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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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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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This issue features Lorianne Hoenninger, CEO of Accessible Learning Technology Alternatives, AT consultant from Long Island, New York, and a former special education teacher. Developer of the FASTTRAC system for AT consideration, Ms. Hoenninger shares her views on the need to build an AT infrastructure within school systems and the...

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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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Parent blogger Dana Nieder understands the jargon of the education world – with its IFSP’s, IEP’s, and inclusive classrooms. She has a graduate academic degree from The Johns Hopkins University and experience as a science teacher. She and her family have an apartment in New York City with high speed...

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This interview will be of particular interest to those who work with children and youth with blindness and vision impairments, or are interested in leading-edge research and the adaptation of consumer technologies to enhance the lives of those with sensory impairments. The insights and research results of Dr. Lotfi Merabet,...

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