Adapative Technology Tools

Are you familiar with adaptive technology? Do you have students with physical disabilities? Here’s a list of adaptive tech tools and resources for you to use:

1. Section 508 Checklist: http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist
Standards for Website content to meet the needs of persons with disabilities based on the U.S. Rehabilitation Act.

2. iSpeech: http://www.ispeech.org/
Converts text-to-speech (TTS) or speech-to-text (STT) for free. You can control the speed of the voice delivery. It catalogs the number of recordings in its library.

3. US Government: http://www.disability.gov/technology/accessible_technology
Provides webinars and updates on the latest technology available or the lack thereof in various situations.

4. Boston College & Boston University: www.cameramouse.org
Assists individuals with limited movement to use their head to direct the mouse cursor. FREE!

5. The Principles of Universal Design (UD), North Carolina State University:  Universal Design poster
These principles will help you create activities and an environment accessible for all learners.

6. Internet Explorer (IE): IE is generally the browser that’s widely used by persons with disabilities because it offers special features to meet their needs.

7. Microsoft Windows: See Accessibility Tools

8. YouTube Channel: They offer an auto-caption feature that can benefits not only deaf users, but also people who watch videos in really noisy places, like airport terminals. The tool will be able to translate captions into your choice of 50 languages. For now, however, auto-captioning works only with videos in English.

9. Apple claims to create its products with accessibility in mind as standard features http://www.apple.com/accessibility/

10. Captioning Key is funded by the National Association of the Deaf and The Described and Captioned and Media Program. It provides a PDF document on specific quality assurance guidelines for closed-captioning.

Additionally, check out the most thought-provoking videos that I’ve ever seen on rethinking the concept and words associated with persons with disabilities called “Opportunity of Adversity” by Aimee Mullins.

Please share your resources for adaptive technology with me, and I’ll post them on this blog and my PLE.

Sandra Rogers

Author: teacherrogers

Content developer, instructional designer, trainer, and researcher

4 thoughts on “Adapative Technology Tools”

  1. hi! 🙂 i am at the office at the moment, so i do not have very much time to write… however! I really liked reading your post. It turned out to be some really good stuff. many thanks! Best regards

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  2. You’re welcome! Several of my students did the alternative assignment and created electronic logs. I hope they continue to use them during their college career. After the project, I found out that Dictionary.com sends automated responses to remind you to study your electronic logs! It keeps reminding me to study mine. I was happy about that.

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  3. greetings! 🙂 i’m at work right now, hence i don’t have much time to write… nonetheless! I truly appreciated reading through the article. It was a bunch of excellent stuff. thank you! Sincerely, Ms Paketresor

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