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Edelen-Smith, P.J. (1997). How now brown cow: Phoneme awareness activities for collaborative classrooms. Intervention in School and Clinic, 33(2), 103-111. Retrieved on 8/29/02 from: http://ldonline.org/ld_indepth/teaching_techniques/cld_hownow.html

This article outlines a series of activities that can be used for developmentally appropriate instruction in phonemic awareness for kindergarten and first grade students. The activities are meant to be a supplement to the regular reading curriculum. Many of the adaptations of the activities suggested by the authors would be appropriate for children with severe speech and physical impairments.

http://www.aacsafeguarding.ca/vocabulary-com_displays.htm Safeguarding People who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) from Sexual Abuse / Victimization. The sexuality and safeguarding pictures have been developed by Mayer-Johnson Inc. in collaboration with Speak Up team members and input provided by 12 adults who use AAC. You will need Boardmaker Software Version 5 (for Windows) or better to access these displays. Many people who use AAC have this software or have access to it via their communication service provider.

http://education.gsu.edu/PhysicalDis/index.htm The Georgia Bureau for Students with Physical and Health Impairments provides technical assistance to school-age children and youth with orthopedic impairments, their teachers, service providers, and families. Technical assistance specifically targets literacy skills for students with orthopedic impairments and teaching students to perform their own health care procedures. Services may be requested by teachers of students with orthopedic impairments, their service providers, or families.

http://www.nfie.org/ Created by the National Education Association, The NEA Foundation empowers public education employees to innovate, take risks, and become agents for change to improve teaching and learning in our society.

http://webschoolsolutions.com/wati/wati-forms.htm The forms below, developed by the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative, systematically take you through the process of figuring out what assistive technology, if any, might help a specific child. 

http://www.pecs.com/ Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc. offers a variety of training opportunities and products that focus on the initiation of communication and the design of effective educational environments utilizing structural and instructional elements.  We present a unique blend of broad-spectrum applied behavior analysis in conjunction with the development of functional communication skills - emphasizing the individual needs of each child.  We are the premier source of training for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

http://depts.washington.edu/augcomm/index.htm Augmentative and Alternative Communication at the University of Washington, Seattle

http://www.mayer-johnson.com/main/index.html Source for Boardmaker and many other products.

http://www.bridgeschool.org/ The Bridge School is an educational program dedicated to ensuring that children with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications. Bridge School has established an outreach program to share what is developed at the school with parents, professionals, and users of AAC/AT across the world. We invite you to explore this site to learn more about who we are, what we believe and ways that you can either benefit from or contribute to the ongoing programs, projects and activities that move all people closer to a life without barriers to expression and communication.

http://aac.unl.edu/csl/literacy.html. Hattie B. Munroe Barkley Memorial Augmentative and Alternative Communication Centers of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders literacy page. Many links to other resources, intervention, reference lists, and software tutorials.

http://aacintervention.com/. Julie Maro’s project in collaboration with Caroline Musselwhite. Variety of intervention and materials adaptation ideas, much of it emergent literacy.

http://education.gsu.edu/PhysicalDis/mlpro.htm. Literacy Profile for Students with Physical Impairments by Kathryn Wolff Heller, Ph.D. of Georgia State University. Published by the Georgia Bureau for Students with Physical and Health Impairments. This is a checklist that was designed to be a guide for the teacher of students with orthopedic impairments in making literacy decisions for teaching strategies and adaptations and to monitor student progress.

http://mcps.k12.md.us/schools/cannonroades/aachmpg.htm. Classroom web page for the Cannon Road Elementary School AAC classroom in the Montgomery County Public Schools system of Rockville, Maryland. Wonderful examples of list stories created by the students to make classroom books of the different themes and class trips.

http://professional.asha.org/. ASHA web site has downloadable PDF files of the roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists with respect to reading and writing in children and adolescents and AAC knowledge and skills for service delivery documents. These include the position statements, technical reports, and guidelines. In addition, the self-study course: The role of the speech-language pathologist in facilitating emergent literacy skills by Barbara Ehren is available through this site.

http://teams.lacoe.edu/village/special.html. Special needs section of The Reading Village web site. This page has links to many different sites with information regarding teaching reading to diverse learners, while the majority pertain to second language learners, several sites may have information that could be useful for AAC users.

http://www.aft.org/edissues/whatworks/seven/index.htm. This web page describes seven programs for teaching reading and English language arts. Among those discussed is the Open Court Reading Program currently being used by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

http://www.askeric.org/ithome/edutech.htm. The ERIC educational technology website with links to lesson plans and ERIC articles and information.

http://www.auburn.edu/~murraba/. The Reading Genie site has tons of information on reading, phonemic awareness, lesson plan samples, and information and critiques of popular reading series.

http://www.ccesc.k12.oh.us/assisttech/powerpoint/PowerPoint/index.htm. PowerPoint tutorials on how to use PowerPoint to create adapted books and more.

http://www.connsensebulletin.com/hecart2.html. Good article with case studies and excellent examples of adaptations to the reading and writing curriculum. Massachusetts State standards are included in the examples.

http://www.creative-comm.com/. Pati King-DeBaun’s website of emergent literacy and AAC resources and information. Source for StoryTime Revised CD – adapted books.

http://www.eduworkshops.com/eduworkshops/home/home.asp?rand=519467. Educational workshops on-line. Several of the AAC, communication, and literacy workshops/courses from Creative Communicating are offered through this web portal.

http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/index.htmlx. Family Village. Information for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, educationally related resources for families with a child who has disabilities, and additional resources "just for kids”.

