How would you like to live just half a block from a “National Blue Ribbon” School? According to the Des Moines Register, Northeast Elementary in Ankeny received this award for raising achievement among students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP)’s. In Iowa, on average, 32.31 percent of students with IEPs are proficient in reading and math, but at Northeast, 75.86 percent were proficient when they were awarded this honor.
Northeast Elementary has also…Continue
Added by Traci Kuehl on July 14, 2017 at 1:51pm — No Comments
The Iowa Assistive Technology Exchange Program, formerly known as the Used Equipment Referral Service, is a free on-line listing of used devices that people are selling and looking…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on June 26, 2017 at 1:52pm — No Comments
Article from NE ADA center
With summer upon us, camp season is about to begin. In May 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) along with U.S. Attorney's offices nationwide, issued a notice reinforcing the importance of inclusion when it comes to summer camps (link here:…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on June 7, 2017 at 8:48am — No Comments
Catch a few minutes of Ron Steele’s “The Steele Report” on Sunday morning and he was interviewing two individuals from Waterloo involved with Project SEARCH to the Waterloo area. Cool that he was showcasing their work in providing training and creating meaningful work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities. You can still watch the segment from the website. …Continue
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Added by Jane Gay on May 23, 2017 at 12:45pm — No Comments
There is an interesting article in New Mobility about travel related devices. http://www.newmobility.com/2017/05/travel-product-wheelchair-users/
Added by Jane Gay on May 19, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments
It is already time to order alternative format textbooks for the 2017-2018 school year!
It takes time to get all the books across the state ready for the start of school. They cannot all be done in August.
Alternative formats include Braille, large print, audio and digital text. Simply put, if your child doesn't have the textbook when school starts >>> how are they going to learn, keep up and get a Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE)
Added by Jane Gay on May 3, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
You can set up to 12 daily alerts on the Vibra watches. This would be good tool to increase independence and safety at home, school or work. The watch can be set to vibrate, make a sound or both. They come in a variety of looks to match your child’s age and likes. https://www.amazon.com/VibraLITE-Mini-12-Alarm-Vibrating-Watch/dp/B009OGE6S8…Continue
Cell phone texting can be a huge deal for staying connected for teens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This cell phone sensor is activated when a mobile phone or tablet screen lights up, for example from an incoming call or message. Place it on top of the mobile device and…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on April 19, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments
This handy tool is designed to fit over the raised bar that is present on the top of all gas caps. There are multiple grooves in the head of the gas cap tool so that the tool may be grabbed at different angles. This Gas Cap Removal Tool comes with two attachments in order to…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on April 13, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Using the $300 Touchjet Wave you can turn your flat screen TV into a HUGE touch screen for your child’s homework, work or fun. Learn more at http://www.touchjet.com/
Added by Jane Gay on April 5, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments
The FreedomWand® is a personal hygiene aid that helps people with limited range of motion or who have difficulty reaching while toileting, bathing, shaving, and applying ointment. The FreedomWand can assist people who struggle with spinal/back injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel,…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on March 29, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
The longtime children's favorite will be introducing a new character "Julia" to the crew of colorful characters. Along with her bright hair, Julia has Autism. WIth Julia "in the neighborhood" Sesame Street is hoping to raise children's awareness and understanding of how Autism may effect some of their other friends. Read the full story…Continue
Added by Lori Moore on March 22, 2017 at 11:26am — No Comments
While this is written about ALS, it would also work to voice bank for any progressive disease OR to have a child’s voice for your child.
With some diseases progresses, like ALS, many lose the ability to speak. While it is possible to use a variety of communication devices, losing your personal voice can be devastating. A new strategy called “voice banking” allows people who know that their voices will deteriorate to preserve their own words and phrases electronically and…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on March 22, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
Tiny tots will see the alphabet a glow with this great idea - Glow in the Dark Alphabet pebbles. These are perfect for little hands to explore, play, sort and transport. Each pebble is engraved and painted with a letter, making them highly visual and…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on March 15, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
VocaliD Launches First Personalized Digital Voices for Assistive Devices Company.
VocaliD, Inc., a speech technology company that creates personalized digital voices for those living with voicelessness, launched its online BeSpoke™ voice studio.
Founder and CEO Dr. Rupal Patel and her colleagues discovered that even a single vowel contains enough “vocal DNA” to seed the voice personalization process. The BeSpoke™ process…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on March 8, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
Remember "You are never too old or too wacky to read a book to a child!" Dr. Seuss
Added by Lori Moore on March 2, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments
The Mother Hub and Her Smart Sensor Cookies
This month's featured technology from NEAT's Smart Home is Mother & Her Cookies by Sense. This technology is defined as "The Universal Monitoring Solution". The system consists of a hub, the "Mother", and 4 sensors known as "cookies".…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on March 1, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments
The Iowa Treasurer’s Office is pleased to share with you that ABLE accounts are available at this time. Visit www.iable.gov for more information and to sign up for an account for as little as $25. Please feel free to contact me or to call 888-609-8910…Continue
Added by Jane Gay on February 23, 2017 at 11:51am — No Comments
No braille? No problem. A new device lets blind people read by popping a miniature camera on their fingertip.Continue
Added by Jane Gay on February 22, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments