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Immersion Reading and Whispersync for Voice on Kindle Fires

Immersion Reading and Whispersync for Voice on Kindle Fires | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Pretty cool!  Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD now have an Immersion Reading program that allows listener / readers to listen to a narrated audiobook from Audible while seeing the highlighted printed text. This is an ideal situation for improving reading.

Whispersync for Voice has also improved the integration for listening-based readers that allows them to switch between where they were in an audiobook, watching a video, etc. 15,000 Kindle and audiobooks are available for Immersive Reading.

 

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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


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

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World Usability Day New England at Keene State College

World Usability Day New England at Keene State College | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

World Usability Day, New England Event! Join us for a phenomenal day of Professional Development, Networking & Learning! The Best of the best in Accessibility, Assistive Technology & Usability!

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The Best of the best in Accessibility, Assistive Technology & Usability, looking forward to this event! Register today!

http://wudnewengland.org/


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2014 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo

2014 Adirondack Assistive Technology Expo | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

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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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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Abilities Expo | Boston Event-Free! 9/5-9/7

Abilities Expo | Boston Event-Free! 9/5-9/7 | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
Abilities Expo is a CELEBRATION of what you CAN DO

Imagine everything you need, all under one roof! For more than 30 years, Abilities Expo has been the go-to source for the Community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. Every event opens your eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions and new opportunities to change your life. Where else can you discover ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and only scratch the surface of what Abilities Expo has to offer? Register for free today.

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Excellent event, info here:

http://www.abilitiesexpo.com/boston/index.html


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iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills & Language Development : Application & Implementation, Johns Hopkins Institute

iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills & Language Development : Application & Implementation, Johns Hopkins Institute | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

MATN 2014 Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery Campus- September 18, 2014

Assistive Technology for Education will be presenting: 

iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills & Language Development : Application & Implementation

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Diana Petschauer, M. Ed, ATP, CEO and Adam Bowker,  MS, CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist, from Assistive Technology for Education, LLC will be presenting this workshop: 

Come learn about the best educational apps to engage all young learners who are developing foundational literacy skills.
Bring your iPad or iPad mini to follow along as apps are demonstrated thoroughly, and realistic implementation strategies are discussed for individual and group instruction.
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!

Conference info at MATN website: http://marylandlearninglinks.org/matn


Assistive Technology for Education Website: http://assistivetechnologyforeducation.com/

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Fluency Tutor™ for Google - from Texthelp

Fluency Tutor™ for Google - from Texthelp | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Fluency Tutor is an application for Google Chrome which allows educators to assign reading passages to students via their Google Drive accounts. Teachers can pick reading passages based on content, lexile level or reading age and share with individual students or groups via Google Drive.

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See the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiFfrzTPBQE


Website and Info here:

http://www.fluencytutorforgoogle.com/

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EEIN: iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills (Pre-K & Kindergarten); Application & Implementation | Assistive Technology For Education, LLC

EEIN: iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills (Pre-K & Kindergarten); Application & Implementation | Assistive Technology For Education, LLC | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Come learn about the best educational apps to engage all learners who are developing foundational literacy skills!

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iPad Apps for Foundational Literacy Skills: Sponsored by EEIN (Early Education & Intervention Network of NH)

Come learn about the best educational apps to engage all learners who are developing foundational literacy skills. Bring your iPad or iPad mini to follow along as apps are demonstrated thoroughly, and realistic implementation strategies are discussed for individual and group instruction. iPad accessibility will also be demonstrated. 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, foundational math, telling  time, counting, Life cycles, Nursery Rhymes, Taking turns and more! Some cause and effect apps will be shown as well.

Click Here for Information and Registration.

