Assistive technologies for teacher education
Help the Department of Special Education at Illinois State update our assistive technologies (AT) for our teacher education program. Our program is one of only two in the U.S. that prepares teachers in D/deaf and Hard of Hearing, Low Vision and Blindness, and Learning and Behavior Specialist. Our students take many courses that integrate AT into the content, which sets our program apart from other teacher preparation programs in the field. Rapid advances in technology, however, require continual updates to our AT in order to stay current with the field.
As a leader in special education teacher preparation, we need to be on the cutting edge of AT so that we can prepare our teachers to benefit a wide range of students with disabilities with the up-to-date tools used in K-12 schools.
This project is now complete and we'll be using all of your generous donations to purchase all of the assistive technologies listed below.
Jodi and Mark Nibbelin's gift funded!
- PODD communication book: A book with words and symbols which a child who may not be able to speak clearly or be understood by others to point to pictures to communicate what they want to say to their family and friends.
- Locline mounting: A modular system of parts and pieces which will hold a tablet, phone, book, or cup in place for a child who has limited strength or reach, especially if they utilize a walker or wheelchair to move around their environment
- Adapted scissors (3): Scissors automatically open again after they’ve been closed as the two sides are attached with a loop, thus allowing the child to simply squeeze the scissors closed and they will automatically reopen
- Personal talker (3): This small device allows a child to say a pre-recoded message out loud to their family or friends if they are unable to speak clearly or be understood by their classmates
- Braille Buzz: an interactive, instructional toy designed to help young children between the ages of 2 and 5 who are blind or have low vision learn braille and phonics
- Roger X reciever: Roger technology allows the user to have quick and easy access to a speaker, directly to their hearing aids or cochlear implants. An individual can listen from anywhere in the room and still be able to listen to a speaker who is moving around the room
- Computer mouse interface: The computer mouse interface is a necessary intermediary device which tells the computer what the switch or joystick is attempting to do.
- Plus more!
Birds Give Back Funded Items:
- Braille writer repair (22): Repairs and maintenance for Braille writers
- Phonak Roger Pen: Roger technology allows the user to have quick and easy access to a speaker, directly to their hearing aids or cochlear implants. An individual can listen from anywhere in the room and still be able to listen to a speaker who is moving around the room
- Spec switch: Switches can be used to turn on toys, lamps, blenders, fans or even computers as long as it has all the correct hardware pieces
- Mini beamer transmitter: Allows a child to wirelessly turn toys and other items on-and-off without touching them
Items Funded with Daniel Ackley's unlocked $1,000 gift. Thank you Birds Give Back donors!
- Building on Patterns: Kindergarten Student Kit: Braille literacy curriculum
- LITTLE Step-by-Step Choice with levels: allows a child who may not be able to be understood by others to speak a series of pre-recorded messages on three different topics
- Mini cup switch: Switches can be used to turn on toys, lamps, blenders, fans or even computers as long as it has all the correct hardware pieces
- Dual switch latch and timer: A dual switch latch and timer gives the child a variety of options to turn the switch on for a set amount of time or turn in on-and-off on-demand
- Battery operated scissors: When using a battery-operated scissors, the child doesn’t need to open and close the scissors on their own, they simply need to move the paper and the scissor does the work
- Braille writer repair (3): Repairs and maintenance for Braille writers
Funded Items: Thank you!
- Cpen Readers (2): small, handheld scanner that scans a word or up to one row of text and reads it out loud
- Building on Patterns: Kindergarten Teacher Edition: Braille literacy curriculum
- Roger Touchscreen Mic by Phonak: assistive hearing device that switches from individual talker to small group settings