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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: All children and young adults require support from caregivers during times of stress and uncertainty, such as those we are facing now with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Individuals with autism may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes.  This population may face additional challenges related to comprehension, communication, difficulty understanding abstract language, an insistence on sameness, and a greater likelihood of anxiety and...
Description: SETT is an acronym for Student, Environments, Tasks and Tools. The SETT Framework is based on the premise that in order to develop an appropriate system of Tools (supports –devices, services, strategies, accommodations, modifications, etc.) teams must first develop a shared understanding of the student, the customary environments in which the student spends time, and the tasks that are required for the student to be able to do or learn to do to be an active participant in the...
Description: When you present slides, you can turn on automatic captions to display the speaker's words in real time. This feature is available on Chrome devices in U.S. English.
Description: PowerPoint for Microsoft 365 can transcribe your words as you present and display them on-screen as captions in the same language you are speaking, or as subtitles translated to another language. This can help accommodate individuals in the audience who may be deaf or hard of hearing, or more familiar with another language, respectively. There are also position, size, color, and other appearance options for the captions and subtitles to accommodate different environments and audience needs....
Description: The tools offer options for streaming live captions using automatic speech recognition (ASR). ASR tools use artificial intelligence to convert speech into text. In recent years, educational technologies have started to integrate ASR into their platforms as a way to develop content that is more accessible and inclusive. Turning on Live Captions in your Google Slides Presentation Turning on Live Captions in your PowerPoint for Office 365 Using Web Captioner as a Live Captioning Solution
Description: This repository of resources has been compiled to support Virginia school divisions as they endeavor to meet the continuing learning needs of their students with disabilities during the COVID-19 school closures.
Description: Windows 10 brings meaningful innovation to all people, whether you have a disability, a personal preference, or a unique work style. With a robust set of built-in and third-party accessibility features, Windows 10 lets you choose how to interact with your screen, express ideas, and get work done.
Description: Users with disabilities can participate in Google Meet video meetings using accessibility features in Meet, Chrome Browser, and Google meeting room hardware.
Description: Zoom Accessibility Features include: Closed Captioning Keyboard Accessibility Automatic Transcripts Screen Reader Support
Description: Assistive features help people with disabilities navigate and control their device as well as get better access to online content.
Description: Office Accessibility Center - Resources for people with disabilities Office is committed to inclusive design and accessible products and content. We are constantly working to offer more to boost every user's productivity. On this page, find resources for people with disabilities and find out how to make your content accessible for all.
Description: G Suite admin guide to accessibility This guide is a summary of accessibility features in G Suite and other Google services.
Description: You can use G Suite  for online collaboration, organization, and productivity. These resources can help you get started with G Suite using assistive technology.
Description: Make your document or presentation more accessible When you create a document or presentation, follow the tips provided to make it more readable by everyone, including people with disabilities.
Description: Are you Chrome Ready? (May 2020) Navigating the Built-in Accessibility features of a Chromebook Reading Text Out Loud: Using ChromeVox and Select to Speak Making the Screen Easier to See (Part 1) AIM-VA and Google Chrome (April 2018) How To Search For, Download, Share, and Delete AIM-VA File Formats w/Chromebook AIM-VA File Formats and Chromebook Accessibility Features
Description: The Chrome browser and operating system offer a variety of accessibility features like magnification, keyboard navigation, screen reading, and much more. Watch and learn how to customize your settings in Chrome and Chromebooks to make the experience more accessible and usable for you! 
Description: Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects. This app is now available in Dutch, German, French, Japanese and Spanish.
Description: Need to listen to printed text? Have it spoken aloud – at school, in a test or exam, at work or at home? Use Claro ScanPen to photo your printed text document, letter, test paper – then select the text with your finger (or stylus), and hear it spoken straight back to you. Instantly! No internet connection required.
Title: Speechify
Description: Whether you have dyslexia, ADHD, a concussion, or another reading disability, with Speechify, reading is never a barrier. Create audiobooks from anything. Have text read out to you in natural human voices. Read faster, retain more information, and save time.
