- UDL Tech Toolkit. This is a very, very deep resource of FREE "universal design
for learning" tools! Categories include: apps, audio books, free
text-to-speech, graphic organizers, multimedia and digital storytelling, study skills
tools, literacy tools, writing tools, collaborative tools, research tools, math
tools, and tools to compensate for handwriting issues. This Wikispace is
organized by Karen Janowski (an assistive and educational technology consultant
in MA) and Joyce Valenza (a librarian extraordinaire in PA). Janowski also has
a highly recommended blog: Teaching Every Student.
- WatchKnow. Free Educational
Videos for K-12 Students to support the UDL classroom. The site aims to index
and organize 50,000 educational videos by the end of 2010! Each video is
categorized and accompanied by a description, age level information, and
rating. The site is maintained by teachers and librarians and is
foundation supported. Brought to us by a co-founder of Wikipedia, Larry Sanger.
Videos are not often captioned.
- Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO).This site, from the University of Buffalo, provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms; it includes online tutorials, AT planning tools, and links. Funded by OSERS.
- Need AT for Math? Check out this great video posted at the Virginia Department of Education's Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at VCU's Assistive Technology Blog. “Sometimes we just need a little memory jog to remind us of some AT solutions we might consider when students are struggling in math...”
- LD OnLine-Technology. Many good articles about the use of technology for students with learning disabilities. Included are general information, technology reviews, classroom applications, and information on making the right decisions when integrating technology.
- A.T.TIPS cast is an audio podcast produced by Christopher Bugaj, co-author of The Practical and Fun Guide to AT in Public Schools. The podcast is also practical and fun and usually less than 10 minutes long.
- Advocacy Institute is DC-based non-profit and home to
"The Advocate Academy"-- a Webinar service designed to meet the
training needs of special education advocates. Archives of past webinars include AT related topics such as: "AT, AIM, NIMAS,
UDL and More: Making It All Work for Students with Disabilities," and
"Prepping for an IEP Meeting: What you need to know about AT consideration
and AT implementation" (for sale for $25 each, and sometimes free over the
- Access Text is an electronic database designed to make it easier for colleges to get students with print disabilities specialized textbooks in time for classes. Created by the Association of American Publishers and the University of Georgia.
- Techmatrix is an online tool for finding assistive and learning technology products for students with special needs. It was created by the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd).
- National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (NIMAS): Online Tutorials provides links to
dozens of screencast videos on how to use different types of AIM software
products (unfortunately they are not captioned). Each of the tutorials
presented focus on a different aspect of accessible instructional materials and
services for use in classrooms and at home and offer detailed practical
instruction in the use of AIM and related products. Developed by the AIM
Consortium and the Michigan Department of Education, the purpose of the
tutorials is to provide a suite of tools for learning about and using
assistive technology applications that support the use of AIM (i.e. digital
text, audio, and braille).
- No Limits 2 Learning: celebrating human
potential through assistive technology is a blog by Lon Thornburg, an AT specialist and trainer
in Oregon. Thornburg writes compelling posts about the AT he uses with students
with disabilities (K-12) and recommends useful resources.
- Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs is the award winning blog of “resources and ideas for teachers of learners with severe, profound, intensive, significant, complex or multiple special needs” by Kate Ahern, M.Ed. She writes, “I tend to think outside the box and I love the creative side of teaching, such as creating curriculum units or finding ways to make breakthroughs with students who are harder to reach.”