Just go to www.ablenetinc.com and click on “Spring” as your activity theme in the Wiz.
Special Education Technology (SET) BC has picture sets for Spring. Check out http://www.setbc.org/pictureset/resource.aspx?id=321.
Talking of getting outside…We need you!!
Don’t forget to sign up for I Can…Walk & Talk! during the 1 km Fun Run of the Forest City Road Races on Sunday May 1st 2011. Let your ACS clinicians know that you’ll be participating and register at: http://forestcityroadraces.com/register
And even though it’s maybe not quite as much fun as biking, planting seeds and walking in the Road Races… March is a time to start thinking about Taxes! Check online or with your accountant about AAC items listed as allowable medical expenses, for example:
“Voice recognition software used by a person who has an impairment in physical functions. A medical practitioner must certify in writing that the expense is necessary because of that impairment”.“Bliss symbol boards or similar devices used by a person who has a speech impairment to help the person communicate by selecting the symbols or spelling out words - prescription required”.
- It’s time to register your child for summer programs/camps. If you want to arrange some communication training for the counselors, start talking to your ACS clinicians now about possibilities. We’d love to see you at Setting the Stage and On With the Show – drama camps specifically for individuals who use AAC. Contact us if you need more information!
Light Tech Ideas
Need quick and easy access to recorded messages up to 10 seconds in length? Ablenet now carries Talking Brix™ : thin, light communicators with built-in magnets. See the Ablenet website for details - http://www.ablenetinc.com/AssistiveTechnology/Communication/TalkingBrixcommunicators/tabid/482/Default.aspx
- Here’s one for your Step-by-Step: “What is out on the lawn all summer and is Irish?” “Paddy O’Furniture!”
High Tech Ideas
Uploading Independence: Getting Connected: March 26, 2011
John Paul II Catholic High School.
· http://www.assistiveware.com/pictello.php create talking photo albums with this new app, to share your holiday memories with others on your iPod or iPad.
Find out how plans are shaping up in the Kilometres for Communication event and how you can join in at http://kilometresforcommunication.com/participate Support Skye’s endeavor to cycle across Canada to meet with alternative communicators, raise awareness and funds. Starting in May through August, 2011, Skye will cycle from coast to coast, accompanied by his brother Kerr (an artist, activist and presenter who speaks with AAC) in a bike trailer for some parts of the journey when it’s safe and possible.