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The Google Chrome browser offers a rich web experience AND it has a large library of add-ons to support students that struggle with reading and writing. Jennifer McDonald-Peltier is an AT Specialist at the Center for Accessible Technology (cforat.org) and a Presenter in the AT Coalition Online Classroom. Here's a list of Jen's Top 10 free Chrome tools that help make the writing process easier.
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A variety of AAC devices.

Recently, Jennifer McDonald Peltier, ATP at the Center for Accessible Technology, presented a webinar on how to best teach a communication device to a child so it becomes their voice in all situations. We need to do the same thing for children/students using communication devices. I'd like to share some of the highlights of this webinar. You can also take a look at the archived recording to learn more. 
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Empty wheelchair in an empty room

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was a major step forward in the struggle for the rights of disabled persons. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability and mandates that reasonable accommodations must be made for government employees with disabilities. It also imposes accessibility requirements on public buildings. Thus, in one stroke, the 101st U.S. Congress undid generations of injustice against disabled Americans. However, the housing market still hasn’t quite caught up yet with improvements made at the public/government level.
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A lone wheelchair outside a burnt out home in Coffey Park, Santa Rosa, CA
October 12, 2017. (Karl Mondon/ Bay Area News Group)

I live in Northern California and close to the recent fires in Santa Rosa and Sonoma. The fires were a massive event both during and after. Those of us who live in Sonoma County know many people who have lost everything but their lives. We know people who died in the fire. We’ve visited the shelters and volunteered time or money to help others.
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Karen in SausalitoAs a professional, it’s important to me to stay on top of what’s new both with assistive technology products and disability policies and issues. I’m always looking to grow in my field, to get better. I love finding tips and tricks that I can implement the next day or week or year! 
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