New TSBVI Website for Assistive Technology (AT)
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Announcing New Website for Assistive Technology (AT)!
TSBVI Outreach Assistive Technology (AT)
The new TSBVI Outreach Assistive Technology Site, created by TSBVI Outreach AT Consultant Donna Clemens, contains a wide variety of resources for students, families, and VI professionals about assistive technology (AT). The website is still a work in progress, but new information is added regularly. Lesson plans are provided for specific braille devices, (currently the Braillenote Touch Plus and the Chameleon), along with resources for assessment of assistive technology skills. There is also information on STAAR accessibility for both braille students and those with low vision.
The braille device lessons are made on request for the most in-demand processes. Does your student need to know how to share math assignments with their teacher using the Braillenote Touch Plus (BNT+)? Check out the BNT+ lessons 7 and 8. Is your student ready to learn basic editing skills on their Chameleon? Go to Chameleon lesson number 4 for a step-by-step lesson plan.
The assessment and student involvement tabs can guide you and your student when determining assistive technology needs. The AT Guidelines from the Michigan Department of Education (MDOE) provides a link to a grade-by-grade breakdown, pre-K through 12th grade, of student benchmarks in technology.
Visit the new AT Livebinder for even more resources! This portion of the website is a work-in-progress. Information on TSBVI’s Tech Tea Times and how to request assistance from the TSBVI Outreach Programs is also included.
Contact Donna Clemens, TSBVI Outreach Consultant for Assistive Technology, for more information on her new website (firstname.lastname@example.org; 512-206-9103), and also see her article in the Effective Practices Section of this issue of TX SenseAbilities, Avoid the Rabbit Hole! Resources for Quickly Finding Answers to Assistive Technology (AT) Questions.