AT Tip of Week Archives

These tips will cover a variety of areas, devices and tools. Most of the tips will focus on low or no cost AT. We hope these will be helpful for you or others you work with in your schools, districts, at home or in your workplace. Please feel free to send us any tips that you feel would be helpful for others.

Brought to you by:
Carolann Cormier and Nicole Natale
TABS- Special Services Support Team
Capitol Region Education Council


Week of 1/29/2018

CREC to host Zones of Regulation Workshop. May 10, 2018. Visit CREC's website for more information.

Week of 01/08/2018

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a restful and happy holiday despite the frigid temperatures. This AT Tip comes from our colleague, Alescia Ford-Lanza, from her Facebook page titled, “Adapt and Learn”. Visit her blog about a stylus that comes in the form of a sticker and can convert any writing implement into a stylus for a touch enabled device. It’s very inexpensive and looks great.

We have ordered some for the CREC AT Consortium lending library if you want to give them a try. Contact us if you are not already a member.

Stay Warm! Lisa, Nicole and Carolann

Week of 12/18/2017

Joy Zabala from CAST recently posted on the QIAT list serve that the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits Volume 11 is available to download for free. This volume includes current research related to assistive technology outcomes and benefits and might be of interest to many of you. You can download the entire volume or specific articles by using the link below.

To all, we hope you have a wonderful holiday.
Carolann Cormier, Lisa Fiano, and Nicole Natale

Week of 12/11/2017

Have you ever wondered why your students that use AAC are competent at requesting, but perhaps are not able to use their AAC systems to communicate other messages?

Do you feel frustrated that despite large amounts of time spent programming or preparing your student’s AAC system, that they still are not competent communicators?

CREC Expert Solutions is offering Cutting to the Core with Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

New dates for the two half-day sessions are January 4 and March 22, 2018 from 12-3 p.m. at CREC Central, Hartford, CT 06106.

This fast-paced workshop can help you understand why and will give you strategies to implement once you go back to your classroom, home or any other setting. Together we will: define core AAC vocabulary, discuss research on why we use core AAC vocabulary, demonstrate and role play how to use core AAC vocabulary, explore AAC core resources and develop a plan to implement core AAC vocabulary with the individuals you serve.

To register, or to learn about additional professional development opportunities, please visit

Week of 11/28/2017

New Features for Guided Access in iOS 11

Guided Access is one of the most helpful features in Apple products for educators. It enables the administrator of the device to “lock” it in an app and control how a user can interact with various features of the app. Apple has added some additional features in the latest operating system.

Click here for directions on how to enable Guided Access and its new features.

Have a great rest of the week,
Lisa, Carolann and Nicole

Week of 11/14/2017

Did you know? Lisa Fiano of CREC’s AT Team will be hosting a workshop on AT for Students with Dyslexia on December 7th at 8:30 am at CREC central! Students with dyslexia require appropriate instructional accommodations that allow them to access and be successful in instruction in the general education curriculum. This workshop explores assistive technology options across a variety of platforms. For registration, CLICK HERE.

Week of 11/01/2017

I’ve recently been playing around with the following interactive Chrome apps and really enjoy them. I thought you might also enjoy using them with your students. (I found out about them from

Have a great rest of the week, and enjoy exploring,
Carolann, Nicole and Lisa

Week of 10/09/2017

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. In honor of this, CREC is screening the documentary, “One by One: The Teachings of Diana King” by Harvey Hubbell V at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hartford on 10/13/17. We will have food available before the movie and a question and answer session after the movie with Diana and Harvey. This will be a great evening for anyone who is interested in learning more about direct instruction for students with dyslexia. Tickets and more information can be found by following the link below. We hope to see you there!

Lisa, Nicole and Carolann

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