Sometimes the best AT solutions may be no-tech or low-tech options--without batteries, cords, bells or whistles. This module will introduce you to several of these and provide resources for others. Creative ideas and suggestions have come from a variety of sources, including classroom teachers, conference presentations and Internet sites. We have used the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) as a key source for information on how to get the most out of adapted classroom materials.
It's important to think about furniture when we consider access to school activities. A one-size-fits-all approach just doesn't work as students vary greatly in size--and are growing all the time.
There are adjustable-height desks/tables for elementary classrooms that can provide appropriate positioning for all students.
Idea Cart (Anthro)
Tripp Trapp Chair (Therapro)
Footrests (Ergo Solutions, Ali-Med)
Seat Cushions (Pocket Full of Therapy)
In this section we look at commercial products or materials to ensure all students participate in routine classroom activities. These are some of the advantages:
Here are just a few suggestions for products. Visiting a teaching or office supply store may help you identify many more.
Squeezzers (Pocket Full of Therapy)
Paper Punch (Fiskars)
Personal Paper Trimmer
Washable and Permanent Tempera Paint Markers (Fiskars)
Contact Magnet Paper
Several aids are helpful supports for literacy activities:
These devices offer adjustable hands-free convenience while reading.
RobertsT Book Holder (Roberts Bookmark Co. )
Book Butler® (Independent Living Products)
Touch Turner (Touch Turner)
Post-it Tape Flags (3M)
Hi-Liter Pens (BIC)
Highlighter Tape, Tabs, Wide Tape (Lee Products)
Indexing Taped Material
This new medium for book reading provides a computer version of many popular and classic stories, magazines and newspapers.
Portable e-Book Devices
Microsoft Reader (2.0) is a free e-book reader comes installed on most Pocket PC 2002 devices. This allows you to read any e-book on your Pocket PC. You can install Encarta® Pocket Dictionary today and start using the Lookup feature in Microsoft Reader to find instant definitions. Free translation dictionaries are also available. Free e-books are available for the MS Reader from Audible.com, Slate.com and the UVA eText Center.
Similarly, Palm OS hand-held devices offer a free Palm Reader in order to read the e-books in several different languages. You can find several free books at Palm Digital Media and the UVA eText Center. Several e-book Cliff Notes are also available!
Barnes & Noble Helps Books Go Digital
Curl Up With an Electronic Book
Like reading, writing skills also can be enhanced with no or low-tech aids and devices. Office and business supply stores have a wealth of materials that can support writing activities. Start looking at "standard" tools with new and creative uses in mind.
Marker Pens & Uniball Vision Roller Pens (Sanford)
Built-up grips (Sammons Preston)
Model Magic (Crayola)
Post-it Notes (3M)
Portable desks can provide a stable writing surface for students in different positions. This "editor's desk" by Levenger's consists of a slanted writing surface with an upper shelf to hold books and papers in a comfortable reading position. The bottom has a ledge to prevent pencils from rolling off. The stand creates the ideal writing angle.
Speaking Language Master (Franklin)
Speaking Spelling and Handwriting Ace (Franklin)
Speaking Homework WizT (Franklin)