Volume 36| September 2022

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This month's focus is on:

Resources, Resources, Resources!

As we head back to school and look ahead to fall, we want to share with you some news, updates and resources!

Back to School Resources:

The Start of a school year and technology (ways to get the class ready to use technology): https://usingtechnologybetter.com/blog/the-start-of-a-school-year-and-technology/

10 Tech Tips to Start the School Year: https://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-tech-tips-to-start-the-school-year/

10 Student-Tested Chrome Extensions: https://www.edutopia.org/article/10-student-tested-chrome-extensions

Check out this amazing resource called Blooket, a new take on trivia games for students!

Back to School Book Kits Available at from RIMAC:

The RIMAC library is ready for your back-to-school needs. We have spent the summer expanding our inventory of kits in all areas.

Check out these kits to get you started:

Kind Katie: It's time for Katie to go back to school! She has the first day jitters and isn't sure what to do. Join her as she discovers the power of kindness.

Listen Like an Elephant: With Listen Like an Elephant, kids learn to slow down, listen to the world around them, and focus their minds--no matter how messy life becomes. 

School Expectations and Self-Regulation: This kit includes many visuals, social stories, and card decks to set expectations for how to act in the different settings within school. It also provides resources for how to self-regulate while at school including choices for students and tools for teachers to use to encourage self-regulation. (2 copies available)

All Are Welcome: Discover a school where—no matter what—young children have a place, have a space, and are loved and appreciated. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms.

If You Take a Mouse to School: The mouse is packed and ready to go, starting with a lunchbox, which leads to a sandwich, then notebooks and pencils and a cozy spot in the boy's backpack.

A Walk in the Words: This kit could be used for either a beginning reading kit and/or self-esteem focused for struggling readers.

Fill a Bucket: This book highlights the many ways that families and caregivers use to fill the buckets of children but also gives young children simple ideas on how to BE a bucket filler as well.

Zones of Regulation: The Zones of Regulation program is a resource for supporting self-regulation. This kit provides resources to help support instruction and activities for the Zones of Regulation. 

Grant-Funded Projects at TechACCESS:

TechACCESS currently has 2 grants that allow us to provide services to Rhode Islanders with Disabilities:

These grants allow us to evaluate what individuals may need to access their home and gaming systems more independently. We can also provide equipment! The links above will lead you to an explanation of the projects and an application.

Moving Around Rhode Island: An ADA Public Transportation Seminar:

The Arc of RI is hosting a virtual informational seminar on ADA Public Transportation in Rhode Island on Thursday, September 8th, from 4-6 pm. You can register for the event here.

ATCNE Kicks off on October 14th with Therese Willkomm presenting Making AT for Employment!

Join us at Save the Bay for a full day, hands-on, make & take workshop! This workshop will discuss and demonstrate over 70 different worksite adaptations that can be made to support employees with disabilities. Each participant will fabricate five different devices that can be used in the workplace that are adjustable, collapsible, reusable, and portable.

Space is limited, so register in advance!

Are you a Rhode Island Teacher?

We want to identify your Assistive Technology needs! TechACCESS is looking for input on how to serve you better. Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey and then pass it along to all principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, and service providers. TechACCESS Survey

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Contact us today for information about services paid for through private insurance or to refer a student!

Call 401-463-0202 or email Jen Martinous.

You can find additional information and referral forms at our website.

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