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            June 2017
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Dear Friends and Colleagues!

I hope this newsletter finds you well and you are enjoying the beginning of the beautiful fall weather.  Let us begin by making sure you are all well aware that in the case of an emergency, our TRAID center is available to help you. As we watch the weather channel and follow the multiple "named storms" hitting our families in the Caribbean and up and down the coasts, the sad memories of Super Storm Sandy come to mind. Please know that if you or your family is affected by the weather and need support to either replace or repair your AT, we are happy to try and help you through the process. All of that being said, let's hope we are all spared this year and the weather storms head off of the coast.
In this issue of our newsletter we focus on various populations that would benefit from and need Assistive Technology (AT) to improve overall life outcomes.  Each quarter, our staff at LI TRAID tries to identify articles, videos and current information that would be most interesting to you all.  Please enjoy as you catch up on some current AT news. We look forward to hearing from you all in the near future.
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To learn about the New York State TRAID Program click here .
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or suggestions for topics related to assistive technology please email Maureen .  
Maureen Erickson
Long Island Communities of Practice
Long Island TRAID Program

Understood.org for College Students  
As the long and lazy days of summer come to a close, it is important to be mindful of the AT supports available that students may utilize to help them be successful in their learning.  For college students who benefit from AT support in higher education settings,  understood.org  provides a checklist to guide students in their conversation with colleges about the use of assistive technology. Some questions are helpful in deciding whether a school maybe a good fit, other questions help students navigate the question and use of assistive technology with their professors.

Assistive Technology for Writing 
Understood's resource, "Assistive Technology Tools for Writing"   is not only a beneficial resource for assisting students who struggle with writing but also adults as well.  This online article identifies and explains the wide range of tools available to support writing, including word prediction, dictation, and text to speech. Digital graphic organizer applications like Popplet  and Inispiration Maps examples of visual aids for writing. 
Fifty Ways to Reach Your Learners Using UDL as a Guide

50 strategies to ACCESS information using UDL as a guide.  In this webinar you will develop multi-modal materials to introduce or expand upon information that can engage learners and set the stage for meaningful learning. Using alternative ways to organize, display and arrange, interact and respond to information produces greater understanding of concepts. Providing a continuum of response options gives every learner the opportunity to "have their say". Scaffolds created or displayed with "everyday technologies" such as mobile technology, commonly used software, web-based tools, and classroom manipulatives provide a multitude of creative opportunities in which learners can thrive.

Common Sense Media
As parents and professionals it can be very challenging to navigate and determine the quality of the media and technology that occupies so much of our children and students time and attention.  Common Sense Media and Common Sense Education are two excellent resources to help support us in the challenge.  Read about how this independent, industry leading nonprofit can help parents and professionals make better technology choices for children. 
Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids' lives .

"Here's How Technology is Providing Support for Dementia Patients"  By: Evie Harrison
A current growing heath care concern is the onset of dementia and how to care for people diagnosed with this condition.  Here is an article, "Here's How Technology Is Providing Support For Dementia Patients" that looks at tools to help care for people with dementia.