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Helpful and Compasionate Things to Say at an ARD Meeting

This is an excellent article from Westminster Technologies.  http://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2014/11/25/10-helpful-and-compassionate-comments-heard-at-an-iep-meeting/#.VH-HnH4EOjk.email Gayle McNurlenAn occupational therapist by background, I have been dabbling in technology since the early days of the Macintosh. I got my dream job in 2003 as the assistive technology consultant at Region 10. I would much rather play with technology than do my real job […]

Assistive Technology – UNITE!

By popular demand, reviving the Group of Assistive Technology Supporters (GOATS) 2 meetings have been scheduled for the upcoming year: Assistive Technology Roundtable: Fall Meeting October 15, 2014 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM    Abrams Site, Brazos Room Bring lunch and learn with our Texas representative from Don Johnston, Inc, Bob Keller. He will show what is […]

Network, network, network!

Have you ever wondered “Am I doing this right? Are the kids we are educating getting the best we have to offer?” Of course you have! We all want to be validated for what we do. We all have that secret desire to know what our colleagues are doing. Do I ever have an opportunity […]

The Periodic Table of AAC

Augmentative alternative communication is an abstract issue that many people struggle to get their head around. I’ve found this fabulous visual (I’m AT, right?) that explains it in one page. The graphic is color coded with items about GUIDING BELIEFS AAC COMPETENCIES INSTRUCTIONAL AND IMPLEMENTATION TIPS COMMUNICATION FUNCTIONS ADULT SUPPORT TIPS ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS Sorry to […]

New Year Brings Opportunity for Learning

  Happy new year to everyone!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Why?  Let’s see, we had Thanksgiving with a couple extra days taken, then the Great Ice Age of Early December 2013 with 2 days out, then the marvelous and anxiously anticipated holiday break of two whole weeks!  I could get used to […]

Why Not You?

The time is right, the time is now!  We are planning now for the 2014 Summer Lifeskills Bootcamp and we need you!  In 2013 we had 24 unique presentations by 17 presenters.  We exceeded our registration goal.  The comments from the camp came back so positive and upbeat.  Be a part of it and show […]

Low Incidence Disabilities Monthly Guides

The Low Incidence Disabilities (LID)  network is publishing a monthly guide to help teachers stay on track and be organized for the year.  These helpful guides will provide guidance regarding a checklist of what should be done this month and curriculum/instruction suggestions.  There are many helpful examples and needed guidance provided.  Bookmark this site and […]

What Did You Do This Summer?

  It’s back to school time!  Curb your enthusiasm, please! I always think the summer will be my slow season but in the ten years I have been here, it has yet to be slow.  Here at Region 10 we had a busy summer.  To recap: June 11-13 was the Assistive Technology Statewide Conference held […]

What are you doing this summer?

Ah summertime!  One of the best things about working in the education system, right?  So what are your plans?  Assuming maybe you’ll take some time for professional development, I offer these suggestions. 1.  Bob University:  Following last summer’s success — Bob Keller, a long-standing personality in the field of assistive technology and long-time team member […]

It’s Hip to be Hip

There were two items in the “news” today that I just can’t resist repeating.  Jacquielynn Floyd, columnist for the Dallas Morning News, wrote “Google Glass is another distraction I don’t need.”  I couldn’t agree more!  She blames it on the fact that she is “a hidebound old-timer automatically suspicious of and resistant to technological change” […]