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Professor Charmaine Lowe of Austin Peay State University is a power user of technology. Among those with whom she uses it are highly mobile students whose parents are seasonal workers. Those students, she notes, may use technology to retain connection with family members abroad. “I have students,” Dr. Lowe tells...

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“Best practice” in assistive technology planning, acquisition, and implementation includes meaningful family involvement. In this article, Dr. Sheila Bridges-Bond, Associate Professor in North Carolina Central University’s Department of Communications Disorders, discusses the challenges of working with diverse student population and shares strategies that have worked for her and her...

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Even if you haven’t seen "The Matrix", "Tron", or "Avatar", you’re probably aware of virtual world environments and the role of avatars in them. Recently, forward-looking researchers and educators have begun to explore the value of virtual worlds as an assistive technology. Focusing on a range of physical, cognitive, and...

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The PrAACtical AAC web site is created and maintained by 2 speech-language pathologists/college professors who wanted to share what they've learned and what they teach to parents, teachers, and professionals. Visitors to the site can read articles, view resources and videos, and share their own experiences with augmentative and alternative...

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Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Kids - Reading Planet is a website for school-aged readers and their parents. Although membership is not required, readers who choose to join have access to additional activities to do alone or with family. The site provides book ideas, writing idea starters, and educational games. Many...

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ADDitude magazine has been serving families and adults living with attention deficit disorder by publishing expert information about ADHD diagnosis & treatment, school accommodations, parenting ADD kids, getting organized with ADD, and much more. This quote from ADDitudeMag.com describes the resource's scope well. The website makes available a broad range...

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When well designed, “blended instruction” or, from the student’s vantage point, “blended learning” combines the best of traditional classroom instruction with research-based, computer-assisted resources. Those resources may be made available online or be provided via digital storage media, but the combination can be a powerful one, resulting in greater...

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The mistake made by some IEP team members, says Dr. Leonard Trujillo, Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistive Technology Certification Program at East Carolina University, is to focus too broadly on AT devices that attempt to do too much, well into a child’s future. Instead, he counsels, parents and...

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Adapted Innovation focuses primarily on resources for students with visual impairments or Deaf, and follows related education news and technology insights. Both the blog and Facebook page are regularly updated with new posts and include topics related to assistive technology in the classroom and at home, universal design for...

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AAC Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to effective AAC tools and promoting the AAC goal - optimal communication and maximum potential, the AAC Rules of Commitment, and evidence-based clinical practices for AAC worldwide. The AAC Institute website provides AAC tools (costs vary), research information, advocacy tips,...

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