AT acceptance

Sherene Highland's picture
Sherene Highland

Hi, I am a grad student with Pacific University. I just finished a course in assistive technology. Though I have learned a lot, I wonder how can we get this information to administration, parents, and other teachers. I had no idea there were so many resources for AT, how can we make parents aware of these options? I have a non-verbal daughter, who could really benefit from some AT to help her communicate.

Thanks Sherene

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Melissa Garner's picture
Melissa Garner

Hi, Sherene!

I know of a non-verbal elementary student who found a lot of success using VoiceThread. It’s a web-based program that allows for threaded discussions using a wide variety of media. How old is your daughter?

Kendra Wollert's picture
Kendra Wollert

Sherene,

I’ve created an AT consulting business in the Corvallis area and plan to give presentations to area schools and parent groups starting this fall. You are right, it is so important for students to find what works for them. My expertise is dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, dyscalculia, phonological processing disorder, ELL/ESL, dyspraxia, and executive function issues. I find most parents know about AT through Decoding Dyslexia and Oregon branch of the IDA groups. The annual IDA conference will be in Portland in October 2019. Our PDX student group has also been invited to this years conference in Connecticut to help show interested people around their favorite technologies.

Let me know if you’d like more information about anything I’ve mentioned, Kendra Wollert

Kendra Wollert's picture
Kendra Wollert

Sherene,

I forgot to mention, Understood.org is a fabulous website for many parents. You may find more information there to help your daughter, although they are more for more common LD’s. Have you done much research into AAC?

Kendra Wollert