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February 2014 Blog Posts (9)

AT Podcasts

For tech enthusiasts >>> INDATA (Indiana's AT Act program) has podcasts to view at

 http://www.eastersealstech.com/on-air/ 

Added by Jane Gay on February 28, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Don't believe everything you think...

I haven't had much time to post lately.  I have to get this one out there before I get busy and forget.  It's too important not to...

I was in a meeting today with a number of colleagues from ASK and from the Iowa Parent Educator Connection.  Such GREAT company to be in for the day!  Someone there made a thought provoking statement at the beginning of the day...

"Don't believe everything you think".  

It has sure stuck with me.  I returned to my office to find this…

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Added by Karen Thompson on February 26, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

EZ AT and EZ AT 2 resources

The PACER Center in Minnesota  has all kinds of information on their website -  http://www.pacer.org/stc/ , including information about assistive technology. The EZ AT book is a guide for parents and professionals working with children ages 3-8 with disabilities. It provides assistive technology activities to encourage inclusion among all students. A wide range of devices and…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 26, 2014 at 8:05am — No Comments

Effective Parent Teacher Conferences

The topic of Parent Teacher conferences came up today and I was reminded of an article published by the Harvard Family Research Project.  The article includes tips for parents to make the most of conference time with teachers.  One part summarizes the tips like this:

"BE HEARD"…

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Added by Lori Moore on February 25, 2014 at 2:28pm — No Comments

Tots N Tech easy make and take ideas

Hi everyone - my first blog entry!!  Paula mentioned she wanted to gather low tech device ideas or "make it and take it" directions or videos. Well of course the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology is very interested in getting that information out too.  There are many existing materials available I want to share with you.

The first is Tots N Tech webpage. It has a lot of “make it and use it”  ideas for parents. Simple and low cost ideas with directions for low or no tech devices…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 19, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

New YouTube Channel by The Assistive Technology Center.

The Assistive Technology Center of Conneticut has created a YouTube channel to gather videos of students actually using, and talking about AT. They’re organized by disability, age and type of technology.

The Center is also creating their own videos called the “AT Stories Series”. Visit the channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/assistivetechcenter…

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Added by Jane Gay on February 18, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Emerging Practice of the Facilitated IEP Meeting

Sometimes communication can be difficult. Sometimes conflicts arise. And sometimes movement in the same direction seems impossible. Facilitated IEP meetings are becoming more prevalent in many states across the nation. IEP meetings benefit from skilled and capable facilitators who can assist the team in crafting agreements that lead to educational programs with beneficial outcomes for students with disabilities (Alliance/Cadre). A facilitator helps create the opportunity for…

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Added by Monica Rouse on February 6, 2014 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Developing Important Job Skills

New Podcast Series - “Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success”

Developing Job Skills Podcast Click here to check out one or all of episodes!

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has just released a…

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Added by Lori Moore on February 6, 2014 at 11:58am — No Comments

College Funding for Students with Disabilities

Attending college is often an exciting and enriching experience. It is also costly. Any opportunities to save money should be explored, and there is money available for students with disabilities. While common forms of assistance include grants and loans, work study and scholarships are also viable options that need to be considered. For federal student aid (loans and grants) information a great place to begin is with a phone call to the selected college's financial…

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Added by Monica Rouse on February 5, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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