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February 2016 Blog Posts (9)

All expense paid residential STEM program

Applications Available for the Joint Science and Technology Institute for Students and Teachers

The Joint Science and Technology Institute (JSTI) is an all-expense paid residential STEM program that…


Added by Jane Gay on February 25, 2016 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Scholarship Directory for Students with Disabilities

This website has a very easy searchable list of scholarships. You click the checkboxes of diagnosis or conditions and the related scholarships are listed out for you. recently published their 2016 College Resources for Students with Disabilities. In the course of their research they found that most students with disabilities were not aware of all the grants, scholarships and education resources that are available…


Added by Jane Gay on February 24, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Tommy Hilfiger Debuts Adaptive Clothing Line

I usually don't promote clothing lines, but this I decided to share:

Tommy Hilfiger released a line of adaptive clothing on its website Tuesday. The 22-piece children’s offering is comprised of items that look just like clothing in the company’s regular spring collection, but include magnets, velcro and other modifications to allow for easy on and off for kids with disabilities. All of the items are priced the same as the versions for…


Added by Jane Gay on February 23, 2016 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Getting Started: Reading with Audiobooks and Text-to-Speech

Check out this step-by-step guide to finding, using and selecting reading materials and supports that use text to speech or audiobook narration.…


Added by Lori Moore on February 18, 2016 at 2:13pm — No Comments

IDEA Emphasizes Effective Transition Services

tansition goals Many parents and teachers are not aware that IDEA requires measurable transition goals in your child's IEP that are based on age appropriate transition assessments.

Transition assessments identify your child's unique interests, strengths, preferences, and priorities for adult living.

After the team decides on measurable transition goals, the school is required to provide the transition services your child needs…


Added by Lori Moore on February 16, 2016 at 1:29pm — No Comments

University of Iowa app helps students who are blind or low vision navigate campus

BE prepared to be WOWED! 

University of Iowa Facilities Management Accessibility Guru, Brian Manternach, worked with Finnish mobile app developer MIPSoft. The app BlindSquare combines GPS location information, speech synthesis, and information from open data sources. 

Go to and see it demonstrated.

 There is tremendous potential for use by tourists, residents who want to…


Added by Jane Gay on February 10, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

New PACER resource for Tikes


Technology can be a great tool to help young children with disabilities be successful, and PACER’s TIKES Project (Technology to Improve Kids’ Educational Success) has excellent resources for parents and professionals. The new TIKES website offers training videos, tip sheets, and other helpful information for families,…


Added by Jane Gay on February 9, 2016 at 3:07pm — No Comments

9th Annual Eastern Iowa Adapted Sports Clinic

Saturday March 5th, 2016

10am to 2pm

Free event at Kirkwood Community College open to all with physical disabilities that need adaptive equipment.

You can register at event, but preregistration suggested. Call Meagan at 319-361-6735.

Added by Jane Gay on February 8, 2016 at 11:32am — No Comments

20 States on Wheels: New Accessible U.S. Travel Guide

If you’re already planning that big road trip for next summer, or simply trying to decide where to take your next trip in the U.S., I highly recommend downloading a free copy of “20 States on Wheels,” a new accessible travel guide assembled by four college-age friends. I wrote about the epic road trip behind the new guide in our July issue and now you can see the final product of that trip – a beautiful, thorough and easy-to-use guide covering 15 cities and five national parks.…


Added by Jane Gay on February 3, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

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