iPad as AT – for Silver Lake College

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iPad as AT for Reading and Writing

Greetings Silver Lake Class (please view this link first…)



To start please view this video on iPad iOS 7 Accessibility Settings (yes iOS 8 is just around the corner…):

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A9O5fWW_qg )

Presentation Link :

Apps for Reading and Writing for iOS

( http://goo.gl/j42DSl  )


Carol Leynse Harpold, MS AdEd, OTR/L, ATP





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Free web based AT resources for reading and writing

Web Based AT Resources for Reading and Writing


Bookshare.org – Free membership for k-12 for individuals qualifying as having a Print Disability.

Project Gutenberg – Repository of public domain books in electronic format. Some audio formats available.

Learning Ally – Membership service for audio books (used to be the RFB&D)

Tar Heel Readerhttp://tarheelreader.org/find/ – Books for emergent readers

Natural Reader – simple text to speech tool for PC and MAC computers

Rewordify – Online tool for cognitive rescaling of expository information

Readability – Cleans up clutter web pages free


Chateau Meddybemps – http://www.meddybemps.com/9.700.html – Story Starters with pictures

Ginger Software – Online Spelling and grammar correction

Text2Mind Map – Concept mapping software

Microsoft Office – has voice recognition application on Windows 7 and 8. Continual improvements with recognition.

eType – Word prediction – free

Just a few resources.


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Online Keyboarding Practice Sites for Beginning Typers

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Listed below are a few online keyboarding practice websites (for PC or Mac computers, not trialed on iPad) that introduces the keyboard in a sequential way for beginning typists. The last website, Peter’s Keyboarding Lessons provides a visual of the keyboard and fingers for those students who benefit from visual support when learning the 10 finger typing technique. Posting this image above the keyboard has helped some students with learning the keyboard to reduce their reliance on looking at the keyboard (a huge no-no in 5th grade keyboarding classes!).

ABCYa website (game format): http://www.abcya.com/kids_typing_game.htm

Learning Games for Kids: (starts with a few letters at a time) http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

Dance Mat (Starts with home row keys) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

Typing Lessons (Starts with home row keys) :  http://www.techconnect.glencoe.com/techconnect/keyboarding/start.htm

Peter’s Online Typing Course: (Features step by step instruction;  image below from this website) http://www.typing-lessons.org/lesson_1.html

ten finger typist image

Retrieved on 6/13/2013 from : http://www.typing-lessons.org/lesson_1.html

Of course there are many more! What are your favorite online typing websites for beginning typists?


AAC Apps for Android | AppsForAAC

See on Scoop.itApps for Special Education

Patrick Black on QIAT list serv recently supplied this AAC Apps for Android resource developed by Will Wade, OT from the Ace Centre in Oxford, GB. Will Wades lists not only provides AAC apps but also some supports for dyslexic or learning disabilities. A comparison tool is provided in the Full List tab that appears updated. The About tab provides a Android and iOS list by category. I found the information regarding mobile 112 interesting definitely worth checking out!


If you are looking for Android apps for communication or LD support, this would be a wiki to peruse.



See on appsforaac.net

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Switch Access and the iPad – Get the Scoop from Jane Farrall

Jane Farrall knowledge on AAC, switch access and AT brings me to her blog often to glean her expertise on any of the those topics (and more…). Here is a recent post about switch access and the iPad that helped sift and winnow what the current options were for iOS.

How do I use a Switch with an iPad? – Jane Farrall’s Blog Post

Jane also has other recent posts on specific switch components that I recommend you peruse if you are interested in switch access for iPad on her blog.

Reading comprehension for students on the spectrum

Differentiation Daily

I have a guest blog about reading comprehension and autism this week on Home Educating Family Publishing. If you have students on the spectrum needing a little extra support in this area, you may want to take a peek.

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