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Federal Communication Commission Launches Accessibility Clearinghouse

The Federal Communications Commission has launched its accessibility clearinghouse in an effort to connect more consumers (including children and young adults) to accessible telecommunication options. Accessible Clearinghouse Also quickly, this is a great site that is linked on the FCC’s page for helping consumers and their families find accessible wireless options. Accesswireless website As all children and young adults use mobile technologies as a part of their daily lives, it is critical that our students with visual impairments and deafblindness have options. So glad that the FCC is taking a strong leadership role in helping people with disabilities have access. Please share! Amy T. Parker, Ed.D., C.I. & COMS Research Assistant Professor Virginia Murray Sowell Center 806-742-1997 X 248 office
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Technology Decision Making Tool - AIM Navigator

The AIM Navigator is an accessible, web-based tool designed to help local educational teams think through decisions about accessible instructional materials for students.   It has sections to address assessing student need, determining appropriate instructional formats, decisions on purchase/acquisition of appropriate formats, and related training/supports to support student progress.  There are many helpful sections with in depth information available to help with each step in the process, and the Navigator generates a student summary that can follow a student across their years of schooling as well as a To Do list documenting next steps for the team.  This FREE tool is found on the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials website at AIM Navigator. Outreach Director Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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High Touch and Low Incidence - What I have learned from the Deafblind Census

In a conversation I had with Jay Gense, director of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB), he estimated the incidence of deafblindness for children and youth birth to 22 years old in the United States is around .01%. The incidence in Texas is slightly higher at about .017%.  This means that out of the 4 million plus students in public education in Texas, around 750 are identified as having both hearing and vision problems.  Here is a different perspective:  4 million miles will take you around the Earth at the equator 161 times.  It is almost exactly a 750 mile drive from Houston to El Paso.  Quite a difference (And you thought Texas was so big!). One of the lessons I have learned from looking at the Deafblind Census is that no two of the students are alike.  There may be 79 students who are considered deafblind as the result of...
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