Assistive Technology Resources

Following are links to resources for Assistive Technology:

ATechie Toolbox Blog and main resource page , IMESD AT

AT Update

AT Manual

iPad Accessibility Features

AT Funding

  • Financing Assistive Technology - A handbook for funding.
  • Informed Consumer's Guide on Funding Assistive Technology - A very useful guide to pursuing your own funding, step by step.
  • Prentke Romich Company Funding - Prentke Romich Company's (PRC's) mission is to help people with disabilities achieve their potential in educational, vocational and personal pursuits. With that in mind, PRC established its funding department in 1987. Combined, the funding staff has over 14 years of experience assisting people in obtaining the funding needed to purchase, rent or repair their augmentative communication device. Our funding staff is knowledgeable on most states rules and requirements for Medicaid and Medicare. In addition, we can submit your request for purchase of PRC equipment to private insurance.
  • Funding Streams Statewide (Updated 3/2011):

Disability Resources

  • Internet Special Education Resources.
  • Alliance for Technology Access - A network of community-based resource centers dedicated to providing information and support services to people with disabilities.
  • Apple -Accessibility Information - One page summaries of the latest adaptive hardware and software available for the Mac, iPhone,iPod, iPad.
  • CHADD Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder - CHADD works to improve the lives of people with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder through education, advocacy, and support.
  • Closing the Gap - Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site.
  • Council for Exceptional Children - The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides continual professional development, advocates for newly and historically underserved individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.
  • Dyslexia - At dyslexic.com we are trying to provide a resource where dyslexic people, and those who support them in workplaces and education, can get all the information that they need to choose appropriate technology to help them to overcome as far as possible the problems which dyslexia can bring.
  • Family Guide to Assistive Technology - This guide was funded through a subcontract between the Federation and Parents, Let's Unite for Kids from monies awarded to the Federation by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education.
  • Family Center on Technology and Disability - Bi-monthly focus is on areas of learning, advocacy and technology for children with disabilities.
  • Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center - HSDC is a nationally unique, fully accredited independent agency offering a broad array of services tailored to help people with a variety of communication problems related to hearing loss and/or speech and language impairments.
  • LD OnLine - LD OnLine is the official web site of the Coordinated Campaign for learning Disabilities, a national campaign to promote public awareness of learning disabilities.
  • Microsoft Accessibility - Microsoft Accessibility features descriptions of Windows OS tools designed to help people with visual, hearing, or mobility impairments.
  • Prentke Romich Vantage Lite Training Links
  • RESNA Home Page - RESNA is an interdisciplinary association of people with a common interest in technology and disability. Our purpose is to improve the potential of people with disabilities to achieve their goals through the use of technology.
  • Simplified Technology for Children with Disabilities - Linda Burkhart provides her philosophy and many ideas for using technology in the areas of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication. 
  • Virtual Assistive Technology Center - Download free and cheap software for people with disabilities and get answers to assistive technology questions.
  • Web Toolboxes - Software & Assistive Technology - A wonderful resource of vendor information.

Free Downloads

Free Screen Reader for visually impaired (Windows)
Tux 4 kids offers free keyboarding,math and paint programs
Virtual Magnifying Glass
Click n Type on screen virtual keyboard
Browsealoud will read websites out to you and highlight words as they are read out
DSpeech free talking word processor

Xmind - free web idea web tool
Lingoes - free talking dictionary

 Acessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

Accessible Instructional Materials, (AIM), are provided free of charge in the NIMAS file standard for students with blind/vision impairments and physical disabilities or organic brain dysfunctions.The links below go to new fact and process sheets that explain details and IDEA/OARS concerning AIM.

AIM Process Sheets (pdf) AIM Fact (pdf)

AIM: Fact and Process PowerPoint

 

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