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Universal Design of Information Technology

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How can our school or district go about developing an accessible information technology policy? Policies and procedures can be developed to assure that electronic and information technology procured and used in schools is accessible to all employees and students, including individuals with disabilities and their family members.

How can our school or district go about developing an accessible information technology policy?

How can an organization begin this process? Considerations for K-12 (preschool through high school) and postsecondary educational entities should include the following: Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my students. Today’s post was written by Robin Lowell, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, special education, science and mathematics teacher, as well as teacher of blind and visually impaired students.

Accessibility in the classroom—tools that impact my students

Creating a collaborative, inclusive classroom has many moving parts and pieces—and finding the right balance can be challenging. As a special education teacher, I am constantly on the hunt for technology and tools that give students with disabilities an environment that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible. Apps Help Children With Developmental Disabilities. Portable devices like iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone could prove invaluable in teaching social and communication skills to children with developmental disabilities.

Apps Help Children With Developmental Disabilities

It also helps that they are cool, inexpensive, and fun to use. There are dozens of specialized apps available, many by Apple and available through iTunes. Accessibility - Mac - Apple. Accessibility - iPad - Apple. Accessibility Tools for Windows. Ease of Access Center Provides a centralized location where you can adjust accessibility settings and programs.

Accessibility Tools for Windows

You can also get recommendations for settings to make your PC easier to see, hear, and use. Overview of Chromebook Accessibility. Accessibility Features - Google Apps and Chromebooks. Increased accessibility with Braille display support for Google Docs, Slides and DrawingsIf you use a Braille display, you can now enable Braille support in Google Docs, Slides and Drawings to read and enter text.

Accessibility Features - Google Apps and Chromebooks

This option is currently available for Google Chrome and Internet Explorer. Evernote - another great, free application - also has some accessibility features and extensions for Chrome. Evernote Clearly - one click for distraction free online reading - Clearly is a browser extension that eliminates ads and other parts of a web page and just shows the article. This eliminates distractions, helping students read the article. Turn on Chromebook accessibility features - Chromebook Help. Translation tools - YouTube Help.