Grandma and Me, from Little Critter Series authored by Mercer Mayer:
AT in the Law
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Dear Friends and Colleagues!
Each quarter, our staff at the LI TRAID program identifies articles, videos and current resources that we find interesting and useful. We share these materials with the hope that they are also of interest and helpful to all of you. Please enjoy as you catch up on some current Assistive Technology (AT) news. As technology continues to become more advanced, we find more and more applications for its use. AT helps to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities from birth all the way to the elder years. Our team continues to learn more and more and we are committed to share this information with you all! We encourage you to reach out to our center and look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
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Perkins School for the Blind: Accessible Digital PictureBooks for PreSchoolers:
Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown, Massachusetts, is the oldest school for the blind in the United States.
Just like their peers, young students with visual impairments and blindness are being introduced to technology at a very early age. Exposure to books – including picture books – is critical for emerging readers. Braille books, especially those books that have tactile images, provide wonderful ‘reading’ opportunities. Can emerging braille students enjoy digital books too?
Getting started on technology can be a daunting process for parents and professionals who are at the beginning of their technology journey. The Paths to Technology page on the Perkins website is a helpful resource for guiding beginners in the process. “The goal of this project is to enable students with visual impairments and blindness (VIB) to succeed in paperless mainstream classrooms and post-school opportunities for employment by achieving digital literacy and by staying current with rapidly evolving technology.”
Why is writing so hard? If you think about it, written expression requires motor planning, social thinking, organizational skills, spelling, grammar and punctuation to all dance together simultaneously. If any one of these factors gets left out or is weak, the result is a poor writing sample. We also know from the literature that an associated challenge in kids with social learning issues is the struggle to multi-task or use effective executive function skills
Seizure detecting smart watch for people with epilepsy
Your Smartband for Epilepsy Management. Embrace uses advanced machine learning to identify convulsive seizures and send alerts to caregivers. It also provides sleep, rest, and physical activity analysis. Embrace utilizes patented technology to continuously record physiological signals from multiple sensors. Embrace transmits data to a paired smartphone via Bluetooth® connection, and from the smartphone to Empatica’s secure servers via Internet connection.
One of TRAID’s favorite AT online resources is CTD: Center on Technology and Disability,
On this informational website there are numerous archived webinars that support students, educators and family members in learning more about technology. We encourage you to visit the website to register for upcoming webinars and to watch archived ones that may be of interest to you. All webinars and materials are available to you at no cost.