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.

Wednesday

Sign Language Resources

This is a listing of online signing resources from Judy Kuster's "Examples of Materials That Can Be Adapted For Therapy". Thank you Judith for allowing me to share this amazing list that you have compiled!!! Updates and additions will be made as time goes on and Apps have been added.

Signed Alphabet
Bill Vicar's ASL University has  
  1. ASL hand shapes for the letters of the English alphabet
    1. finger spelling fonts for PC of Mac downloadable PC or Mac
    2. manual alphabet charts
    3. Practice deciphering signed words of varying lengths and at different speeds
  2. Dated Calendar for 2012
  3. My Smart Hands video of the ABC song/ASL alphabet  
  4. Type in letters or words to see them finger-spelled in animation
  5. Funbrain's "Sign the Alphabet"
  6. Make your own finger-spelling flash cards from downloadable illustrations at
    1. Apples for the Teacher
    2. Enchanted Learning
    3. ABC Teach 

Signed Vocabulary Words
  1. Michigan State University's American Sign Language Browser  
  2. ASLU English to ASL Dictionary
  3. Signing Savvy videos of ASL signs
  4. ASLPro.com provides a fingerspell quiz as well as a main dictionary and religious, conversational, and ASL for babies dictionaries
  5. Static and animated finger-spelling quizzes with answers and with no          answers from the ASL University
  6. Basic ASL: First 100 Signs
  7. Sign Language for Babies
  8. Lesson Tutor's Dictionary Index  ASL words in simple line drawings
  9. Sign Language Dictionary
  10. Baby Sign Language Dictionary
  11. Signing Time Kids

Comprehension Practice
  1. Sign Me a Story - several familiar children's stories the highlight key vocabulary
  2. Signwriting Children's Stories including The Cat in the Hat and poems in sign
  3. On "Sign Design" the PBS character Arthur demonstrates how to sign a name, ask questions, and more
  4. "Sign Language Games" from Kiddie Signs has six free sign language activities
  5. Video Examples of ASL by Douglas Dunn has links to ASL interpretation of Dr. Martin Luther King's speeches and songs including John Lennon's "Imagine" and Elton John's "World Without Borders."
  6. Free sign-language-learning videos are available online by registering with the Described and Captioned Media Program  which also lends video materials. To find ASL materials on this Web site, open "Browse" then "Deafness," then "Sign Language." Among the popular videos available for streaming are the Bravo Family Beginning ASL Video courses.
  7. PBS' "Voices of Deafness" has several short video clips featuring individuals who are deaf. It offers material for learning about deaf culture.
  8. ASL University has
    1. 45 lessons to download A free 84-page workbook
    2. Lessons in deaf culture
    3. directory of common abbreviations and terms
  9. LifeLinks video interpreting and relay service
  10. ASL educational videos on health and medical topic
  11. For additional practice in interpreting signed English
    1. DeafVIDEO TV
    2. ASL vloggers
    3. For ASL videos enter "ASL" at Google video

Signing APPs 
  1. ASL Dictionary is an Android app providing exactly what its name implies
  2. iASL - converts English to American Sign Language (ASL)
  3. ASL Pro - offers a search function that lets users quickly look up a specific word and contains a Quiz feature that tests users’ knowledge of material learned.  It also records a history of results for quizzes.
  4. Sign 4 Me is a sophisticated smart phone application for learning sign language, is a Signed English translator and the only application for smart phones that utilizes sign language instruction in 3D. 
  5. iSign is an animated phrase book of  ASL gestures. Each of the gestures is modeled with a 3D character and animated. The vantage point for each sign was chosen so that the user can see the details of the hand positions. These are the ASL signs, not finger spellings.