Rachel Herron, Specialist
Specialty Areas: AEM & AT Integration: Primary Age, Accessible Content Authoring, Mac Accessibility & Integration
Rachel Herron is a Specialist with the PATINS Project. Rachel’s range of experience in Special Education includes teaching students across multiple states with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities and Severe and Profound disabilities and being a city-wide assistive technology evaluator for Chicago Public Schools. Most recently Rachel worked as a Behavioral Support Teacher and Assistive Technology consultant in Indiana. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Severe and Profound Disabilities K-12 and a Master’s Degree in Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances. Driven by passion and a desire to see the leveled playing field that UDL and AT brings to the game, Rachel is thrilled to be working with the PATINS Project and schools across the state of Indiana.
Device Helps Students… Paper with bold or raised lines With fine motor or visual impairment to stay within the lines Graph Paper To more evenly space letters and words Pencil Grip With a larger and mores supported means of holding a pencil Soft rubber-like pad Keep papers from slipping off smooth or inclined surface Weighted Pencil Hold the pencil in a more stable manner Highlighters Organize writing and emphasize specific parts of the writing process
Device Helps Students… Digital Recorder Dictate information as an alternative to a hand-written assignment; take notes Portable keyboarding device Type instead of write Word prediction software Reduce keystrokes while typing (lessen the amount) Alternate keyboards Access the computer to write On screen keyboard Access the computer to write Hand-Held Speaking Dictionary Spell unknown words when writing
Device Helps Students… Word Prediction Software with Auditory Feedback Reduce keystrokes while typing (lessen the amount), allows for inventive spelling Speech to Text Use speech to complete and edit written assignments Touch Screen Activate a computer screen using simple or multi-touch gestures. Eye Gaze Systems Write through calibrated eye movement
PowToon is a tool that helps create animated presentations.
Prezi is a cloud-based tool that allows students to create presentations.
Eduplace is a graphic organizing tool to help with pre-writing skills.
Popplet is a free mind mapping tool for iPad and PCs.
Read&Write for Google Chrome
Read&Write for Google is a text reader, word prediction program, study tool, text leveler and translator that is free to teachers for a year upon subscription. Students can access a limited version of the program and for a fee can access the full program.
Read:Outloud is a text reader that makes it easy for students to access to any book file or texts online. The text reader allows students to focus on comprehension versus the mechanics of reading.
Read:Outloud (Free for Indiana Students)
Read:Outloud is a free download that is located through the ICAM website. Digital Rights Managers will need to access the link in order for Read:Outloud to be downloaded.
Bookshare.org is a web-based program that provides unlimited texts for students to listen to as an alternative to reading and/or decoding text. Students will have access to the texts as long as they have access to the internet. Staff are required to set up and manage accounts.
Learning Ally is a not for profit program, formerly known as RFBD (Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic), that provides audio textbooks for students with visual impairments, dyslexia and other disabilities.
Literactive provides reading materials and resources for pre-school aged students through 1st grade. The leveled program focuses on phonics activities and is a leader in early childhood learning. The material is free but registering is necessary.
ReadWorks is a comprehension-based resource that provides research-based units and passages to be shared. The curriculum is aligned with Common Core Standards and Individual State Standards.
Tar Heel Reader
The Tar Heel Reader is a collection of accessible books that can be accessed through different interfaces including touch screens, Intellikeys and switches. Books may be accessed or created.
Storyline Online is a Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) created collection of books read by actors.
Talking Book Library
Talking Book Library is a collection of books created for students. Individuals who have created talking books through power point are welcome to submit the books to be reviewed and added to the collection.
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Stuff to try:
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C-Pen is a tool designed for scanning and decoding text.
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