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COVID Update:  FREE AAC Printable Widgit Symbol Resources

COVID Update: FREE AAC Printable Widgit Symbol Resources 1

Download Widgit symbol-supported communication docs including, handwashing poster set, COVID Super Core communication boards, and Upset by the News Symbol Book.

Can you imagine how much worse your anxiety and frustration would be if you could not talk about the COVID-19 crisis? This is the second in a series of posts that tackles AAC issues in the context of the global pandemic.

EyeLearn – To Calibrate or Not to Calibrate

EyeLearn – To Calibrate or Not to Calibrate 0

With an EyeLearn eye gaze system for a student with complex cognitive, physical and communication challenges, custom calibration may not only be unnecessary it could reduce the chances of success.  But positioning the camera well to the user is absolutely essential and a lot easier.
How and Why Accessible Coding for All Students

How and Why Accessible Coding for All Students 0

Coding is more and more a focus of many curriculum initiatives across Canada. Where team based problem solving, strategizing, logical thinking meets with technology, coding skills are essential in today’s world.

At ISTE 2018, Bridges’ Leanne Husk and Susie Blackstien-Adler presented on coding with special needs students.  Through coding students with physical and cognitive challenges can learn important life skills, and connect with the curriculum.  Bridges new Coding Kit and Accessible Coding Workshop makes teaching coding to students with challenges, easy.

Readtopia: New Special Needs Reading Curriculum Coming

Readtopia: New Special Needs Reading Curriculum Coming 1

Preview new reading curriculum for middle to high school students with special needs called Readtopia. Combines documentary videos, texts, literature, graphic novels and direct instruction on decoding and comprehension, created by a team including Karen Erickson, Caroline Musselwhite and Jerry Stemach.