August 4th, 2013

Families in San Francisco will be able to access Assistive Technology such as iPads from a new iPad Lending Program at Support for Families of Children with Disabilities in San Francisco. Twenty-four iPads will be available to lend to families and there will be workshops in Spanish and English for parents on how to use the devices for their children’s communication needs. The hope is that parents will connect with the technology and find support moving forward to find other resources such as grants, insurance, or other funding to maintain their consistent use of the device as a “talker” or assistive communication device. 

While there are existing iPad loan programs, the challenge is how to reach families who either do not know how the technology can benefit them or how to ask for it as part of the IEP process. With that in mind, by next year SFCD will also offer a Parent Provider Workshop which will include service providers and stress the role of collaboration which is one of the crucial components to the program. 

Parent workshops will start in September 2013, in both English and Spanish on a monthly basis. Topics covered in the workshop will include: how to use an iPad, IDEA regulations, apps for assistive communication, incorporation of the “talkers” in conjunction with speech therapy and occupational therapy and resources in the community for accessing this technology on a long-term basis. 

Contact information:  Support for Families Phone: 415-282-7494  Web:

July 31st, 2013

Got assistive technology apps? This month the staff at Learning and Leading with Technology, journal of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE),is soliciting apps that educators use for special education students. If you have one or two apps that you love, please include a few words or sentences about why you like the app and how you use it. Send the name of the app along with the platform(s) it runs on and the cost to Diana Fingal at by Aug. 6, and we will consider it for the November issue of Learning and Leading with Technology.

July 22nd, 2013


ICATER (Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research) has posted short 10-15 minute webinars that highlight Assistive Technology Applications for iPad. The topics include:
  • Getting To Know the System
  • Voice Over and Assistive Touch
  • Proloquo2Go
  • Read2Go
  • Notability
  • iWordQ
  • iPrompts
  • Abilipad
  • ATEval2Go
  • Zite 
  • Voice Dream
  • GoTalk Now
  • PaperPort Notes
  • Autism Apps
  • Clicker Docs & Sentences
  • App Writer US
  • Panther Apps
  • Algebra Touch
  • SoundNote
  • Sono Flex
  • Educreations
  • Text Capturing Apps
  • Vision Apps (iASL)
  • ClaroSpeak
  • Organization Apps
  • Kurzweil and Read and Write Gold
July 22nd, 2013

iCATER (Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research) presented Accessible Instructional Materials, NIMAS, NIMAC, and Bookshare on Dec. 3, 2012. The 38 minute archive is on YouTube.


July 22nd, 2013


iCATER (Iowa Center for Assistive Technology Education and Research) presented an overview of a number of free and inexpensive assistive technologies and their usefulness in the classroom in the webinar Free and Inexpensive Assistive Technology that took place on January 28, 2013. The 55 minute archive is on YouTube.