Description: Assistive Technology Quick Tips- Introduction      Resource: SETT Framework (Joy Zabala) 1. AT Network Video: Windows 10 Accessibility       Resource: Windows 10 Accessibility Features 2. AT Network Video: Virtual Conferencing Platform Accessibilty       Resources: Virtual Conferencing Platform: Google Meet Accessibility Virtual Conferencing Platforms: Microsoft Teams Accessibility Virtual Conferencing Platform: Skype Accessibility...
Description: Find answers to the following questions: My child’s school uses an online learning platform for instruction between school and home. Can my child use her typical assistive technology when accessing this learning platform? My child is struggling with some of his school assignments.  Are there some assistive technologies or special strategies that might help him at home? My child’s teacher uses technology at school that we don’t have at home. What else can I use at home...
Description: Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to public schools around the country. To help ensure the continuity of special education services during remote instruction and to spotlight best practice approaches for schools and educators, an alliance of national education organizations has come together to ensure equity for all learners.  EducatingAllLearners.org creates a hub of curated tools, strategies, tips and best practices for supporting students with disabilities...
Description: Bring the World to Your Classroom (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and more) WHRO and PBS have curate FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers. You can Browse by Subject or by Grade. PreK-12 Resources for Emergency Closings (Available in Spanish) As teachers, students, and families deal with school closures, PBS LearningMedia producers and educators have come together to curate a special collection of resources organized by...
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: This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learning. The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be used within formal and informal educational settings.  Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhancing social emotional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, visual arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education...
Description: Q: What were you in the process of teaching before schools moved to home instruction? What activities did you have planned? What standards were you in the process of covering? Q: What were you planning to teach next month, and the next and the next? What units of study were coming next? What standards still remain untaught? Q: What daily schedule were your students used to following? How can it be adapted to work in a home environment? Note: Think ease of use for families and flexibility. Q:...
Description: This resource is being provided to support teachers of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The lesson ideas are divided by grade-band from kindergarten through high school. Sections are divided into functional activities associated with time of day (morning, afternoon, evening). Parents should be assured that they are not expected to complete each activity with their child each day. The teacher and parent should work together to select activities that will help meet the needs of...
Description: Coronavirus. COVID-19! What to do, where to turn? The amount of information that’s constantly emerging is so staggering, it seems nearly impossible to keep up. At CPIR we thought you might find it helpful to have a brief list of resources to address key issues such as multilanguage materials to share, places parents can turn to as so many schools are closed for now, and telecommuting tips to help with maintaining social distancing practices.  The list is nowhere near exhaustive, nor...
Description: All children and young adults require support from caregivers during times of stress and uncertainty, such as those we are facing now with the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Coping with the unknown and navigating school closures, abrupt changes in routines, loss of connections with teachers and friends, and fear around contracting the virus- are burdens for all, and caregivers play an important role in helping children and young adults understand the changes and process their related...
Description: Mathematics Resources (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) (Updates April 2020- Learning in Place Mathematics Resources) Interactive Tools National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Illuminations: Resources for Teaching Math GeoGebra Geometry Graspable Math (Algebra) EquatIO: Make Math Digital  Assistive Technology for Math (Understood.org) PBS Learning Media - Virginia and PreK-12 Resources for Emergency...
Description: The K-12 Inclusive Practices Guide is an informational resource to support school divisions and parents looking to improve outcomes for students with disabilities by meeting their needs to the maximum extent possible in general education setting.
Description: These 20 Free Apps for Student Success cover the following topics: Productivity Campus Engagement Mental Health and Wellness Stress Management Support System Financial Creating Healthy Habits Study Support Some of these applications are only for use on desktops, while most are available on iPhones or Android products.
Description: These resources include: Free Math Apps Time Telling Tools Virtual Math Manipulatives Tools that promote Math understanding Math Games
Description: At a Glance Assistive technology (AT) can be a big help for people who struggle with math. Some AT math tools are very common—like calculators. Others—like digital graphing tools—are lesser known, but can be just as helpful.
Description: This guide is designed to support professionals and families in understanding assistive technology (AT) and identifying possible AT tools for students from preschool through high school. “I have severe dyslexia and it's hard for me to read and write. In the eighth grade, I could not write down a single word. The first time I used a program with voice recognition, I wrote a whole short story. Using AT means I can do things myself and I don't have to depend on someone else to help me.”...
