Unit 1: Neurodiversity and IDEA
Alleghany Intermediate Unit 3. (2013). IDEA and Training Consultation. Retrieved from http://www.aiu3.net/Level2.aspx?ID=1214
This site contains information about IDEA and assistive technology, including AT information as well as specific information on the laws. It also offers IDEA trainings and professional development about the implementation of the law at all of its levels with the goal of improving education for all children.
Autism Speaks. (2013). What is Neurodiversity? Retrieved from http://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2013/10/08/what-neurodiversity
This site is an article written by an adult with autism who has an adult son with autism. He discusses in this article the connections between neurodiversity and autism and other neurological differences such as ADHD.
Fox, C. 2013. Special Education Law Blog. Retrieved fromhttp://blog.foxspecialedlaw.com/
Written by an attorney and a parent of a child with special needs, this blog serves as a special education legal resource including “case law, news, practical advocacy advice, and developments in state and federal laws, statutes and regulations.”
Johns Hopkins School of Education. (2012). News from the Neurosciences. Retrieved from http://education.jhu.edu/PD/newhorizons/Neurosciences/
Sponsored through Johns Hopkins School of Education, besides offering links to student sites about neuroscience, it also provides links to articles about Neuroscience and Education including
U.S. Department of Education. (2013). Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004. Retrieved from http://idea.ed.gov/
This site provides information about IDEA within two categories: Age birth to two and ages 3-21. Under each category it provides information on interventions, special education and related services.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). (2013). IDEA Information. Retrieved from http://www.nasponline.org/advocacy/ideainformation.aspx\
This site contains vast resources on IDEA including regulations, advocacy tools, response to intervention and discipline. It also includes links to the Learning Disabilities Roundtable and National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD).
National Center for Learning Disabilities. (2013). Parent Guide to IDEA. Retrieved from http://www.ncld.org/parents-child-disabilities/idea-guide
This site is a parent guide to IDEA includes information ranging the whole IDEA process including pre-referral and evaluation to developing an IEP to transitioning. It also contains information on students in private schools and parent options when resolving disputes.
NICHCY. (2012). IDEA—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Retrieved from http://nichcy.org/laws/idea
This site includes summaries of IDEAs requirements, a link to the actual IDEA document, information on IDEA from the Office of Special Education Programs; legal analysis from law journals; training materials on IDEA, and twenty indicators that the Office of Special Education Programs used to measure how well states have implemented IDEA.
Pinterest (Haenze, R). (2013). Special Education/Neurodiversity. Retrieved from http://www.pinterest.com/ryanhaenze/special-education-neurodiversity/
This Pinterest site provides many links to activities, articles and books that relate to neurodiversity and special education.
Wrights Law. (2013). IDEA 2004 Statute and Regulations. http://www.wrightslaw.com/idea/law.htm
This site includes information on laws & regulations; commentary; guidance, including model forms; articles; and publications, including the book Wrightslaw: Special Education Law.
Unit 2: Assistive Technology
AbleData. (2013). AbleData: Assistive Technology Products, News, Resources. Retrived from http://www.abledata.com/
Provides “objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitation equipment” available from domestic and international sources. The site also list the companies that sell AAC equipment as well as a page on Research in AAC.
Adaptive Technology Center for New Jersey Colleges. (2003). Assistive Technology for College Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Retrieved from http://adaptivetech.tcnj.edu/resheet/deaf.htm
This site includes detailed information about assistive technology services available to college students, including FM systems, C print, Notetaker Online Training, and Assistive Listening System Library Loan Program, as well as products available to students such as Hearmore.com and Freedom Communications.
Augmentative Communication Inc. (ACI). (2013). Home page. http://www.augcominc.com/
This site publishes resources, including newsletters and presentations, on important developments in Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Austism.Com. (2013). Signed Speech or Simultaneous Communication. http://www.autism.com/families/therapy/sign.htm
This site shared information on using sign language with children with autism as a means of communication.
Bella Online. (2013). http://www.bellaonline.com/subjects/8561.aspx
This link provides information on what you need to implement PECS through articles on the subject and alternate communication options.
Dell. (2013). Assistive Technologies.http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/26/k-12-solutions-featured-solutions-instructional-technology-assistive-technologies
This Dell site provides information on assistive technology (focusing on instructional technology) and AT products.
Disabled World. (2013). Disability Information. Retrieved from www.disabled-world.com
Disabled World includes products, national and international news, and disability information. The disability page includes information on assistive technology, disability travel, definitions, and recreation.
Munroe Barkley AAC Center. (2013). AAC – Alternativea nd Augmentive Communcation. Retrieved from http://aac.unl.edu.
Run by the University of Nebraska Lincoln, its goal is to provide “access to a wide range of information and resources related the AAC effort”. This site includes an AAC Vendors list (http://aac.unl.edu/AACVI1.html) as well as AAC Links (http://aac.unl.edu/links.html).
NCIP Library (2013). Technology for Students Who are Visually Impaired Collection. Retrieved from http://www2.edc.org/ncip/library/vi/toc.htm
This library provides hardware and software resources, reviews of products, and manufacturers where these products can be acquired. It also includes articles and vignettes about the implementation of these resources.
NIDCD. (2013). Directory. Retrieved from www.nidcd.nih.gov/directory.
This site provides a list of organizations aimed towards providing services to those who, have difficulties communicating.
