user can then scan to a second menu/screen of options. Overall, the amount of options available to the user has not decreased, but the logic behind how they are displayed has changed.

Inside of the menu, when there are multiple rows of options, only the row that is selected is highlighted/active. The other rows of options are grayed out until the scan reaches them.Gliding Cursor Speed
The speed of the gliding cursor has been greatly reduced at the lowest setting. In iOS 8 it takes approximately 15-seconds for the gliding cursor to get from one side of the screen to the other versus just 5-seconds in iOS 7. This slower speed will help individuals who are unable to react as quickly as other users.Bluetooth Pairing
There has been a slight change to the Bluetooth Pairing menu within the settings app. In iOS 7 all Bluetooth devices would show up in a section called My Devices and have the status of Connected, Not Connected, or Not Paired. In iOS 8, under My Devices, you only see devices that have previously been paired or are currently paired with the iDevice. For other devices that could potentially pair with that iDevice, they now show up under a section called Other Devices. This is important for anyone trying to pair the Blue2 Bluetooth Switch with their iDevice for the first time.Assistive Touch Enhancements
Access to the Notification Center and Control Center has been added to Assistive Touch.Word Prediction
Better word prediction is now integrated into iOS 8. Simply start typing and iOS 8 will recommend your next word based on your writing style and past messages. Word recommendations appear at the top of the keyboard and are easy for switch users to scan to and select.Third-Party Keyboards
A new API for developers is available to allow third-party keyboards to be used on iOS devices. This opens the door for more accessible on-screen keyboards to be created.Speak Screen
When Speak Screen is turned on, a two-finger swipe from the top of the screen will start a screen reader that will read back everything available on that screen. This is similar to the Speak Selection feature found in previous versions of iOS, but it will now read the entire screen instead of just a small selection.Alex
Alex is a new high-quality U.S. English voice that delivers natural sounding speech. Alex works well with the Speak Screen feature.Grayscale Screen
In addition to the Invert Colors feature, a new Grayscale feature has been added so that all screens on the iDevice show up in grayscale. Note that if you are using your device with an Apple TV, the grayscale screen will only show on the iDevice and not on the Apple TV.Zoom
The zoom options in iOS 8 have been greatly expanded to give the user more controlZoom Region
You can now select to have a movable zoom window on the screen or zoom the entire like previous versions of iOS. The zoom region (movable zoom window) can be resized to meet the users needs.Zoom Controller 
The zoom controller is a menu that appears on screen that gives you control of the zoom without having to go back into the Settings App.Zoom Level 
You can adjust zoom level from 1X to 15X.Guided Access Enhancements
Guided Access was introduced in iOS 6 and allows a user to lock an iDevice into a single app. With iOS 8, you can now set time limits on how long an app is locked and unlock Guided Access using Touch ID.Family Sharing
The key feature of Family Sharing is that up to six “family members” can share iTunes, iBooks, and app purchases.iMessage Enhancement
Within iMessage, you can now easily send live voice messages from within the iMessage app by simply selecting the microphone icon.Health App and HealthKit
The Health App and HealthKit API are going to make it easier for third-party app and hardware developers to track fitness and health data in one place on your iDevice. In addition, future Apple devices, like the Apple Watch, will be able to capture fitness and health data.HomeKit
The HomeKit API will enable third-party developers to better integrate their home automation hardware and apps with Apple devices. HomeKit will also make it easier for home automation devices to talk to each other and work in harmony. Because of this better integration, native accessibility features should be more widely available for users with disabilities and expand the amount of consumer options that are available for them to use.

