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These 7 Assistive Technology Users Will Leave Your Mind Blown!

These 7 Assistive Technology Users Will Leave Your Mind Blown!.pngThe Family Center on Technology and Disability has done a tremendous job producing seven videos that highlight assistive technology users. While their disabilities range in scope and severity, each one displays how with the right supports any child can succeed in their education.

Meet Sam

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and PACER Center are pleased to announce the release of our new assistive technology awareness series, AT in Action. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), this fully-captioned video series is designed to strengthen awareness of AT devices that help individuals with disabilities participate fully in school, at home, and in the community. In this first video, you’ll meet Sam, a young man with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is a successful college student, blogger, and sportsman. We invite you to view and share this video with your colleagues and the families you serve.

Meet Elle

In this video, you’ll meet Elle, a young woman with cerebral palsy who, with the help of AT, is able to communicate with family, friends, and teachers.

Meet Mason

In this video, you’ll meet Mason, a young boy with vision loss who, with the help of AT, is able to learn reading and writing in the same classroom as his sighted peers.

Meet Jared

In this fourth video, you’ll meet Jared, a young man with cerebral palsy who, controls his computer using a sip and puff switch. That computer access allows Jared to run a business creating dynamic graphics and websites.

Meet Nick

In the FCTD’s newest AT in Action video, you’ll meet Nick, a young entrepreneur who owns his own lawn-care business. Nick uses assistive technologies, both low and high tech, that aid him in driving and accessing his laptop computer and tablet.

Meet Jean

Meet Jean! In our newest AT in Action video, you’ll meet Jean, an engaging 6th grader who uses assistive technology to support learning and having fun with friends and family. Jean’s mother and 6th grade teacher, Jacob Westman, provide interesting insights into Jean’s technology use.

 Meet Brody

Meet Brody, a bright young sixth grader who uses assistive technology to help him write and participate in class. In this video we also hear from Brody’s teacher JoAnn Olsen as well as from Annette Ceretta, the AT Specialist for Brody’s school.

How awesome were these videos?! Please take some time to share them with your family, friends and colleagues. The more people know how AT can enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities the better!

7 Assistive Tech Users Ready For Them To Be In Your Classroom

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Tim Villegas

Founder and Curator-At-Large at Think Inclusive
Tim Villegas has worked in the field of special education and with people with disabilities for over ten years. Tim has turned his passion for blogging and promoting ideas about inclusive schools and communities into his own website, thinkinclusive.us. He believes that we can create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates (including self-advocates) to promote ideas, innovation and inspiration to change our world to be more accepting and value each and every human being. Tim lives with his fetching wife and three adorable children in Marietta, GA.

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  • http://www.healingrescuedogs.com/ Kathy H Porter

    Wow. This blew my mind, typed the parent of an adult young man on the autism spectrum! What’s the “back story” on the availability of assistive technology for disabled adults re cost and if any of that is covered by insurance? (For that matter – how does AT work re that cost factor for school age kids?)