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Assistive Technology

Technology can have an impact on many aspects for our lives. This section includes resources on the wide range of technology that is available today.
  • Communication - This page provides technology resources that address any component of the communication process.
  • Computer Access - This page supplies resources on programs, software and devices that provide alternate ways to access the computer.
  • Home & Personal Care - This page offers resources on technology that assist with home life (cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry and managing money) and personal care (getting dressed, eating, grooming and bathing).
  • Literacy - This page supplies technology resources that focus on literacy or reading and writing skills.
  • Math - This page contributes technology resources that address math skills.
  • Mobile Devices - This page contributes resources related to the array of mobile devices (iPads, Android, Kindle, etc.) that are available and how they can be used to support education.
  • Science & Social Studies - This page supplies resources on technology with a focus on science and social studies.
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Description: ATware Solutions, LLC. has been formed by a multidisciplinary team of people from several Virginia universities to produce a variety of apps that can be used by people with disabilities, or professionals and families assisting people with disabilities. All of these apps are free of charge.
Description: All students in tested grade levels and courses are expected to participate in Virginia’s assessment program, unless specifically exempted by state or federal law or by Board of Education regulations. Virginia’s assessment system includes students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students. Students with disabilities and LEP students may take Standards of Learning tests with or without accommodations or they may be assessed through alternate or alternative...
Description: This is a resource from ADDitude Magazine.  To download the resource you will have to enter your email address.  Help your gamer pick programs that boost attention and executive skills. Many kids with ADHD love their screen time. This free download contains the best recommendations, with ratings, for the video and computer games to choose from these favorites: Bad Piggies Roblox Minecraft Portal And much more!
Description: The Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority offers creative and flexible services to open doors for individuals who might not otherwise be eligible for borrowing. Our mission is to provide alternative funding resources for Virginians with disabilities to acquire assistive technology that can enhance their independence and improve their quality of life. Any Virginian with a disability can apply for a loan with us, regardless of income and no matter how small a loan they might need. Credit...
Description: Social communication and social skill difficulties are core characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Deficits in social skills often have negative consequences that impact individuals’ outcomes in inclusive learning opportunities in schools and inclusive engagement in the communities. Though this social component is a widely known hallmark of ASD, intervention to support individuals’ mastery of these skills is still emerging in classroom and community environments across...
Description: Advisory: This Fast Fact contains adult content and may not be suitable for all readers In today’s technological world, the Internet has become an important and growing source of information and connectedness. The Internet is useful for many reasons, whether it is being used to chat with old friends, find directions to a restaurant, or read a movie review. However, individuals with ASD and their families may face unique challenges when attempting to safely navigate the web. It is possible...
Description: This site contains a Parent's Guide on Puberty for Boys with Disabilities and a Parent's Guide for Girls with Disabilities. This publication was developed and written by Vanderbilt Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND). The appendix has storyboards and visuals that you can use in implementing the methods outlined in the toolkit. This file is not included in the printed manual. You may choose to print the entire appendix, or you may want to print a particular page or set...
Description: We all have issues that don't go our way and end up straining relationships with others. It's what we do from that point that determines whether we can maintain positive relationships with those involved or further strain those connections. The Problem Resolution App is designed to help facilitate the collection of narratives of those involved in a particular dilemma. This is a great tool for counselors/facilitators/administrators to gather multiple perspectives around issues that arise. ...
Description: A variety of subject-focused, standards-based instructional materials are available to enhance inquiry-based learning with students. All activities are free and completely online. The instructional materials require no installations or logins and are device neutral. US History GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of high school US history through maps. Earth Science GeoInquiries: This collection of GeoInquiries is designed to enhance teaching of Earth...
Description: We have developed Communication Guidelines and Resources to support educational team members in enhancing the communication abilities of students with ASD and to create lifelong learners. The Communication Guidelines and Resources are designed to: Enhance understanding of what communication is, Enhance understanding of why communication is important, and Advance expectations, knowledge, and skills related to communication based assessments, strategies, and supports. The Communication Guidelines...
Description: This is not an ‘all inclusive’ manual for assistive technology. It is a starting point to introduce what assistive technology is and how it can help. Each section of the booklet will give examples of devices for specific tasks or activities. For additional details and resources please see the “Where to go from here” section in the back of this booklet. A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may cause many different problems: physical, sensory (sight, hearing or touch), cognitive...
Description: The transition from high school to college life is difficult enough for any number of students without considering a disability. Odds are that if you have a disability and you made it through high school, you’ve done it with the help of a very disciplined and structured routine order of classes. College life is a very different game, allowing students to make a lot of choices and decisions for themselves.
