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  • Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO)
    This site from the University of Buffalo provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms; it includes online tutorials, planning tools, and links.

  • Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
    CAST is at the forefront of implementing concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to create technology and strategies that help all abilities learn. CAST staff include specialists in education research and policy, neuropsychology, clinical/school psychology, technology, engineering, curriculum development, and K-12 professional development.

  • Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd)
    CITEd offers links to classroom resources, professional development tools, research, and more. It also offers free "Webinars" (Web-based seminars) on a variety of topics related to implementing technology in education.

  • Collaborative Center for Assistive Technology and Training (CCATT)
    CCATT in Northampton, MA, is a program of the nonprofit and multi-service Hampshire Educational Collaborative. CCATT offers a range of AT services including product demonstration, evaluation, and training opportunities for students (pre K-age 22), families, and educators. There is a free "professional learning community" AT group that meets monthly. Consulting services to schools is available.

  • Early Childhood Technology Integrated Instructional System (EC-TIIS)
    EC-TIIS provides free online workshops that focus on how technology can assist young children with disabilities in accessing the general education curriculum.

  • General Self-Help Resource Guide (PDF)
    The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology has published this free guide to assist students with disabilities who are not in special education, but who are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations and auxiliary aids under Section 504 of the Rehab. Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  • iPads for Education
    This is a 24 page list of apps and activities for education created in Australia.

  • Learning Ally-Massachusetts site (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
    Audiobooks for students with print disabilities. The Massachusetts state contract has funded Learning Ally memberships for schools to support their students with disabilities, as well as this support site and live training webinars for educators.

  • Learning Through Listening
    Created by CAST and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (now Learning Ally), this site provides strategies for teaching listening skills, applying these skills to literacy instruction, and using technology (such as audio books) for learning.

  • LD OnLine - Technology
    Many good articles about the use of technology for people with learning disabilities. Included are general information, technology reviews, classroom applications, and making the right decisions when integrating technology.

  • Massachusetts Accessible Instructional Materials Library
    This state library distributes specialized instructional materials, including Braille and large print, to provide visually impaired students with an appropriate education and equal access to the general curriculum.

  • Mobile Devices and Apps Assessment Tools
    Provided by the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), this page includes tools for matching features to students.

  • National Assistive Technology Research Institute (NATRI)
    NATRI conducts research on assistive technology services in schools, identifies promising practices, and disseminates research findings and information. It provides resources for schools and families about assistive technology planning.

  • National Center On Accessible Educational Materials
    Provides tools for selecting, acquiring and using Accessible Educational Materials (AEM, formerly known as AIM). The site includes the AEM Navigator, which is a decision-making process tool to be used by IEP teams for individual students. The Digital Reading Technologies page is a deep resource of considerations for help choosing an e-reader for an individual student.

  • National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)
    NIMAS is a technical standard that curriculum publishers began using in 2006. NIMAS files can be used to produce alternate formats, such as Braille and audiobooks, for eligible students with disabilities. Question and Answers are provided here from U.S. Dept. of Education.

  • PEPNet2
    PEPNet 2 (PN2)'s mission is to improve post secondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities. PN2 provides resources to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH), and the educators, schools, agencies and professionals who work with them.

  • Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT)
    QIAT is a national, grassroots group that provides input into the ongoing process of developing, disseminating and implementing a set of quality indicators for assistive technology services. These indicators offer guidelines for districts wishing to improve their services.

  • School Situations and Solutions Fact Sheet of sample accommodations (WORD)
    Provided by the Job Accommodation Network.

  • Techmatrix
    The TechMatrix is an online tool for finding assistive and learning technology products for students with special needs. It was created by the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd).

  • University of Montana's Rural Institute Going Mobile--Apps for Life
    Apps for use with young children and students with disabilities. Includes literacy, social studies, science, life skills, AAC. Descriptions, video and link to iTunes store.

  • Visual Aids for Learning
    Visual Aids for Learning is a website that has created free downloadable visuals that are ideal for school age children. Packs of visuals include a complete school pack, the early childhood pack, the adolescent pack, the home pack and a toilet training pack.