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Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies - WNYC (blog)

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Special Needs Students Teach Others About Assistive Technologies WNYC (blog) "There's plenty of money, there's plenty of technologies, there's just a lack of understanding of what it [technology] can do and who deserves it," said Mark Surabian,...
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Teaching Assistive Technology to Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Perkins Scout

Teaching Assistive Technology to Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Perkins Scout | AT World | Scoop.it
TEACHING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TO STUDENTS WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED http://t.co/s0XcDHwaoY
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UltraCane ....putting the world at your fingertips.

UltraCane ....putting the world at your fingertips. | AT World | Scoop.it
The UltraCane is an electronic mobility aid for use by visually impaired people which delivers a step forward in assistive mobility aids.
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Assistive Technology: Clicker Docs for iPad Updated to Version 1.2

Assistive Technology: Clicker Docs for iPad Updated to Version 1.2 | AT World | Scoop.it
RT @assistivetek: Assistive Technology: Clicker Docs for iPad Updated to Version 1.2 http://t.co/zTXYgXMyyK
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Assistive Technology in Action (video) | Paths to Literacy

Assistive Technology in Action (video) | Paths to Literacy | AT World | Scoop.it

Video of a six year-old boy with Low Vision using Mountbatten brailler to write Braille, as well as an iPad and Smartboard for literacy.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 2, 2013 7:52 AM

As a follow-up to my last post, students are learning to read Braille at a young age, leading to success in the classroom as they progress through K-12 and higher education with the use of Assistive Technology.

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iPad: Voiceover and the Refreshabraille 18 for Regular Ed. Teachers& Blind Students

Demonstration of how the iPad and a Refreshabraille 18 can be used as an instructional tool for parents and regular education teachers & Special Ed. teachers. Teachers do not need to read/ type braille to teach a student who uses/reads braille.


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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:33 PM

Though these videos are a bit older, they offer a clear picture of how a student can use a Refreshable Braille Display to access every aspect of education; and many educators and special educators are unaware of how this works. A refreshable braille display allows a student or individual to access a computer, iPad, iPod touch, etc. equally to their peers to research the internet, complete homework or handouts, send email, etc., using real-time refreshable Braille. There are many devices and options from several companies (HumanWare, HIMS), this shows one available for free for students who qualify for AIM in their state (from APH). An important factor is that anything a student types in Braille, reflects on the iPad or computer as text, for the teacher to read, and anything the teacher types or scans, shows up as Braille for the student to read. It is typically used with a screen reader such as JAWS, window eyes, or Voice Over on iOS devices, meaning content is also read aloud to a student. I have students in 3rd and 4th grade now using a refreshable braille display to access education; there are no limits with Assistive Technology. :) See the Video above from a teacher, as well as this older one from Chase, a young student: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJWMRlElD1E

 

Chase now is a teenager using the Braille 18 Plus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28_BvyQR8XA

 

 

 

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Kids Do Well If They Can: Links between UDL and the Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

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"The central question of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) surrounds the idea of barriers to learning: Is the child “disabled”? Or, could we more accurately say that many of our school environments are disabling to children?

 

We understand, through UDL, that environments can disable learning and the significance of identifying and eliminating barriers to access. Further, we understand that children whose learning is obstructed by the environment, can sometimes behave in challenging ways. CPS takes this one step more, encouraging teachers to recognize that even children with no physical or cognitive barriers to learning, may struggle with emotional barriers. These may be difficult to identify at times, but identifying and collaboratively addressing these barriers is as essential to our work as it is to ensure that children can work within their preferred learning style, or have access to assistive technologies. This doesn’t mean that the demands of the environment are wrong – “no hitting” is a fair and realistic rule, for instance – simply that some children don’t have the skills to abide by these expectations and that preparing them to do so is a teaching task, not a task of punishment.

 

If we believe (and I do), that children who fail to be engaged in school work and learning are in some way disabled by their environments, then I feel we must believe the same of behaviour. Rather than labeling children with unkind and unhelpful descriptors such as “unmotivated” or “defiant”, we need to see challenging behaviours as expressions of an inability to meet the demands of the environment."

 

Katia Reid asks: "Do you see the same relationship to UDL that I am seeing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!"


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Principal dd's curator insight, February 7, 2013 3:45 PM

What a perfect lead-in / intro to a staff meeting discussion around inclusion and integration with adaptations! Katia Reid puts it in perfect 'focus' from a perspective we can all appreciate:

 

"Sitting in a large lecture theatre for a presentation that I was attending voluntarily, I reached into my purse for my glasses and realized I had forgotten them at home. The lecture was two hours long and although my hearing is fine, being within a visual fog that made it impossible to see the lecturer was frustrating. After a while, I gave up trying to listen, and I took out my cell phone instead." 