Description: In a new feature on its ADA.gov website, the Department of Justice (DOJ) provides information and resources on accessible technology. Topics covered include enforcement, technical assistance and guidance, regulations, and technology initiatives. ADA.gov is the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s site for technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Enforcement The Department's ADA enforcement efforts have helped to ensure that people with disabilities can access Web sites,...
Description: This free AIM Navigator App is the mobile form of an online resource that facilitates the process that guides the work of a collaborative team as they work through the AIM-related needs of individual students. It is not a screening or diagnostic tool. The Navigator consists of a series of guiding questions to assist teams with decision-making about need, selection, acquisition, and use of accessible instructional materials. Learning supports for completing each decision-making step are available...
Description: The Virginia Family Special Education Connection Website provides Local Disability Services information for all of the Counties/Cities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. These services include: Arc (The Arc) Care Connection for Children (Health Department Program) Centers for Independent Living Child Development Services Program - Clinics Community Services Board (CSB) Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) Department of Social...
Description: This Thanksgiving weekend, StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving Listen is a national assignment to engage people of all ages in the act of listening. The pilot project is specially designed for students ages 13 and over and as part of a social studies, history, civics, government,...
Description: For many people, owning and maintaining a home is one of the most significant investments they ever make. But for individuals and veterans living with disabilities, or seniors aging in place, the fact that much of the world outside is not built to accommodate their needs magnifies the value of a comfortable home. It’s vital they and their loved ones have access to the best resources about how to make their homes livable and enjoyable.
Description: School success depends on a student’s ability to plan, organize and prioritize tasks, materials, and information; separate main ideas from details; think flexibly; memorize content; and monitor progress toward completing tasks. This webcast will introduce strategies using low tech to high tech tools for developing these executive functioning skills for students on the Autism Spectrum.
Description: Learning to communicate and enhancing skills is considered to be a profound and indisputable individual right. Every student with autism spectrum disorder is to have an effective communication system that will allow him/her to interact in a meaningful way across settings and across people. The use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a way to enhance communication for  a variety of students with ASD.  It can be effective for those with  no or limited verbal...
Description: Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, often during times of personal hardship, transition, and uncertainty. Our programs serve as vital financial protection for working men and women, children, the disabled, and the elderly. We administer the largest disability program in the nation. Unfortunately, there are some common misconceptions about our program. We want to ensure that the American public understands this important program and has a clear picture of the individuals...
Description: The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center is designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.  Research-based technologies, used appropriately, have great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with...
Description: Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that offers a wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
Description: CEC's (Council for Exceptional Children) divisions individually explore a single facet of special education in thoughtful detail, bringing together professionals to exchange ideas, stimulate research, and promote expertise in key areas of each fast-growing field. These include: Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD), Division for Research (CEC-DR), CEC Pioneers Division (CEC-PD), Council for Educational Diagnostic Services...
Description: This article from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE) notes that the diversity of ability and experience of users with cognitive disabilities complicates attempts to develop web accessibility guidelines for this population. To design Web sites that are easier for users with cognitive disabilities to use, the author offers suggestions based on usability principles. Many of these recommendations make the web easier for everyone to use.
Description: Healthy Transitions is a mobile app designed to help young adults with special healthcare needs build skills needed to gain independence and manage their own healthcare. The app features videos that explain how to handle real life scenarios and an interactive game to reinforce the ideas presented in the videos. The videos are categorized into four sections; healthcare, insurance, healthy lifestyles and relationships. The Healthy Transitions app is easy to use and can be downloaded for free...
Title: Learn24VA
Description: Learn24VA is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia529 College Savings Plan. This portal aggregates digital tools, content, and resources to support teaching and learning 24/7. The site quickly searches for Virginia-approved online courses by subject. For example, when you type "German" in the search box, all of the approved German courses would appear in a list. 
Description: The Job Accommodation Network has released "Accommodations for Brain Injury in the Workplace," a JAN Just-In-Time training module. This module will be helpful to employers, employees, family members, and others who are interested in technical assistance on the potential impact of a brain injury on an employee's experience in the workplace. In particular, this module discusses how effective accommodations can be provided to help employees with brain injuries be more successful in the workplace....
Description: Executive Function 101 is a free e-book from founding partner the National Center for Learning Disabilities. Download the e-book to find out what executive function is and how it impacts kids with learning and attention issues. This e-book also includes a thorough graphic that walks you through a day in the life of a school-age student, Josh, who struggles with executive function (pages 7-9).
Description: This site includes: Low Tech Options, App Organizers, Chrome Extensions, and Computer Options.
Description: The Institute develops instructional materials and educational programs that engage students and teachers with America’s Founding documents and principles.
Description: TeachingMoney VA.org was created to help Virginia’s high school teachers find quality resources that they can use in teaching Virginia’s new economics and personal finance course.
