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Assistive technology (AT) includes adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities.  AT can provide independence by enabling individuals to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish.     The Virginia Assistive Technology Project goal is to increase access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities through the use of assistive technology. The project supports the accommodations and modifications that are necessary for students with disabilities to master curricular objectives and to participate in statewide assessments.  Tools and training are available at Virginia Assistive Technology Project Website.   

Short videos to help you get activities completed quickly.

You can make word study activities using either Google documents or Google slides. Your board will be available to edit anytime or to print from any computer. You can also make it public and share with other teachers.  It only takes 5-10 minutes or even less. This presentation includes step-by-step directions using Google Documents to create different types of literacy activities.

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You can make a communication board for children who are nonverbal or minimally verbal using either Google documents or Google presentation. Your board will be available to edit anytime or any device. You can also make it public for others to use online. It only takes 5-10 minutes or even less. This presentation includes step-by-step directions using Google Presentation to create a communication board for core vocabulary.

E-News You Can Use for Assistive Technology

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Writing and Assistive Technology

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Speech-to-text, also known as speech recognition, is replacing word processing and word prediction. Recently, it has improved dramatically and is usually a built in feature with new products (i.e., tablets, smartphones, TVs, cars, and glasses).  Unlike dictating to a tape recorder, speech-to-text can display text for the student and be repeatedly read as often as needed.

 

If you use Google Docs, you have free access to speech recognition with the new

speech recognition add-on. 

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Additional Resources:

Using AT to Edit and Polish Your Work

What Does Writing for Students with Significant Disabilities Look Like?

Writing for Students with Multiple Disabilities or Deafblindness