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Description: The 2020-2021 school year is starting amid a great deal of uncertainty. As instruction begins in-person, online, and with hybrid formats, teachers, families and caregivers, students and instructional teams may need to reconsider the accommodations and supports that students receive. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) along with the Assistive Technology Network has adapted this resource from the Indiana Department of Education that lists common daily accommodations for students in brick...
Description: We’ve heard that teachers will need to develop virtual learning activities!  Our specialists have developed a list of resources that we hope can help you. Looking for leveled reading? Try these free resources for teachers: Epic! Newsela Are you using Tar Heel Reader? Need a tip for how to share selected books with your students? Create a favorites list of the books you want your students to read.  Open the favorites page. Copy the link and share with students and families....
Description: When you present slides, you can turn on automatic captions to display the speaker's words in real time. This feature is available on Chrome devices in U.S. English.
Description: PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 can transcribe your words as you present and display them on-screen as captions in the same language you are speaking, or as subtitles translated to another language. This can help accommodate individuals in the audience who may be deaf or hard of hearing, or more familiar with another language, respectively. There are also position, size, color, and other appearance options for the captions and subtitles to accommodate different environments and audience needs....
Description: The tools offer options for streaming live captions using automatic speech recognition (ASR). ASR tools use artificial intelligence to convert speech into text. In recent years, educational technologies have started to integrate ASR into their platforms as a way to develop content that is more accessible and inclusive. Turning on Live Captions in your Google Slides Presentation Turning on Live Captions in your PowerPoint for Office 365 Using Web Captioner as a Live Captioning Solution
Description: You can customize Chrome on your desktop by adding extensions from the Chrome Web Store.
Description: This includes Information on how to add or remove browser add-ons, extensions, and toolbars in Microsoft Edge.
Description: This guide is designed to support professionals and families in understanding assistive technology (AT) and identifying possible AT tools for students from preschool through high school. “I have severe dyslexia and it's hard for me to read and write. In the eighth grade, I could not write down a single word. The first time I used a program with voice recognition, I wrote a whole short story. Using AT means I can do things myself and I don't have to depend on someone else to help me.”...
Description: It is the responsibility of the IEP team to consider the need for assistive technology devices or services. The consideration process is a short discussion among team members to determine if the use of low tech or high tech supports will assist the student in making academic progress. The IEP team should document the consideration process.
Description: Android accessibility overview You can customize your Android device using accessibility settings and apps. Turn on Chromebook accessibility features You can make your Chromebook easier to use by turning on accessibility features that work best for your needs.
Description: iPhone Accessibility: The world’s most personal device was designed for every person. So a person who’s blind can take group selfies. A person who’s deaf can call Mom from overseas. And a person who can’t move from the neck down can send text messages to friends. MAC Accessibility: Edit a video without using a mouse or trackpad. Build a presentation without seeing the screen. Or track down important files for your next project with just your voice. Because Mac is...
Description: Type with your voice You can type and edit by speaking in Google Docs or in Google Slides speaker notes. Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.
Description: Narrator is a screen-reading app that's built into Windows 10, so there's nothing you need to download or install. This guide describes how to use Narrator with Windows so that you can start using apps, browsing the web, and more. 
Description: Use dictation to talk instead of type on your PC Use dictation to convert spoken words into text anywhere on your PC with Windows 10. Dictation uses speech recognition, which is built into Windows 10, so there's nothing you need to download and install to use it. Note: To use dictation, your PC needs to be connected to the internet.
Description: Dictate your documents: Word for Office 365, PowerPoint for Office 365, Word for the web and more... This feature is available to Office 365 Subscribers only.
Description: You can hear full pages read aloud with Chromebook’s built-in screen reader or hear parts of a page, including specific words, read aloud with Select-to-speak.
Description: With this extension, you can use Immersive Reader without an internet connection. Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool that supports literacy development for learners regardless of age or ability. Immersive Reader uses proven techniques to enhance: Reading comprehension Language learning Decoding for readers with dyslexia Immersive Reader also powers Grammar Tools and Dictionary for Microsoft Edge.
Description: Read&Write lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently. The easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. Read&Write is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little support with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace. And its friendly literacy features help English Language Learners, as well as people with learning difficulties or requiring dyslexia tools. Platforms include: Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS...
