A weekly half hour chat focused on improving access to education for PK-12 students through the use of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and Assistive Technology (AT).
A1: I had a parent with low vision who was a licensed driver who would take my students out in her car to describe what it's like to drive with bioptic glasses, and explain the process--finding mentors was huge for some of my students in transition age #PatinsIcam
A4: Start a Braille Club, find the art student who'd love to make all the tactile models you find yourself needing, make sure the student community knows that students with disabilities want friends, more than they want to be put on the inspiration pedestal #PatinsIcam
A3: Yes.That every place of business-offices, factories, hospitals, car dealerships, pet stores etc. would open their hearts and doors to hiring individuals with disabilities or difficulties. That they would be treated with dignity, respect and kindness. #patinsicam
Q6: Do you have tasks that you dream of your students doing, but where technology seems to fall short? What are you waiting for someone to invent? Is there a geek out there somewhere who could make this a reality? #PatinsIcam
A8: ask administrators, mine got a lot of apps across their desk, but didn't have the energy to apply or know what I wanted, it's how I got a full robotics kit and another teacher got playground equipment #PatinsIcam
A8: also ask friends in private sector, many large companies have grants for K-12. Our local Target had $$$ that never got spent because teachers didn't know they could ask! local SLP got her whole EET kits set funded that way #PatinsIcam