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Navigating College is written for students with ASD who are transitioning to college life. The Navigating College Handbook and the free site at www.navigatingcollege.org are projects of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). Unlike many transition guides and advocacy handouts, Navigating College is written by individuals who have...

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When Bryan Ayres consults with educators on the best ways to evaluate and use assistive technology, he understands the challenges they face. Before assuming his current role as Director of the Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center, Bryan spent fourteen years in the classroom himself. Many of you...

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The MITS Freedom Stick is a USB "thumb" drive with a large collection of public domain software intended to provide increased access for students with disabilities. The concept and contents were developed by the Regional Support Centre - Scotland North and East with some support from Mozilla. It has been...

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The videos and podcasts on AssistiveWare User Videos highlight various people with disabilities using Assistiveware products. The videos/podcasts show people across the life span engaging in meaningful occupations, and the power of assistive technologies for computer access. There are also newsletters written by those who use the AT solutions seen...

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The AIM Explorer is an Adobe Air application from CAST designed to help students with reading difficulties by incorporating digital text and tools (including text-to-speech, magnification, and highlighting) common to text readers and other reading support software. Text is presented at the student's grade level. The AIM Explorer is meant...

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"Advocating for Your School-Aged Child" is a short article that describes steps for parents to consider when advocating for their child with a disability – in particular, a learning disability. It explains your child's rights in determining eligibility for special education and related services, starting with a written request for...

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When we asked national expert, Fred Tchang, Director of Assistive Technology Services at Advancing Opportunities’ Assistive Technology Center, what advice he would offer to schools and school systems as they prepare, AT-wise, for the upcoming school year, he had a surprising reply: “I would tell them ‘Please, please, please do...

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If The New York Times best-seller list is an accurate barometer, history is a fascinating field for many Americans,” observes Michigan State special education professor Dr. Cynthia Okolo. “Unfortunately, many middle and high school students are not as fond of history as are adults.” Dr. Okolo is not one to...

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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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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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