Wednesday, November 25, 2009

College Students with Disabilities - Spend Your Summer in DC!

Thanks to @Wrightslaw for passing this one on.  The American Association of People with Disabilities is now accepting applications for the 2010 Summer Internship programs.

Each year, the AAPD hosts two Summer Internship Programs for College Students with Disabilities in Washington, DC, providing paid travel to and from DC, paid fully-accessible housing, and living stipends. These programs are generously funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) and Microsoft Corporation.

Visit the site for a link to applications for 2010 Summer Internships Instructions Form.  Applications for both 2010 AAPD summer internship programs are now being accepted until 5PM, EST on January 8, 2010. 

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Add Your Two Cents: Innovation for Assistive Technology

Reposted from:  the Tools for Independence Blog written by Michael Carbine 
Is today’s assistive technology simple to learn, use, integrate and support? That’s the question being asked by the National Center for Technology Innovation. And it wants AT users to contribute to an issue paper it released at its Technology Innovations conference earlier this month. The paper, entitled Innovation for Assistive Technology, summarizes finding from an extensive research project NCTI undertook to identify what “state-of-the-art” AT means, and what the AT field must do to realize its full potential for helping people with disabilities live as independently and productively as possible. But NCTI isn’t stopping there. While it interviewed stakeholders as part of its research, it’s now asking AT users across the nation to contribute to the paper. Using what it calls a “crowdsharing” approach to completing the paper, NCTI wants your input on what you need, what’s meeting your needs, what isn’t, and how AT can be designed in ways that make the devices simple to learn, use, integrate and support in everyday life. NCTI is accepting comments on its website and by email, and also by phone. You have until December 31 to respond. To read the paper and post your comments, visit You can email your comments to, or call (202) 403-5323.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Epilepsy Awareness

REMINDER:  Seizures happen. 
Would you know what to if someone in your life was having a seizure?  Would you be able to recognize the type of seizure?  You might have a student in your class with a grand mal seizure disorder or a petit mal seizure disorder.  Did you know that if a child that appears to have attentional issues they may have an undiagnosed seizure disorder?

Watch these 30 second videos as either an introduction to or refresher course on seizures.  They were created with the intention of raising public awareness and dispelling myths about Epilepsy. (Pass it on)

For more information please visit the Epilepsy Foundation of America's Website.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Greatest Dad

Thanks to @lloydcrew for sharing this with me. It's an updated video of TEAM Hoyt.

Assitive Technology Writing Tools

Check out this archived webinar I found on TeacherTube on Integrating Assistive Technology Writing Tools into your curriculum. What A.T. writing tools are your favorite?