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Bridging the Gap Between Technology & People with Disabilities

Bridging the Gap Between Technology & People with Disabilities

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Free text to speech Text-to-SpeechWhy consider Text-to-speech (TTS)? Two reasons -1. It is essential for struggling readers; when text is digital it is now accessible and2. it supports the writing process, especially when editing and revising work Note: Our databases are adding text-to-speech features for their articles. Check out Joyce's blog post. Ask your librarian if the school offers any of the Gale products with text-to-speech features. Fixing a Syllabus Last spring, my university incorporated MW courses into the schedule, as part of an overall attempt to use classroom space more efficiently and consistently, thereby (hopefully!) removing some impediments to graduation. The plan may yet do those things–I believe, for example, that we did have more available classroom space last semester–but it also had one unintended effect: It radically depopulated MWF courses. It turns out that when students are given the choice between a MW upper-division course that satisfies a requirement, and a MWF course that satisfies the same one, they’ll usually take the 3-day weekend every time. Who knew, right? The practical implication is that I have to take the syllabus for my Dickens class, which I teach every 2 years or so, and convert it from its previous iterations (once as a MWF class, and a couple of times as a once-a-week class) into a MW format.

Notability (for iPad) Review The iPad and iPad 2 app Notability is one of the most fully-featured note-taking programs for mobile devices. It supports text, images, and audio recordings, and contains a sketch pad that lets you not only draw new images, but also mark up images, Web clips, and clip art that you import. For writers, Notability includes dozens of fonts, text point sizes, colors, and a solid number of formatting presets (such as bullet points, indents, and so forth). The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before : Code Switch Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans. Hansi Lo Wang/NPR hide caption toggle caption Hansi Lo Wang/NPR Aaron Carapella, a self-taught mapmaker in Warner, Okla., has designed a map of Native American tribes showing their locations before first contact with Europeans. Finding an address on a map can be taken for granted in the age of GPS and smartphones.

40 Amazing iPad Apps for the Learning Disabled The iPad is a device that many lust after as a shiny new toy, but many people with disabilities can benefit from what it has to offer as a functional tool. Students with learning disabilities can enhance and develop their communication skills, learn how to adapt to situations, and develop social skills. Check out this collection of iPad apps that can make a difference in the life of a learning disabled child. Crazy Face Lite: Crazy Face Lite encourages shy students to speak more often, and is great with students who have trouble speaking.Autism Timer: This app offers a digital timer for students with autism.Behavior Assessment Pro: BAP identifies factors related to problem behaviors for autistic kids.Awareness!

Apple highlights Accessibility Awareness Day with new section in App Store Apple tends to launch new sections within its App Store quite frequently, especially when they’re trying to highlight something with the apps available within its store. Now, to highlight the Global Accessibility Awareness Day, which “raises the profile of and introducing the topic of digital (web, software, mobile app/device etc.) accessibility and people with different disabilities to the broadest audience possible,” Apple has highlighted several different apps that aim to help the cause. There are 15 different apps within the new section, ranging from use with the iPhone, the iPad and the Apple Watch as well. Apps like Instapaper are included, as well as Workflow and djay 2. The dedicated section can be found below. [via Apple]

Thinking about math from someone else’s perspective This essay is part of the larger radio documentary Teaching Teachers, which you can listen to in its entirety on this website or on our podcast feed (iTunes). Deborah Ball used to teach elementary school. Now she’s dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan. She’s on a mission to help the public and policymakers understand what it takes to be a good teacher. “What you do when you’re teaching is you think about other people’s thinking,” she says. “You don’t think about your own thinking; you think what other people think.

untitled Discussion of U.S. and Worldwide Issues of Cognitive Accessibility Yesterday, Neil Milliken and Debra Ruh, members of the W3C‘s Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force, interviewed Andrew Imparato, Executive Director of the U.S. Association of University Centers on Disabilities as part of their AXSchat series. Watch the great, informative interview of Andy. Their discussion is a wide-ranging one, including commentary about related U.S. policy, and the history […]W3C Task Force Webinar: Building Accessibility to Address Cognitive Impairments Webinar: Building Accessibility to Address Cognitive Impairments Conducted By: Lisa Seeman, Chair of The W3C Cognitive Accessibility Task Force; and Rich Schwerdtfeger, Chief Technology Officer, Accessibility, for IBM Software Group, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor.

Teachers tap into brain science to boost learning JUDY WOODRUFF: Next: neuroscience and education. Thousands of teachers around the country are learning about an alternative teaching program that aims to use scientific discoveries about the brain to improve the way children learn in the classroom. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports from Philadelphia. JASSELLE CIRINO, Teacher, Francis Scott Key Elementary: When I say class, you… CLASS: You stop what you’re doing. Mobile Devices in the Inclusive Classroom (Series) In this series of 4 webinars on Mobile Devices in the Classroom, AT Specialist Mike Marotta discusses the advantages of using mobile devices as Assistive Technology (AT) and as a means to promote inclusiveness. Webinar #1 focus on the Chrome browser as a cost-effective AT for students with disabilities and on the collaborative features of the browser. Webinar #2 is all about Accessibility issues, creation of Accessible Instrucional Materials (AEM) and selection of Apps when transitioning individuals with disabilities to work and/or higher education.

The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding Last December, Nur-E Farhana Rahman sat in an Uber car in New York City, tears streaming down her face. Her months-long project to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter, to expand production at her jewelry company, was about to end in failure. Rahman had thought she was prepared to crowdfund: After she and her mother started Knotty Gal, which handmakes knotted neck­laces and other accessories, she intensively researched successful campaigns and planned her own. More than 120 people gave her almost $18,800--but by Kickstarter's all-or-nothing rules, falling short of her goal meant the entire campaign had come to naught.

AEM: Higher Education and AEM AEM-related information and resources pertaining to higher education. The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities The Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Post-Secondary Education for Students with Disabilities (the Commission) was established under Section 772 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, Public Law 110-315, dated August 14, 2008. AIM as Equal Access to Educational Opportunity On June 29, 2010, the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, sent a joint letter to all United States college and university presidents. 102 Free (or Free-to-Try) Online Collaborative Learning Tools Have You Ever Considered Making Money Online? Kelly Richards of New York was tired of worrying all the time where the next dollar would come from. Life seemed merely a succession of bills and worrying about how to pay them. One late night while surfing the internet, her long hours of research finally paid off and she discovered a secret system that would help her get a break in life and beat the recession.

Why Can't You Be More Organized? - 10 Apps to help with Executive Functions "Why can't you be more organized?" I try not to say this to my 12 year old son every night, but I'm almost always thinking it. His backpack and locker should have caution tape surrounding them (and don't get me started on his bedroom). He brings home the book he needs, but forgets the worksheet. Or he has the worksheet, but "that book must have fallen out of my backpack." Does this sound familiar?

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