Tinkercad: 3D Printing

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There are numerous examples like these on Tinkercad that address the challenges that people with disabilities encounter. 



Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!

This is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make. We’re the ideal introduction to Autodesk, the leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

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» Amazon Echo Controlled Wheelchair Bob’s Electronics Projects

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Lots of people have been looking into the usefulness of Amazon Echo as a piece of assistive technology. I decided it was time for me to try it out myself. Echo is pretty good at picking up your voice, even at a distance, even with other noise around, sending to Amazon for processing to figure out what you said, and then responding to it that. Echo is compatible with a few common home automation products out there including Phillips Hue lights and Belkin WeMo power outlets. Using Echo together with these products, out of the box, with very little setup, you can turn simple appliances on and off with your voice. By simple appliances I mean anything that you could fully turn on or off by pulling the power plug out or plugging it back in, ie. lamps, fans, some ACs, etc. More advanced electronics (and even some models of the above) will not simply turn back on when plugged back in and/or do not handle well being unplugged while still on, so would not work in that setup. However I was curious if you could push Echo’s utility a little further, and it turns out there are many different methods that allow you to do that. Of course they all have different tradeoffs in terms of setup time, financial cost, ease of use, etc. Here’s the result of using one such method to control a power wheelchair.
Source: » Amazon Echo Controlled Wheelchair Bob's Electronics Projects
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Clicker Apps for Chromebook

Combining classic Clicker support features with the latest classroom technology, our Clicker Apps give your learners access to proven literacy support tools developed specifically for Chromebooks. Literacy support for Chromebook Each Clicker App focuses on one key aspect of Clicker 7 and has a child-friendly interface perfectly suited to learners across the elementary age range
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Sentence Building App

Image of a the Clicker app. Student is writing a story with words and symbols.

Clicker Writing App

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Sensory-Friendly Santa 2018

Santa Claus looking at picture book with two boys on his lap

Sensory-Friendly Santa

Santa welcomes children of all ages and abilities! Autism Speaks is thrilled to be partnering with Cherry Hill Programs again this holiday season to provide sensory-friendly Santa Experiences for families across the country!All families with children with autism and other special needs can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued and calm environment. Visit the links below to locate a Cherry Hill Programs Santa Photo Experience in your region. Sensory-friendly Santa events are free and keepsake photo packages will be available for purchase. Please RSVP to reserve your spot today! AL | AK | AR | AZ | CA | CO | CT | DE | GA | FL | HI | IA | ID | IL | IN | KS | KY | LA | MA | MD | ME | MI | MN | MO | MS | MT | NC | ND | NE | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NV | OH | OK | OR | PA | PR | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VA | VT | WA | WI | WV | WY
To reserve a spot for a location in CANADA, please click here.
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Educator Toolkit | Using Educational Technology — 21st Century Supports for English Learners – Office of Educational Technology

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Educator Toolkit

Educator Toolkit | Using Educational Technology — 21st Century Supports for English LearnersDownloadShare this ReportIntroductionU.S. Department of Education data show that English learners in grades K–12 in U.S. public schools in the 2015–16 school year numbered over five million students—about 10 percent of all enrolled students—and that roughly three-fourths of public school districts included students who are English learners. Many teachers, including those in small and rural districts, have one or more English learners in their classrooms—or soon will—and these teachers often use technology when instructing their English learners.This toolkit is for all educators—including teachers and administrators—who want to use technology to help their English learners gain proficiency in English and meet academic goals. In choosing to use technology, educators should recognize the supports offered and the constraints of any technology in the context of their own students and their needs. The toolkit offers five guiding principles for educators to apply in exploring new ways of working with and supporting their English learners through technology, starting with recognizing their students’ unique needs and thinking through to the best technologies to help meet those needs.
Source: Educator Toolkit | Using Educational Technology — 21st Century Supports for English Learners - Office of Educational Technology
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Websites and Seizures


Developing for Accessibility

A woman seated on a sofa with a laptop on her lap. She looks confused and frustrated.

Website and Seizure Activity

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month in the United States. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national, or geographic boundaries. One in 10 people will have a seizure at some point in their life and 1 in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Currently, there are approximately 65 million people around the world who have epilepsy.

Epilepsy and Photosensitive Seizures

Epilepsy is the most commonly known type of photosensitive seizure disorder. Photosensitive seizures can be caused by flashing lights, images, and repetitive patterns. Video content on the web and in computer games can include unsafe flickering, colors, or high-contrast patterns, all of which can initiate these seizures. Via: WeCo
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Bessie Blount Griffin, physical therapist, and inventor of assistive technologies

Bessie Blount

Bessie Blount

Bessie trained as a physical therapist at Panzer College of Physical Education (later Montclair State University), and upon completing her training transferred to a veteran’s hospital in Chicago to assist World War II amputees. With many severe disabilities brought on by the war, this work was in high demand, and Bessie spent several years guiding the veterans in new ways to perform simple tasks after the loss of the ability to use their hands and feet. It was during this time that she began to pioneer groundbreaking assistive technologies that would help her patients conduct their everyday tasks unassisted.In light of the major challenges that these disabilities posed to eating, Bessie was first inspired to invent an electronic feeding device for patients who could no longer raise food to their mouths. The device was controlled by the patient biting down on the delivery tube, which administered small mouthfuls of food with each bite, allowing the patients to eat their meals at their own pace without requiring assistance.
Source: Bessie Blount Griffin, physical therapist, inventor and forensic scientist | The Valentina Project
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Grow with Google

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Grow with Google

Grow with Google is an initiative to create economic opportunities for all Americans and help them access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. For military service personnel, transitioning to civilian life can be very difficult. Many people begin their job searches on Google, so we started with Search to help those who have served and their families.

Begin your job search

You can search “jobs for veterans” on Google and enter your Military Occupational Specialty code (MOS, AFSC, NEC) to see relevant civilian jobs that require similar skills to those used in your military roles.
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Xbox Adaptive Controller

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Xbox Adaptive Controller

Game your way.  WATCH VIDEO

View of Xbox Adaptive Controller ports for gaming

Game your way

Designed primarily to meet the needs of gamers with limited mobility, the Xbox Adaptive Controller is a unified hub for devices that helps make gaming more accessible.

Top down view of the Xbox Adaptive Controller with added accessories connected to the controller Via Xbox
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Lynne, get ready to push the button 🎵  | NEW from Skoogmusic

Skwitch is the brand new musical instrument from Skoogmusic. But we think it is so much more.Think of it as Skoog’s compact, nimble little brother. Or sister. And it clips straight on to your iPhone, so within minutes you have a piece of accessible tech that you can use to create music, learn coding + more.It’s a bit like magic, but better.
Source: NEW from Skoogmusic
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