Description: Today Boardmaker means a lot more than just creating printed “boards”. Boardmaker Online subscriptions are extremely popular, and people are letting go of their beloved Boardmaker disks and embracing the new cloud-based software to enjoy the benefits of technology that can be wherever you need to be. There are now more than 30,000 individual picture symbols available in several different styles (Classic, ThinLine, High Contrast, and Persona.) They have been translated into 44...
Description: Virginia Family Special Education Connection provides a one-stop-shop for parents, families and caregivers of children with special needs to: Access local school system contacts and disability services in your community Explore an abundance of resources, including assistive technology and behavioral supports to help your child succeed. Learn about and plan your child's educational program Understand your legal rights and responsibilities POWER (Parent Organizer with Educational Resources)...
Description: Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as talking with friends, going to school and work, or participating in recreational activities is a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help to overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance their quality of life and lead more independent...
Description: AT Consideration Guide App: IDEA (1997) added the requirement that each IEP team consider the need for assistive technology as part of the Consideration of Special Factors. IEP teams must also document their consideration of assistive technology in the IEP plan. The consideration guide is to assist school divisions in developing a process for consideration of AT in the IEP process. (Free)
Description: Looking for a roadmap to ensure that the technology in your workplace is accessible to all employees and job applicants? You've come to the right place! Whether you're just getting started on accessible technology or looking for more advanced guidance, PEAT offers resources that can help. This site includes resources on the following action steps: Learn More Get the Basics Assess Build Your Initiative Buy & Implement Communicate Measure Share What Works
Title: Camera Mouse
Description: Camera Mouse is a free program that allows you to control the mouse pointer on a Windows computer just by moving your head. Clicking can be done by making the mouse pointer dwell over a spot on the screen (after first turning Clicking on in Settings). The program was developed at Boston College to help people with disabilities use the computer. The main audience for this program is people who do not have reliable control of a hand but who can move their head. People with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal...
Description: Natural Reader is a professional text to speech program that converts any written text into spoken words. The paid versions of Natural Reader have many more features. Download Free Version: 20 min/day for Premium Voices Unlimited use of Free Voices Chrome Extension: reads webpages & Google Docs More features about Paid Versions: Unlimited use of Premium Voices Read images & scanned PDFs with OCR MP3 conversion (1 million characters/month) Chrome Extension with unlimited Premium Voices...
Description: The vision of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (hereafter known as The Departments) is that 1) all young children will have adults in their lives who are well-informed on how to use technology to support learning at various ages; and 2) all young children will have opportunities to learn, explore, play, and communicate through a multitude of approaches, including the use of technology.  The purpose of this policy brief is to:...
Description: The Net Cetera online toolkit offers free resources to help you teach people in your community about kids’ online safety. Regardless of your experience as a speaker — or your expertise in online safety — this kit has the resources and information you need to convey key points about kids' online safety. How you use it is up to you: give a presentation to parents or teachers, play the videos in a classroom, and order our free booklets and distribute to schools or libraries.
Description: The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority offers creative and flexible services to open doors for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. Our mission is to provide alternative funding resources for Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology that can enhance their independence and improve their quality of life. Any Virginian with a disability can apply for a loan with us, regardless of income and no matter how small a loan they might need. Credit...
Description: This is not an ‘all inclusive’ manual for assistive technology. It is a starting point to introduce what assistive technology is and how it can help. Each section of the booklet will give examples of devices for specific tasks or activities. For additional details and resources please see the “Where to go from here” section in the back of this booklet. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may cause many different problems: physical, sensory (sight, hearing or touch), cognitive...
Description: In a new feature on its ADA.gov website, the Department of Justice (DOJ) provides information and resources on accessible technology. Topics covered include enforcement, technical assistance and guidance, regulations, and technology initiatives. ADA.gov is the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s site for technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Enforcement The Department's ADA enforcement efforts have helped to ensure that people with disabilities can access Web sites,...
Description: The Virginia Family Special Education Connection Website provides Local Disability Services information for all of the Counties/Cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These services include: Arc (The Arc) Care Connection for Children (Health Department Program) Centers for Independent Living Child Development Services Program - Clinics Community Services Board (CSB) Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Department of Social...
Description: School success depends on a student’s ability to plan, organize and prioritize tasks, materials, and information; separate main ideas from details; think flexibly; memorize content; and monitor progress toward completing tasks. This webcast will introduce strategies using low tech to high tech tools for developing these executive functioning skills for students on the Autism Spectrum.
