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This blog piece discusses a mother’ challenges with her assisting her blind daughter and figuring out why she was disinterested in using her white cane. Sensory processing issues, complex needs, occupational therapy and a ‘sensory diet’ are all topics for discussion, review and to help the reader realize her journey...

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Helping students to develop mouse skills can be a challenge. There are free activities online for helping children to build mouse skills. There are games and various drawing programs (see previous posting "Sites to Support Students with Special Needs" for a listing of drawing programs) that provide simple mouse practice...

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Two statistics up front: (a) only 8.5% of blind children receive enough instruction to learn braille; and (b) blind adults who do not know braille have a 97% unemployment rate. The Read Read is a Braille learning device that, simply put, teaches blind and low vision people how to read...

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Braille Bricks is a remarkable idea for a toy for literacy and inclusion of blind children. In 2016, the idea of merging lego bricks with braille (for play and learning braille) was put out by Janete Oliveira in Brazil. Her idea hasn't landed on any funding yet, but it has...

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This 4 minute video demonstrates the basic principles of eye gaze technology. Amber Stallworth gives a quick demo of the Tobii C15 with CEye, a communication device for individuals with Cerebral Palsy(CP), Rett, ALS/Lou Gehrig's, spinal cord injuries, on Fox KRIV Houston.

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Flipgrid was designed by a professor and graduate students at the University of Minnesota. The product is a video sharing tool for student engagement and formative assessment that is used by PreK-PhD teachers, students, principals, and parents to get feedback, share information, and increase participation and inclusion in the classroom....

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Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) is a means of selecting and organising symbols so that people with complex communication needs and their communication partners can communicate more easily. PODD is an example of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). This one hour twelve minute youtube webinar from the Angelman Syndrome Foundation’s...

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PECS, or ‘Picture Exchange Communication System’ is a form of augmentative and alternative communication using pictures for teaching communication with children with complex disabilities. People using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. This youtube video...

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A blog post written by Laura Tarver, a London-based Speech and Language Therapist working with children with ASD and other complex needs. PODD (or Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display) communication books were developed in Australia by Gayle Porter, originally for children with cerebral palsy. As their use becomes more widespread throughout...

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This cross-platform app (Android, iOS, Microsoft) provides print accessibility to low vision and blind individuals by harnessing the power of digital photography coupled with state of the art hardware. This free, highly praised app, tailored to the specific needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, makes access to...

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