With over 300 AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) apps available, finding the right one for your needs can be very difficult and time-consuming. With AAC apps ranking among some of the most expensive apps available, it is also costly to make mistakes! The AAC Ferret helps you to quickly find the AAC app(s) with the exact features you need! This app was developed by the wonderful team at Spectronics in Australia. Here’s an introductory webinar from the Spectronics team explaining the app.
Many iPad apps are available to support learners with reading and writing difficulties. The Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning (CALL) Center in Scotland recently completed a wheel of apps that support students with reading and writing difficulties. This Wheel of Apps is not comprehensive but attempts to identify relevant, useful apps and to categorize them based upon challenges students might have. The wheel includes links to each app, although it links to the iTunes UK store, useful information about the app can be obtained.
Are you teaching extended school year this summer? Looking for creative lesson plans or perhaps you will be teaching a group of students you are unfamiliar with. Check out the free summer curriculum from the Unique Learning System. As an annual tradition, Unique Learning System is offering a free summer curriculum for students participating in extended school year programs. This years summer unit is focusing on summer camp activities. It includes activities for fine motor, arts and crafts, literacy and math development. Check it out. Download the lessons at: https://www.n2y.com/products/unique/summerRegistration.aspx
Special Effect: The Gamers Charity (http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/) is an organization out of the UK that puts fun into the lives of people with physical disabilities by connecting them with AT devices so they can play video games. The devices they create are “game changers” for everyone. View a few of their inspirational videos and see if you can help another person with physical disabilities have fun.
Here’s a great on-line tool for creating free visual supports. This site is funded by a grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities and uses picture symbols from the Boardmaker library. ConnectABILITY: http://connectability.ca/visuals-engine/
Maryland’s Assistive Technology connection hub (mATch up) (http://marylandlearninglinks.org/3815) is an excellent resource for finding AT strategies to help your students. Organized by categories with explanations, pictures and ordering information, it is a great site to refer all IEP team members to when considering the need for AT.