I’m home after a busy week attending an assistive technology conference called Closing the Gap in Minneapolis. The Friday 5 sites this week are gleaned from various sessions and conversations with colleagues during this interesting event.
1) Closing the Gap
This is the main page for this organization started in 1983 by parents of a deaf child. It is considered one of the premier assistive tech conferences in the U.S .
2) Apple – Accessibility
Did you know that there are many features built into the Mac operating system that make it easier for
students to use computers? This site will help you learn about these features, including VoiceOver which is designed to help those with vision issues. I am very proud that I learned a bit about how to use this spoken interface! Also check out Apple’s Accessibility in Education page at http://www.apple.com/education/accessibility/.
These two resources are maintained by fellow ADE colleague and assistive technology expert Brian Friedlander.
4) Blogs, Wikis, Webcasts, Etc.: New Tools for Students with Disabilities
This wiki was used for a presentation on how the popular technologies known as blogs, wikis, and webcasts can help kids. There are lots of great resources listed in this online document that would be helpful to special ed and regular ed teachers.
5) Marratech: Video Collaboration, E-meeting, and Web Conferencing on the Internet
I have not tried this yet, but it was recommended to me by another ADE, Kris Hill, who presented with me this week at Closing the Gap. Apparently, you can video conference with others and share documents.