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This article from a broadcast from National Public Radio (NPR) discusses wording in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act that makes inclusive playgrounds mandatory in communities across the nation. The high cost of building an accessible playground and the requirements that must be met are detailed, as well as illustrations...

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Joshua Jenkins, a special education teacher in New Orleans, looks at two technology tools that are widely used throughout the country – one, a traditional word processor that has served students with disabilities for years; the other, the iPad, the tablet computer which many consider the hottest technology ticket in...

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How do you provide technical assistance (TA) to teachers, OT’s, SLP’s, families and others who work with children who have complex sensory, motor, and/or cognitive challenges when they are far from each other and from the few available TA experts by hundreds of miles? In this article, Dr. Jay Gense,...

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Maintained by Marianne Wartoft, Educational Freeware lists and reviews high-quality free educational software and websites, in her words "mostly for kids, but also for grown-ups." The website has a huge selection of web-based software and downloadable Windows software for you to try. The reference section includes links to websites that...

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Camera Mouse was developed by Professor James Gips (Boston College) and Professor Margrit Betke (formerly of Boston College and now with Boston University) to allow people with disabilities to operate the computer with their head movements. This is available as a free download from their website. All you need are...

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Autism After 16 is an excellent website for individuals with ASD and their families. The website focuses on adults with autism and offers analysis, commentary, and related information geared toward transition issues, life skills (videos), health and wellness, postsecondary education, employment, financial issues, housing, community life, arts, and research. Autism...

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When it comes to assistive technology in the classroom, Ellen Engstrom has seen it all, or at least quite a bit of it. In recent years, she has devoted herself to teaching what she’s learned to a new generation of teachers. She shares her “lessons learned” with readers. We think...

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In the past, notes long-time AT expert Russ Holland, “We said that the purpose of assistive technology was to place band-aids on mainstream technology to make it work.” Now, he says, “companies need to make accessibility part of the design parameters for all products.” Mr. Holland, co-founder of Adirondack AccessAbility...

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They include iPads and iPods, smartphones and lap­tops. They cost far less than more specialized technology and their prices continue to drop. Many, like Dr. Milton Chen, believe these devices have the potential to help change the course of U.S. K-12 education for nearly every child, both with and without...

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When conducting an assistive technology assessment for a child with a disability, Professor James Lenker says, the key question is "Is the child better off with or without the device?" The question may seem basic, but answering it correctly requires the type of expertise that Dr. Lenker brings to his...

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