Wisconsin CESA Districts
It currently is a volunteer network of assistive (AT) consultants from across the state who continue the work of providing AT training and support within Wisconsin educational settings.
Below are a number of links outside the WATI website. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, as there are many other sites that have more extensive lists of links. These are just a few that the WATI consultants like.
The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) website http://natri.uky.edu/assoc_projects/qiat/ includes the work done to date to develop a comprehensive set of quality indicators for effective assistive technology services by school districts.
NATE -- the National Assistive Technology in Education Network -- brings together information from the many fields and disciplines that are involved in assistive technology services in educational settings. www.natenetwork.org.
Communicator Feature Comparison from Enabling Devices. http://enablingdevices.com/files/content/ComparisonChart.pdf
The TAM (Technology and Media) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children offers a variety of information about assistive technology and special education instructional technology. You can learn more about it's publications, conferences, and membership at http://www.tamcec.org.
If you have students who use a single switch to access a computer, take a look at http://www.switchintime.com. This website by the developers of Scan 'n Read is full of cool freebies. It is all for the Macintosh platform. There are outstanding freeware programs that you can download. They include: CD Jukebox, Single Switch Bingo, Scan 'n Read, and Word Search.
Florida Assistive Technology Education Network (ATEN) Homepage has tutorials that can be downloaded on a variety of assistive technology devices. http://www.aten.scps.k12.fl.us/.
Trace Research & Design Center includes software toolkits and many disability related articles and papers. http://trace.wisc.edu//world/computer_access/multi/sharewar.htm
Closing the Gap is a website offering a variety of articles, resources, and interactive activities related to assistive technology. It offers the “Question of the Week” to encourage visitors to share their knowledge and feedback with other visitors. The site now has a search capability to allow visitors to search their Resource Directory of computer related products for individuals with special needs. http://www.closingthegap.com/index.lasso
World Institute on Disability promotes access to the internet in K-12 schools for students with disabilities. They have a new handbook entitled “The Internet: An Inclusive Magnet for Teaching All Students”. It provides practical tips, general access guidelines, resource listings, and success stories. It can be downloaded for free from their website at: http://www.wid.org/publications/the-internet-an-inclusive-magnet-for-teaching-all-students/.
YaacK, which stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)connecting Young Kids, is a wonderful site. You will find it at: http://aac.unl.edu/yaack/toc.html. It begins with what AAC is and when does a child need AAC. Also on AAC, for great information on creating literacy based communication boards and an excellent resource list on AAC, go to: http://www.aacintervention.com. Watch this one for Tips of the Month, too.
WisTech (Wisconsin Department of Health Services) http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/disabilities/wistech/