I started forging a new habit today! Thanks to my pal Keith for the HabitForge.com introduction a few days ago. The free version allows for one new habit per day, so make a list and get forging…
Exercise more. Eat Healthy. Start any new habit you can think of or break a bad habit. HabitForge is a free web app that emails you daily asking you a yes or no question about whether you followed through on a habit you want to establish.
This guide has information about finding the right school, paying for college, and locating supports relating to your disability while at school. Includes information about things to keep in mind after college and where you can get help finding a job. This link opens a PDF document.
Deque Labs is Deque’s Research and Development incubator. In our efforts to improve accessibility of information our development team has created some nifty accessibility add-ins/plug-ins and a web part that integrate with third party software products. The following widgets are currently available:
* Worldspace add-in for Internet Explorer 7 and 8
* Worldspace add-in for PowerPoint 2007 and 2010
* Worldspace add-in for MS Word 2007 and 2010
* Worldspace add-in for Visual Studio 2008
* Worldspace add-in for Visual Studio 2010
* Worldspace add-in for SharePoint Designer 2007
* Worldspace add-in for SharePoint Designer 2010
* Worldspace plug-in for Eclipse Helios – Java Enterprise IDE
* Worldspace plug-in for Dreamweaver CS4 and CS5
Lacking executive functions, or just sometimes forgetful? Take advantage of this simple, free service MsgMe.at to set up email reminders to better organize your life. College students need to better utilize assistive technologies like this. Simplify life. Use Google Chrome like me? Then install MsgMe.at from the Chrome Webstore for super easy access! Tools like this help reduce stress levels. Start a new habit today.
If you need more options, try using Google’s Calendar. Input all your assignments and tests from all your syllabi at the beginning of the semester. Enter in your school’s official schedule, like holiday breaks, and other campus events. Some people even put in the class times, so the time is blocked off, and a visual reminder every time you look at the calendar. I’ve slowly added in most of my family’s birthdays. And once these dates are in, and you mark recurring, that is it. You are good for life. Never forget anything again. It’s just that we have to get in the habit of always adding events to the calendar. You can send meeting invitations, or share your calendar with others. Digital calendars are great tools, especially when used in conjunction with hand-computers (smartphones). Be organized, it reduces stress levels, and helps you better focus your attention where it needs to be focused.
Or course both these work with smartphones. I love my HTC Droid Incredible, and I had to create my habit of entering appointments and other dates/times right into the calendar on my hand-computer. Then at work or home, I see my calendar in my email. It works for me, and maybe it will work for you.
Using technologies in the classroom is the only way to engage today’s students. Assistive Technologies (AT) that were previously used only to aid students with disabilities should be used as tools for all students. These technologies can aid all students, improve retention, and boost graduation rates.
Me and My Computer Elina was born with athetoid cerebral palsy. About a year ago, when she was 9 years old, she got a computer and in this 4 minute video she demonstrates how it has revolutionized her life. The computer has given her independence as she can now draw and write by herself. She accesses her Apple iBook with an adapted joystick and uses AssistiveWare’s KeyStrokes on-screen keyboard with word prediction for writing. She is also experimenting with Proloquo and the Infovox iVox voices for speech feedback while she types. At home and at school her computer means life to her! Elina lives in California, United States of America.
Added 24 March 2011: This page lists videos of people with disabilities using information and communications technology (ICT), especially with assistive technologies (AT). The videos are listed in the following categories: