Resources for adapting books

Here’s a great Diigo list from Loudoun County highlighting resources for adapting books.  Check out the links that have printable materials that you can use immediately.  A couple of my favorite resources are creating and using focus sticks and the bibliography of repeated line books.

https://groups.diigo.com/group/lcpsat/content/tag/adaptedbooks

Adapted literature

If you have students with significant disabilities finding age appropriate literature is often difficult.  You can spend hours of your spare time creating books and stories.  The Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College has created an online library of adapted literature.  Titles are available for download as power point files, pdf files or movies. All age and grades are covered!  Check it out:

http://www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter/wwslist.html

Masking device for Chrome

Take a minute to read the article at http://lifehacker.com/fokus-highlights-selected-text-on-the-web-and-dims-ever-1558993858. Fokus is a plugin for Firefox or Chrome that masks the rest of the page with a semi-transparent black overlay, helping you focus on the selected text. You can try it out here http://lab.hakim.se/fokus/ before installing.

Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM-VA)

Accessible Instructional Materials -VA (AIM-VA) has a brand new website. Check out the beautiful graphics and new sections that address information needed by students, parents, and teachers.  www.aimva.org.  Please share the link to this website with others, so ALL students who need accessible instructional materials will get them.

Some wonder….. are accessible instructional materials considered AT? Here’s  a quote from  the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials.

What does AT have to do with AIM?

Assistive technology (AT) and accessible instructional materials (AIM) are closely linked. IDEA references access to printed instructional materials that can be converted into the specialized formats of braille, large print, audio, or digital text.Other than embossed braille and hard copy large print, specialized formats require technology to deliver the content to the student. When a student served under IDEA needs technology for access to the content and the curriculum, the technology meets the definition of AT.

 

What to put in a “talking toolbox”?

Last week, I wrote about creating kits of “thing that talk” for students who require that auditory support. Here’s a collection of recent bog posts that address the issue:

  • http://www.assistivetechnology.vcu.edu/2012/02/01/life-beyond-the-ipad-and-kindl/
  • http://www.assistivetechnology.vcu.edu/2011/05/27/you-need-a-portable-talking-ph/
  • http://www.assistivetechnology.vcu.edu/2009/11/17/talking-watches-are-more-chic/
  • http://www.assistivetechnology.vcu.edu/2007/02/23/using-talking-text-web-resourc/

There are many more resources to add to a box. What would you add?

Recycle your old CD cases

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Turn your old CD cases into a great visual support.  Add velcro straps on the bottom to hold the case open, insert plain card stock, attach a dry erase marker to the cover and it becomes a dry erase board.  Insert picture schedules, to do lists, math charts, word wall cards, etc.  Thanks to Judi Schoonover from Loudoun County for a great idea and a wonderful presentation at the Virginia OT School Symposium.

What are you *talking* about?

We spend a lot of time thinking about LoTTIE kits (from Onion Mountain Technology) and their recent “LoTTIE Stars Kit • Talking Tools” is interesting! It’s for “students who learn best with verbal cues, reminders, and self or teacher recordings.” If you made a kit for talking tools what would be in it? In the next few weeks, we’ll post some ideas about what to put in a kit (which you probably already have in your school division).

Fun!

Paralympics and Sports Technology

If you watched the recent Winter Paralympics in Sochi, you could not miss the amazing demonstration of sports technology in these games. Check out this nice article with videos showcasing these amazing technologies that help paralympians advance their sport.

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