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 Assistive Technology (AT) – Aids, tools, devices, and equipment used to help guide and access information, tasks, etc. For example, wheelchairs, text readers, switches.

* Universal Design for Learning (UDL) – Providing access for all which is the principle of this class; The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.

* Augmentive/Alternative Communication (AAC) – Various techniques used for communication and understanding; i.e. speech devices

* Wiki (Hawaiian term for “quick”) – A collaborative webspace where anyone can add content and edit content that has already been published.

* Blog (short for Weblog) – Easily created/updateable Websites that allow authors to publish instantly to the Internet. An interactive online journal.

* Podcast – The creation and distribution of amateur radio; audio.

* Videocast – Recording and sharing videos to educate and or inform.

* Closed Captioning (CC) – The addition of text with audio for those with hearing impairments. These can be set and removed when necessary.

* Captioning – Text that is always present and can be seen by everyone.

* Universal Serial Bus (USB) – Used to connect devices or cords to computers.

* PC Note Taker – Low-tech assistive technology device that clips onto the top of any paper, and using the pen provided to write, images/text are transferred to the computer. This is helpful for students who can write but cannot type. Approximately $80.

* QWERTY – The name given to the standard computer keyboard.

* QUIVIC - Quick Video Converter to save internet videos to hard drives; download and run program; then enter hyperlink of video (from YouTube, etc.).

* RSS (Really Simple Syndication) – Used to search topics in Internet Explorer. Select “Help” in menu bar, “Contents & Index”. “Search” tab can be used to find topics/words of interest. ¨ Feeds (RSS/Atom) – Contain continual updates from websites. To subscribe, click icon on toolbar (orange square with dot and curved lines). Can be accessed from “Favorites”.

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Other notes:

- An Advanced Organizer is a tool (educational strategy) used in classrooms to present daily activities. These are especially helpful to help students with ADHD and Autism to settle into the school day and structure their day.

- Big Keys Plus is a keyboard used for young children. It has color-coded keys that are much larger than the standard keys. It also comes in QWERTY or Alphabetical.

- Now some AT software will be portable and will be contained on a jump-drive. This allows students to use the software on any computer necessary.


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