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Resources about Learning Disabilities and AT
General Information About Learning Disabilities
PBS Special "Misunderstood Minds": The Misunderstood Minds project consists of three elements: The PBS documentary, first airing March 27, 2002; the companion Web site on PBS Online, www.pbs.org/misunderstoodminds; and the Developing Minds Multimedia Library.
All Kinds of Minds The mission All Kinds of Minds provides programs, tools, and a common language for parents, educators, and clinicians to help students with differences in learning achieve success in the classroom and in life. Good descriptions of differences in how people learn. " Every mind is uniquely endowed. As a result, our emphasis on the different ways individual kids learn and find success in their lives has relevance for all kids."
Internet Special Education Resources: Special Education Advocacy Services . ISER is a nationwide directory of professionals who serve the learning disabilities and special education communities. They help parents and caregivers find local special education professionals to help with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder assessment, therapy, advocacy, and other special needs.
LD OnLine: Comprehensive, up-to-the-minute listing of hardware and software products for people with learning disabilities, what it does and where to get it.
National Center for Learning Disabilities Resource Locator: The LD Resources web site is a non-commercial site designed, built, and run by Richard Wanderman who is an educational technology consultant, well-known presenter, and a successful adult with a learning disability. Find a list of resources from schools to tape recorders to computers and more.
Inspiration Software - download a free copy: Inspiration® is a powerful visual learning tool that inspires students, grades 4-12, to develop ideas and organize thinking. Inspiration's integrated diagramming and outlining environments work together to help students comprehend concepts and information.
Michigan Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) is a statewide program that provides support materials, technical assistance, training, and an extensive lending library focused on improving outcomes for all students. They worked with Regional Support Center: Scotland North and East and Mozilla Corporation to "americanize" free tools to make the MITS Freedom Stick. This USB Flash Drive is designed to provide students with information and communication access on any computer using a Windows or Linux operating system.
Using a clear shower curtain to support body orientation
Color contrast on steps
Use hip protectors if you have osteoporosis (see resources)
Fall Detection and AT
Home-level Fall Prevention
There is a burgeoning industry in systems that detect falls anywhere in the home, and Rating Labs has reviews of the major systems. All these systems cost money-installation and subscription fees-and they typically send notification to a staffed monitoring services.
Because smartphones and tablets have become part of our daily lives more and more, there is a growing list of phone and tablet apps that detect falls. Some were begun to market to people whose exercise activities put them at risk for falls, such as mountain bikers. Others were developed specifically for older people and others who might have higher risk for falls, such as people with ataxia. Personal apps can detect falls wherever you are, since you carry the app in your phone or tablet.
The device needs an accelerometer and a GPS chip to make it practically useful in detecting falls and warning someone that you have fallen. Obviously, you need to be in a place where there is mobile service. Typically the app works by detecting your fall, giving you time to turn off the warning, and sending an email or text message to someone (or in some cases several people) with a note that you have fallen and that you are located at specific GPS coordinates. All of the current ones available need to be considered “beta” apps. That is, they are still in development.