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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: Understand Scoring has been revised with the Virginia 2010 Standards of Learning. In this module, you will gain a greater understanding of the essay scoring process by examining sample professionally scored papers. The domains and rubrics reflect the 2010 English Writing Standards. The system covers Learn About Scoring and Anchor Papers. Practice Scoring for practice sets and verification sets are now available.
Description: The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.
Description: VCU Autism Center for Excellence provides a variety of training events for anyone who lives with, works with, or supports an individual with an autism spectrum disorder. Training is developed and designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of: Special Educators, General Educators, Related Service Personnel, Paraprofessionals (paraeducator), Administrators, Psychologists, Family Members and Friends, Medical Professionals, Early Intervention Service Providers and Adult Service Providers. (VCU...
Description: The VCU Autism Center for Excellence is committed to providing resources for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Resources consists of items which may be checked out from our extensive Lending Library as well as electronic materials you can download directly from our website. The electronic materials include fact sheets, peer reviewed journal articles, manuals, website links as well as other materials and information that expand the knowledge of ASD and facilitate implementation of...
Description: This technical assistance resource was created in collaboration with staff at the Virginia Commonwealth University Autism Center for Excellence (VCU ACE) and is designed to be a tools for educators, administrators, and parents working to improve services for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These guidelines offer an overview of the current best practices for educating individuals with ASD.The Guidelines are not a standard of practice for the education of individuals with ASD in...
Description: Semillitas De Aprendiza Je
Description: The virtual astronomy course is aligned with the Commonwealth’s Science Standards of Learning (SOL) and may be used as a stand-alone minicourse or as a supplement to full-year courses in earth science, physics, or astronomy. The course is optimized for delivery on iPad and is available at no cost via Virginia on iTunes U. The virtual astronomy course may be used to satisfy a state diploma requirement (effective with this year’s first-time freshmen) that students complete at least one virtual...
Description: Literactive is the leading provider of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. Developed and approved by teachers and parents across the United States, Literactive is the acknowledged leader in early learning online. All the...
Description: This section includes information on: Accommodations Assessment Assistive Technology Behavior and Discipline Child Find Critical Area Self-Assessment Questions Disability Specific Documents Educational Interpreters English Language Learners Extended School Year Services Funding and Grants Health Guidance IEP Inclusion Resources Instruction Paraprofessional Prior Written Notice Parent Involvement Section 504 Resources Secondary Transition Services
Description: The Reading Teachers Network – or RTN – is the online source for renewal, creativity, and reading instruction for all reading teachers and administrators. RTN has been designed to provide the research-based resources teachers need, and to be a meeting place where educators can connect and communicate. RTN is a 24/7 virtual resource for teachers of reading that includes videos of classroom instruction, webinars, articles about best practices, instructional tools, and much, much more.
Title: Into the Book
Description: Into the Book is a reading comprehension resource for elementary students and teachers. We focus on eight research-based strategies: Using Prior Knowledge, Making Connections, Questioning, Visualizing, Inferring, Summarizing, Evaluating and Synthesizing.
Description: The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help: POLICY MAKERS use evidence to make informed choices. PRINCIPALS choose proven programs to meet state standards. TEACHERS use the most powerful tools available. RESEARCHERS find rigorous evaluations of educational programs. ...because all children deserve the best in education.
Description: The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for math instruction (K-12 emphasis).
Description: NCTM Illuminations provides quality standards-based resources  at no cost for teaching and learning mathematics, including over 100 interactive tools for students and instructional support for teachers. Our Resources Lessons and interactives searchable by NCTM’s Principles and Standards and by the Common Core State Standards. Over 700 lesson plans  Over 100 activities; these are virtual manipulatives, applets, and games 13 Calculation Nation® games Play online math...
