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This resource guide focuses on breadth of information, including basic information on assistive technology solutions for classroom areas including Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Computer Access, Orientation & Mobility, Art, Music, and Physical Education. The document also includes information on Agencies, Organizations, and Vendors that provide assistive technology....

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Accessibility is critical to leverage the power of technology and provide equal educational opportunities for all students, particularly those with disabilities. Presenters Tracy Gray, Ph.D. (Center on Technology and Disability) and Jose Blackorby, Ph.D., (CAST) address the following key topics at the 32nd CSUN Assistive Technology Conference:

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This meta-analysis looks at the effects of Augmentative and Alternative Communication on speech production in people with a variety of developmental disabilities. From the results section: "the majority ...[of the subjects]... demonstrated gains in speech."

Link: The Impact of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention on the Speech...

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This 2014 research addresses the question of whether Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices improve expressive language (specifically speech) in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. From the conclusion section: "Minimally verbal school-aged children can make significant and rapid gains in spoken spontaneous language with a novel, blended intervention that focuses...

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The Family Media Plan from the American Academy of Pediatrics and HealthyChildren.org helps families set up specific limits for media use. The step-by-step site includes specific aspects of media use to discuss and set with families, such as: Device Free Times, Device Free Zones, Device Curfew, Diversify Your Media, Safety,...

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Administrators have an important role in leading staff in considering, documenting, and implementing assistive technology (AT). This handout provides recommendations for administrators to guide the AT consideration process. This resource was created for PACER Center’s Technology to Improve Kids’ Educational Success (TIKES) project. http://www.pacer.org/stc/tikes...

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Under Title IV Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), each state will receive funds based on the Title I funding formula. States then have the option of allocating these funds to select areas, including supporting technology. Use this infographic to learn more about technology-related funding under ESSA...

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In an article originally published, November 3, 2016 in Special Ed Connection, author Jessica Herseim highlights the Digital Accessibility Toolkit.

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes an increased focus on technology-related requirements to achieve educational outcomes and opportunities for all students. This document is a summary of the technology-related opportunities and terms within ESSA and their implications for students with disabilities (SWDs). It includes a variety of resources to...

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This webinar by Martha Thurlow and Sheryl Lazarus from the National Center on Educational Outcomes provides viewers with quick, yet comprehensive, overview of the paradigm shift in how accessibility features and accommodations are provided as States move toward technology-based assessments. This session will provide you with the information you...

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