Online Circles of Practice and AT Discussion
Where can one find a community of people who share our particular interests in accessible and assistive technology? There are many places to ask questions, share answers and news, and keep up with trends.
Assistive technology specialists working in K-12 have one of the most active communities. It's a listserv, so you can sign up for all messages, a digest, or you can go online to see postings. It's call QIAT, which stands for Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology. The Indicators are form matrices which can be used to improve practice related to AT consideration and implementation. With 100-300 messages per week it can be overwhelming but it's a great place to get questions answered by true experts. A search function allows you to find relevant postings if you are able to determine a good keyword.
You must be a member of Linkedin to see and post in these. Some will require approval after you ask to join. You can use keywords to search for additional groups on Linkedin.
Assistive Technology Professionals: This Linkedin group has over 3000 members shares a wide range of announcements, including new resources, products, court decisions, and opinons.
Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference CSUN: 590+ members.
Technology in Special Education: 490+ members. Some developer give-aways & promotions.
Accessible Technology Policy Group: 500+ members, some working on the cutting edge of policy.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Professionals: 500+ members
iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad for Speech Therapy: 4000 members, including professionals and parents
iTeach Special Education (iDevices in Special Ed.): Over 2,700 members with some good Q&A.
Autism & the iPad: 230+ members including parents and professionals. News of free offers on apps.
Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology: 980+ members from 300+ groups. Wide ranging AT subjects
ISTE is hosting a shared article discussion with SIGAdmin and SETSIG on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The group will discuss an article by Dave Edyburn, "Would You Recognize Universal Design If You Saw It?". Other topics may follow.