Assistive Technology

A blind high school student's three favorite apps: Google Drive, JAWS and Adobe DC.
Information about earbuds and bone conducting headphones for students with visual impairments.
Listening activity for students with low vision.
Review of the Color App for Chrome Books.
Information about a screen reader extension for Google Chrome.
Tips on using interactive stories on an iPad to teach children who are blind or visually impaired to use VoiceOver and Refreshable Braille Displays
Assistive Device Centers (sometimes also known as Adaptive Design Centers) are workshops that create customized equipment or materials for students with multiple disabilities.  These items are...
Introducing chord commands to Layla, a preschooler using an iPad paired with a refreshable braille display.
Ideas on how to motivate a student with visual impairments and blindness to use a Bluetooth keyboard commands.
Tips and guidelines on using an iPad as part of a Functional Vision Assessment / Learning Media Assessment (FVA/LMA) with children with visual impairments
(Excerpts from Introduction to iPad Accessibility Features for Blind and Low Vision Students manual and from the iPad Accessibility Settings manual © 2014 SAS Institute Inc. Cary, NC USA written by...
A systematic and effective approach on how to teach VoiceOver on the iPad to students with visual impairments and blindness (VIB).
A TVI shares her experiences on starting a four year old on an iPad with a refreshable braille display.
High school student with low vision discusses his favorite iOS apps.
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In this entry, I want to cover with you my top favorite features in iOS. Now iOS is Apple’s mobile operating system, so don’t confuse this with Android, an operating system created by Google, and OSX...
This tutorial explores how to best use technology in the classroom to meet the needs of students with visual impairments or blindness.
Recently, Apple released the betas of iOS 9.3 as well as OSX, TvOS, and WatchOS. I’ve gotten to try out iOS 9.3 and WatchOS2.2, and with both updates, great features, and functionality come to each...
I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! As we begin 2016, let’s talk about all the products we can expect from the Cupertino based company. This post will consist of a bunch of...
As 2015 draws to a close, I want to cover everything Apple has done this past year. I will give you my positive and negative opinions on all of the products and services that they introduced this...
This past Thursday, during Target’s Black Friday sale, I had the opportunity to pick up the Apple Watch Sport for $350 plus a $100 Target gift card. In this post, I am going to give you my first...
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Which is better, iOS or Android. In this post I am going to outline the benefits of both of these operating systems, but keep in mind that these are my honest opinions. I have used both Android and...
Oh no! Your charger broke! What do you do? You could by a new one, use one that’s lying around, or request a new one from a warranty provider. Instead of going with a third party service, I choose to...
In this webcast, Ed Summers and Diane Brauner discuss the work they have been doing with teachers regarding iPad accessibility.
In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will fabricate 10 different assistive technology solutions to take home with them.
The tutorial explores listening as a learning strategy for students with print disabilities, including sensory, cognitive, learning, and physical impairment.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to see the new movie, Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender. After reading books about Steve, including his biography by Isaac Watkinson, I had an idea of his...
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When I was 9, I started looking to technology to help me with my schooling. I have had the opportunity to work with an array of products from Samsung, HP, and Apple. Being able to take advantage of...
This webinar will cover the concept of "Listening" in an educational context, specifically in the development of literacy skills.
Siu shares a range of tips related to building a community of practice, identifying resources in the field and staying calm in the face of technology issues.
Explore emerging technologies for the digital classroom, including image and video description, as well as multimodal data displays.
This tutorial suggests activities, applications, and teaching strategies for using technology to teach leisure and recreation skills.
In this webcast Yue-Ting discusses the challenges and critical thinking needed to evaluate new technologies while making decisions based on student needs.
This presentation focuses on the Recreation and Leisure area of the Expanded Core Curriculum through the use of common technology and assistive devices.
This course will address current tools to access multimedia content, and ways to integrate technology into a student’s workflow in the classroom.
The workshop teaches participants how to use Bookshare resources and tools so that teachers can provide timely access to textbooks and print materials.
This tutorial provides strategies involved in conducting an assessment as well as in choosing the right assistive technology tool for the learner.
Welcoming Students is made up of 4 modules, each containing a lecture, video segments, readings, and assigned activities to enhance and apply your learning.
This training module demonstrates how to select and use the best iPad apps for students with visual impairments and other disabilities.
This online course offers education specialists the tools necessary to guide and instruct teachers on how to effectively implement Bookshare in the classroom.
This tutorial focuses on teaching basic communication to students who are blind or have low vision with significant multiple disabilities using assistive tech.
Learn about accessibility options in Apple iOS and how to activate them.
This tutorial provides an overview of the SMART Brailler's features and benefits, and how the SMART Brailler can promote braille literacy.
This tutorial presents an in-depth view of how iPad can be used to provide vision stimulation to young children with varying degrees of visual impairments.
The tutorial teaches about various optical and non-optical methods of magnification and considerations when determining appropriate print/symbol size.
This training module demonstrates adaptive devices used for communication with individuals who are deafblind, or who have both hearing and visual impairments.
There are four webcasts included in this training that demonstrate a wide range of teaching strategies used to provide effective instruction to students.
This part 2 of 2 tutorial offers strategies, tips and techniques for using an iPad with students who are visually impaired and may have additional disabilities.