Welcome to part two of this series, dedicated to sharing instructional and professional development resources that focus on teaching assistive technology.
In the first installment, we looked at various resources offered by Perkins Trainings and Access Technology Institute. In this second installment, we are going to take a b-y-t-e out of some Apple resources (sorry, couldn't resist)...
At the beginning of the 2017-2018 School Year, I went on a quest to look for an app that Special Educators could easily use to take data. My hunt stopped at Percentally.
Percentally offers special educators the following features to make data collection and case management much easier:
If someone went on your website or profile with their eyes closed, would they still be able to find their way around? As more and more people develop vision impairments, they turn to assistive technology in order to access content- read more about this in my World Sight Day 2017 post here. By adding alt text and image descriptions, barriers are lifted and more people can access your content. Read on to learn more about how to create alt text and image descriptions.
We’ve all been there. One day, a referral lands on your desk for a new student and when you read his/her IEP, there is a heavy emphasis on a piece of technology that you either have no experience with or (worse) have had nothing but bad experiences.
That happens to me more often than you’d think….and I specialize in assistive technology!
The STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities is an annual educational event where attendees meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields. The 2017 STEM Career Showcase featured Dr. Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker. Students will also meet other professionals in STEM fields during a panel discussion, including Dr. Amy Bower from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Mike Claes from Cisco, Patrick Williams from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Ryan Benson from the Centers for Disease Control.
I often talk about using high resolution images when creating accessible assignments, but have never formally explained what that means, or how they can be created. Today, I will be sharing what I have learned about high resolution images, why they are important, and how to create them. I’ve gathered this information from personal experience, talking to friends in graphic design and art related fields, and from taking graphic design and multimedia courses at my university. I link to related posts on my blog as well as posts from trusted outside sources.