Accessible Coffee Making

Independence is the goal for everyone as we move into adulthood.  Here is a podcast for those who are blind who would like to make coffee for themselves without the help of others.  It is recommended that you listen to this podcast with headphones to have the full experience!  Let us know if this works for you! Enjoy your coffee!

Free books for young Braille readers

ReadBooks! is a national children’s braille literacy program encouraging families with blind children to read print/braille books together. National Braille Press, along with Seedlings Braille Books for Children, is distributing free braille book bags to families with blind and visually impaired children, aged birth to seven, across the United States.

For more information and to request a book bag go to:

Hearing loss doesn’t stop NFL Fullback

This video captures the perseverance and drive it takes sometimes to reach your goal.  Derrick Coleman is a fullback in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and he is deaf.  With the help of a simple adaptation of his hearing aids, lip reading and supportive teammates he has been very successful and has reached his goal.  Check out this video and hear his story


Grant to support summer reading programs

Do you have a great idea for increasing the reading abilities of your students with disabilities?  A Summer Reading Grant is available and the deadline February 27, 2014 is fast approaching!  Think about how assistive technology is used to help your students read and improve their literacy skills.  Could you create a summer reading program or camp might help refine these skills? Check out this website to access multiple grant options for literacy.

New App for Self-Determination

The Virginia Department of Education’s I’m Determined project has just announced the release of a new FREE app to help students set goals.  Teachers and parents can work with students to develop goals to work towards using this app.  Updates can be made as students reach each step toward their ultimate goal.

Go to the homepage of and look under “Recent News” to find the link to iTunes.

Giving back

Wow!  I found this incredible company that is truly making a difference in the lives of individuals who need adaptive equipment.  Not only are they making custom made equipment, they are also providing opportunities for these same individuals to design and create adaptations for communities.

Raven for example has physical challenges and she needs an adaptive seat for her desk at school.  She realized that the chair is not only uncomfortable for her, but all of her classmates because of it’s slippery and hard.  She designed a wedge seat that not only works for her but for everyone.  She created 60 of these seats for both classrooms in her sixth grade.  What a great opportunity for her to give back!!raven/c9ge

Active Participation for Older Students

Active participation by older students who use AAC can sometimes be a challenge if the materials and activities are not “age-respectful” (thank you Caroline Musselwhite) or if they are not motivating.    Consider using the Participation Model by Beukelman & Mirenda, 1988; 2013. The Participation Model is a framework for understanding the barriers to participation and then from a practical intervention standpoint developing strategies and activities to increase active participation in a variety of (ALL) aspects of life.  Again I found a great blog post that provides ideas and resources for making this happen!