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iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math

iPad® Apps for Students Struggling with Reading, Writing & Math | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Join Diana as she walks you through the built-in accessibility features of the iPad and demonstrates the apps live for you to view and follow along. You will see the features of the apps, along with the gestures and how to use the apps. Learn realistic implementation methods to use immediately with students.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

In today’s workshop you will learn about the best iPad apps for students who have difficulty with reading and/or writing, including challenges with math! Apps that are useful for related therapists such as OT, SLP, and Reading Specialists will also be demonstrated. For students who struggle with a print disability due to Dyslexia, specific LD, executive function, difficulties processing, low vision, blindness, or physical disabilities, you will learn about apps to help students be successful with:

  • Reading                      
  • Comprehending                     
  • Note taking                
  • Computing
  • Writing                       
  • Organizing                 
  • Assessing textbooks

Apps will include: text-to-speech for books, documents, and PDF's with annotation, word prediction, note taking, object and money identification, graphic organizers and mind-mapping, magnification, voice recognition, audio recording, math support, Scanning with OCR (Optical character recognition), support while browsing the internet and researching, foundational literacy skills, digital story creating, and more. Apps demonstrated can be utilized with students from elementary school through post secondary education as well as adult learners.

OUTLINE

Apps for Reading:

  • Text to Speech, Highlighting, Definitions, Font Options, OCR, Differentiated Reading Levels, Support for Comprehension & Retention, as well as fluency and sight words/ vocabulary support, accessing digital and audiobooks

Apps for Writing and Completing worksheets/ Handouts/ Assignments:

  • Text to speech, typing, handwriting/ annotating, Voice Recognition, Word Prediction, Sight Words

Apps for Executive Function:

  • Note taking, Graphic Organizers, Brainstorming, Scheduling & Reminders, Organization, Planning, Audio-recording

Apps for Low Vision and Blindness:

  • Magnification, OCR, electronic Braille, audio, object/color/money ID, access to digital and audio books

Apps to Support Math skills and instruction:

  • Basic math, foundational math, algebra, equations, counting money, telling time, fractions, word problems, support for dysgraphia

OBJECTIVES

  • Identify a minimum of 10 apps that will support students who struggle with literacy (Reading, Writing, & Math) or Access to curriculum or learning materials.
  • Discuss how the apps will support students who have difficulty with literacy (reading, writing & math) or Access, and learn realistic applications for use.
  • Develop skills to utilize and implement the apps in daily practice while working with students who struggle with literacy and access.
  • Discuss specific student concerns to learn specific use and application to meet your student’s needs. Share favorite apps with others attending.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Founder/ CEO of Assistive Technology for Education, LLC. and Access4Employment LLC. Diana is an accessibility specialist and certified ATP who provides AT assessment, training & consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. Diana manages the AT consultants and trainers who work for ATE and A4E.  Previously Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. She presents/trains locally & nationally, including at larger conferences such as ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, & OTAP.


A DVD recording of the webinar can be purchased here:

http://www.pesi.com/ECommerce/ItemDetails.aspx?ResourceCode=RNV047770



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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 18, 2014 4:55 PM

Don't miss this incredible resource that Diana has put together for learners that struggle in reading, writing and math. This is a must resource for every school on the planet!

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The Best iPad Apps for Blind and Low Vision Users-Training Workshop

The Best iPad Apps for Blind and Low Vision Users-Training Workshop | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Join us for this training on September 25, 2014 from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm. Learn hands-on about the best iPad apps for blind and low vision users for access to education and employment. See full description and register below.

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AT for Education, New England Low Vision, and Access4Employment Present:


The Best iPad Apps for Blind and Low Vision Users- Workshop/ Training

Date/Time:  Thursday, September 25th from 4:30-7:30pm


Cost: $65.00

Location: NELV corporate office: 799 West Boylston Street, Worcester MA 01606. Parking is Available!


In this workshop you will learn about the best iPad apps for blind and low vision users, for access to education and employment. This will include magnification, High contrast, apps that emulate a CCTV, Apps for real-time OCR (optical character recognition) and text to speech, connection to a television with Apple TV to work as a CCTV, apps that provide access to scanned documents such as work materials or education materials to enlarge the font size and have it read out loud, using built-in accessibility such as zoom and voice over with several apps, Access to audiobooks, money identification, object and color identification, navigation and directions, access to email and phone calls/ contacts, and connecting to a refreshable Braille display for work at school and in business. Portable iPad stands and mounts will also be shown. Apps to benefit students in elementary through post-secondary grades will be shown as well as workplace and productivity apps for adults. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Free parking. Seating is limited, see flyer and register online here:


A direct link to the registration form is here:

https://adobeformscentral.com/?f=6Y0Bg8s7YmrTgQcGMkUnAQ


To request an accessible or alternative format of this flyer or registration form, email Diana at dp.atspecialist@gmail.com or call 603-998-4980.