Description: This podcast highlights the evidence that supports the link between healthy eating and improved academic achievement. It also identifies a few actions to support a healthy school nutrition environment to improve academic achievement.  (CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Description: AAAS is providing access to 600+ assessment items and resources to middle school and high school educators. These free items test student understanding in earth, life, physical science, and the nature of science.
Description: Designed for educators, AT specialists, and therapists on a shoestring budget, this webcast integrates low to high tech AT into math and science instruction for students with multiple learning preferences and differing abilities, for little or no cost. Learn how to create: accessible math and science resources for differentiated instruction, including: scientific process and math sequence ropes; customized graph paper; graphic organizers; item banks; electronic timers; mini-offices; virtual and...
Description: In the 1990s, Anne Meyer, David Rose, and their colleagues at CAST introduced universal design for learning (UDL), a framework to improve teaching and learning. Based on new insights from the learning sciences and creative uses of digital technologies. UDL can help educators improve and optimize learning experiences for all individuals. In this book, Meyer and Rose, along with David Gordon, provide the first comprehensive presentations of UDL principles and practices since 2002. This new look at...
Description: These include: Universal Design for Learning: From Theory to Practice, Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning, UDL Myths & Misconceptions, CAST and Project OPEN Present UDL On Campus, UDL Now!, A Discussion on UDL and Learner Variability, Universal Design for Learning: Theory and Practice, A Book Discussion, UDL Implementation: Are You Ready?
Description: The Assistive Technology program prepares you to expertly engage with people who have disabilities and offer them innovative options for home, work, school or community. This 100% online graduate program is from the Top 20 ranked special education division at George Mason University (GMU), where assistive technology has been a special focus of research for more than 30 years.
Description: For many educators, applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles is viewed as a philosophical approach for designing curriculum, shaping instruction, selecting instructional materials/technology, and developing assessments that provide greater access to learning for all students. Designing curriculum and instruction for diverse learners using the principles of UDL at the outset enhances the classroom environment and requires less retrofitting and adaptation by classroom teachers.
Description: Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. The information on this site includes How to get started, the AAC Assessment Process, Implementation and Use, Research, Resources and Professional Development. Professionals and families now have access to all of this information in one location to help in planning for those students needing communication goals and strategies. (Click...
Description: VDOE provides targeted professional development through Mathematics Institutes. Since 2009, the institutes were framed by the following five goals: students of becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations. Resources are available from the 2014 through 2009 Mathematics Institutes.
Description: TED-Ed is a site dedicated to lessons worth sharing. TED, which is known for their stunning video lecture series, has launched a new service that focuses on lessons and education. Teachers, other experts, and pretty much anyone can send an audio file which TED-Ed will animate and place on their site to share with the world. It is a stunning effort powered by real educators and volunteer animation experts. The results are fantastic and engaging. This is another strong entry for those teachers...
Description: We offer over 200 free resources including: Writing and Teaching Writing, Research, Grammar and Mechanics, Style Guides, ESL (English as a Second Language), and Job Search and Professional Writing.
Description: EARN is: a safe and structured environment in which young people can communicate, an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects, and a community of educators and learners making a difference as part of the educational process.
Description: Storyboard Generator is a free tool from the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Students can choose a script (or write their own) and create a storyboard. This is a great free tool for teachers to use with their students to help them learn storytelling, presentation skills, and so much more. Easy to use, this is a powerful tool for students of all ages.
Description: This resource was created to help K-12 history and social studies teachers incorporate technology effectively into their courses. Find resources for history and social studies lesson plans, activities, projects, games, and quizzes that use technology.
Description: Oral health is a very important component of healthy daily living. But for some children with autism, oral health habits can be challenging. Our hope is that this guide will provide information for families to help begin a lifetime of good oral care.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is providing additional information to further clarify the eligibility requirements for students who are identified with a reading disability due to an organic dysfunction to receive free accessible instructional materials through AIM-VA. (Superintendent's Memo- January 9, 2015)
Title: Vroom
Description: New science tells us that our children's first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Vroom turns shared moments into brain-building moments. Whether it's mealtime, bath time, or anytime in between, there are always ways to nurture our children's growing minds. There is also a free app available for download on Google Play or iTunes.
Description: This module describes how teachers can incorporate vocabulary and reading comprehension skills instruction into content-area lessons and will introduce you to a variety of effective practices—including the use of graphic organizers—to help students better understand what they read.
Description: This new interactive tool is designed to help health professionals and others find nutritious recipes as a key strategy for encouraging children to eat healthier meals. Resources include Cookbooks, Recipe Tools and Spotlights. Recipes in Spanish (Recetas en Español) are available too.