Assistive Technology in Education


Federal Funding Targets Technology for Students with Disabilities

A new $1.4 million federal grant will fund the establishment of a Center on Technology and Disability.

Smarter Balanced Approves Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines

The 23 governing states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have unanimously approved the consortium's Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, which outline the modes of assessment delivery for all students, particularly those with special needs.

U.S. Department of Education Wants to Eliminate '2% Rule'

The United States Department of Education (ED) has proposed new regulations that would eliminate the "2 percent rule," which allows some students with disabilities to be assessed using alternate assessments aligned to modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAAS).

Read&Write for Google Provides Reading, Writing Support Tools for Google Apps for Education

Texthelp, which provides literacy software for struggling readers and writers, English language learners, and students with learning disabilities, has released a suite of support tools for Google Docs, PDFs, and ePubs.

The Top 10 iPad Apps for Special Education

Empowering independence in SPED learners: There’s an app for that!

special needs students using technology in classroom

The Surprising Ways BYOD, Flipped Classrooms, and 1-to-1 Are Being Used in the Special Ed Classroom

As schools shift to mobile device usage and new forms of technology-inspired instruction, such as flipping the classroom, special ed is adopting mainstream approaches for its assistive technologies.

Smarter Balanced Releases Practice Common Core Tests

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released practice versions of its online tests for Common Core State Standards in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.

Study Ranks Accessibility of Top Learning Management Systems

A university study comparing learning management systems has concluded that the latest crop of learning management systems evaluated have made "significant progress" since the assessments started in 2005. However, one of the report's authors noted, "We believe much more needs to be done."

4 Tips for Teachers Working with Visually Impaired Students Online

A school for the blind and visually impaired in Washington State uses distance learning to accommodate offsite teachers and students.

Partnership Enhances Reference Service with Text-to-Speech Technology

Reference and information skills company Credo has partnered with ReadSpeaker to add text-to-speech features to its Literati suite of software and services.

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