Northern Essex Community College. (2013). Assistive Listening Devices. Retrieved from http://www.necc.mass.edu/academics/support-services/learning-accommodations/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-services/student-resources/accommodations-tipsheets/assistive-listening-devices/
This site details how assistive listening devices can be used in the classroom, including what AT listening devices are, the different types of AT listening devices, and benefits and strategies for using AT Listening devices.
The Hanen Center. (2013). Hanen Home. Retrieved from www.hanen.org/Home.aspx
Hanen Center’s mission is to help young people build their communication skills, focusing mainly on Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome. Based in Canada, it was founded over 35 years ago and provides programs for parents, training for speech language pathologists, and developing user-friendly materials for parents and care-givers.
Trainland Tripod. (2013). Communication. http://trainland.tripod.com/communication.htm
This site provides information about PECS, nonverbal communication, AAC intervention, communication boards, schedules and symbols and other links.
United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.(2013). The Voice of AAC. http://www.ussaac.org/
Dedicated to providing information and support on the issues, technology, tools and advancements within the world of AAC (including up to date tweets about AAC).
University of Washington. (2004). Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Retrieved from https://www.washington.edu/doit/Faculty/Strategies/Disability/Hearing/
This site has information on deaf or hard of hearing, including case studies, Frequently Asked Questions, and resources. The resources include information on different types of deafness and hard of hearing, accommodations, as well as opportunities to check your understanding.
Unit 3: The AT Team
Allegheny Intermediate Unit. (2013). Low Incidence - Assistive Technology. Retrieved from http://www.aiu3.net/Level3.aspx?id=1220
Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s site contains AT forms, data collections tools, cheat sheets, and presentations. It also describes the AT process.
Boulder Valley School District. (2013). Assistive Technology. Retrieved from http://www.bvsd.org/assistivetechnology/Pages/Assistive%20Technology%20Main%20Page.aspx
This is the site of the Boulder Valley’s Assistive Technology team. It describes who is on the team as well as details that would help guide a school in their desire to create their own team or district assistive technology site.
Edyburn, D. (2013). Assistive Technology Team Tools. Retrieved from https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/edyburn/www/SETP9.2pp16-20.pdf
This article provides detailed discussion and description of the roles of those on the AT team as well as the AT teams responsibilities and best management. This article was taking from the UWM site which requires a log-in to access, however this article is available through the above link.
Kalamazoo Regional Education Service Agency. (2013). Kalamazoo RESA Assistive Technology Team. http://www.kresa.org/domain/50
Summary: The site of the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) based out of Michigan has Assistive Technology Team Page which includes charts, forms, lending library and professional development, and resources all related to Assistive Technology Teams.
National Assistive Technology in Education Network. (2013). Welcome to NATE! Retrieved from http://www.natenetwork.org/
The National Assistive Technology in Education Network (NATE) site provides information for those involved in AT in education with the goal of reaching out to all of those involved in the AT process. Additionally, it provides documents, such as those entitled “Assistive Technology Teams: Many Ways to Do It Well” (http://www.natenetwork.org/manuals-forms/team-document.pdf) which describe in detail the process including how to create a team and how to address potential issues that may arise.
Orange County Public Schools. (2013). Assistive Technology. Retrieved from https://www.ocps.net/CS/ESE/SUPPORT/AT/Pages/default.aspx
Orange County Public Schools describes it assistive technology intervention strategies, tools, and training with the goal to “maximize learning outcomes of students with disabilities”. The site describes the services that are available, provides resources such as AT forms and descriptions of the AT process, key for any district forming or updating their team.
San Diego Unified School District. (2013). Assistive Technology. Retrieved from http://www.sandi.net/page/819
This site provides a description of the roles and responsibilities of the AT team and in specific academic, social and life skill areas, as well descriptions of the AT process.
Unit 4: Pulling it all together
Autism Papers. (2013). Assistive Technology for Children with Autism. Retrieved from http://www.specialed.us/autism/assist/asst10.htm
This article describes how various forms of assistive technology can be used with children with autism.
My Child Without Limits. (2013). Home Page. Retrieved from http://ww.mychildwithoutlimits.org/understan/hearing-loss
My Child Without Limits is an early intervention site aimed at parents of children 0-5 years old and offers information in three areas: Understand, Plan, Act. It also contains interesting news stories, such as a story about new toys for students with motor disabilities and children with cerebral palsy working modeling for an international clothing company.
PBS. (2013). Inclusive Communities: Assistive Technology. Retrieved from https://www.pbs.org/parents/inclusivecommunities/resources.html#assistive
This PBS site includes information on AT and Augmentative Communication. It also includes many informational articles on the topic as well as links to relevant websites.
Reading Rockets. (2013). Assistive Technology. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/
Reading Rockets contains many articles in reference to assistive technology and its implementation when teaching reading to students. These include how assistive technology tools can be used to play to strengths and build up weaknesses, using AT for reading and writing; and finding alternative sources of funding for AT.
The Iris Center. (2013). Accommodations to the Physical Environment. Retrieved from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/v01-clearview/
The IRIS site provides resources that address instructional and classroom issues. Included in these resources are modules, such as modules on setting up the classroom for students with visual disabilities.
University of Buffalo. (2013). Introduction to AT. Retrieved from:http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/ATBasics/Foundation/intro/
This module created by the University of Buffalo provides an “overview of assistive technology (AT) used by children with disabilities ages 5-11”. The module takes you through defining concepts, basic technologies, primary usage, AT and IDEA, device selection, and trends and issues.