How many of us experience this scenario on similar levels ... yet we know there are students in every classroom experiencing this same scenario. They're usually the easist to identify ... they 'self-identify' through inappropriate behaviour! 

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iPad ̵̵̵ a game changer for learning?

iPad  ̵̵̵  a game changer for learning? | AT World | Scoop.it
Article first published May 11th 2010 here then recently updated.
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Commissioner’s Update – June 28, 2012

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Click the image to view the fully formatted Commissioner’s Update.Educators from across the state gathered in Augusta for the 101st annual Maine Superintendents’ Conference earlier this week.
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Feds Back Off Special Education Funding Plan - Disability Scoop

Feds Back Off Special Education Funding Plan - Disability Scoop | AT World | Scoop.it
After appearing to give school districts the green light last summer to decrease spending on special education, the U.S. Department of Education is making an about-face.
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Practical, Versatile and Cheap (PVC): Assistive Technology Supports

Practical, Versatile and Cheap (PVC): Assistive Technology Supports | AT World | Scoop.it
Today I want to draw your attention to a free booklet on using PVC to make a variety of adaptations for your students.
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Assistive robotic technologies for people with dementia, other age-related ... - News-Medical.net

Assistive robotic technologies for people with dementia, other age-related ...
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With a rapidly ageing population, the number of people with dementia and other age-related disabilities is expected to soar by 2050.
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Texas Assistive Technology Conference

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Information about the 2010 Texas AT Network Statewide Conference (RT @R4SpecialEd: Join us for the 2013 Texas Assistive Technology Network Statewide Conference - June 11-13. #TATN13.
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Transforming the Classroom: Tablets as Assistive Technology

Transforming the Classroom: Tablets as Assistive Technology | AT World | Scoop.it
Chad Udell of Float Mobile Learning feels tablets such as the iPad have fundamentally changed how we interact with the world and offer special needs students unprecedented access to assistive technology that enables them to learn.
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Tablets are certainly a game changer for many. Don't forget to check out the low-tech devices and solutions first! 

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Searching for a Solution - Morning Star

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Searching for a Solution
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“Assistive technology can help our students to remove the barriers of communication, scheduling, reading and others,” said McCall.
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Nexus 10 - Accessibility Feature TalkBack

Nexus 10 Accessibility feature called TalkBack helps anyone who is visually impaired, and or blind. I found the features to be very useful and easy to use on...
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Assistive Technology Videos: Two Broke AT Girls!

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The inspiration behind our video series was brought on by a project we had to do for our assistive technology class at Illinois State University this semester. (Shout out to Dr. Brian Wojcik!) We were assigned to create a ...

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, March 3, 2013 11:31 PM

Awesome Low-Tech solutions for very little $ ! Love it!

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Handy AAC assessment tools for you | The Spectronics Blog

Handy AAC assessment tools for you | The Spectronics Blog | AT World | Scoop.it
Whether we are looking at a communication app for a mobile tablet or a traditional speech generating device we still need to be considering the skills of the individual,...

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Understanding ebooks | The Spectronics Blog

Understanding ebooks | The Spectronics Blog | AT World | Scoop.it
Ebook or Electronic Book – An electronic version of a printed book; Ebooks hold massive potential for the education sector.
I work at a school where we deployed Apple...

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New Choice Program in Mississippi Targets Children With Dyslexia ...

New Choice Program in Mississippi Targets Children With Dyslexia ... | AT World | Scoop.it
Education Week reporter Nirvi Shah tracks news and trends of interest to the special education community, including administrators, teachers, and parents.
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Friday research spotlight: Using AT to support the instructional process of SWD

Although AT consideration has been mandated for quite a while--asHoward P. Parette and George R. Peterson-Karlan point out--it's a long way from getting done universally.
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Geek Kids iPad app shows your children how machines work | Apps Playground

Geek Kids iPad app shows your children how machines work | Apps Playground | AT World | Scoop.it
Speaking as a modern man, I have no idea how machines work. Even computers. They may as well have tiny goblins inside turning cogs for all I know.

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The 60 Best Apps for Special Education | The Spectronics Blog

The 60 Best Apps for Special Education | The Spectronics Blog | AT World | Scoop.it

Spectronics has compiled a favourite list of 60 special education apps that have been well reviewed and tested out in the field.  This is what sets them apart!

 

"Our list includes apps for

> Reading & Writing;

> Mathematics;

> Early Learning;

> Cause & Effect;

> Visual Supports;

> Social Stories;

> Life Skills;

> Positive Behaviour Support and

< Classroom Organisation.

 

We have tried to bring you a review of the app features that we are asked about in schools, during training and out on the road. These include comments on accessibility, differentiation, reporting and feedback, publishing and connectivity. These fields correlate to many of the app rubrics that are used to determine the effectiveness of an app in a particular setting – acknowledgement to Greg Alchin for his great work here."


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