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This blog piece discusses a mother’ challenges with her assisting her blind daughter and figuring out why she was disinterested in using her white cane. Sensory processing issues, complex needs, occupational therapy and a ‘sensory diet’ are all topics for discussion, review and to help the reader realize her journey...

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When Kristin Smedley learned that her first child was born with a gene mutation that causes blindness, she believed the life she dreamt for her son was over. Smedley shares her very personal story of how she learned to see the world differently through the eyes of her children and...

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Helping students to develop mouse skills can be a challenge. There are free activities online for helping children to build mouse skills. There are games and various drawing programs (see previous posting "Sites to Support Students with Special Needs" for a listing of drawing programs) that provide simple mouse practice...

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Two statistics up front: (a) only 8.5% of blind children receive enough instruction to learn braille; and (b) blind adults who do not know braille have a 97% unemployment rate. The Read Read is a Braille learning device that, simply put, teaches blind and low vision people how to read...

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Does Universal Design for Learning (UDL) exist in virtual schools? Kimberly Coy provides us this overview of the things we can consider to create robust learning environments, even online, using UDL. https://www.smore.com/vg49h-udl-in-synchronous-environments-k-8

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American Sign Language University is a fantastic resource site for American sign Language (ASL) students and teachers. Here you will find information and resources to help you learn ASL and improve your signing. Study at your own pace. The site has an easy to navigate index with popular words, and...

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Flipgrid was designed by a professor and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. The product is a video sharing tool for student engagement and formative assessment that is used by PreK-PhD teachers, students, principals, and parents to get feedback, share information, and increase participation and inclusion in the classroom....

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A clip from a session at the Australian Music Society for Education Conference 2015 (ASME 2015) conducted by Phil Heeley of “Access for All” showcasing various AT music creation devices such as the Soundbeam motion sensor, the Skoog, and the Alphasphere.

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This is an AAC, symbol-supported communication iPad or iPhone app to promote language development and grow communication skills, from beginning to advanced communicators. Personalize the vocabulary in the app. Choose from three vocabulary levels and 23 different grid sizes. Create and edit buttons with 20,000 symbols or use your own...

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Professor Jan Wilson at the University of Tulsa speaks on a nine year old girl’s experience in a new school, her autism, and inclusion in a General Ed classroom. Every single person is unique and has different skills, so why are students taught the same way? Jan Wilson explores the...

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