Jul 29th, 2016 by MDTAP Blog
Jul 28th, 2016 by MDTAP Blog
As a parent of a child with often extreme emotional & behavioral issues, I’m continually searching out the best methods and technologies to support her journey into greater emotional management. Whether it’s to help build conversation skills, manage angry outbursts, or navigate fears, I’m always looking for tidbits of information that I can implement into our routine, or apps that I can make available for her use.
In this ever-constant pursuit of making things better for her (and me), I recently attended a conference on Positive Behavior Supports. Though tough to summarize much of the complex and thorough information that was provided, I was able to walk away with a few key notes that are definitely worth sharing, regardless of disability, needs, age, or anything else!
- Challenging behavior happens when the person is not happy. He/she uses behavior to change the current environment. Therefore, it’s vital to ask (before the problem behaviors start) “what makes you happy?” And it’s vital to figure out how the person shows that she is happy (i.e. smiling, rocking, sounds, or gestures).
- It’s imperative to offer choices – choices are necessary to help overcome challenging behaviors. And then reinforce the positive redirection of an activity (when a problem behavior is interrupted).
- Change terms from “bad” to “mad”- when problem behaviors are indicating anger, ask “Do you need something?” or “Do you need to talk?” or “Why are you really mad?”
Stay tuned for updates on apps that have proven helpful!
Jul 27th, 2016 by MDTAP Blog
Testing & Teaching iOS VoiceOver App Accessibility
August 3, 2016
3:00 pm- 4:15 pm
VoiceOver, a feature Apple has built into all iOS devices to enable Braille and speech access for users who are unable to see the screen, has revolutionized the lives of blind people. It works best when apps are deliberately developed in ways that ensure compatibility with VoiceOver and blind people are considered during development and included in all facets of the testing process. If you are a developer who has been asked to ensure the full VoiceOver accessibility of your app, following a step-by-step plan will help you get it right the first time, and keep getting it right through each subsequent update. If you are an educator, following an organized plan will help you determine which iOS apps will best meet your blind students’ needs and effectively teach them how to use each new app they encounter throughout their studies and beyond. If you are a blind person who is new to iOS, or you are an advanced user of many apps, following a coherent plan will help you quickly come up to speed with the built-in capabilities of your device and each new app you install. The purpose of this webinar is to introduce and demonstrate a step-by-step plan that provides a straightforward way for advocates, developers, educators and others to quickly explore, learn and improve the accessibility of all apps in Apple’s iOS ecosystem. After introducing the plan, a critical feature of two iOS apps will be demonstrated. The first demonstration will evaluate an inaccessible feature in an app and provide useful strategies for testing, working around and correcting the issue. The second demonstration will highlight an accessible feature in an app and provide strategies for exploring, evaluating and teaching its effective use. Finally, there will be time for questions, answers and additional resources.
When: Wednesday 3 August 2016, 03:00 PM – 04:15 PM Time Zone: (GMT-07:00) Arizona
To register now, please visit the following link:
Jul 26th, 2016 by MDTAP Blog
We’re celebrating the 26th Anniversary of the ADA today. Watch (or search) our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates! #ADA26MD
Jul 22nd, 2016 by MDTAP Blog
Jul 21st, 2016 by MDTAP Blog
The Maryland Equipment Link is the place to post assistive technology you no longer need or want, like wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, and more. Now you can finally move those things cluttering your basement & attic, or just help a relative who no longer has use for that medical equipment.
You can buy, sell or search for any type of assistive equipment on the Equipment Link!