Special Education

Assistive Technology and Accessibility

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Assistive Technology Module For Personnel Preparation Programs
The Center on Technology and Disability created an Assistive Technology Module for Personnel Preparation Programs in participating colleges and universities. It is available to all educators and trainers interested in a "resource package". The resources can be downloaded and copied or distributed electronically.

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Making Accessible Documents

This reusable learning object (RLO) offers guidance in preparing documents to be accessible for all audiences.

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Access to Learning: Assistive Technology and Accessible Instructional Materials
This publication offers guidance to Massachusetts school districts in providing assistive technology and accessible instructional materials to students with disabilities.

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National Center on Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework that can be used to develop flexible curricula that will meet the needs of all students. Digital tools and media can support UDL by offering multiple options for students to access information, demonstrate what they know, and get excited about learning. This website, developed by CAST, offers implementation guidelines, examples, news, resources, tools, and more.

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Learning Ally: Audiobook Services
Learning Ally provides audio versions of textbooks and VoiceText format for other books for students with vision impairments, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities that make it difficult to use traditional text. These audiobooks are available primarily as downloadable audio and CDs, which can be played on a variety of portable devices and computers. Learning Ally's audiobooks are recorded using the human voice and include descriptions of pictures, graphs, and figures.

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National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials
Accessible instructional materials, or AIM, are specialized formats of curricular content that can be used by students who are unable to read or use standard print materials. This website, created by CAST, offers a rich collection of resources for learning about and implementing AIM.

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Providing Accessible Instructional Materials
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act requires schools to provide accessible instructional materials to students who need them. For students who are unable to use traditional print-based materials, alternate formats are available, including braille, audio, large print, and digital text.

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MassMATCH is the Commonwealth's initiative to Maximize Assistive Technology in Consumer's Hands. The website reflects the work of seven Massachusetts human services agencies and constituents, offering information on technologies, demonstration and loan programs, legislation, and more.

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Assistive Technology School Share Program
This program offers an online tool for schools to track their assistive technology (AT) inventory, determine their AT needs for a given year, and then borrow or lend AT to other schools.

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Additional Resources on Assistive Technology and Accessibility

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Intro to Assistive Technology
Check out this short CTD video featuring Chris Bugaj outlining basic topics and concepts for using assistive technology with students with disabilities. Students, teachers and other service professionals can benefit from this overview video.

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Guide to Assistive Technology to Support the Work of Parent Centers
This Guide to Assistive Technology (AT) was created for parent center professionals and family members to help them learn about effective AT practices, devices, and services. AT has great potential to help infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities participate fully in daily routines; increase access to the general educational curriculum; improve their functional outcomes and educational results; and meet college- and career-ready standards. The guide includes the following sections: what is AT, legislation and advocacy, AT for birth to grade 12, AT for transition, finding and funding AT, glossaries, and a list of organizations for more information on AT. Each section contains links to relevant resources in the online CTD Library.

Last Updated: April 11, 2019

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