Description: It is the responsibility of the IEP team to consider the need for assistive technology devices or services. The consideration process is a short discussion among team members to determine if the use of low tech or high tech supports will assist the student in making academic progress. The IEP team should document the consideration process.
Title: RocketBook
Description: The Rocketbook system connects traditional handwriting surfaces with the power of the cloud. Combine our extensive line of reusable notetaking products with our free app to take off into the digital future! Use any of our reusable notetaking products for a traditional handwriting experience - which actually makes you smarter. We worked with several experts to develop our patented, futuristic technology, while keeping an authentic pen and paper feel.  No more notepaper guilt! Rocketbook...
Description: Livescribe smartpens breathe digital life into your handwritten notes and empower you to do incredible things with them. Every meeting, every lecture, every interaction, every word – make them count even more with Livescribe. Livescribe smartpens can record voice while you write, adding a new dimension of information to your notes Recorded notes are accurately transcribed and made ready to share across your cloud services from the Livescribe+ app With Livescribe your notebooks are...
Description: Android accessibility overview You can customize your Android device using accessibility settings and apps. Turn on Chromebook accessibility features You can make your Chromebook easier to use by turning on accessibility features that work best for your needs.
Description: iPhone Accessibility: The world’s most personal device was designed for every person. So a person who’s blind can take group selfies. A person who’s deaf can call Mom from overseas. And a person who can’t move from the neck down can send text messages to friends. MAC Accessibility: Edit a video without using a mouse or trackpad. Build a presentation without seeing the screen. Or track down important files for your next project with just your voice. Because Mac is...
Description: Type with your voice You can type and edit by speaking in Google Docs or in Google Slides speaker notes. Note: This feature is only available in Chrome browsers.
Description: Narrator is a screen-reading app that's built into Windows 10, so there's nothing you need to download or install. This guide describes how to use Narrator with Windows so that you can start using apps, browsing the web, and more. 
Description: Use dictation to talk instead of type on your PC Use dictation to convert spoken words into text anywhere on your PC with Windows 10. Dictation uses speech recognition, which is built into Windows 10, so there's nothing you need to download and install to use it. Note: To use dictation, your PC needs to be connected to the internet.
Description: Dictate your documents: Word for Office 365, PowerPoint for Office 365, Word for the web and more... This feature is available to Office 365 Subscribers only.
Description: You can hear full pages read aloud with Chromebook’s built-in screen reader or hear parts of a page, including specific words, read aloud with Select-to-speak.
Description: With this extension, you can use Immersive Reader without an internet connection. Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool that supports literacy development for learners regardless of age or ability. Immersive Reader uses proven techniques to enhance: Reading comprehension Language learning Decoding for readers with dyslexia Immersive Reader also powers Grammar Tools and Dictionary for Microsoft Edge.
Description: ATIM is designed to provide high-quality information and professional development on assistive technology (AT) for educators, professionals, families, persons with disabilities, and others. Each module guides you through case studies, instructional videos, pre- and post-assessments, a glossary, and much more. ATIM modules are available at no cost.
Description: Snap&Read is the Next-Generation reading tool for Google Chrome, iPad and more, that can cover the most diverse reading needs. It reads both accessible and inaccessible text aloud, it levels vocabulary, and it translates, delivering usage data to teachers who then can more easily assess students’ reading needs individually. Where it works Google Chrome Extension- Works across Chromebooks, Mac, and Windows desktops running the Google Chrome Browser. iPad App- Get many of the top reading...
Description: Read&Write lets everyone read, write and express themselves more confidently. The easy-to-use toolbar makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. Read&Write is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little support with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace. And its friendly literacy features help English Language Learners, as well as people with learning difficulties or requiring dyslexia tools. Platforms include: Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS...
Description: Graspable Math allows students to: Experiment with tangible equations Students can probe dynamic math expressions like they would probe pulleys in a physics experiment. Graspable Math turns algebra into a real, living thing that students at each level can interact with to learn. Engage in playful mathematical thinking We'd all prefer to play chess by moving pieces on a board over copying their positions with pencil and paper after each turn. Why not let your students do math by moving pieces,...