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Lisa R. Tebo, OTR/L, ATP, Director

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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ORGANIZATIONS
& TRAINING RESOURCES


Adirondack Regional Technology Center (Regional TRAID Center) at SUNY Plattsburgh.

Aliance for Technology Access - A network of AT resource centers, organizations, agencies, individuals, and companies dedicated to supporting AT access and innovation.


Assistive Technology Industry Association. A non-profit organization for innovators, vendors, and service providers.

Assistive Technology Training Online    Extensive online training program addressing regulations, the evaluation process, selection of devices, writing IEPs and more, from the University of Buffalo.

Assistive Technology Internet Modules - Free online resource providing a general overview of assistive technology, along with modules addressing specific functional areas and AT tools!

Autism Internet Modules - Great training resource for autism-related topics including strategies for home, school and community.


Book Builder - Online tool for creating, publishing and sharing digital books with multiple levels of built-in supports, from CAST.

Bowling Green State University- BGSU offers an online program in which professionals can gain a Graduate Certificate in Assistive Technology, or a M.Ed. Degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in Assistive Technology. 


Center for Applied Special Technology
(CAST).  A non-profit research and development organization that focuses on expanding learning opportunities for all students through Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Closing the Gap   Resource directory for assistive technology solutions and training.

Family Center on Technology & Disabilities - Supported by the US Department of Ed Office of Special Education Programs, FCTD offers extensive resources on AT for parents, organizations and service providers, including monthly newsletters, fact sheets, online discussions, and success stories.

Lesson Builder - Sample lessons and tools to create and adapt general education lessons that increase access and participation for all students, from CAST.

National UDL Center - UDL guidelines and educator checklists.

RESNA   Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America.

Science Writer - Online support for middle to high school students for improving the quality of lab write-ups and science reports, from CAST.

Teaching Every Student for the Digital Age, David H. Rose and Anne Meyer.

Tots 'N Tech - This collaboration between Arizona State University and Thomas Jefferson University includes a HelpDesk can help you narrow down solutions for children based on functional areas, and provides links to numerous other resources.

UDL Editions - Classic texts presented in a flexible online interface that provides individualized supports for struggling readers, and incorporates features to engage readers of all levels, from CAST.

UDL Toolkit - Free technology toolkit for UDL in all classrooms.  Includes resources for graphic organizers, literacy tools, math tools, writing tools, study skills, multi-media and digital storytelling tools, text-to-speech and speech-to-text tools, and much more!


ONLINE GAMES & ACTIVITIES FOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT


Eye Can Learn - Online games for developing visual attention, visual perception, and oculomotor skills.

HelpKidzLearn is a website from Inclusive Technologies, with an extensive library of free, online activities that support cause and effect, early learning, literacy, and creativity. They are accessible by mouse or touchscreen, and many can be accessed using switches!!

Jacob's Lessons - This fantastic website was developed by parents of an autistic child, and includes activities designed to teach youngsters beginning computer skills while reinforcing ABA concepts.  Activities are fun, engaging, and developmentally appropriate!

Learning Games for Kids - Variety of keyboarding activities for kids.

Quizlet - Use this online tool to create your own flashcards, quizzes and review games.  Or, choose from some of the 3000+ subjects already available on their website.

 

Slater Software Free Activities - Symbol-supported activities available for immediate download and use, including social stories, poems, instructional materials, recipes, poems, games, and more.  Created using Picture-It and PixWriter.


SPECIFIC TUTORIALS
Adobe Acrobat Professional 9   Video tutorial demonstrating the use of Acrobat Pro to create accessible forms for student use.

 

Microsoft Word AutoCorrect   Creating text "shortcuts" in Word can provide many benefits, such as reducing keystrokes, creating a convenient and quick way to enter commonly used names, titles or vocabulary, or compensating for spelling challenges.  This PDF tutorial will show you how easy it is.

 

MathPad Plus   Video tutorial demonstrating the use of MathPad Plus to create and use accessible math activities.

Creating Talking Books with PowerPoint  Use this PDF tutorial to create a talking book using scanned images from your favorite book and recording your own narration.

Creating Classroom Suite Activity with Page Buttons  Use this PDF tutorial to create an activity using page buttons, page sound, pictures, text boxes, setting properties.

Creating Cause & Effect Activities Using IntelliMation in Classroom Suite 4  Use this PDF tutorial for directions on creating IntelliMation, adding sound files, using the Slide Show feature, and attaching overlay.

Creating Fill-in-the-Blank Writing Activities using Classroom Suite 4    Use this PDF tutorial to learn how to use symbol/picture supported text,  lock text, insert answer fields, capture answers, edit picture settings, using a variety of Creativity Tools.

CAST UDL Training Modules - Multimedia, interactive online learning environment for educators that introduces the theory, principles and application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Bookshare Online Training Modules for Accessible Instructional Materials
- Great resource for learning who qualifies for accessible materials, what makes materials accessible, how to obtain materials through Bookshare and how to use them.  Time well spent!

Web Aim - Step-by-step directions for creating accessible materials.

Boardmaker Tutorials (Symbol Board)
Boardmaker Tutorials (Symbol Supported Text)
Follow these quick and easy tutorials for creating custom symbol boards and symbol-supported text for your students.

Enabling Devices - Extensive library of video tutorials for modifications and use of devices including communicators, switches, adaptive toys, and more.

VENDORS
Click here for a list of vendors of assistive technology products. 

Be sure to check out the Maryland Assistive Technology Cooperative - Purchasing items through their co-op allows you to get discounted prices on many AT products.  And you don't have to live in Maryland to take advantage of this service!!