Strategies, Tips and Tricks

Interactive Planner for Caregivers

2017-07-13T18:25:14+00:00

All Your Child’s Info At Your FingerTips

All parents know how difficult it is to keep track of everything going on with their kids. From meals, to medications, to the daily schedule, children’s lives seem every bit as complicated as adults’ – maybe more. When a child has special needs, the complexity […]

Interactive Planner for Caregivers2017-07-13T18:25:14+00:00

Phyl T. Macomber – Teaching Tips Toolbox: Spring 2016

2017-06-28T16:11:18+00:00

Writing is simply a means for recording information. Who would think that this basic act would be so challenging for students day after day?

ACTION: “Today, we’re going to write a persuasive essay.”
REACTION: “What does ‘persuasive’ mean?”

ACTION: “Let’s grab an iPad from the cart. Today, we are going to start writing our summary of […]

Phyl T. Macomber – Teaching Tips Toolbox: Spring 20162017-06-28T16:11:18+00:00

Wheelchair Mounting Solutions

2017-06-28T16:02:31+00:00

Have you ever had to figure out how to attach and use a wheelchair mount? For some people, this can be a daunting task, and for others, the idea of wheelchair mounting may make them want to run.

Some of the reasons why wheelchair mounting can be challenging:

  1. Not knowing or understanding […]
Wheelchair Mounting Solutions2017-06-28T16:02:31+00:00

Improving Outcomes for Children with CVI

2017-06-28T14:55:20+00:00

The following post by Rebecca Fater and Stefanie Cloutier first appeared at the Perkins School for the Blind.


 

As a young, passionate teacher of the visually impaired in the 1970s, Christine Roman was perplexed by her students with cortical visual impairment (CVI). Unlike children with perceptual vision challenges – for […]

Improving Outcomes for Children with CVI2017-06-28T14:55:20+00:00

Getting Started with PODD with Mary Louise Bertram

2017-06-28T14:38:44+00:00

Getting Started with PODD by Mary-Louise Bertram. Mary-Louise shares how to get started for those children who will be using direct access on both PODD books from the PODD CD Resource and PODD on high-tech (Grid and Compass). She also shares insights, tips and tricks specifically for children who […]

Getting Started with PODD with Mary Louise Bertram2017-06-28T14:38:44+00:00

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes New National Education Legislation

2017-06-28T14:38:05+00:00

The Senate sent a bill to the president’s desk Wednesday that replaces much of the widely disliked No Child Left Behind Act and shifts more power over education to states and school districts.

The bill passed the chamber 85-12 on the heels of its passage in the House last week. After No Child […]

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes New National Education Legislation2017-06-28T14:38:05+00:00

Inexpensive and Practical Literacy Supports and Strategies

2017-06-28T14:25:07+00:00

Photo of Phyl Macomber

The following is a guest post by Phyl T. Macomber, M.S. ATP. Since completing a fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Kennedy-Krieger Institute in 1988, Phyl T. Macomber has become an award-winning national speaker, author, developer, curriculum strategist, inclusion specialist and […]

Inexpensive and Practical Literacy Supports and Strategies2017-06-28T14:25:07+00:00

Organization Helps Children with Disabilities Adapt with Custom-Fit Furniture

2017-06-28T14:06:06+00:00

Adaptive Design Association is a New York City nonprofit that designs and makes custom adaptations for children with disabilities. Because adaptive technology is usually so expensive, ADA makes low-tech and affordable adaptations out of materials as cheap as cardboard and glue. With custom-fit adaptations as simple as a cardboard chair or […]

Organization Helps Children with Disabilities Adapt with Custom-Fit Furniture2017-06-28T14:06:06+00:00

Mount’n Mover Features Help Meet Functional Needs

2017-08-15T09:12:40+00:00

Many of you may already be familiar with Jack. After a 2011 hockey accident left him paralyzed, Jack made it his mission to help others by starting the Jack Jablonski BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation. This charitable organization supports spinal cord injury recovery research.

