How to access audio books from RFBD

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic – For 60 years, RFB&D, a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, has produced accessible educational materials for students with disabilities that make reading standard print difficult or impossible. Titles available in every subject area and grade level from kindergarten …

SchwabLearning and Sparktop to Close

Two of my favorite sites for families struggling with learning disabilities are closing. On September 21, Charles and Helen Schwab announced they will no longer maintain operation of their web sites, SchwabLearning.org and Sparktop.org. Instead they will focus on selective grant-making to other organizations. I am grateful for the wonderful …

One Stop for Free Assistive Technology

Steve Jacobs has created One Stop for Free Assistive Technology, a clearing house of free assistive technology tools available for a variety of needs. It is organized alphabetically, but if you choose a few handy keywords, you can usually jump to the products that would be of interest to you. …

Q-Charm – AAC on your wrist!

Check out the Q-Charm customizable bracelet for a down-to-earth, convenient low-tech communication and cuing system. Q-Charms are silicone wrist bands with interchangeable half-inch square charms. The charms have different icons to help an individual communicate, anticipate daily events, etc. UPDATE: Sadly, the Q-Charm is no longer made – do you …

Joy Zabala on Accommodations vs. Modifications

Joy Zabala, wise leader of QIAT and key developer of the SETT framework, recently described the distinction between modifications and accommodations this way:  An ACCOMMODATION does not change the essential outcome of the task (for example, an essay or some sort of written product).  It is essentially completing the same …

Free Teaching Tools from 4Teachers.org

4Teachers.org… works to help you integrate technology into your classroom by offering online tools and resources. Locate and create ready-to-use web lessons, quizzes, rubrics and classroom calendars, and tools for student use.       QuizStar       RubiStar       Arcademic Skill Builders       PersuadeStar …

Read Along, Read Aloud

SchwabLearning.org and Don Johnston Inc. have launched a summer read-a-long with a Start-to-Finish rewrite of Tom Sawyer, including both pdf’s of the book and MP3 audio files. In addition, they are offering a 20% discount on select Start-to-Finish books, and a sweepstakes for a collection of adventure titles from Start-to-Finish …

Student uses word prediction – Teacher Tube Video

Not only is Elina’s video a good example of assistive technology tools in action, it’s also a great opportunity to push Teacher Tube, a place for teachers to share instructional (and inspirational) videos. Download: Posted by davidn at TeacherTube.com.