Technology Resources from the Pacer Center

Samantha Ninnemann
Samantha Ninnemann
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REFERENCE POINTS is an activity of TATRA, a project of PACER Center

REFERENCE POINTS: Technology Resources

THE RIOT ISSUE FOCUSED ON THE DIGITAL DIVIDE The digital divide refers to the gap between people who have access to technology and people who don't. Have you heard people say self-advocates do not need to use computers and the internet? If you don't have access to technology, you are disconnected from valuable life skills and important information.

Assistive Technology devices are tools that enable people living with disabilities to lead more independent lives. They can be low-tech, such as a magnifying glass, or high-tech, such as a computerized communication system. Here's an overview of what's available and how to choose the best AT tools for your child.

FAMILY INFORMATION GUIDE TO ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY & TRANSITION PLANNING This 50 page guide is aimed at providing families with the information they need to effectively prepare for and participate in periods of transition in their children's lives. Individuals may order one free copy of the guide. Additional print copies are available for $10. A discount is available for bulk orders. To request one or more print copies go to

PLAN AHEAD TO GET ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN COLLEGE If your college-bound teen with LD relies on assistive technology, he can get a jump start on college success by scoping out universities' AT policies and offerings - and understanding his rights and responsibilities. Get the scoop.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance through Dear Colleague Letters to elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher education along with a Frequently Asked Questions document on the legal obligation to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to enjoy the benefits of technology. This guidance provides information to schools about their responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information go to

"iPhone, iPad and iPod touch Apps for (Special) Education" gives the app's name, a description of what the app can do, and a link to the app.

GUIDE TO APPS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH PARALYSIS The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation has compiled a list of apps for SmartPhones (including iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry) that benefit people living with paralysis of any kind. The list is constructed from a wide range of apps and includes those that were specifically created for wheelchair users as well as apps that might just improve the quality of life for anyone including people living with paralysis.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) has developed a free downloadable application (app) to assist the blind and visually impaired denominate US currency. The app is called EyeNoteT. EyeNoteT is a mobile device app designed for Apple iPhone (3G, 3Gs, 4), and the 4th Generation iPod Touch and iPad2 platforms, and is available through the Apple iTunes App Store. More information is available at

STUDY REVEALS FAMILY CAREGIVERS WANT WEB-BASED AND MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES TO HELP IN CARING FOR LOVED ONES A new study, released by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare, found that more than two-thirds of family caregivers who have used some form of technology to help them with caregiving believe Web-based and mobile technologies designed to facilitate caregiving would benefit them. The report, e-Connected Family Caregiver: Bringing Caregiving into the 21st Century, shows that technological advances can lighten the growing financial and emotional burdens many caregivers face. For more information go to

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REFERENCE POINTS is administered by PACER Center as a technical assistance activity of the TATRA Project. The TATRA Project is funded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration.


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Reference Points received initial support from the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition Visit their web site for a wealth of information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities.

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