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Meeting Minutes: May 2011: Assistive Technology

OI Consortium May 12,

GPAT Conference Registration: gpat.org

Submit proposal and receive free conference registration

Sally Kemp: Representative from GPAT, all materials that she
has handed out are on the gpat website.

Assessment and Accommodations for students with physical

Accommodations are changes to the access to the testing
materials, and are meant to add equity to the tests, not give a student a
better chance at making a higher score.

Modifications reduce the learning expectations, and
accommodations do not.

List of accommodations are found on the GADOE website on the
Special Education page of the DOE website.

Prior to testing, the testing accommodations should be used
regularly with the student in the classroom, and the student should be
comfortable and familiar with the testing accommodations.

There are standard and non-standard accommodations.
Sometimes there is pressure from administrators to have only standard
accommodations, as non-standard accommodations may affect AYP scores.

If you have questions concerning testing accommodations, you
may contact Melissa Fincher 404-656-4005 at the GADOE. Mary recommends that you
ask any questions concerning accommodations to your API.

Electronic versions of the CRCT are available through
Kurzweil, and the text to speech function can be turned off for students that
are need of just increased access to the test.

Learning Based AT Solutions

Remediation tools for Reading:

Thinkfinity (Access through DOE Website), Starfall,
Earobics, Simon SIO, Wordmaker.

AT Devices for Struggling Readers Chart is on the DOE
Website, Special Education, Resources and Materials, Or go directly to GPAT.org

Positioning Aids: Book Stands, Portabook Stands, Slant

Page Turners, page fluffers, powered turners

Tracking Aids: Reading
Window, Bar Magnifier, EZC Reader/Colored Reading

Contrast Aids: Highlighters, Highlighting Tape, Reading
Helpers, Colored Overlays, Saran Wrap

Colored Overlays are often overlooked, and should be
considered when working with struggling readers and writers.



Word Identification Aids: Talking Dictionaries and Reading

Stand Alone Magnification Aids

Specialized Format:

Bookshare and GIMC; Magnifier Mouse from Microsoft, Audio
Books,BookPort, The Victor (Daisy Reader)

Text Aloud; Only 29 dollars (Text to speech software)

Electronic Books: Project Gutenberg, Bookshare, Accessible
Book Selection (Accelerated Reader Books).

Search for HIAT in Goolge. That will take you to the E-Book

Also look into your library systems for access to E-Books as

Portable Text Readers: Classmate Readers that display and
read text; Intel Reader – OCR’s Text

Thinking Reader: Unabridged core literature books,
incorporated reading comprehension strategies and supports.

Start-Finish Series: High Interest-Low Readability, Age
appropriate topics, core-content books. Allows you to highlight text and
transfer into an outline.

Word Identification Aids: WordWeb Dictionary Thesaurus;
Lingos (Freeware Program)

Text Reading Software: Read Please 2003, Natural Reader,
E-Reader Pro, Microsoft Reader

PDF Reading Software available in Adobe

Word Processing:

Microsoft Word: Many different tools available such as text
to speech and Auto Summary, changing spacing of words, fonts, and backgrounds
for more readability.

Academic Suite Software: ClassroomSuite4and SOLO 6

Advanced Reading
Aids: Kurzweil 3000, Read and Write Gold, and WYNN

Text Enlargement Software: Zoom readers, JAWS

Types of Writing Difficulties: Dysgraphia, Writing Process,
Conventions of Writing (Spelling, Punctuation, Grammer)


Remediation Tools for writing and spelling:

Wordmaker for Writing, Thinkfinity, Simon SIO, Carmen
Sandiego Word Detective, Handwriting without tears, Speech recognition
software; Consult Chart for AT Devices for Struggling Writers…Available on the
DOE Website.

Page Ups, Clip Boards and book stands

Contrast Aids: Highlighter tape

Adapted Writing Utensils: Grips, PenAgain

Alternate paper of different lines, spacing, colors, and/or

Commonly misspelled words:

Use a personal dictionary, quickword books, Spellwell
Bookmarks; Talking Dictionaries/Thesaurus

Recorders: Devices for recording notes and responses; Echo
Smartpin or Pulse (Livescribe)

Handheld Scanners

Printed Graphic Organizers (Microsoft Word, Freeology,

Portable word processors: Neo, Fusion

Concept/Webbing Applications: Inspiration, Webspiration,
Kidspiration, Draft:Builder in SOLO

Speak Q, Word Q training is much easier than Dragon
training, reads training passages to students; however, it does have some
glitches and sometimes drops voice files for students.

Text correction software: Ginger Software: Provides support
for grammar, spelling, and vocabulary usage; Web based software; subscription

Electronic Worksheets: Omniform and Paperport.

Academic Suite Software such as Solo also has very good
supports for writing as well.

Voice Recognition Software: Microsoft Speech Recognition,
Dragon Naturally Speaking, MacSpeech Dictate.

AAC Devices with text to speech capabilities

WACOM :Bamboo, only 99 Dollars. Graphics tablet like device
that enables the student to write with their finger and can also be used as a

Microkeyboards for students with Muscular Dystrophy or
smaller aged students.

Math Instruction:

Teach using Concrete, moving to Abstract C-R-A (Concrete,
Representational, Abstract)

Web Based Remediation Tools:

Create a graph, National Library of Virtual Manipulatives, A
Maths Dictionary; Cool math 4 kids, The Ruler Game

Remediation Software: Attainment Software

Access Tools:

All similar tools that were used forReadingand Writing

Mathpad has a voice recognition component as well.

See Math Chart on DOE Website for AT Devices

Calculation and problem Solving Tools: Available on www.Kaydi.com

Barculator; Pieculator

Virtual Manipulatives: National Library of Virtual
Manipulatives; Classroom Suite

Print Materials: Flip Charts, Quick Math

Electronic Charts and Study Guides:

Math type and Equation Editor (Free); Microsoft Math;
Scientific Notebook; Ask Dr. Math, and Algebrahelp.com

Auditory Prompts: Step Pad

Adapted Calculators: Large Button, Talking, Fraction,
OnScreen, MoffSoft (has a tape that you can print out and an enlarge button,

Graphing Software: Microsoft Word, and Excel.

MathPad and MathPad Plus (Has virtual manipulatives)

Equation Editor in Word, Scientific Notebook, Geometer’s
Sketchpad, Effax FX MathPack (Provide Eligibility and they will provide the

Mathtype can be used with Math Daisy for voice output.

Portable Math Processors:


Money: Play Money, Charts and Guides, Money Calculator,


Adapted Rulers, Measuring Devices, Finger Grip Rulers


Master Clock (Clear Overlay)

Time Wheels

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