What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any kind of technology and/or tool that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as communicating with others, going to school or work, or participating in activities can be a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance and have access to a quality of life, that may otherwise not be known, and lead more independent lives.

The mission of this blog is to serve as a voice of a constant researcher in the field of educational and assistive technologies so that the best products, strategies and services may be located easily, in hopes that they will then be delivered, taught and used to better the lives of people with disabilities.


Kids - Health and Fitness

As we all know, health and exercise has become a major issue in America over the last decade. With our ever-changing lifestyles kids are being exposed to more of the bad and less of the good when it comes to nutrition and limited exercise. This issue has been addressed by several Internet sites, offering information designed to attract kids by offering activities.

Kid's Health offers recipes, how the body works, Kid's Talk, Kid's Health Problems and more. It is worth letting the kids explore this site.

Colgate has a site full of activities for ages 4 to 9. There are a lot of games plus some print out charts and even a tooth fairy that can be e-mailed! Does it get better than this?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has an amazing site designed specifically for kids called BAM! There is a section of food and nutrition, one about physical activity, your body and diseases. Take your time on this one!

ReCharge! Training Center offers resources and other materials for their "Energizing After School Training Center". It is designed to help students in grades 3 to 6 learn about and practice good nutrition and physical activity habits through fun, team-based strategies.

The Mayo Clinic has provided a nice simple site for ideas for parents to get kids active.

Kideosyncrasy encourages kids to dance for exercise and fitness.

Body Wise is written for kids to provide ideas and motivation for getting moving.

Girls' Health is just what is sounds like. This site was developed specifically for girls to talk about steps to a healthy life through fitness. Some of the topics include: Why get fit? How do I get started? Exercise: How much and what kind?

Teen Health was developed for the teens in our life. Topics include: Your Body, Your mind, Cold Weather Sports, Sexual Health, Recipes... a very rich site!

Taking Charge of your Life is a guide for teenagers dealing with healthy eating and weight control.

Brain Pop Jr. provides health movies and information on food, bodies, teeth, drugs in a fun layout that is eye catching for K-3.

Fitness Beginnings has exercise videos for sale that are designed specifically for kids. This site offers a huge variety of videos!!

Yoga for the Special Site offers a comprehensive program of yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs.

To learn about Adapted PE, PE Central has a lot of information, including standards, toy adaptations and information for parents.

Explore the world of nutrition with Nutrition Explorations where you can learn about nutrition, explore activities,get involved in contests and try your hand at some great nutritious recipes.

OPT for Fit Kids is a community based program that is a part of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP). It encourages people of all ages to adopt a healthy lifestyle. They promote the importance of healthy eating, adopting positive lifestyle behaviors and being physically active.