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Assistive Technology

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Create an Alternative Text Station for Students with Print Disabilities, including Blind and Dyslexic

Andrew Leibs at About. com Assistive Technology featuring Alyssa Marinaccio & Diana Petschauer from Assistive Technology for Education, LLC

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Schools must provide educational materials in accessible formats to any student with a print disability such as a visual impairment, dyslexia, or other learning or physical disability that prevents a student from reading standard print.

There are many ways a school can go about this...

Read the article and contact assistivetechnologyforeducation.com to learn how to set up your own Alt Text Station!


Article: http://assistivetechnology.about.com/od/ATCAT3/qt/Create-An-Alternative-Text-Station-For-Print-Disabled-To-Access-Class-Materials.htm?nl=1


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iPad apps to support students with Math, Pre-K- 12 | RESNA Webinar, 2/10, 5pm ET

iPad apps to support students with Math, Pre-K- 12 | RESNA Webinar, 2/10, 5pm ET | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Let’s talk math apps! For all learners, including students who struggle and need extra support through engaging apps! iOS (iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, iPod touch) apps will be demonstrated to support foundational math skills, as well as more complex math skills such as Algebra, Geometry, Word Problems, Fractions, Math drills, automaticity, and more! Foundational math apps include counting, adding & subtraction, multiplication & division, sorting, patterns, colors, matching, telling time, following directions & counting money.

Next Session : Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET 


Register: http://www.resna.org/professional-development/webinars/ipad-apps-support-students-math-pre-k-12


Diana Petschauer's insight:

Looking forward to this webinar! Register here: http://www.resna.org/professional-development/webinars/ipad-apps-support-students-math-pre-k-12


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Looking forward to the next Webinar!

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AT for Ed is presenting at ATIA next week in Orlando! The largest International Conference Showcasing Excellence in AT!

AT for Ed is presenting at ATIA next week in Orlando! The largest International Conference Showcasing Excellence in AT! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

 Check out our sessions that we are presenting and co-presenting including "Chrome as AT, Chrome apps & extensions for education-Going Google!" "Successful transition to college, AT options, awareness & advocacy," and "iPad Apps to Support Literacy & Math: Pre-K through Post-Secondary; Application & Implementation." There will be 3 raffle giveaways at the iPad session!!! See you there! Further descriptions and presenter info here:http://s3.goeshow.com/atia/orlando/2015/session_directory.cfm

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 Check out our sessions that we are presenting and co-presenting including "Chrome as AT, Chrome apps & extensions for education-Going Google!" "Successful transition to college, AT options, awareness & advocacy," and "iPad Apps to Support Literacy & Math: Pre-K through Post-Secondary; Application & Implementation." There will be 3 raffle giveaways at the iPad session!!! See you there! Further descriptions and presenter info here:http://s3.goeshow.com/atia/orlando/2015/session_directory.cfm


Presenter and Presentation info: 

http://s3.goeshow.com/atia/orlando/2015/session_directory.cfm


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Chrome Apps & Extensions to Support struggling Learners- Going Google! FREE Webinar!

Chrome Apps & Extensions to Support struggling Learners- Going Google! FREE Webinar! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Chrome Apps & Extensions to Support strugglingLearners- Going Google! FREE Webinar! 

  • Date:Wed, Jan 21, 2015
  • Time:04:00 PM CST
  • Duration:1 hour
  • Host(s): Diana Petschauer, M. Ed, ATP, CEO
Diana Petschauer's insight:

Many schools are discovering the use of the free Chrome Browser, and Free apps and extensions in the chrome browser to support education and learning. How do you support your struggling students? This webinar will present several apps and extensions to support literacy and executive function, and they are free to download right in the chrome web store. If your students are using laptops (Mac or PC), Chromebooks, or a tablet, chrome apps and extensions can support them on their device in the classroom and at home. Apps and extensions demonstrated will include text to speech, voice recognition, mind mapping, word prediction, highlighting and research tools, timers, support with reading fluency and comprehension, and more. (Note: These apps and extensions do NOT work on the iPad or iOS devices).


