Developmental disability

Technology and Cognitive Support: Strategies and tools for Memory, Scheduling and Time Management

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:30 AM Pacific, 12:30 PM Eastern

AbleNet presents Gayl Bowser a beginner/intermediate session.

This three-part series will explore the question, “How can technology support independence and participation for people with cognitive disabilities?” We will demonstrate examples of technology solutions that can help with task prompting, scheduling and activities of daily living.  We will explore product options such as calendars, schedulers, task assistants, transition ai

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Pinterest Collections: Aug Com Apps & More

Pinterest is a way of collecting images and links on any topic. A number of folks, including Speech and Language Pathologists, are using it to highlight their favorite products and strategies. 

To get an idea of what's available, try one of these:

Lauren S. Enders, MA, CCC-SLP: Ms. Enders has a collection of boards with cases, speakers, stylii, mounting systems,  free apps, apps by category, etc. She has over 12,900 pins.

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IPad Apps for Scheduling

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
3 PM Pacific, 6 PM Eastern

iPad apps for scheduling, reminders, and task instructions can assist people with disabilities, including autism.

Center for Accessible Technology AT Specialist Jennifer MacDonald Peltier will share several apps that help people stay on task, keep schedules, and perform multi-step tasks, including timers, task modelers, and schedulers. This is also an opportunity to share, so bring any recommendations you have for apps like these. 

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Choice making...there's an app for that (and more)!

Wednesday,October 3, 2012
Noon Pacific, 3 pm Eastern

AbleNet has three webinars in October, related to students with significant disabilities. 

 

Allowing a child to make a choice can promote independence and give a child a sense of control over his or her daily activities. Ablenet's FREE app SoundingBoard not only has many preloaded free boards, but also has the ability to create your own.

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Simple Communication Tools on the iPad

Thursday, June 28, 2012
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

See apps on an iPad that emulate and improve on simple 1-4 button communication devices.

In this archived webinar, you will see apps on an iPad that emulate and improve on simple 1-4 button communication devices.

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My 3 Top Favorite iThings

Monday, April 23rd, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PST

Our iPad expert and AT Specialist, Jennifer McDonald-Peltier, will tell us about three apps that she uses all the time, with a variety of students. They are all very flexible and allow quick and easy personalization for the many individuals she sees. 

Jennifer MacDonald-Peltier shows us why the camera, maps, speak selection tool, and multi-task bar are her favorite built-in iPad apps. Then she shows us what it is about Sounding Board, Verbaly, Small Talk, Predictable, Answers:Yes No HD, and other communication apps that allow them to be used quickly with a range of students.

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Making Documents Accessible

Much information is available about website accessibility. However, documents in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF can also be inaccessible to blind users, as well as some users with cognitive and physical disabilities. This article summarizes the accessibility process for several versions of the Microsoft products, and discusses multiple ways to address PDF accessibility.

 

What is Document Accessibility?

A document is accessible if users with disabilities can read and understand all essential information that it contains, whether or not they use assistive technology. In particular:

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Using Pictures in Mainstream Communication Programs

Adding pictures to standard communication tools such as address books may provide important visual cues for people with learning or other cognitive disabilities -- users can contact people without knowing how to read or write their names. This article contains information on ways that Macintosh and Windows computers and mobile devices support this feature.

Adding Pictures to Email Address Books

Macintosh

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Organizational Tools for People with Learning Disabilities

In some cases, the primary need that people with learning disabilities have is assistance with organization. This may affect organizing thoughts, tasks, or both. This article covers mind-mapping software, which helps with brainstorming and thought grouping, and calendaring software, which helps with time management.

Mind Mapping Software

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