Description: The Code of Virginia at § 22.1-129.1 permits any Virginia school division that has provided a “child with a disability” with an “assistive technology device” to transfer that device to another school division or a state agency that will be serving the child, or to the student or the student’s parent. The permissive transfer may occur when the student exits the school division and the device continues to be necessary to the student’s functional...
Description: This contains Apps for Communication, Cognitive Differences, Restricted Patterns of Behavior, Interests, and Activities, Social, Sensory Differences, Emotional Vulnerability, Motor Differences, Known Medical or Other Biological Factors and Other Resources. (Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence, OCALI)
Description: 2013 conference presentations and materials are available for download from the conference program.
Description: Authorized under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, Medicaid is an entitlement program financed by the state and federal governments and administered by the states. The Virginia Medicaid program is administered by the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).
Description: After choosing your state, all the listings in that state will appear. Once you click on a category, you will be asked to enter a zip code in the state you picked. After you enter your zip code and hit the enter key, a map of all the listings of that category in the state will appear.
Description: With FamilySignal, you’ll see your entire family on a map. We’ll alert you when people arrive or leave locations that you choose. Children can send their locations with a single tap. We call it Touch Base. Our Panic Button alerts you — and authorities, if needed — in case of an emergency.
Description: This contains a listing of the reading products available from Don Johnston.
Description: Picto Selector is a freeware windows application and contains over 27,000 pictos. Free visual supports you can make for your child.
Description: This is a tool for creating visual supports. The Different Uses section includes tips sheets on Choice Boards, Circle Time Boards, Labels, Rules, Schedules, Mini Schedules, First/Then Boards, I Want Board, Personal Stories and Token Economy as well as a link to an online workshop on Visual Communication.
Description: We’re focused on ways to support innovative teaching with the arts, and meet changing trends in education and to accommodate the ever-evolving impact of technology in our lives. Our collection of free digital resources—including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules—has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction. There is a section for educators and a...
Description: A professional network focused on expanding the breadth and scope of accessibility services and programming across the country and around the world.
Description: These 11 video clips and related learning guides provide an opportunity to enhance and support teacher practice in the area of literacy for students with significant disabilities.
Title: WAY COOL
Description: Resources for this handout were collected from numerous recommendations from colleagues,students, SWAAAC team members, and personal research. Whenever possible the description from the iTunes store was included. Apps are generally categorized by the most appropriate association. It should be noted that many apps could fall into more than one category. (iPad, iPads, iTouch, Time Management, Math, Music, Reading, Writing, Art, Science, Social Studies, Communication, Vision, Hearing)
Description: Ever-evolving mobile technologies offer hope to students who have a learning disability like dyscalculia or dyslexia. My daughter (who has dyslexia) and I researched and/or tested all of the apps, and we think they’re especially helpful to the student with LD in dealing with math – whether it’s for schoolwork or some other kind of everyday challenge (like figuring out how much something really costs).
Description: This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. (Science)
Description: There are eight T/TAC Regions across the Commonwealth of Virginia that serve professionals in their local areas.
Description: This company provides a variety of talking calculators that range in price.
Description: All of the free trials are fully-functioning versions of the products but each is limited in the number of times it can be used. These include: Worksheet Wizard, Write Now, Literacy Productivity Pack, Talking Word Processor, PDF Equalizer, E-Text Reader, Universal Reader Plus, English Talking Dictionary, Scan and Read Pro, Text-To-Audio, Text Cloner Pro, Magnify It (Available for free), Talking Calculator (Available for free), Literacy Productivity Mac Pack, and English Talking Dictionary Mac.
Description: This link includes the conference sessions and downloadable materials from the 8th Annual Special Education Conference (Fairfax County Public Schools). Topics include: transition (post-secondary, preschool), executive functioning, reading (middle and high school), medicaid waivers, online textbooks, ADHD, Apps, depression and suicide prevention, bullying, stress, inclusion, mathematics, dyslexia, mentoring, communication to enhance the IEP Process, Down Syndrome, VA Assessment options, child...