 After the session is over, you will receive:

  • A certificate of attendance
  • A 10% discount on any AbleNet Assistive Technology products
After you register a confirmation comes up which contains the option to add webinar to your Outlook, Lotus Notes or Google Calendars. If you "add"  it automatically adjusts to your time zone. Register Here: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=whaw5n22cf61
Visit AT for Education to learn about AT training, assessment and consultation: http://assistivetechnologyforeducation.com/
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So many folks are using Chromebooks, and for kids with challenges this can be an even greater challenge!  This looks like a great opportunity to get some good insights on Chromebook accessibility.

CTD Institute's curator insight, February 6, 12:30 PM

With Chrome becoming the browser of choice for most school districts, it is imperative that all involved with education be a power user!

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Interactive Ecard-Merry Christmas from AT for Education!

Interactive Ecard-Merry Christmas from AT for Education! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Happiness at Christmas is remembering the people who mean so much all year. For a special surprise, roll over the famous Central Park landmarks!

The consultants at AT for Education and Access4Employment wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy and Healthy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2015~
Greetings from our team,
Assistive Technology for Education & Access4Employment

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The consultants at AT for Education and Access4Employment wish you and your family a Merry Christmas & Happy and Healthy New Year! We look forward to working with you in 2015~
Greetings from our team,
Assistive Technology for Education & Access4Employment


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iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills & Language Development : Application & Implementation | Live Webinar, RESNA

iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills & Language Development : Application & Implementation | Live Webinar, RESNA | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

In this webinar you will learn about the best educational apps to engage all young learners who are developing foundational literacy skills.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

In this webinar you will learn about the best educational apps to engage all young learners who are developing foundational literacy skills. The educational apps that you will learn about include beginning writing skills (correct letter formation), phonics (phonetic spelling), beginning reading skills (direction, phonetics, sight words, interactive reading, interactive storytelling and creative story writing; social stories), rhyming, patterns, AAC (Augmentative Communication & Literacy), foundational math, telling time, counting, life cycles, nursery rhymes, taking turns and more! 12/9/14, 5:00 pm 

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Studies underway to help children, adults overcome communications obstacles | Penn State University

Studies underway to help children, adults overcome communications obstacles  | Penn State University | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Seven projects are underway as part of a grant awarded to Penn State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to enhance communication and improve outcomes for children and adults who rely on augmentative and alternative communication.
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The Top 5 iPad apps for Struggling Readers and Writers | RESNA Webinar! Oct.29

The Top 5 iPad apps for Struggling Readers and Writers | RESNA Webinar! Oct.29 | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

There are many apps available to support struggling learners in the classroom. This webinar will present the top 5 apps to get you started, to help you support your struggling student immediately. Apps will be demonstrated live with realistic implementation strategies for the classroom.

These apps support access to textbooks, research, and learning materials, as well as support for reading, writing, and completing homework and class assignments. Apps to support literacy and executive functioning, including text to speech, voice recognition (speech to text), accessible textbooks and learning materials, word prediction, note taking, audio recording, mind-mapping and scheduling/ reminders are included. You will learn realistic application and implementation to begin using in your classroom today! iPad accessibility features (built-in) will also be discussed.

Date: October 29, 2014

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm ET

Location: Online Live Webinar 

CEU: 0.1

Cost: $28-Member/ $40-non-member


Diana Petschauer, M.Ed, ATP from Assistive Technology for Education, LLC will be presenting this webinar.


Read More about the webinar and speaker, as well as register here:

http://www.resna.org/professional-development/webinars/top-5-ipad-apps-struggling-readers-and-writers


Diana Petschauer's insight:

Join me live for this webinar! Follow along with your iPad and ask questions to support your student!

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Fluency Tutor for Google - Free Premium Access

Fluency Tutor for Google - Free Premium Access | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Texthelp is now offering one year of premium access FREE for users who install prior to October 1, 2014.

