Finding inspiration in the actions of others can be the spark needed to create change. Dr. Cole Galloway is one of those inspirational people. As the Director of the Pediatric Mobility Lab and Design Studio and Professor at the University of Delaware, he has created an unusual and inspiring way to unlock children’s social, emotional, and cognitive skills. He invents mobility devices to provide independence to children with mobility issues. Listen to his inspirational view as he talks about how “The same joy and excitement experienced by every dancer or musician, astronaut or athlete can be seen in newly mobile children.”
Dr. Cole Galloway, pediatric researcher and designer, from the University of Delaware, is a man with a mission. He wants to see all kids moving and having fun! This includes children with disabilities. In an effort to do this he looked at ways that children with disabilities could have access to toys that provide mobility, similar to their typically developing peers. To provide access and increase independence for our littlest kids he launched the Go Baby Go! project. Working with a team he modified off the shelf motorized cars, found in any toy store. Adding switches and buttons for accessibility he modified the controls to allow children with mobility disabilities to operate the same motorized cars as their peers. He then went a step further and provided information on how to do it yourself and in some instances provided his adapted toys to families free of charge. For more information on Go Baby Go! and Dr. Cole Galloway visit http://www.udel.edu/gobabygo/
Bridgingapps.org is a website that thrives to “bridge the gap between technology and people with disabilities.” Using their How to Search for Apps tab you can search by specific skills, read reviews by professionals and save your own searches with notes. The Getting Started tab allows you search based on your role as caregiver or professional. All the apps are rated, categorized and priced. Check out how this site may help take the confusion out of the term “There is an app for that.”
My Name is David is an animated short film from one of the animators of Robot Chicken, Matt Manning. The film provides an audio visual that aims to educate people about some of the things that impact the character in the film. The film features the actual words and voice of the films author, David Sharif, a young man with autism. The film was created as a way for Sharif to share what Autism is with his fellow classmates. His speech looks to not only educate children and adults about autism but also to give a voice to the more than one million young men and women with autism in schools throughout the country. This is a wonderful resource to share with others on some of the sensory, communication and special interests that may impact a person with Autism as they attempt to build relationships with others.
In 2007 The United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to make April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day to “highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults, who are affected by autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives.” In celebration of this Apple has launched a new section of its App Store focused on apps designed specifically for individuals with Autism. If you go to the app store under the Education tab you will find a link for Autism Awareness and the sixteen apps related to navigating the social emotional world around us.
Looking for a quick and easy app to help students who struggle with handwriting (dysgraphia)? Snap Type for Occupational Therapy may the answer you are looking for. This free app was created for use with iPads by Amberlynn Gifford, an Occupational Therapy student in Springfield, Massachusetts. The app allows students can take a picture of their worksheet in class and use the iPad keyboard to type their answers directly onto the worksheet. A screenshot of the completed worksheet can then be emailed to the teacher. Download it for free from the app store.
Looking for low cost solutions to assistive technology can be a challenge when attempting to meet the diverse needs of learners. We have shared a variety of solutions to meet the needs of students for reading and math over the past few months Oklahoma ABLE Tech however is another site to explore for free to low-cost assistive technology solutions that are $50 or less! Categories featured include reading, vision, hearing, handwriting/keyboarding, composition, and communication. Check out their website http://www.ok.gov/abletech/ATMenu/ to explore some options that we have shared on our blog in the past as well as a few that might be new to you.
Here’s a little technology humor for you! This video is from the Ellen DeGeneres Show and demonstrates magic with the iPad. Take a look just for fun!
Create a customized multiplication table using MS Word Graph Paper. Laminate them or put them in page protectors and use them with dry erase markers. Even better, cover a Pringles can with the separated chart. Twist the can to find the answers. Thank you Cynthia Feist and Tara Jeffs, Loudoun County Public Schools for showing this cool trick on your recent TechKnowledgy Conference Webinar, Making Math and Science Accessible for All – Differentiating Instruction with Low Cost Tools.
When you read a book do you imagine what the characters and setting look like? If that book is made into a movie does the picture you painted in your mind match that of the movie makers? Meet seven year old Emily, who is blind, as she shares her “vision” of the characters in her favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz. Learn how the producers of a Comcast commercial worked with Emily to help share what she sees when she watches her favorite movie. During the Academy Awards, Comcast shared Emily’s vision as they introduced a new product to assist people with vision impairments independently make movie selections using a talking guide. The talking guide reads aloud selections, such as program titles, network names and time slots, as well as DVR and On Demand settings.