Technology Training Online: Spotlight Archive
These sites are recommended by the ATTO staff for their relevant,
high quality information on the use of AT with students with disabilities.
Assistive Technology for computers and disability.
Online training for blind and visually impaired computer users
and AT trainers.
for Accessible Technology
This site offers information on specific Assistive Technologies as well
as national organizations and conferences. Includes a collection of Assistive
Technology publications and articles from their newsletter, Real Times.
for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education
Formerly known as Macomb Projects, this site houses information on several
Early Childhood projects focused on children from birth to eight with
disabilities and their families. Located at Western Illinois University.
National Cristina Foundation (NCF) provides used computer technology resources
to give people with disabilities, students at risk and economically disadvantaged
persons the opportunity, through training, to lead more independent and
productive lives. The Person-to-Person program provides free Internet
service to young people who are isolated due to illness or disability
to join the online neighborhood that connects them to support networks,
resource links, chat areas, email, and a community of peers.
Consortium for Children and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health
One of the research projects for this NIDRR funded consortium focuses
on Training Issues in Assistive Technology. They are examining
training programs, materials and expected skills for practitioners.
This site offers exhibits, library items and education course packets
to better understand the history of disability in America. Search for
assistive technology to locate relevant photos and articles.
for Kids, Inc.
Organization specializes in Assistive Technology (AT) related research,
development, and information dissemination. The site includes information
on AT vendors, AT articles, funding, etc. Products and newsletter subscription
can be ordered.
This site provides information needed to choose appropriate assistive
technology to help persons with dyslexia. Also includes 10 steps to self-help
in writing and reading.
Center on Technology and Disability
The Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs
(OSEP) created the Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) to
provide information about assistive technologies to organizations that
work with the families of children with disabilities.
A website created for independent living for the disability community
to access reliable services and products, connect with peer support, and
keep up with disability-related news and information. Check out their
Program for Assistive Technology (ITAP)
This North Dakota site offers Assistive Technology Fact Sheets on Advocacy,
computer adaptation and funding.
This site contains excellent information on Assistive Technology supports
for persons with learning disabilities. Several contributions by Richard
Wandeman offer creative solutions for writing and everyday activities.
Center to Improve the Tools of Educators(NCITE)
NCITE's purpose is to advance the quality and effectiveness of technology,
media, and materials for individuals with disabilities. NCITE creates
a marketplace demand for the selection and appropriate use of research-based
technology, media, and materials
Educational Technology Standards for Teachers Project (NETS)
This 3rd edition includes 23 indicators organized into the following six
- Technology Operations and Concepts
- .Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences
- Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
- Assessment and Evaluation
- Productivity and Professional Practice
- .Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues
This project uses technology tools for integrating into challenging science
curriculum and instruction to ensure access for students with disabilities.
LITT (Literacy Instruction Through Technology)
This is a research project focusing on the use of technology to improve
the reading skills of students with learning disabilities. The site includes
Software Profiles for more than 200 "talking storybook" programs.
Indicators of Assistive Technology (QIAT)
A nationwide collegial endeavor of Assistive Technology practitioners
dedicated to the identification and implementation of quality indicators
for assistive technology services in school settings.
Assistive Technology Network
Among other resources, this site offers a professional development module
on Consideration of AT in the IEP.
Learning Center (CAST)
The Universal Learning Center (ULC) will offer access to digital
curricular materials for students with learning, sensory and physical
disabilities on a variety of subject areas.
of Kentucky: Assistive Technology Project
The UKAT site also has opportunities to participate in ongoing research.
Reality Lab: Barriers - The Awareness Challenge
This program uses 3-D computer graphics to depict a virtual grade school.
The goal of the program is to teach school children (and their teachers)
without a disability, about the structural and attitudinal barriers faced
by their peers with mobility limitations. Sitting in a virtual wheelchair,
you will be prompted to search different areas of the school and identify
both building and bad attitude barriers. The program is effective for
increasing the knowledge of barriers for children in grades 4-6.
Assistive Technology Initiative
This project is making training and technical assistance available to
teachers, therapists, administrators and parents throughout Wisconsin.
The site offers information on aspects of Assistive Technology (AT) in
schools and provides their AT assessment tools for downloading