Technology in Special Education


    No Child Left Behind: Implications for Assistive Technology
    This article describes the relationship between the No Child Left Behind Act and the provision for assistive technology for students with special needs.

    Center for Accessing the General Education Curriculum
    In a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Programs, CAST established the National Center on Accessing the General Curriculum (NCAC) to provide a vision of how new curricula, teaching practices, and policies can be woven together to create practical approaches for improved access to the general curriculum by students with disabilities.

    WizCom Quicktionary Reading Pen
    WizCom Technologies, Ltd., develops personal, portable scanning pens that help people read and use text.

    Don Johnston's Co:Writer and Write:OutLoud
    Don Johnston Incorporated delivers life changing interventions to struggling students

    DragonTalk's Dragon Naturally Speaking
    Dragon NaturallySpeaking allows for fast, continuous, large vocabulary speech while still allowing for control in the Windows operating system.

    Freedom Scientific's WYNN
    Freedom Scientific develops, manufactures, and markets technology-based products and services that those with vision impairments and learning disabilities use to change their world.

    AbleNet designs practical products and solutions for teaching children with disabilities.

    Attainment Company
    Attainment Company produces materials for special needs.

    Adaptivation provides assistive technology products and services to individuals with severe and multiple disabilities.

    Enabling Devices
    Enabling Devices provides affordable assistive and learning devices for the physically challenged.

    IntelliTools provides learning solutions for the diverse classroom.

    ORCCA Technology
    ORCCA Technology provides a variety of assistive technology products.

    Alva Access Group
    ALVA Access Group provides high-tech solutions that enable blind and visually-impaired people to use computers and communication systems.

    Dolphin Computer Access
    Dolphin Computer Access creates software products that allow visually impaired people to use mainstream information technology in its original form.

    Telesensory helps visually impaired and blind people achieve greater independence through innovative, technology-based products.

    Audio Enhancement creates audio enhanced classrooms by equipping them with amplification systems.

    BrainPOP produces educational animated movies for grades K-12 to explain concepts in a voice and visual style that is accessible and entertaining.

    Tom Snyder
    Tom Snyder Productions, a Scholastic company, is a developer and publisher of educational software for K-12 classrooms.

    Duke TIP program
    The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) identifies gifted children and provides resources to nurture the development of these exceptionally bright youngsters.

    Hoagie's Gifted Education page
    Hoagies' Gifted Education Page offers resources and links for parents, for educators, counselors, administrators and other professionals, and for kids and teens.

    Project Poster
    Project Poster is for students who wish to publish projects or reports on the public internet.

    Standing wheelchair
    This page is a fact sheet on wheelchairs for children.

    Jaws Screen Reader
    The JAWS screen reader works with a PC to provide access to today's software applications and the Internet.

    iPing has tools used to keep track of the daily events of life. Many people use iPing as a backup to their alarm clock for more reliability.

    ReadPlease is the developer of text-to-speech software for Windows based operating systems.

    Windows to the Universe
    Windows to the Universe is a learning system covering the Earth and Space sciences for use by the general public.

    WordQ software is a special education writing tool used along with standard Windows word processing software to provide spelling, English grammar (and French grammar), and reading assistance.

    iDictate is a blend of technology and human interaction that enables users to dictate any document using a telephone, fax machine, or dictation device, and then receive the completed job back for editing via e-mail.

    WebMath provides web-based tools to help students with math problems. Tools include instant-answer, self-help, math solvers, more than 1,200 completely solved math problems, and access to a math expert.

    Virtual Math Manipulatives
    The library is a collection of interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis).

    CRAYON is a tool for managing news sources on the Internet and the World Wide Web.

    My Yahoo
    My Yahoo is a custom portal to news, search tools, and other information from the web.

    TrackStar is a starting point for online lessons and activities. Teachers use the site to collect Web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for students, and then have an interactive, online lesson called a Track.

    Closing the Gap
    Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference, and extensive web site.

    Assistive Technology Training Online
    The Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO) provides information on AT applications that help students with disabilities learn in elementary classrooms.


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