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Accessibility and Specialization Tools

This list of accessibility tools is intended to be used as a reference for educators and families. It describes tools that align with accommodations that may be included in some Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Section 504 Accommodation Plans, and/or linguistic accommodations for English learners. This is not an exhaustive list of accommodations or support tools; it is simply a list of free high leverage tools.
 
 This self-paced learning module examines the three principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and discusses how to apply these principles to the four curricular components: goals, instructional materials, instructional methods, and assessments.
 
Free, self-paced (average 2.5 hours), Vanderbilt University, Tennessee. Create an account to receive a certificate for completed modules.
 
 
OCALI's Universal Design for Learning Center has produced 15 recorded webinars that focus on the principles of Universal Design for Learning to help remove barriers to learning through purposeful planning that leads to meaningful instruction for all students.
 
Free, webinars are 25-30 minutes each, Ohio State University & Department of Education, Ohio. Some of OCALI's professional development opportunities offer certificates of completion.
 
 
 Viewers will develop a deep understanding of how to design instruction, environments, and assessment using the principles and guidelines that make up the Universal Design for Learning framework.
 
Free, self-paced, University of Florida
 
 
 This recorded webinar is intended for instructional leaders and discusses the challenges of implementing UDL and the strategies needed to create a more inclusive, equitable, and effective learning environment by putting the UDL framework into practice system-wide.
 
Free, 59 minutes
 
 
 Join Elizabeth Stein in this recorded webinar, author of Elevating Co-Teaching Through UDL, as she discusses how Universal Design for Learning can transform and enhance the learning process for every learner in the room, including co-teachers!
Elizabeth will guide the viewer to look beyond the traditional co-teaching models and learn new strategies that can take your practice to the next level with the UDL framework.
 
Free, 59 minutes
 
 
 Join Katie Novak in this recorded webinar, author of UDL Now! as she discusses and guides the viewer to learn about the importance of involving students in the design and delivery of their instruction, supported by practical tools and strategies to help you begin applying these concepts immediately.
 
 
Free, 59 minutes
Enable Dictation for iOS device (iPad, iTouch, iPhone, Mac laptops)
  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard.
  2. Turn on Enable Dictation.
 
 

TextHelp offers teachers free literacy support through Read&Write and digital math tools through EquatIO.

 

Read&Write Help Documents:

 

EquatIO Math Made Digital Help Documents:

Enable Spoken Content on iOS device (iPad, iTouch, iPhone, Mac laptops)
  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Spoken Content > Speak Selection (turn ON)
  2. Additional Options: Speak Screen, Highlight Content, Voices, Speed, Pronunciations
  1. Open a Google Doc or Google Slide
  2. Go to Tools > Voice Typing