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The Case Against Assistive Technology - YouTube

A look at the assumptions stopping schools from using technology. A narrated version is available at http://www.donjohnston.com/thecase
Diana Petschauer's insight:

Great video and insight; Assistive Technology and

Educational Technology is supporting all students as well as adults, but certainly offering significant support to those who have disabilities, or are naturally losing abilities due to aging or injury. Assistive Technology levels the playing field, and makes things possible that were otherwise impossible, or makes things easier that were previously so difficult. It levels the playing field. More importantly, AT and Ed Tech are helping our students to access education and employment individually, successfully, and to Compete Globally in the workforce. It is simply absurd to keep students behind by withholding technology supports, and keep them from learning new skills or knowledge in the best possible and accessible format, or to keep them from reaching their peak potential. When they get into "the real world," they can choose any phone, any tablet, any computer, any technology to help them succeed, and compete against other students who are using technology daily to be employed, or even just to access their community and home. How are we supporting our students to be successful in the future? Hopefully not by telling them that technology is cheating or unfair, but rather seeing the potential it offers them. So many assistive technology options are low cost or free now as well, the old excuses and fears need to be left behind.

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This video really helped to expand my understanding of the importance of AT in schools.

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Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup

Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

Edutopia's Guide to Assistive Technology

Resources by Topic:
Getting Started
Finding Assistive Technology
Tips and Tools
Need-Specific Resources
Universal Design for Learning
Additional Resources on the Web





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A comprehensive article with many resources. Assistive Technology, often overlapping with educational technology, certainly is supporting ALL students universally in education, as well as adult individuals to access employment, the community, and daily living activities. High tech options or low tech options, modifications, and so many free and low cost options available for leveling the playing field and supporting access in all environments.

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Absolutely fantastic resource! 

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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, 6:19 PM

looks good  

 

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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/


https://twitter.com/WUDNE2014



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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. 


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"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.

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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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IBM100 - The Accessible Workforce

IBM100 - The Accessible Workforce | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
IBM has worked to recruit, hire and accommodate employees with disabilities since the 1910s—decades before the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Today, IBM continues to champion accessibility for people with disabilities.
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"In 1980, Jim Sinocchi, then a 25-year-old IBM contract administrator in New York City, had high hopes for a career in business or politics. But when he broke his neck while body surfing, and became a quadriplegic, he thought he’d never work again. He was stunned in 1983 when his managers at IBM urged him to come back...


...IBM has helped create a climate today where accessibility, due to the Americans with Disabilities Act, is the law of the land in the United States, and where companies of all types are building accessibility features into many products and services. "


http://www-03.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/accessibleworkforce/?utm_content=buffer27716&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities

Using Technology To Mitigate Cognitive Disabilities | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
A 2013 ruling by the Department of Labor established a baseline for federal contractors to have 7% of their workforce be individuals with disabilities. Additionally, passage by the U.S. House and Senate of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) demonstrates a growing emphasis on hiring more individuals with disabilities. However, for this trend to be successful for businesses, they must improve their recruitment and retention of these individuals.
Diana Petschauer's insight:

Excellent Article in Forbes! Access4Employment provides access to Employment and the Workplace using Assistive Technology. See our website:

http://access4employment.com/


Read the article here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertszczerba/2014/07/30/using-technology-to-mitigate-cognitive-disabilities/


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Fantastic information here - really a topic everyone in training should be learning more about.

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Google for Education- New Hampshire Summit!

Google for Education- New Hampshire Summit! | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

The first Google Apps for Education Summit in New Hampshire is a fantastic two day event with sessions from Google staff, Google Certified Teachers and Google Apps EDU Certified trainers. In addition there will be a Chromebooks playground for the duration of the conference.

