TapTapSee lets you take a picture with your device, and get a suitable description in just a few seconds, spoken by iOS's VoiceOver. TapTapSee uses a combination of a database algorithm and cloud-crowdsourcing to identify images and return the most useful information. More than 10,000 people have downloaded it in the first 3 months of 2013, and it won the Royal National Institute of the Blind's App of the Month award for March. The reviews are quite positive.
Archived webinar: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Evidence-based Principles & Practice
In the archived webinar on YouTube: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Evidence-based Principles and Practice, Kristen Carroll and Bonnie Mintun discuss the basics of choosing and using communication devices and strategies for those who experience speech disability to the extent that they have significant difficulty being understood by others. Series: "MIND Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorders" [1/2013]
AbleNet's Action Dictionary app for iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch lists 75 verbs with suggestions for how to modify the activity so that a student with a physical and/or cognitive disability can participate. Verbs include clap, predict, record, stamp, etc. Each is defined and illustrated. Although the suggestions rely heavily on products from AbleNet, similar switch-activated and simple communication devices can be subsituted.
The ADA requires that State and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities unless doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of their programs, services, or activities or would impose an undue burden. A rule proposed by the Department of Justice, to be considered this July, would require these public websites to
- work with assistive technology,
- provide captions to video and audio materials, and
- allow users to use browser features that facilitate mouse-less access, provide text to speech, etc.
On Friday, April 12, 2013 , SETDA (State Ed Tech Directors Assn.) hosted an interactive webinar called Instructional Materials: Making the transition from print to digital. It showed how states and districts are moving from print to digital instructional materials and shared a demonstration of the State Education Policy Center. Geoff Fletcher, SETDA's Deputy Executive Director facilitated a discussion during which state and district leaders shared examples of their use of digital content in schools and classrooms. Sarah Young, Science Specialist, Utah State Office of Education and Dan Funston, Assistant Superintendent, Plymouth Community School Corporation, Indiana shared examples of shifting to digital materials in the content areas.
To view the event recording: http://www.setda.org/web/guest/sepc_events