K-12

AT Breakthroughs for Students with Disabilities

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

One of our our countries most-experienced AT specialists will cover the top seven changes to AT that are benefitting students with disabilities.

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Apps for Speech Therapy and Expressive Language

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time

Lois Jean Brady will address how to choose an iDevice, cover best practices, accessibility features, and the best apps for speech, articulation, and language.

Lois Jean Brady, CCC SLP, will address how to choose an iDevice; best practices; accessibility features; apps for speech and articulation, text to

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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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Access to Videos

This article provides an overview of the issues people may have when accessing videos online, in theaters, and from DVD or Blu-Ray players, and the solutions that have been developed to address these. 

Barriers to Video Access

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Assistive Technology for People with Limited or No Use of Their Hands

This article provides an overview of alternative strategies that people with physical disabilities can use to augment or replace use of their hands.

Optimizing Hand Use

Many people, even those with severe difficulty using their hands, prefer to maximize their manual capabilities rather than use alternative strategies. Fortunately, there is a wide range of assistive technologies that can help with this:

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Basic Web Accessibility: Understanding WCAG 2.0

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Standard Time

As the most widely used international guidelines on web accessibility, and the basis for many federal and local standards, it's important to understand WCAG. In this webinar, we'll explore the relationship between WCAG 2.0, WCAG 1.0, and Section 508.

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Accessibility and E-Readers

E-readers (portable devices used primarily for reading electronic books) and general purpose tablets with book-reading apps, like the iPad, are fast becoming popular choices for reading the growing collection of books available in electronic formats. Both types arrived with some accessibility advantages, and developers have been making their products more accessible to people with visual and dexterity disabilities. This article is a summary of the current accessibility state-of-the-art for the most popular of these devices, as well as information on using computers to access e-books. The field is evolving due to lawsuits against schools and libraries, by groups concerned with access.

Most e-readers have features that make them easier for some users, compared to printed books: lighter weight, buttons or screen gestures for page-turning, magnification, and good contrast in low light. Brands and models differ widely on these and more advanced features such as text-to-speech, easy-to-use controls, and screens that perform well in all lighting conditions.

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Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
10:00 - 11:00 Pacific Standard Time

Join us for Reading and Writing Solutions, tips and tricks including, great low tech tools, software and apps. Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps.

In this archived webinar: Reading and Writing Solutions: Tips and Tricks we review great low tech tools, software, and apps. Some of the things you will learn about will include: reading support tools such as visual and auditory supports, adapted and alternative writing tools, incredible software and helpful apps. Presenter: Laura Simmons-Martinez. 

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