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I will be presenting Chrome as AT (Assistive Technology):

Many schools are increasing their use of Google Chrome Apps for Education, as well as implementing 1:1 devices for students, including the Chromebook, or laptops with access to the Chrome Browser. How do Educators and Special Educators support the struggling student while using Google Chrome? Come learn about several FREE apps and extensions to support your struggling reader or writer, including options for text to speech, voice recognition (speech to text), executive function, highlighting and study skills, organization and time management, mind-mapping, researching, visual support, math support and more! These apps and extensions support all learners, including those who struggle with literacy and executive function.

http://newhampshire.appsevents.com/presenters-1



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TODAY! FCC to Host Free Event on Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities-Attend the Webcast for Free

TODAY! FCC to Host Free Event on Making Social Media Accessible for People with Disabilities-Attend the Webcast for Free | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it
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Let's hope for positive progress towards accessibility of all social media networks, including professional networking sites, as this is important for All individuals who use Assistive Technology. All individuals need access to professional and social networking for employment, education, learning, communicating, and more.


The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Accessibility and Innovation Initiative is hosting an event called "Accessing Social Media" on July 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from government agencies, disability advocacy groups, technology companies and members of the public will discuss tools and best practices for making social media accessible. RSVP to AccSocMedia@fcc.govor watch the event live via webcast on July 17. After the event there will be demonstrations of accessible technology solutions in the FCC's Technology Experience Center.



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Central Access Reader-Revolutionary Screen Reader that Reads Math Accurately!

Central Access Reader (text to speech) Reads Math Accurately! Alyssa Marinaccio, Assistive Technology Consultant & Trainer for Assistive Technology for Education, LLC, demonstrates this phenomenal program! CAR was released last week at the CSUN conference. 

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Central Access Reader -A FREE screen reader that reads Math accurately, is going to help so many students and individuals who struggle with literacy, processing, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, and other print disabilities, as well as those who are visually impaired or aging and simply benefit from hearing the math aloud. 

"Spencer Graffe, a senior in Central Washington University’s Computer Science Program, has helped develop Central Access Reader (CAR), a free computerized text-to-speech reader program that has attracted attention of institutions across the nation.

Marshall Sunnes, Central Access program coordinator and Wendy Holden, Disability and Accessibility Consultant, collaborated to determine what the program should be, how it should look, and what features were most important to include. Graffe had the skills to make it happen.

The program, developed as a tool to assist students with print-related disabilities—those with visual impairments, dyslexia, attention-deficit disorder, or other conditions—reads documents that other text-readers can’t handle, especially those with equations or symbols." Watch the video demonstration, and download CAR for FREE here:

CAR


**Alyssa Marinaccio is also the Assistive Technology Coordinator at Keene State College. 


***Visit Assistive Technology for Education, LLC for assistive technology assessments, trainings, and consultation to access education and employment.

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Don't miss this reader that can make a difference in math!

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Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology Tools & Resources for Struggling Learners

Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology Tools & Resources for Struggling Learners | Assistive Technology for Education & Employment | Scoop.it

 NHTI & Assistive Technology for Education Are Hosting an Assistive Technology Workshop! At The Center For Educational Excellence, NHTI: Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology Tools...

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In this workshop you will learn about several Free and Low Cost Assistive Technology options for your Struggling Readers and Writers, including students with learning and print disabilities.  Free resources via State and Federal Grants, Free and Low Cost apps and extensions in the Chrome Browser and Web Store (available for Chromebooks as well as typical laptops or computers), Free and low cost apps for the iPad, Free access to audio books and voice recognition, literacy supports,  Built-In accessibility options and more!  Assistive Technology to support the struggling learner in your classroom or at home will be demonstrated. Students who have difficulty with Reading and/or Writing, including challenges with Math! If your student/child struggles with a print disability due to Dyslexia or specific LD, Low Vision, difficulties with processing or executive functioning skills, or a Physical Disability, you will learn about AT (assistive technology) solutions that will assist them to read, write, compute, complete assignments, create graphic organizers and brainstorm, organize, take notes, schedule and receive reminders, and access textbooks and learning materials. AT that includes text-to-speech ,word prediction, note taking, 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. You will learn realistic methods of integrating the assistive technology and implementing AT for everyday access to curriculum and learning materials.

Register HERE.


or Contact Heather Wood at 603-271-6484

hwood@ccsnh.edu


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