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This is an excellent tool for educators and students for reading fluency, now free for a year! Download from the Chrome web store.

http://blog.texthelp.com/2014/09/fluency-tutor-google-free-premium-access-oct-1/


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32nd Annual AT Conference | Closing The Gap

32nd Annual AT Conference | Closing The Gap | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Join us on 10/15-10/17 in Minneapolis, MN-CTG Assistive Technology Conference

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AT for Education will be presenting iPad apps to support Literacy & Math, pre-K-post secondary, application and implementation, a 2-block session

http://www.closingthegap.com/conference/

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World Usability Day New England

World Usability Day New England | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Usability, Accessibility and Assistive technology allow persons of all abilities to engage in learning, employment and enjoying life to the fullest. The WUD/NE event aims to bring together some of the brightest minds in these three fields, for a day of learning, experiencing and growing!

Diana Petschauer's insight:

New England is cool, crisp and colorful in the Fall and Keene, New Hampshire, in the heart of New England, is the location for the 2014 World Usability Day/New England event.

The event will be held on November 13, 2014 from 9AM to 3PM on the campus of Keene State College. 


Usability, accessibility and assistive technology allow persons of all abilities to engage in learning, employment and enjoying life to the fullest. The WUD/NE event aims to bring together some of the brightest minds in these three fields, for a day of learning, experiencing and growing.


http://wudnewengland.org/



Exhibit, Speak, Attend!

http://wudnewengland.org/


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Continuing the Legacy: Assistive Technologies at MIT | MIT EECS

Continuing the Legacy: Assistive Technologies at MIT | MIT EECS | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

The late Professor Seth Teller created Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies (PPAT, 6.811) in the Fall of 2011. 


Diana Petschauer's insight:

"Following Teller’s untimely death on July 1 this year, a group of former PPAT and AT students including his graduate student William Li, SM ‘12, who TA’d the inaugural PPAT offering and Grace Teo, HST PhD ‘14 student and member of the MIT Assistive Technology Club, and a core group of students who took the class in 2013 have formed a team to continue Teller’s legacy through both PPAT and its outgrowth the ATHack, a one-day workshop launched in spring 2014. Li and Teo, who will co-instruct the class and three other members of the team will work with Professor Rob Miller, MIT MacVicar Faculty Fellow and EECS co-education officer."


Please visit the Seth Teller Memorial Fund to Advance Technology for People with Disabilities. See the video "The Technology We Build: 6.811: Principles and Practice of Assistive Technology (PPAT)" produced by Ben Glass and Tommy Girdwood.


http://www.eecs.mit.edu/news-events/media/continuing-legacy-assistive-technologies-mit


http://assistivetech.mit.edu/blog/

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Assistive Technology Blog: Story of Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and Finding his Greatness – Introducing Dr. Christopher M. Lee.

Assistive Technology Blog: Story of Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities and Finding his Greatness – Introducing Dr. Christopher M. Lee. | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

 “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” Wayne W. Dyer

Brilliant man with Dyslexia who continues to help others realize their intelligence and potential with assistive technology- excellent article and video. Such truth in the video.

Diana Petschauer's insight:

This great humanitarian story was written by Debra Ruh of Ruh Global Communications LLC. Debra is a seasoned entrepreneur that focuses on Global Disability Inclusion, ICT Accessibility, EmployAbility, Marketing and Communications Strategies and Digital Media.


 “...He notes that his story is not unique from the high percentage of people in the United States and all over the world who are also dealing with learning disabilities.  This story is experienced by parents and teachers globally.  Many “experts” expected him to fail, but he worked hard and decided to become a success story and a beacon of hope for others with learning disabilities.

His motivation to become a collegiate swimmer athlete at UGA drove him hard to create his own academic action plan which included strategies, tools like assistive technology, and most importantly, a strong tutoring and mentoring network.
He also developed a communication strategy that included the use of role-playing activities where he perfected how to disclose his learning disabilities.  He became an expert in and promoting his strengths and managing his weaknesses.
Today he holds multiple college degrees including a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Speech Communication from University of Georgia.  He also earned a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Social Psychology from Union Institute and University....
Today Dr. Christopher Lee is the Founder, Director and Department Head of the AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center (AMAC), located in the College of Architecture of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.  AMAC is committed to promoting technological innovation and developing effective user-centered products and services for individuals with disabilities...
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