This section is a resource for assistive technology specialists and others who use technology to promote learning and the inclusion of students with disabilities in the school setting. Here you will find a collection of technical tips, step by step directions and fact sheets on a wide variety of software programs and adaptive hardware. To view these files, you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer (Mac or PC).
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Use the handouts in this section to expand your skills or train others but please remember, no part of these files may be reproduced, transmitted or distributed in any form for compensation of any kind, without prior written permission of Project Participate.
Ten Uses for Microsoft Paint
Download this handout and learn how to use
Microsoft Paint, a simple program included with Windows, to quickly edit clip
art or to create unique and original images for Overlay Maker, Clickit!
IntelliPics, BoardMaker and any other application that uses graphics.
Tired of fancy graphics crashing your machine
and delaying the use of activities in the classroom? This handout describes
simple ways to use Adobe Photoshop to create user-friendly graphics because
overlays, BoardMaker boards, IntelliPics activities and PowerPoint slideshows
always look better with eye-catching graphics that depict individual interests
and Tricks for Using Digital Cameras and Scanners
Ready to add pictures or photos to custom
learning activities? Download this handout before you start to learn basic but
vital information for using digital equipment.
Single Switch Solutions for Secondary
Students with physical disabilities often use
a single switch to write, communicate and participate in daily tasks. This
handout lists fifteen ways a student can use a single switch to take part in
social and academic activities at school.
Writing for ALL Subjects with the
Custom overlays created with Overlay Maker
for the IntelliKeys can be used by students in Middle and High school to
complete class assignments and meet academic standards in classes from astronomy
to history. Download this handout and see how!
A communication device, no
matter how expensive or complex, will not immediately enable students to voice
their deepest dreams and desires. Follow the common-sense suggestions on
this handout to create a supportive environment for students learning AAC.
Boardmaker Symbols with Other Software
Boardmaker software from
Mayer-Johnson includes a set of Picture Communication Symbols (PCS). This
handout explains how to use the PCS with software including Overlay Maker,
IntelliPics and Kid Pix.
This handout explains how to scan text or paste copy from the
Internet into the ULTimate Reader talking word-processor.
This handout explains how to connect simple single switch
interfaces to the classroom computer to enable a single switch user to interact
with IntelliPics software from IntelliTools, Inc.
Use this handout to learn how to adjust the scanning features
within IntelliPics Windows to promote independence and enable students to scan
the picture palette with a single switch.
2 Switch Basics
This handout explains how to connect a single switch to the
classroom computer through an adapted mouse, Don Johnston Switch single switch
interface or IntelliKeys for use with IntelliTalk 2.
a Timeline with IntelliPics for Macs
This handout explains how to meet academic standards by designing
and programming an interactive timeline with IntelliPics.
Use this handout as a resource for inexpensive alternatives to
high-price communication devices. Includes prices and manufacturer information.
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