Description: The Story of Movies is an interdisciplinary curriculum introducing students to classic cinema and the cultural, historical and artistic significance of film.
Title: School2Home
Description: School2Home is a program designed to help close the Achievement Gap and the Digital Divide by integrating the use of technology into teaching and learning at low-performing middle schools throughout California.
Description: NSTeens resources empower tweens (children ages 8 - 12) to make safer online choices through lessons taught in a series of animated videos highlighting the Internet-related adventures of a diverse cast of teenagers. Educators may reinforce the videos’ safety lessons through the use of accompanying activity cards. (The site is available in Spanish.)
Description: Journey North engages students and citizen scientists around the globe in tracking wildlife migration and seasonal change. Participants share field observations across the northern hemisphere, exploring the interrelated aspects of seasonal change. Journey North is a free, Internet-based program presented by Annenberg Learner, a division of the Annenberg Foundation. (Science)
Title: Bugscope
Description: The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the Beckman Institute's Imaging Technology Group at the University of Illinois supports K-16 classrooms worldwide. Bugscope allows teachers everywhere to provide students with the opportunity to become microscopists themselves—the kids propose experiments, explore insect...
Description: The George Lucas Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process by documenting, disseminating, and advocating innovative, replicable, and evidence-based strategies that prepare students to thrive in their future education, careers, and adult lives.
Description: Figure This! Mathematical challenges for families provide interesting math challenges that middle-school students can do at home with their families. Funding for the project was provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Education.
Description: Gooru is a free search engine for learning that makes it easy for teachers to discover educational content, organize it into learning playlists, and teach and share it with students to study. (Discover your favorite Science, Math, Social Sciences and English Language Arts topics)
Description: The ICDL is a rich resource which can be used in a wonderfully wide range of situations by children, parents, teachers, librarians and others from all walks of life. Children can expand upon the stories to create games; parents can extract themes to help explain important lessons; teachers can utilize the multicultural nature of the collection to teach languages; librarians can enrich community outreach programs with tales from around the world and; of course, anyone can just open a book to read...
Description: CDC has FREE brochures, posters, fact sheets, and more for parents, health care providers, and public health professionals. These include: Hearing Loss Fact Sheet, Decision Guide to Communication Choices, Making a Plan for Your Child as well as Questions You May Want to Ask Your Child's Genetics Team or Medical Professional or Early Interventionists or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Doctor or Audiologist or Speech Language Pathologist (available in English and Spanish). There is also a Communication...
Description: The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable...
Description: The newest AT in Action video, brought to you by FCTD and PACER, introduces Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who controls his computer using a sip and puff switch. That computer access allows Jared to run a business creating dynamic graphics and websites.
Description: This reports on a group of high school students with learning disabilities who attend a dual-enrollment high school/college program that emphasizes the use of technology, including the Bookshare accessible library, to help students earn college credit while still in high school. The program offers a student-centered learning environment allowing seniors to complete required high school courses while accumulating college credits. Each student focuses on individual educational choices and academic...
Description: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade...
Description: This lists the calculator model types that are allowed for each grade level. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This symbol communication board was created as a tool to assist Paramedics and those in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in interacting with any individual for whom clear speech is difficult or impossible. Available in British English and dual-language American/Spanish. Who is it for? People with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Spoken language disorders, Poor articulation due to cerebral palsy, stroke, traumatic injury, Non-English Speakers, Deaf individuals, Patients with Alzheimer’s...
Description: This symbol communication board was created as a tool to assist School Nurses in interacting with any individual for whom clear speech is difficult or impossible. Available in British English and dual-language American/Spanish. Who is it for? People with Autism, Learning Disabilities, Spoken language disorders, Poor articulation due to Cerebral Palsy, Stroke or Traumatic Injury, Non-English Speakers, Deaf individuals, Patients with Alzheimer’s or similar syndromes, Lost or frightened...