Recently, Jack began experiencing neck pain from using […]

Mount’n Mover Features Help Meet Functional Needs2017-08-15T09:12:40+00:00

Google Impact Challenge – $20 Million in Grant Funding

2017-06-28T11:45:35+00:00

Google.org is looking for your biggest and best ideas for how technology can expand opportunity and independence for people with disabilities. We’re committing $20 million (USD) in grant funding toward this goal, some of which may be awarded to organizations identified through this call for ideas.

Exciting ideas are already […]

Google Impact Challenge – $20 Million in Grant Funding2017-06-28T11:45:35+00:00

Summer Music Academy for Blind and Low Vision Musicians

2017-06-28T11:36:16+00:00

Do you know a young blind or low vision musician?  Are you one  yourself? Find out what it means to be a blind musician at Enchanted Hills Camp’s Music Academy, August 3 – 9!

This session will be led by some of our nation’s best teachers. Singers, as well as those […]

Summer Music Academy for Blind and Low Vision Musicians2017-06-28T11:36:16+00:00

Turn It Up and Tell the World

2017-06-28T11:26:52+00:00

What Are You Reading This Summer?

Get ready to have a blast. Bookshare invites you to join the Turn It Up and Tell the World reading challenge, where you choose the best summer reads and share your favorites with members on Bookshare, Facebook and Twitter.

Turn up your summer reading with […]

Turn It Up and Tell the World2017-06-28T11:26:52+00:00

Modeling Core Language: A Tutorial for Beginners!

2017-06-28T11:15:13+00:00

(The following post has been reposted with permission from Dr. Caroline Musselwhite.)

This post gives some simple ideas for:
• Adults who are beginners at modeling with AAC systems
• Students who are beginners at using AAC systems
• Students who are beginning communication circle partners

This was prepared for paras at a school […]

Modeling Core Language: A Tutorial for Beginners!2017-06-28T11:15:13+00:00

Clicker Connect Success Story

2017-06-28T11:14:37+00:00

(The following post has been reposted with permission from Crick Software.)

Erin Sheldon, AT Consultant, Coordinator, Angelman Syndrome Literacy Project

I specialize in iPad-based literacy and communication strategies for children with Angelman Syndrome. I work with families and school teams. Angelman is a rare neuro-genetic […]

Clicker Connect Success Story2017-06-28T11:14:37+00:00

Accessible Music Technology and Related Braille Hardware

2017-06-28T11:11:16+00:00

Two presentations planned. Both free and open to public, but you must register in advance.

 

Presentation on Dancing Dots Accessible Music Technology and Related Hardware from HIMS and Electronic Brailler

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Pittsburgh District Office of Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services
531 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA […]

Accessible Music Technology and Related Braille Hardware2017-06-28T11:11:16+00:00

Kessler National Employment Survey

2017-06-28T11:09:31+00:00

The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), in partnership with the Kessler Foundation, is conducting a national survey focusing on employment issues for working age adults with disabilities. The primary purpose of this survey is to understand the mechanisms by which individuals with […]

Kessler National Employment Survey2017-06-28T11:09:31+00:00

A Guide To ModelTalker Voice Banking

2017-06-28T10:50:09+00:00

ModelTalker is an engine for creating voices from recordings of a patient’s natural voice. The result is a synthesized voice similar to what the person might sound like if he or she weren’t limited by speech disorders. One of the great benefits of ModelTalker is that the synthetic voices […]

A Guide To ModelTalker Voice Banking2017-06-28T10:50:09+00:00

Classroom Activities from AbleNet

2017-06-28T10:37:48+00:00

Over the course of almost 30 years, we have discovered amazing ways people use AbleNet products to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Remarkable Ideas take these amazing discoveries and provide activities that incorporate alternative methods of access to ensure each student can participate, learn important educational […]

Classroom Activities from AbleNet2017-06-28T10:37:48+00:00