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Seven Top "Accessibility" Articles for Educators That Can Fuel Learner Independence, Inclusion

There is no shortage of helpful articles on assistive technology in these weeks before school begins. What "assistive technology" means will depend on which built-in accessibility features a school district selects, installs, and makes available to all teachers. Accessibility is improving so that may well trigger a revision in how AT dollars are spent. 

Here are seven resources to help teachers consider and begin using accessibility features when upgrades reach school buildings. The information found here can also help inform purchases of AT in the year ahead. 

"Three lessons from developers who have embraced assistive technology," by Karisa Bell on the Mashable website

On the Paths to Literacy website 

  • "iPads as a Literacy Tool for Learners Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired," by Charlotte Perkins
  • "Accessibility Features for the iPad for Users Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired," by Charlotte Perkins
  • "Use the iPad as an assessment tool," by Linda Mamer

"Assistive Technology: Resource Roundup," (websites, blogs, articles, and videos on understanding, selecting, and assessing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials) on the Edutopia website

"New Assistive Technology App Available for Students with Dyslexia," by Megan Turkek on the Closing the Gap website

"Google Accessibility Features in Chrome," (OS and Browser) by David Andrade on the Educational Technology Guy website

"Apple highlighting Accessibility apps to celebrate anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act," on the 9to5mac website

"Windows 10 releases July 29 with accessibility enhancements and more," by Robert Kingett on the website

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