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Assistive Technology for those with mental health challenges is not often spoken about. In writing my blog post about Agnes Richards, RN (see Pioneers, Disability and the National Register of Historic Places) I felt I needed to learn more about this topic. I've only just begun my research but wanted to share what I've found. ...continue reading "Assistive Technology for Mental Health Challenges"

In March we observe National Women's History Month by looking at three National Parks honoring women who worked or lived in the world of disability.

1. Agnes Richards

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Agnes Richards, RN

Agnes Richards was a nurse who worked in sanitariums in the early twentieth century. After seeing the deplorable conditions that people with mental health challenges were subjected to she decided she could do better. She opened her own facility in Glendale. She named it Rockhaven. ...continue reading "Pioneers, Disability, and the National Register of Historic Places"

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.
...continue reading "Jen’s Top 10 Chrome Tools for Supporting the Writing and Reading Process"

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.
...continue reading "Teaching a Child How to Use their Communication Device"

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.
...continue reading "Finding the House of Your Dreams: A Tip List for Buyers Seeking Accessible Homes"