The other things we should do are support people in writing their autobiography through a variety of means. Writing, composing and journaling can all be made accessible. It should be an important part of each day if you are a teacher.
Google Chrome: http://www.google.com/accessibility/products/
October 30, 2012
Here is one of the biggest free teacher resources out there right now. Take a look and sign-up. There are so many activities to use with your students! They are also symbol friendly. TES Connect
November 4, 2012
Disability.gov launches ‘What’s Your Connection?’ campaign to emphasize disability as a universal link, encourage inclusion in all aspects of life
December 5, 2012
High Noon Books are a perfect resource if you are looking for high interest but varied reading leveled books for students who may not be on grade level. These books provide age appropriate topics of high interest at a variety of reading levels. They are perfect for differentiation, inclusive classrooms and second language learners.
December 24, 2012
The SCRATCH software program from the MIT Media Lab is a creative free software program for students ages 8years and up. They can create many different types of interactive activities. Have fun!
April 5th, 2013
Many times we end up focusing on the higher technology available because of the greater impact it can have for some individuals with significant access needs. We should not lose sight of the wonderful low tech options we can create using simple materials. Therese Willkomm provides incredible useful workshops on how to use simple materials to create sturdy assistive technology tools at a low cost. Please take a look at all of this information at the University of New Hampshire. There are videos included to demonstrate how to make these things. Modular Horse provides materials associated with these projects but you do not have to purchase them through their site. hardware stores, electronics stores etc. have these parts available. Making some of these low tech devices with your students as a learning activity or vocational activity will involve them in designing their own accommodations. We can also have our students assess and give feedback on what is created and how effective it is. Here are some pictures of an adapted iPad stand and stylus.
July 28th, 2013
Tar Heel Reader offers tens of thousands of free accessible books. You are able to sign-up for a free account. One of the wonderful things we can do as an ongoing activity with students is to have them write and design accessible books. They are able to have their materials published and contribute to a growing library. This activity is for all students of any age level. Learning how to design these books is a skill needed by all teachers. it is also a great way to support a more inclusive culture no matter what the setting. I would include adult programs, colleges and universities in this as well.