Description: This article from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) notes that the diversity of ability and experience of users with cognitive disabilities complicates attempts to develop web accessibility guidelines for this population. To design Web sites that are easier for users with cognitive disabilities to use, the author offers suggestions based on usability principles. Many of these recommendations make the web easier for everyone to use.
Title: Learn24VA
Description: Learn24VA is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates digital tools, content, and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. The site quickly searches for Virginia-approved online courses by subject. For example, when you type "German" in the search box, all of the approved German courses would appear in a list. 
Description: The Job Accommodation Network has released "Accommodations for Brain Injury in the Workplace," a JAN Just-In-Time training module. This module will be helpful to employers, employees, family members, and others who are interested in technical assistance on the potential impact of a brain injury on an employee's experience in the workplace. In particular, this module discusses how effective accommodations can be provided to help employees with brain injuries be more successful in the workplace....
Description: What Makes Us Unique? 100% online Varied Degree & Certificate Levels of Learning Coursework Spans Consumer Needs, Abilities, Environments & Age Groups Electives Allow for Focused Learning Paths Dynamic Online Learning Environments Nationally-recognized AT faculty The Assistive Technology Program at George Mason University offers coursework at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level. This program is designed to develop professionals who can effectively implement, assess, and...
Description:     Introduction to AAC What is AAC? How do I get started? AAC Assessment Process Information Gathering Decision Making Trial Implementation AAC Implementation & Use Setting up AAC Vocabulary Selection Training Student, Staff & Family Transitions with AAC Evidence Based Practice Research Resources Professional Development
Description: Storyboard Generator is a free tool from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Students can choose a script (or write their own) and create a storyboard. This is a great free tool for teachers to use with their students to help them learn storytelling, presentation skills, and so much more. Easy to use, this is a powerful tool for students of all ages.
Description: If your child has a special need or learning difference, you've come to the right place. Common Sense Media gets lots of requests for product recommendations from parents whose kids struggle with traditional learning. Some of their kids have a hard time with schoolwork; others have trouble staying on task or find it difficult to express their feelings.
Description: These apps for special needs were made by the developers at Moms With Apps to assist children and families.
Description: BridgingApps is a program of Easter Seals Greater Houston that provides access to educational and therapeutic tools—anywhere, anytime—allowing parents, teachers, and therapists to effectively use mobile devices and apps to target and improve individual skill development to help children and adults with disabilities reach their highest levels of physical and cognitive development.
Description: ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning, and for other states, the Common Core standards. (Grades K-12)
Description: The BrainLine team sorted through many resources to compile this list of apps for mobile devices for people with a brain injury, their families and caregivers.
Description: A team of engineers, researchers and creative experts at Google has awarded Shepherd Center and the Wireless RERC a $15,000 Google Glass Accessibility grant to develop an application that will assist people who have memory impairment because of a brain injury.
Description: There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.
Description: News-2-You® is a weekly newspaper connecting students with special needs to the world around them, enabling them to expand their horizons and engage in relevant current events topics. A supplementary tool for literacy and learning, News-2-You gives students the opportunity to have conversations both in and out of the classroom about relevant topics of the day. It also forms a strong school-to-home connection through Class News—a feature that allows students to create their own...
Description: This site brings together the range of web-based content available through Perkins School for the Blind for teachers, families, and others interested in the education of children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with deafblindness or additional disabilities.
Description: Broadcast LIVE and for FREE, Perkins Training & Educational Resources Program introduces webinars, presented by experts in the field of visual impairment and deafblindness. There are many recorded webinars that can be watched for free or you can register to earn professional credit.
Title: AbleNet, Inc
Description: AbleNet is an international company and industry leader in providing educational and technical solutions to help children and adults with disabilities lead productive and fulfilled lives. This includes a complete line of communication aids for nonverbal individuals; access aids for all ages and situations; and special education classroom curriculum that both enhance and help ensure learning progress. Our products are used in hundreds of thousands of homes, clinics, and classrooms in the United...
Description: The Library and Resource Center (LRC) is a component of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired (DBVI) from which two fundamental programs are administered. Library services are offered to persons who are print disabled. The Library and Resource Center service is provided to local school divisions to support education of visually impaired and blind children.