Are you familiar with adaptive technology? Do you have students with physical disabilities? Here is a list of adaptive tech tools and resources for you to integrate into your classroom teaching such students:
1. Section 508 Checklist: http://webaim.org/standards/508/checklist
Standards for Web site content to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.
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, North Carolina State University: Universal Design Poster Universal Design poster
These principles will help you create activities and an environment accessible for all learners.
6. Internet Explorer 8: AccessibilityInIE8 PDF
Microsoft tutorial on the accessibility options for using Internet Explorer 8.
7. Microsoft Windows XP: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/accessibility/ttsplaybackvoice.mspx
Tutorial on the ability to have the computer read the text in your documents. TTS is text-to-speech.
8. YouTube: 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 to create its products with accessibility in mind as standard features http://www.apple.com/accessibility/
Additionally, I’d like to share one of the most thought-provoking videos that I’ve ever seen on rethinking the concept and words associated with persons with disabilities. The “Opportunity of Adversity” by Aimee Mullins: http://cnn.com/video/?/video/living/2010/03/08/ted.aimee.mullins.ted
Please share your resources for adaptive technology with me, and I’ll post them on this blog and my PLE.