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Faculty Favorite Assistive Technology Web Sites


Team members have contributed the following sites, which they have found to be useful:

Computer Access

  • Camera Mouse - From the same team who designed Eagle Eyes, Camera Mouse is a free, downloadable tool that turns a common webcam into a head tracker.  If you click on “downloads,” links to many additional tools are provided, all of which work well with Camera Mouse or similar input methods.  On-screen keyboard, mouse tools, accessible games, etc. are available.
  • Polital Enterprises - Free, downloadable tools for computer access, including Click Aid, Point-N-Click, and the CNTDesigner for building your own on-screen keyboards.  Click Aid is very simple and easy to use, while Point-N-Click is a little more complex, but is extremely versatile and adaptable.
  • Karlen Communications - This page is a resource for those who use adaptive technology and/or the keyboard to work with Microsoft Office 2013 and also details the accessibility features of Office. Pages also exist for Office 2007 and 2010.

Disability Information & Advocacy 

  • LDOnline - is a comprehensive resource for all things relating to children with learning disabilities, including technology; an excellent resource.
  • Parent to Parent of Colorado - A listserv connecting parents throughout the state, including quarterly newsletters. Resource packed web site including support groups throughout the state and parent wisdom files.
  • PEAK Parent Center- Colorado's Parent Training and Information Center. Connect with parent advisors. Online calendar of events throughout the state. Sign up for SPEAKout newsletter. 
  • El Grupo VIDA. Information, referrals and support groups for Spanish-speaking families. Free annual conference in Denver. 
  • Randy Chapman's Ability Law Blog - Randy is the Director of Legal Services for the Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People and also the author of the Everyday Guide to Special Education Law and Guia de la Ley de Educacion Especial.
  • Colorado General Assembly Home Page - This site provides information on House and Senate Proceedings as well as general legislative resources.
  • YAACK Website - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Connecting Young Kids (YAACK). This website covers issues related to AAC and young children. It provides information and guidance to families, teachers, speech/language pathologists and anyone else who is involved with a child with special communication needs. 

Education 

  • Microsoft's accessibility website - Includes product accessibility information, tutorials, training, and more.
  • Transitions - This site provides information on transition from the Colorado Department of Education
  • TechMatrix - A powerful tool for finding educational and assistive technology products for students with special needs.
  • Priory Woods School - This site has a great collection of simple cause-effect switch activities and interactive books that can be downloaded free.  All activities were created by teachers and are designed for students with disabilities. 
  • Starfall - A great site for young children to learn phonics and practice reading simple stories.
  • Colorado Department of Education-Exceptional Student Leadership Unit - Resources on special education law, school/district programs, etc. FAST FACTS on a variety of topics. Information on educational specialist, parent-professional partnerships.
  • Family Center on Technology and Disability - This center is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. They offer information and services on assistive technologies for parents and educators. 
  • US Department of Education - Read about assistive technology laws, regulations, and policy. 
  • Polk County Public Schools Florida - Click on the resources tab to access assistive technology resources under ESE & FDLRS Resources.  These links contain a wealth of information s on literacy, assistive technology, online trainings and more! 
  • The Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd) - A technical assistance center to integrate instructional technology for all students to achieve high educational standards. By registering (it’s free) you'll be able to: attend free online training, receive literature updates by email, bookmark and tag resources, build and distribute custom toolkits, and comment on resources and other materials.
  • Edheads - This site is run by a non-profit organization that provides free high quality educational activities on the Web at no cost to students or teachers.   Check out the virtual knee surgery, simple machines and the crash scene investigation. 
  • Power Point Games - This site contains games made in power point that can be downloaded for free and modified to include your content.  Examples include: Are you smarter then a fifth grader, wheel of fortune, twenty questions, jeopardy, etc.  Games contain theme music from the show and awesome graphics.  All games were created in PowerPoint so just download the templates and modify the games to fit your curriculum needs. 
  • Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services - This site provides assistive technology professionals with guidelines for assistive technology assessment, documentation, implementation, administration, and professional development.

Gaming

  • One Switch - A resource of fun ideas and ‘assistive technology’ aimed at moderate to severely learning/physically disabled people.”  This site includes a shop, games, resources for customization of assistive technology, blogs, forums, libraries, do-it-yourself guides, etc.  Particularly interesting is the “switch gaming” section, which includes free games, game reviews, emulators, switch interfaces, and an incredible library of links to other interesting and useful sites on this topic.
  • Ablegamers - A community for gamers with disabilities. Their forums and community include people with a wide variety of disabilities, some of whom have driven accessibility improvements in the most popular video games, all of whom are excited to share their experience and help one another.

Independance

Mobility

  • RESNA- Position paper by RESNA members looking at powered mobility for pediatric users.

Web Access

  • Tizag- This site has many tutorials related to web design and web development.  It assumes no previous knowledge about web design and is also a good general reference.
  • Webaim- An excellent resource for accessible web development. It contains a variety of tutorials and practical suggestions for website developers.

Early Intervention Specific Assistive Technology Web Sites

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Free Assistive Technology Software

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