Thursday, December 8, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Since their launch in 2004, Blood:Water has raised over $28 million through the creative efforts of tens of thousands of individuals, and with more than a dozen African organizations brought clean water and HIV/AIDS support to 1 million people in 11 countries.
Monday, November 21, 2016
The AAC Evaluation Genie app is designed for your iPad, and IMHO is more expository than diagnostic. The app won't tell you which device to use/buy, but it will guide you in making an optimum setup for whatever intervention you go with.
The AAC Evaluation Genie sells for $11.99.
There are 14 subtests which can be administered with multiple settings to get to the information you need.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to visually track and identify a single icon from 5" to 1" in size.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to visually track and discriminate a single icon from 5" to 1" in size.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to identify common noun vocabulary.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to identify common noun vocabulary by stated function.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to identify common noun vocabulary by category group inclusion.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to identify a noun by associated feature or function.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to identify common noun vocabulary by category inclusion.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to identify common noun vocabulary by category exclusion.
Pixon Core Vocabulary
This activity evaluates the recognition and identification of common core vocabulary words not easily represented with pictures using Pixon® symbols.
Unity Core Vocabulary
This activity evaluates the identification of common core vocabulary words not easily represented with pictures using Minspeak Unity® symbols.
Unity Icon Patterns
This activity evaluates the identification of vocabulary organized by Minspeak Unity® semantic / linguistic patterns.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to describe basic pictures using a simulated AAC display.
This activity evaluates the user’s ability to read text and select a target word from a list of four choices.
Monday, November 14, 2016
In August I finally got a phone call from one of the company owners who regretfully informed me that they were closing their doors due to a host of unfortunate issues. I was so glad that I'd not actually sent them money, as they may not have been in a position to refund!
So, I spent several days frantically looking for a viable replacement option.
I needed access to symbol software which works across platforms (Chrome, Windows, and Mac), it needed to be intuitive, robust, and affordable. Boardmaker nails the first two criteria, but for our district, the price was higher than my director would support.
Enter Symbol Stix Prime from the good folks at News2You.
SymbolStix PRIME is a web-based symbol search engine and materials creation platform. It is designed and developed by n2y, SymbolStix PRIME includes depictions of people, events, and activities with personally relevant stick figures appropriate for all ages.
I have been very pleased with Symbol Stix Prime. You can give it a test run with a free 30 day trial. Individual pricing is $79 annually. With higher numbers, you can earn a discount. Users can log into their account on any computer platform from any location. If you are looking for symbol support, I recommend you take a close look at this offering from News 2 You!
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
I wanted to share with you all a Google extension which I stumbled upon recently. The extension is called Project Naptha. Project Naptha is a screen reader, which works in your Chrome Browser, regardless of computer platform. It is unique for two reasons.
1. It's free.
2. It is designed to convert any text image into digital text with an OCR converter, thus allowing your native screen reader to read the text to you.
I've found it to be immensely useful, however, the quality of the image does have a direct impact on how well the image inverts to text.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
More than 100 North Carolina teachers, school employees, and parents made a 20 mile March to the Capitol in order to present to Governor Pat McCrory on June 14 and 15. Struggling under a decade of budget cuts and a general lack of resources, the marchers have had enough.
The group, planned to address a few points with McCrory, and requested a meeting in advance. They were intending to ask that he expand Medicaid, spend the budget surplus on students, and repeal HB2.
Alas, the Capitol building shut down early and McCrory refused to meet with the group. The group, insisting that they be heard, took to the streets. With the arrival of the police and impending arrest, 14 teachers joined arms creating a line across the road. They were all arrested.
Each protester has different but compelling reasons for their Civil Disobedience. I'm impressed by them all. Meanwhile, rather than meet with teachers who are on the frontline, McCrory and his compatriots are discussing farming out poor performing schools to private Charter School businesses. I don't have a beef wth Charter schools necessarily, some are great in fact. But we have people who care and want to make a difference in place right now.