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:

http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/programs/readbooks/readbooks.html

Meet Brody–New Video from the Family Center on Technology and Disability and PACER Center

AT in ACTION Video Series –Meet Brody!
Meet Brody, a bright young sixth grader who uses assistive technology to help him write and participate in class. In this video we also hear from Brody’s teacher JoAnn Olsen as well as from Annette Ceretta, the AT Specialist for Brody’s school. Brody talks about his use of Co:Writer and a smart pen.The AT in Action video series is brought to you by the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and PACER Center. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this fully-captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community.  Please share this video with your colleagues and the families you serve.

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Literacy cube

One of our most popular make-it-take-it activities is also the easiest and most versatile.  It’s the literacy cube, or large dice.  The picture below explains it all.  Using a styrofoam cube, cover the entire surface with duct tape (be sure to leave the plastic on the styrofoam so the tape adheres).   Now comes the fun part, think of all of the uses.  Any activity that requires your students to make a choice, answer review questions, select numbers, etc.

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Panther Apps

These apps were designed to provide meaningful and fun access to Reading, Writing and Mathematics for those with motor challenges.  The apps combine Universal Design for Learning as well as independent access for individuals using an iPad.  We have been challenged for years for students to show their work in math and perhaps Panther Math Paper might meet this challenge? These apps are still being perfected and will be available for purchase on iTunes.  Keep checking the App Store and let us know what you think!

http://panthertechnology.com/ 

Families as AT Advocates

The Family Center for Technology and Disabilities offers great resources to help families learn about AT, identify AT solutions for their children and help their children to be self-determined about AT.  The Assistive Technology Solutions Fact Sheet is a visual guide to AT and a great resource to share with families!  Check it out and share it with families….it’s new!

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Virtual TechKnowledgy is Back!

Screen shot 2013-09-27 at 11.38.23 PMMark your calendar for the 3rd Annual Virtual TechKnowledgy Conference, November 11-15, 2013.  Each day this week, live conference events will be scheduled beginning with an opening keynote on Monday, November 11, featuring Penny Reed, an internationally recognized assistive technology expert.  Registration is required for daily webinars highlighting a variety of AT topics.  New Virtual Exhibit Halls will be open the entire week!  REGISTRATION IS FREE!  Certificates of Participation for licensure renewal will be available following completion of each event.  Visit http://www.ttaconline.org/atsdp for conference updates and registration information.