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Assistive technology helps to level the playing field to allow both learning and physically challenged student to succeed in the "mainstream" world, creating normalcy and preserving self-esteem.

General Resources

Narrowing the Gap in Academics
Find out about the latest learning technologies helping students to succeed academically.

Creating Independence
Here you'll find resources on adaptive technology that opens doorways and removes barriers for individuals with disabilities.


GENERAL RESOURCES


Sections

Assistive Technology
This page of the Parents Community's Kids with Special Needs section offers a more basic set of assistive technology resources.

Technology in the Classroom
Here you'll find Education Worlds technology related articles. Browse the archives and check back for our new weekly content.

The Technology Center
This center is devoted to educational technology, and has special sections for students, teachers, and administrators.



Reviews

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC) provides access to professional literature, information, and resources on the education and development of individuals of all ages who have disabilities and/or who are gifted.

Equal Access to Software and Information
The EASI Web site is an excellent resource to learn more about using adaptive technology to empower students with disablities in mainstream, special classroom, and workplace environments. EASI includes live Webcast interviews, articles, and other resources.

NCIP - National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education
This is the Web site of The National Center to Improve Practice (NCIP), which promotes the use of technology for improved education for students with physical, mental and social disabilities.



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ABLE DATA
Technology and rehabilitation products with a searchable database of over 25,000 products for persons with disabilities.

Adaptive Technology Resource Centre -- Education
Purpose is to develop and share solutions to challenges faced by users of adaptive technology.

Inclusive Technology Ltd
Educational software and access devices for pupils with special needs. The site has long and helpful list of articles, plus information services, consultancy, and training.

Closing The Gap
- is an internationally recognized source for information on innovative applications of microcomputer technology in special education and rehabilitation.

Virtual Assistive Technology Center
provides downloads of freeware and shareware that can be used by people who have disabilities. Scroll past the list of sponsors to find lists of available Mac, DOS, and Windows products.

Internet Resource Sites for Special Education
Alton C. Crews Middle School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, provides links to sites for exceptional children and their parents, teachers, and friends.

Adaptive Clothing Links
From the The Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) web site.

Special Education Resources on the Internet
You'll find lots and lots of links to on-line special-education ressources here.

Disability Links
This site, from Internet Resources for Special Children, includes links to sites providing information, help, and specialty products for people with conditions ranging from amputation to Tourette's syndrome.

DREAMMS for Kids, Inc. (Developmental Research for the Effective Advancement of Memory and Motor Skills) is a non-profit parent and professional service agency, that specializes in Assistive Technology (AT) related research, development, and information dissemination.

NARROWING THE GAP IN ACADEMICS


Reviews

PlaneMath
PlaneMath is an outstanding site that teaches mathematics through a set of highly interactive lessons on aeronautics. The site is designed to encourage students with physical disabilities to consider careers in aeronautics but is useful to all classrooms for its outstanding lessons. (4-7+)

Speaking to Write
Users can learn about a federally funded project which supports the use of voice recognition technology for students with disabilities. The site also has links to related resources and sites.


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Technology
Here's a great resource of assistive and learning technolgy resources from LD OnLine. The page includes links to articles, software and hardware reviews, plus a range of special technology related features offered on the site.

Let's Play! Project
Learn about ways to play with the learning disabled child through the assistive technology process.

HELP Read freeware
A presentation of the Hawaiian Education Literacy Project, where you can download a free text reader to help students with disabilities learn to read. The text reader, which supports both English and Hawaiian, reads Web pages and text files, looks up definitions, and links to nearly 500 works of literature.

MINDPLAY
Special software for a variety of learning disabilites. Includes a free online reading assessment test.

Mayer-Johnson Co.
originator of the Picture Communication Symbols (PCS). The PCS is a set of 5000 picture symbols used for communication with nonverbal individuals. They also feature educational materials, books, and software that incorporate PCS.

Laureate Learning Systems Inc.
Laureate Learning Systems publishes computer software for children and adults with disabilities. Laureate's programs are appropriate for a wide range of people from those with severe-profound developmental disabilities to mild language-learning disabilities.

Center for Applied Special Technology
CAST is an educational, not-for-profit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities.

Storybook Weaver
Review of this creative writing software package.

CREATING INDEPENDENCE


Reviews

Speaking to Write
Users can learn about a federally funded project which supports the use of voice recognition technology for students with disabilities. The site also has links to related resources and sites.


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Office of Special Education
This resource from the University of Virginia offers lots of links to valuable information and resources for parents, teachers, and administrators. You'll find a page here containing sites on developing accessible Web sites.

Adaptive Technology Resources
Dedicated to assisting indivuals who are blind or visually impaired in regaining independence and providing a better way to look at life!

IBM Special Needs Systems
provides a list of products and software to help people who have special needs access and use technology.

Captioned Media Program
The Captioned Media Program (CMP) provides free-loan captioned videos and other media to parents, teachers and others who work with children with a hearing loss. CMP is sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education and has over 4,000 titles for loan.

Tech Tots
a program designed to introduce children with disabilities to technology.

Assistive Technology for the Disabled Computer User
Dedicated to introducing administrators and staff of colleges and universities to the assistive technology that helps the students with physical disabilities use a computer; and to refer those who need more specific information to resources in their area.

Computer Access Solutions
This web site explores many of the alternative input methods and devices available for accessing computers such as voice recognition software and modified keyboards.

Apple Computer's Disability Solutions
Assistive technology and learning resources for people with special needs.

RJ Cooper & Associates
Products for persons with special needs, including special software and hardware adaptations for persons with very special needs, plus the world famous CooperCar.

Microsoft Accessibility and Disabilities
provides information and tools that can help you remove barriers and make the world more accessible.

MICROCOMPUTER Science Centre Inc.
a company with 19 years experience in special needs, which carries extensive product offerings for special needs individuals.

AZtech, Inc.
A not-for-profit community based enterprise by and for individuals with disabilities specializing in assistive technology solutions.

Access at Adobe!
This web site provides tools and information to help make Adobe PDF files accessible to users with visual disabilities.

Center on Information Technology Accommodation
CITA is a nationally recognized model demonstration facility influencing accessible information environments, services, and management practices.

Phonic Ear
a leading developer and manufacturer of assistive listening devices.

Technology for Students with Disabilities: A Decision Maker's Resource Guide
This National School Boards Association and OSEP publication lists contacts throughout the country that can help decision makers use technology to assist students with disabilities.

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