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Assistive Technology in Education


Los Angeles Charter School Adopts Online Speech Therapy

When high school students refused to attend their speech therapy sessions, Sommer Jones, director of special education, set out to find a new option. The solution: online speech therapy.

Pennsylvania Districts Add Online Speech Therapy

Districts in south central Pennsylvania are now able to offer online speech therapy session to their students with special needs.

System Aims to Expand Access to Math Resources for Visually Impaired Students

New technology from ETS and DSI aims to provide visually impaired students with increased access to math coursework and assessments from their computers.

Federal Grant Supports Technical Assistance for Educators of Deaf-Blind Students

A growing number of students with the deaf-blindness dual impairment are making their way out of specialized schools and into local neighborhood schools. Providing technical assistance to the educators who teach those students is part of the goal of a new $10.5 million grant awarded recently by the United States Department of Education.

Atomic Hosts Free Accessibility Workshop for Educators

Atomic Learning has launched a free online workshop for educators focused on legal and technical requirements for providing accessible learning materials to students.

Center for Children with Disabilities Receives $1.6 Million To Improve Support, Data Use

The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is receiving $1.6 million in federal funds to support students with disabilities and improve on data-driven decisionmaking and implementation strategies.

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.

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