Web based resources for Physically Handicapped students (and other special needs students)

by Kelly Walsh on August 17, 2009

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Final post in a series on Internet resources for Educators working with Special Needs students.

This week’s post is a bit of a mixed bag. I’ll wrap up this 5 part series with some information on resources for students with physical handicaps (other than visual impairments, and hearing impairments, covered the last two weeks). I will also cite a few more general resources for working with special needs students, as the focus on specific categories of needs in these recent posts could not (by its very definition) include all types of disabilities. I have come across a number of informative links pages that can be useful to educators and administrators working with the wide variety of physical, mental, and emotional disabilities that students can face, and wanted to share them here.

Resources for educators working with physically handicapped students
A range of resources, including accommodations, techniques, and more, for helping students with physical handicaps.

Other resources for working with the special needs students
Special needs come in many forms and I have not been able to address them all in this series of posts. With that in mind, following are a few resources to lead you to further information in dealing with the different challenges you may be come across in your work with special needs students.

  • This site, Special Education Resources on the Internet, is devoted to this topic, and provides hundreds of links, grouped into 23 different categories.
  • Internet Special Education Resources: Another site wholly devoted to the topic.
  • The Special Education Resources Page from “The Teacher’s Guide” website.
  • This Educator Resources page from the U.S. Government’s “Disability.gov” web site contains many useful links (the initial page starts with 5 groupings, such as Instructional Strategies, Student Supports & Accommodations, etc.).
  • This ‘practical guide’ to teaching students with disabilities, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is a great example of the guidance educational institutions can provide for the educational community. Many educational institutions hosts similar pages, and are pretty easy to find with a quick search. 
  • Last, this page from the Edutopia site discusses assistive technology success stories, and there are a handful of similar pages linked here (on the right hand side of the page). While this is not the same kind of encompassing resource as the others provided here, it is an interesting and relevant site and I thought worthy of inclusion here.

Conclusions
As I have mentioned throughout this series of posts, there are countless resources on the web that provide information and tools that can be helpful in working with special needs students. I hope I have managed to bring together some quality resources that are targeted primarily towards educators and the educational process, and will save some time for those searching for this type of information. As always, I remind readers that I welcome their insights, comments, and suggestions – others are very likely to find your input and feedback useful, so please comment if you have something you would like to share (and thanks for doing so).

Next?
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure what I am going to cover next week. I have a long list of potential topics set aside, but I also welcome reader input, so feel free to shoot me a request to consider (and please be sure to come back and see what kind of Internet based technology for education we’re going to learn about next)!

About 

Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer and a faculty member at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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Beverly Stout September 1, 2009 at 6:11 pm

You might also want to check out Lily Walters’ site for one-handed typing tools: http://www.aboutonehandtyping.com/ The cd they offer is less expensive than others I’ve seen, and they utilize the Dvorak keyboard which is built in to each operating system so no need to buy special keyboard or software other than the exercises on the CD. The Dvorak method, as opposed to the QWERT method, enable less hand travel across the keyboard, better for one-handed people. Of course, a keyboard that is only 1/2 size would be even better but they are usually about $600!

Margaret August 21, 2009 at 12:48 am

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

Margaret

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