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Unlocking Human Potential
Fall 2019

Educators and assistive technology specialists across Florida are working together to build capacity to ensure that they are creating opportunities and not barriers within their classrooms for students with disabilities. Sharing ideas and ways to implement available technologies and trialing assistive technologies, establish a foundation for customizing learning to meet academic needs. The Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services  (BEESS) provided the AT & UDL Loan Library with additional funding to purchase Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems, mounting, and mobile technologies to reduce the wait time that loan library patrons were experiencing. A big thank you to BEESS by empowering teachers and AT professionals with technology so that they can enable student success. 
Innovative Technology for 
Everyday Learning Success

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Effective use of technology can help teachers make instruction accessible to students and provide students multiple ways to engage and participate in learning.

This issue of the newsletter highlights innovative technologies that support everyday learning.  For many of our students the daily challenges they face in the learning process is just being able to participate. The rationale for focusing on innovative technologies is that Florida AT professionals reported that they provided over 8,000 direct support and services to students with physical disabilities or cognitive disabilities last year.  They see the impact that technology has on student success. This newsletter takes a closer look at cutting edge technologies that are available in the AT & UDL Loan Library for checkout and how they can be used to open opportunities to participate in learning everyday. 

iPad OS 13  
New Features 

It is exciting to see that Accessibility on the iPad is now a main heading. What used to be a sub-menu under Settings/General can now be found under Settings/ Accessibility. 

Students who struggle with accessing the iPad now have options. Mouse/Switch Control, Voice Control, and Head Pointing. 

Mouse/Switch Control

Make sure the Auto Touch feature is off. Go to Settings and turn Bluetooth On. 

Turn on the Bluetooth Switch or Mouse. The device will appear under the list of devices. Select your Mouse. Once paired it will show as connected. 


Voice Control
  1. Go to Settings/Accessibility/Voice Control
  2. Turn on Voice Control 
  3. Turn on Show Command Confirmation
  4. Turn on Play Sound Upon Recognition
  5. Turn on Show Hints
  6. Turn on Overlay
  7. Select Number Grid
  8. Say "Go Home"
    Say "Open Safari"
    Say "Tap Search"
    Say   Florida Hurricanes
    Say "Show Grid" and say the number that has the content you want to tap into. Say "Tap #" (i.e. Tap 9 or Tap 2)
  9. Create a New Note by Saying "Go Home" Say Open Notes / Tap New note or grid #. Once a new note opens begin dictating a sentence
Head Pointing
  1.  Go to Settings / Accessibility / Touch and make sure that Assistive Touch and Touch Accommodations features are turned off.
  2. Go to Settings / Accessibility /Switch Control
  3. Scroll down to Point Scanning and select Head Tracking and t urn on Show Head Tracking in Menu.
Select one of the gestures: Smile, Jaw Open, Tongue Out, Eyebrows Up and the action to be activated.Third party apps such as Hawkeye Access (Free), Jabberwocky and TouchChat can be controlled through head pointing.  For more features and information go to https://appletoolbox.com/wheres-accessibility-settings-in-ios-13-and-ipados-we-found-it-and-more/ 
Control Bionics

The NeuroNode Trilogy combines three control methods  (touch control, eye control and the NeuroNode 3.0) to access alternative communication and complete everyday tasks such as: 
  • Sending and receiving text and email messages
  • Browsing the web, watching videos and movies
  • Listening to music, radio, and podcasts
  • Reading the news
  • Using environmental control systems
  • Controlling external devices
The NeuroNode 3.0 is placed on the skin over the muscle chosen to be the switch. When an attempt to move that muscle, the NeuroNode detects the bioelectrical (EMG) signals, even if there is no visible muscle movement, and uses these signals to control the pre-loaded Grid 3 AAC software on the Neuronode Trilogy System.

  • New adhesive-free, wearable solution with the NeuroBand
  • Compatible with iOS10, Android, and Windows operating systems
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life with hassle-free charging
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connection
  • Easy for caregivers to set up and operate
  • Reliable operation once calibrated
  • Fast for users to learn and control - begin using it within 30 minutes and quickly become proficient
  • Low user fatigue to operate
  • Adjustable sensitivity according to an individual user and fatigue level

Assistive Technology professionals across the state had the opportunity to try the NeuroNode first-hand at the regional AT-UDL-AEM meetings this fall. 


More information can be found in the AT & UDL Loan Library 


Tips and Tricks for Getting Your Order Faster 

Just ask any experienced AT & UDL Loan Library user and they will tell you that just a little pre-planning before placing your orders can assure that you will get your order faster! 

Before ordering a  Mobile Device such as an iPad be sure to : 
  • Select the device.
  • Select a case (be sure the case fits your specified device).
  • Select the apps to be installed if any are needed.
  • Select any needed accessories ( i.e. switch, switch interface, and/or mounting systems).
Before ordering a Mounting system :
  • Select the Mounting system.
  • Select the AAC device (if needed).
  • Request any needed Mounting plate for the specific AAC device.
Before ordering Software : 
  • Select the laptop (Mac or Windows).
  • Select any needed accessories (i.e. switch, switch interface, and/or mounting systems).
  • Select the software to be installed.
Make sure that you have everything you need in your cart and the correct quantities before checking out!

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image contains information about the development of this newsletter was a product of the technology and learning connections team who is a part of the multi-tiered system of supports and problem solving response to intervention partnership at the university of south florida in Tampa_ Florida. The project is funded by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of the Exceptional Children Student Services with funding assistance under IDEA  Part B
This newsletter was developed by the Technology & Learning Connections Team, a part of the Problem Solving/Response to Intervention Project, and funded by the Florida Department of Education Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Part B funds. The information included does not reflect any specific endorsement by any parties involved. Please em ail Tara Jeffs
for further information.