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AFB Press recently announced the release of a new resource for teachers of students who are blind or visually impaired. iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments is a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to teaching the use of the iPad running iOS 9. The book explores the extensive accessibility options available, where to find them, and how to configure them. iOS in the Classroom is geared to allowing students with visual impairments to use the iPad to complete the same classroom tasks as their peers. It covers a variety of tasks and features including:

  • Getting acquainted with VoiceOver and Zoom
  • Using external keyboards and refreshable braille displays
  • Understanding touch screen gestures and braille chord commands
  • Finding and managing content in iTunes, the App Store, iCloud, and other file sharing apps
  • Using the iPad for online activities, including Internet browsing, e-mail, and instant messaging
  • Utilizing specific apps

This resource provides teachers with helpful, easy-to-understand iOS technology instructions, allowing them to support their students in learning, and ensuring success in the classroom. iOS in the Classroom is written by Larry L. Lewis, Jr. It is available in print, e-book, and online subscription and can be purchased in the AFB Store at www.afb.org/store.

The Future of Closed Captioning in Higher Education

Free Webinar: Thursday, May 12th at 2pm ET

Webinar Registration

The Future of Closed Captioning in Higher Education

With recent lawsuits, evolving legal requirements, and continuous advancements in technology, the question of closed captioning in higher education is one that is on a lot of people’s minds. What does the future of captioning hold?

In this webinar, Sean Zdenek, author of the book Reading Sounds: Closed Captioned Media and Popular Culture and an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University, will answer exactly that question. Given the legal landscape, he will first focus on the hurdles and challenges of developing an infrastructure for closed captioning at the university level. Sean will then take a closer look at where closed captioning is going, focusing on the likely future requirements for, advancements in, and features of captioning.

It’s Older American’s Month and we’re featuring some of the most in-demand assistive technology devices in our library. Check back each week for a new feature!

Unisar DH900 – The DH900 is an 2.4GHz under-the-chin TV amplifier listening system by Unisar that wirelessly enhances sound from the TV and other audio sources so you can hear more clearly.

Let us know which AT you think is the most useful for you or the senior citizens in your life.

 

Celebrate Older Americans Month, 2016

May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s OAM theme is “Blaze a Trail.” The Administration for Community Living will use May as an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues facing older adults. We will also highlight the ways that older Americans are advocating for themselves, their peers, and their communities. Join us in promoting activities, inclusion, and wellness for older Americans in your community. Materials are available at http://oam.acl.gov/. We’re also interested in collecting the stories of older Americans who blaze trails themselves. Are you a trailblazer? Share your story! We want to hear how you innovate, reinvent, and make your mark in ways both big and small.  http://oam.acl.gov/submissions/register.aspx

It’s happened – think to speak technology. Not quite sure how it works, or even if I ever want to use it, but its a real thing. And a really useful thing too for those with a variety of disabilities that make it impossible to communicate otherwise. There’s so much happening in the world of AT. Just take a gander at the headlines this week, AT in the news for the week of 4/25 thru 4/29.

BMW is building tricked-out wheelchairs for the Paralympics

App watches you take your pills – and knows when you’re faking

Web Accessibility Cases in 2015 & What They Mean For You [BLOG]

Penn State Students Develop True Voice Technology

Harnessing the power of technology to improve lives

Helping kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities experiencing trauma

An Entrepreneur Makes Communication a Reality for All With This Innovation

Crutches are finally getting a redesign after 150 years

Bathrooms make air travel difficult for many with disabilities  

The Secret Thoughts Professors Admit to Having About Accessibility [BLOG]
The first ever tactile tablet for blind and visually impaired individuals, dubbed “the iPad for the blind”

Microsoft new one-handed keyboard app “Word Flow” for iOS and it does a lot more than just one-handed typing!

Meet LIM, the tech company creating the ultimate wearable: prosthetic sockets

Audiology Innovators Showcase New Hearing Technology In Phoenix

An Entrepreneur Makes Speech a Reality for All

Search expert-approved apps and assistive technology to help your child with writing issues

Researchers develop magnifying smartphone screen app for visually impaired

ABLE Accounts: A New Way To Invest For People With Disabilities

“Think to Speak” Technology Finally Becomes a Reality for those unable to speak verbally

 

MDTAP AT Library Tours – Spring 2016

Come tour our AT Library, try out some of the newest AT devices on the market, and talk with our AT Specialist on staff.

          May 18, 2016 from 1pm – 3pm. Register online.

 

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