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Video of the Week: AT Tools in the Classroom

October 11, 2017 by - 1 Comment

Video of the Week: AT Tools in the Classroom

Would it be helpful to have an overview of some of the most common AT tools in classrooms? Stay tuned! Today’s post features Sharon Plante, and covers a wide range of AT tools that are used for reading, writing, executive functioning, and more. Many thanks to the Center on Technology and Disability for making this available. Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyfDRWatUwU 

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Make It PrAACtical: Switch Mounts

February 6, 2017 by - Leave your thoughts

Make It PrAACtical: Switch Mounts

If you haven’t been following the AT Makers movement, you might want to check out the wonderful projects and activities of this group. In this post, founder Bill Binko shows us how to use 3-D printing to adapt camera mounts for switches to make an affordable solution for those with access difficulties. Wait, what? You don’t have a 3-D printer? We love Bill’s suggestion of collaborating with robotics clubs and STEM groups at local high schools, scouting organizations, or community agencies who have the skills and equipment to make this happen. They are usually quite receptive to projects that help others. The design for this adaptation is shared freely with a Creative Commons/Attribution/Share license, making it a great project for students, church groups, scouts, and others. If you give this a try, be sure to go to their Facebook page to share your project. Tag us so we can see what... [Read More...]

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Watch It Wednesday: An AT Perspective on 3-D Printers

November 5, 2014 by - 3 Comments

Watch It Wednesday: An AT Perspective on 3-D Printers

There has been a lot of buzz about 3-D printers in the past year, a technology that is teeming with potential for assistive technology lovers. In this video, we look at a joint project by Hereward College and the University of Warwick. This is a win-win for the AT users and the students at these universities who are learning prAACtical ways to support people with disabilities. Very prAACtical! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_-sVw_hQ5k  

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Watch It Wednesday: Towards an Inclusive Maker Movement

August 13, 2014 by - Leave your thoughts

Watch It Wednesday: Towards an Inclusive Maker Movement

Where we live, the DIY movement has impacted everything from home repairs, to decorating, to assistive technology. We love the idea of empowering clients, families, and professionals to take things into their own hands to make, adapt, use, and share. Take a look at Meryl Alper’s Ignite session on the topic of building an inclusive maker culture.  

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Fast FAACt Friday: Accidental Access

February 7, 2014 by - Leave your thoughts

Fast FAACt Friday: Accidental Access

What was the first technology that allowed teachers and SLPs to use personal computers in their work with students who had significant physical disabilities? Probably the Adaptive Firmware Card (AFC). Developer Paul Schwejda and SLP Judy McDonald discuss in this wonderful video from the AT Oral History Project at the University of Connecticut. How interesting that this wonderful tool stemmed from an accidental meeting by two forward-thinking people! Direct Link to Video: http://youtu.be/xu40fnC94Hk

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