http://www.fcsn.org/. Federation for Children with Special Needs. A center for parents and parent organizations to work together on behalf of children with special needs and their families.

http://www.gustavus.edu/~dkoppenh/. David Koppenhaver’s links to disability, literacy, and technology-related websites.

http://www.gac.edu/~dkoppenh/summer.html. Website of the annual Summer Seminar on Literacy in AAC. Information is updated for each summer seminar in late fall, early winter.

http://www.iep4u.com/. Searchable web site of IEP writing guidelines with sample goals and objectives.

http://www.intellitools.com. IntelliTools website has software set-ups created by teachers in IntelliPics and Overlay Maker plus tutorials and players for different software applications.

http://www.Lburkhart.com/. Linda Burkhart’s web site. Web links to education and communication applications of technology for the classroom.

http://www.ldonline.org/. Use the search feature to find a series of articles on reading and writing for children with learning disabilities.

http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/pep/teachingideas/goodfriend.html Good friends adapted books are created using Boardmaker symbols and available for download as zip files. This is part of the teaching ideas for early childhood special educators web page of the Montgomery County Public School Pre-school Education Program in Rockville, Maryland. There are links on the home page to lesson plans, tutorials, and more.

http://aac.unl.edu/yaack/ Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Connecting Young Kids (YAACK) is a website that covers issues related to AAC and young children. Its purpose is to provide information and guidance to families, teachers, speech-language pathologists, and anyone else who is involved with a child with special communication needs.

http://www.nichcy.org/. National Information Center on Children and Youth with Disabilities.

http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/Publications/publications.htm. Source for publications by the National Reading Panel and other related organizations.

http://www.nwrel.org/ Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory had over 100 possible links to literacy-related topics within this site.

http://sweb.uky.edu/~jszaba0/QIAT.html. Home page of Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology Services in School Settings (QIAT) from the University of Kentucky. Lots of links to resources, research, and information regarding the use of technology in schools.

http://www.schools.ash.org.au/litweb/. Literacy Web of Australia designed to facilitate the publishing and dissemination of effective literacy teaching strategies.

http://www.setbc.org. Special Education Technology British Technology’s website with information, tutorials, and downloads of teacher-created software and set-ups for children with disabilities.

http://www.specialednews.com/. Online special education newsletter with lesson plans and information regarding specific disabilities.

http://www.teachers.net/tools/. Teachers link page with links to lesson plans and more.

http://www.technologyandlanguage.com/. Many links throughout the site from Emergent Writing Activities for Dynamic Display AAC Systems by Jill Senner to the AAC class syllabus. Go to the syllabus page and access the journal pages for examples of how to create journal pages for any age AAC user. May be created using low tech or dynamic display.

http://www.wati.org/. Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative. Very informative site on AT. Under the literacy heading, there are some examples of accessible books created with PowerPoint.

http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/workshops/EC_Event/EC_Welcome.html. National Center to Improve Practice. Wide variety of resources and links for educators seeking to use instructional and assistive technologies to more effectively teach children with disabilities.

http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/tour/toc.htm. Provides a virtual tour of two classrooms where technologies are effectively used to educate children with a wide variety of disabilities.

http://www.abledata.com Searchable AT database.

http://www.tsbvi.edu/Education/vmi/nonverbal.htm Source for tactile communication symbol ideas for visually impaired students.

http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/xplanatory/seminars/ss1menu.htm Just one of many sites for information on social stories as designed by Carol Gray. Type “social stories” into any search engine to find more. My favorite search engine is www.ask.com.

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http://www.nls.org/natmain.htm Main page of Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project. Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) is a not-for-profit agency located in Buffalo, New York. NLS provides free legal services to persons with low-income and persons with disabilities. It also provides a wide range of technical assistance and support services. While the majority of its services are provided within Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, New York, NLS also provides disability-related services for all of Western New York and operates both a Statewide and National Assistive Technology Advocacy Project to assist persons with disabilities and the advocates and agencies that serve them.  NLS will not provide legal advice over the internet.   The information on this web site is not legal advice. Legal advice is dependent upon the specific circumstances of each situation. Also, the law may vary from State to State, so that some information in this web site may not be correct for your jurisdiction. Finally, the information contained in this web site is not guaranteed to be up to date. Therefore, the information contained in this web site cannot replace the advice of competent legal counsel licensed in your state.

The Public School's Special Education System as an Assistive Technology Funding Source - a comprehensive treatise on the rights of students with disabilities under the IDEA and section 504 - Although this booklet is published to reach a primary audience of attorneys and advocates who assist persons with disabilities who need AT to succeed in their public school experience, the publication should also be viewed as a comprehensive treatise on the rights of students with disabilities under the IDEA and section 504. Since so much of AT-related advocacy will deal with core special education law concepts, we go through all the core issues in great detail, referencing the federal law and regulations, case law, and federal policy letters as relevant. In each section, we analyze how the concepts discussed have implications for AT advocacy. In the AT-specific sections of this booklet (see section III.), our analysis is very comprehensive, referencing nearly every policy letter to come out of the U.S. Department of Education that specifically relates to AT. This 468 footnoted booklet replaces the booklet published in 1999

http://www.pluk.org/AT1.html The Family Guide to Assistive Technology Prepared By:

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) in cooperation with The Federation for Children with Special Needs

http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/at/funding-at.html Funding Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities - The Availability of Assistive Technology Through Medicaid, Public School Special Education Programs, and State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

http://www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/seehear/fall99/funding-at.htm Funding Assistive Technology
http://www.infinitec.org/learn/money/schoolfunding.htm School Funding of Assistive Technology

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