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Access E-Learning is a tutorial of the Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE) project at Georgia Tech.
This tutorial is comprised of 10 modules that offer information, instructional techniques, and practice labs on how to make the most common needs in distance education accessible for individuals with disabilities, and enhance the usability of online materials for all students.

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The 10 modules of this free, online tutorial are:

  1. Accessibility Issues of Disabilities in Distance Education >
  2. Planning for Accessibility in Distance Education
  3. Making PowerPoint Slides Accessible
  4. Making Video Accessible
  5. Making Flash Accessible
  6. Making Word Documents Accessible
  7. Making Excel Documents Accessible
  8. Making PDF Documents Accessible
  9. Making Webpages Accessible
  10. Making Scripts and Java Accessible

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Assistive and Adaptive Technologies


A micro explanation of autism by [[exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=|Simon Baron-Cohen]] from this month's British Journal of Psychiatry as part of their monthly feature which tries to explain a key concept in psychiatry in 100 words.

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Autism - in 100 words
Simon Baron-Cohen
Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) occur in 1% of the population, are strongly heritable, and result from atypical neurodevelopment. Classic autism and Asperger Syndrome (AS) share difficulties in social functioning, communication and coping with change, alongside unusually narrow interests. IQ is average or above in AS with average or even precocious age of language onset. Many areas within the `social brain' are atypical in ASC. ASC has a profile of impaired empathy alongside strong `systemising'. Hence, ASC involves disability (when empathy is required) and talent (when strong systemising would be advantageous). Psychological interventions that target empathy by harnessing systemising may help.

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Meadow Hall Autism resources

Raising Children Network

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is a web browser that has been designed specifically for children with autism and autism spectrum disorders, but it is a browser with great potential for other early learners as well.
the site aims to target "kids who display the characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, like impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior.”

flexible learning network


internet skills




telling the time


e-inclusion which is collaborative rather than individually supportive, holistic rather than skills-based and inclusive rather than separatist. E-inclusion has come of age.

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Creating Accessible teaching as Support
Improving the quality of teaching and support for students with disability
Creating Accessible Teaching and Support (CATS) is a web based information source that provides up to date, accurate and comprehensive information about inclusive teaching, learning and assessment strategies, accommodations and support services for people with disabilities.
CATS aims to encourage equitable, inclusive access to university education for people with disabilities. CATS is hosted by the University of Tasmania, and was funded by DEEWR and the Australian Learning & Teaching Council.
The project background includes a brief history of the project, the project report and literature review.


online learning, accessible information and social networking for people with learning difficulties.

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digital inclusion

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Intellectual and Learning Disability

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Special Needs Guide to Tech Products

Compiled and edited by T&L managing editor Christine Weiser
from Tech&Learning
Between the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years, the percentage of students with disabilities spending 80 percent or more of the school day in a general classroom increased from 50 to 52 percent (U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2007). While this raises some challenges in busy classrooms, there are also many rewards. Learning to teach to a diverse population makes for better overall teachers. Combining students of all ability levels creates a better understanding of the unique abilities among students. And—technology can be the great equalizer.
This exclusive T&L supplement can be your guide to the tools available to help meet the needs of all of your students.

guide to the tools available to help meet the needs of all of your students.

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Literacy and Disability Centre


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  • Create a blog about yourself or stuff you are interested in
  • Check out the latest games
  • Enter competitions and win awesome prizes
  • Keep up with the latest news, reviews and interviews
If in hospital for a short stay, you can join too and access the content and games while you recover



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Policy and Standards

The Australian Federation Of Disability Organizations
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has been established as the primary national voice to Government that fully represents the interests of all people with disability across Australia.
direct link to Standards

sign language

deaf awareness for children



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visually impaired



Blind Bargains,

Blind Cool Tech Podcast,

Fred’s Head Companion,

The Ranger Station,

Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday,

Wayne’s blog

visual aids for learning

Visual Aids for learning is a company that develops free downloads of visual aids to streamline and support learning. The aim of Visual Aids for Learning is to improve the independence and self esteem of all people with learning difficulties. The resources have been developed in consultation with teachers trained in early childhood, primary school, high school and speech therapy.

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from the Techno Dys blog November 4, 2008 at 12:43 am

We tend to think of PDFs being presented in a fixed format. But fortunately Adobe are well aware of accessibility issues. Not only do they provide a built in text-to-speech system but also they allow you to change background colours.
In order to change the background colour of a pdf in Acrobat Reader, gor to Edit > Preferences > Accessibility, and check "Replace document colours". Click "Page Background" to change to your preferred colour


These resources are part of the Online Content Project developed by AMES Online with funding from OPETE (Office of Post-Compulsory Education, Training & Employment

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Disability support workers induction course on Moodle

Blog Roll

Special Education