While virtual reality (VR) has been on the radar for decades, it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty, and more of a consumer reality. Now, as VR technology becomes more ubiquitous, the big question is: How will this emerging technology enter the classroom and assistive technology space? In this session, Jaclyn Wickham, founder of AcclimateVR, explores some of the current and future applications for virtual reality and Augmented Reality to support students with autism and other disabilities.
In this 15-minute video, which can be viewed in segments, teachers of students with a range of learning needs discuss the ways in which assistive technology can help. Teachers provide examples of low- to high-tech tools that are easily integrated into a classroom environment.
Many free and low-cost mobile apps are available to support transition-age youth with disabilities as they move towards post-secondary ed, job training, employment, and independent living. This guide lists mobile apps, reviewed by parents and professionals, found to be useful and well-designed.
Summer is a great time to think about the importance of STEM education for all students. Employment in the STEM-related occupations is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022, and students, including those with disabilities, need to be prepared to enter that workforce.The CTD STEM resources to support your efforts to make STEM come alive for all students, including those with disabilities. Each of the five topic areas listed below includes a strategy guide and infographic:1. Doing Science Like a Scientist2. Student Engagement and Identity with Science3. Science Literacy, Vocabulary and Discourse4. Visualizations, Representation and Modeling5. Questions, Argumentation and Use of Evidence