7 08, 2020

UR Community Cares

2020-08-07T10:15:50-04:00August 7th, 2020|Resource|

Written by Donna Powell If you’re looking for ways to help older adults age in place and persons with physical disabilities live more independently, you can now refer people to UR Community Cares.  This nonprofit organization, based in Manchester and covering all of Conn., is making great strides in matching up homebound residents and others [...]

7 08, 2020

“Alexa, Can You Help Me Access My Environment”

2020-08-07T10:13:56-04:00August 7th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by JoAnne Lambert, M.S. CCC/SLP, EASTCONN Accessibility. Independence.  Important for all, but especially important for individuals with disabilities who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).  Through a grant obtained by the Eastford School District, two Amazon Alexa Smart Speakers were purchased for use by a student who uses an AAC device to aid in [...]

23 06, 2020

Despite School Closures, Switch User Doesn’t Miss a Beat!

2020-06-24T11:19:09-04:00June 23rd, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by Stacy Fulton, EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist, ATP, OTR/L, CAPS When school buildings closed in mid-March due to COVID-19, I joined the ranks of Connecticut’s educators, therapists and AT providers who were forced to find creative, alternative ways to provide direct services. One of my biggest challenges was how to provide appropriate services for [...]

23 06, 2020

Free CRISKids Resources During COVID-19

2020-06-24T11:18:02-04:00June 23rd, 2020|General|

CRISKids Audio Library CRIS is offering free, temporary log-in credentials to educators, parents and students to access the CRISKids Audio Library during the pandemic. The CRISKids Audio Library is quite extensive, with more than 1,000 recordings, nearly all requested by teachers in Connecticut. Access to the recordings will be free and available on any Wi-Fi connected [...]

23 06, 2020

Independent Living Centers Use Virtual Strategies to Offer Critical Support

2020-06-23T08:38:54-04:00June 23rd, 2020|General|

Republished  from Connecticut Association of Centers for Independent Living (CACIL) As an Independent Living Advocate, Katie Smolinsky supports and guides people with disabilities through finding ways to live life in the community, such as learning how to use transportation, applying for benefits and finding affordable housing. She also helps with day-to-day living skills, like budgeting. [...]

4 03, 2020

Accessibility Tip: Everyone Uses Captions!

2020-05-13T07:34:18-04:00March 4th, 2020|ICT Accessibility|

Written by Adam Kosakowski, M.Ed., ATP, Assistive Technology Specialist at New England Assistive Technology (NEAT), an Oak Hill Center If you’re deaf or hard of hearing or know someone in that population, you likely know about captioning and how it’s needed on videos in order for them to be accessible. But, did you also know [...]

4 03, 2020

Working Together to Support Independence

2020-05-13T07:39:23-04:00March 4th, 2020|AT Success Stories|

Written by Stacy Fulton, ​EASTCONN Assistive Technology Specialist, ATP, OTR/L, CAPS In the Spring of 2019, Connecticut’s State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, made available an opportunity for one-time funding for “Individuals with Significant Cognitive Disabilities.” Eastford Public Schools, in collaboration with EASTCONN’s Woodstock Academy Cooperative, proposed and received an award to further [...]

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