“ At one hearing, a blind woman tearfully explained how she lost a prestigious scholarship opportunity after her GPA fell because her reader was laid off. That classroom assistance was essential because math figures needed verbal translation. Another mobility-impaired student testified that losing transportation services made moving between campus buildings extremely painful. It also affected her grades when attending some classes became impossible. ”
My favorite assistive apps!
Many may look at that shiny new smartphone out there and think, “Could I use this glorious technology to enhance my life?” Okay, maybe most of us go straight for Angry Birds, Facebook, or of course Tumblr. I am here to tell you that there are SO many apps you can use to help your organization, reading, and even studying. Here are some of my favorite for my Android phone.
This incredibly versatile app will help you create notes, lists, audio notes, and pictures which you can store on the Evernote server and access anywhere. I use this for to-do lists, shopping lists, remembering where I parked, on the fly audio recordings, and sometimes I take a photo of the whiteboard in class to save for my notes. This has versions for Android, iPhone, PC, Mac, and Web!
This handy little app costs you a few bucks, and will read text you type, or anything text from browsers, documents, and more. It even has a button feature which allows users to press a button to say a basic conversational words. In one review I read, a user said he used it when non-verbal after a seizure. Seems like it could be a useful tool for the deaf/HoH community too.
Think ‘Siri’ for droid. It is a voice command application with the ability to make calls, send messages, check weather, find businesses, do navigation, etc. It really does a huge amount of useful things. There is a free version with ads, the pro version is a few dollars. This can be useful for dyslexics who may have a rough time composing text messages. In Vlingo you simply say, “Text Joey. I will see you at the theater.” Then say “Send.” Also has a car mode which can read texts and e-mails aloud to you as they arrive. This technology has SO much potential in Assistive Technology.
4. White Noise
Yes, that’s right. White noise. This is more useful that you can possibly imagine. Is there noise outside your door, but you need a distraction free space? Set up the sound of rain drops and let it wash the noise away. Trouble sleeping at night? Let ocean waves carry you to the land of nod. Really, I’m serious, this app is great. The paid version is worth it, you get a ton of sounds and can set your favorites. Free version works great too!
What I am up to!
I thought I’d give a quick update about what I’m up to. This blog has been rather silent lately, largely due to finals and moving around the country. In the spring I was hired to be a counselor for a summer day camp for kids with ADHD, ODD, AS, and other disorders and learning disabilities. It is a program set up by NYU Child Study Center. The last three weeks have been filled with some intensive training on what we will be seeing, behavior modification techniques, and other camp related info.
It has been amazing, I feel like a junior psychologist here. On monday I will start working with the kids! I am a counselor in the youngest group, so I get to hang out with 6 and 7 year olds all day! We have only met them once for an hour, so it will be interesting to see how a whole day shapes up!
Anywho, I have been learning a LOT lately about child psychology. Hopefully it will give me some inspiration for writing some more on this blog.
Have a great day!
A poem about IEPs
I do not like these IEPs.
I do not like them, Jeeze Louise!
We test, we check, We plan,
we meet, But nothing ever seems complete.
Would you, could you like the form?
I do not like the form I see,
Not page 1, not 2 not 3
A brand new box,
I think we all Have lost our rocks,
Could we all meet here or there?
We cannot all fit any where.
Not in a room, Not in a hall,
there seems to be no space at all.
Could you, could you meet again?
I cannot meet again next week.
No Lunch, no prop,
Please hear me speak.
No, not at dusk.
No, not at dawn.
At 4 P.M., I should be gone.
Could your hear while all speak out?
Would you write the words they spout?
I could not hear, I would not write,
This does not need to be a fight.
Sign here, date there,
Mark this, check that,
Beware the students ad-vo-cat(e)
You do not like them,
So you say Try again! Try again!
And you may If you will let me be,
I will try again, You will see Say!
I almost like these IEPs I think.
I’ll write 6,003.
And I will practice day and night
until they say
You got it right