Open Source Assistive Technology (Via connect.educause.edu – Technology In Academia — Connect @ EDUCAUSE.) I haven’t seen this combination often, and given I work with both Open Source and Assistive Technology, I thought I’d pass it on:
The Open source Assistive Technology Software (OATS) website is a searchable index of assistive technology enabled open source software. They’re just a new site, but they list all sorts of things from addins with Microsoft Windows full open source web browsers.
Warning, they are in beta. But, check out their “browse software based on the need that it meets” section! This is truly awe inspiring. Both Open Source and Assistive Technology give me such hope for humankind. Seeing their intersection, doubly so.
At the Assistive Technology Institute a week ago, I heard one of the presenters talk about a voice activated video game controller… I even caught a glance of him demonstrating it by making sound effects with his mouth to shoot his weapon. (I was an organizer so wasn’t attending sessions.) I haven’t been able to follow up on this (or find an example online), but what a great marriage of two of the topics on this blog, assistive technology and games in education. Oh, the potential!
Literacy, the deaf, and blogs (via Jerz’s Literacy Weblog)
This is a dig on educational games, but it advocates blogs as an assistive technology for the deaf.
eSchool News online – Conference theme: How to make AT a core part of learning
The 2nd addition to my Assistive Technology category, this is a detailed article on a national conference and common issues. Thanks to Christine Olmstead.
2nd Annual Assistive Technology Institute
I am once again on the planning committee for this event. If you are in Orange County, this is a great deal (its FREE with lots of incentives), and a powerful opportunity to learn about some educational technologies you may not have been exposed to.