If play is the work of children, then playing games can be an important component for students and their learning. Game play can provide multiple opportunities or repetitions for students to practice a skill. The strategic thinking involved in some games can help a student move to the next level. Games can be used as… Read More Game On!!
New Finds in the TTAC ODU Lending Library
The TTAC ODU Lending Library has a collection of books and educational materials that educators and parents can borrow to learn more about specific educational topics and strategies. Educators can borrow assessments and assistive technology devices to trial the item with their student(s). Most items in the library can be borrowed for 30 days and… Read More New Finds in the TTAC ODU Lending Library
Spring into using a Document Camera
Spring has sprung and many opportunities to learn using manipulatives abound. Teachers share flowers, bugs, leaves, and more. Technology, such as a document camera can help teachers provide learning activities for students in class and virtually. Document cameras provide a large screen view of the materials and manipulatives presented by the teacher. This can increase… Read More Spring into using a Document Camera
Assistive Technology (AT) Tools in Schools Booklet
Assistive Technology is designed to help students with special needs, to increase, maintain, or improve their functional capabilities. It should be considered for all students with an IEP. The VDOE’s Assistive Technology Network provides a guide to assist educators and families in understanding assistive technology (AT) and discussing possible AT Tools for students from preschool… Read More Assistive Technology (AT) Tools in Schools Booklet
Accessible Instructional Materials: AIM-VA Overview and Supports for Diverse Learners
Students start their education learning to read. Later, learning focuses on using reading as a means to learn skills that will support them in adulthood. If a student is a struggling reader, their ability to participate in college and work environments will be affected. Watch this webinar to learn how Accessible Instructional Materials can help… Read More Accessible Instructional Materials: AIM-VA Overview and Supports for Diverse Learners
What is AT?
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) includes adaptive and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities. It also includes the services that help the individual learn and use the AT that helps them. AT can help students participate in educational activities that they might not be able to otherwise, due to physical limitations or learning differences.
Assistive Technology, At a Glance from Understood.org
Closing the Gap explains What is Assistive Technology(AT)?
The Assistive Technology Tools in Schools Booklet is a guide designed to support professionals and families in understanding assistive technology (AT) and identifying possible AT tools for students from preschool through high school. Obtain your free copy in English or Spanish here.
The Assistive Technology Network of Virginia supports school divisions in their efforts to increase access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities through the use of assistive technology. The Network supports the accommodations and modifications that are necessary for students with disabilities to master curricular objectives and to participate in statewide assessments.
Professional Development Opportunities
- The VA Department of Education sends out updates regarding resources and upcoming opportunities. Sign up to receive yours here.
- Assistive Technology Network of Virginia
- TTAC Online
- VA Professional Development Networks
- AbleNet University
- Assistive Technology 101
- Assistive Technology for Infants and Toddlers
- National Center on Accessible Educational Materials
- Perkins E-Learning
- Writing with Alternative Pencils
Professional Development Organizations
These organizations offer conferences and webinars. Look for offerings of free webinars!
AAC and Communication
- Supporting communication:
- What is AAC?
- Project Core
- PrAACtical AAC
- Free communication boards for individuals of all ages. Bilingual boards and ideas for the communication partner included.