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Gifting Guide Day 4: Banking on Gift Cards

Having a disability can be expensive! There are products and services that people with disabilities either spend a lot of money on throughout the year OR wish they could. Gift cards can be a welcome gift to help all year! Transportation There are a variety of reasons someone may not be able to drive their…
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Gifting Guide Day 3: Tools To Make DIY Easier

Your favorite DIYer needs these tools! DIY can be fun but super tedious if you’re battling certain limitations. The “tools” for a successful project are endless so here are just a few options that come to mind. Drill Guide A drill guide can help if it’s difficult to keep the drill upright or in place.…
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Gifting Guide Day 2: Adapted Games

Game Night for Everyone! Game night isn’t inherently accessible to everyone….but it could be! With just a little extra consideration we could make game night more inclusive. Below are just a FEW examples of ways to improve accessibility. What to look for: Products that make it easier to manipulate game pieces. Games with large print…
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Gifting Guide Day 1: Smart Devices for Temperature Control

Stay the perfect temperature with these cool devices! Temperature devices are great for someone with difficulty regulating their body temperature. But why would we want them to be smart controlled? Because they can be controlled by a smart device or voice to turn on/off or adjust temperature! Multiple control options are ideal features for someone…
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Crown Side Up!

Written By: Michael Papp Posted: 10/6/2021 Tips for Installing Ramp Decks We frequently revisit old wheelchair ramp and landing installations to replace rotten-out deck boards. The combination of heat and moisture in the south is especially tough on wood. Ramps that are painted or have an opaque stain or sealant will hold up much longer,…
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Liftware Demonstration

Liftware and other items in assistive technology can be checked out on a loan basis for absolutely free for residents of Alabama from If you have tried Liftware and wish to purchase your own kit, please visit either or Liftware’s official website (

Assistive Technology at a Glance

In the “Assistive Technology at a Glance” series, STAR AT Specialist Landon McAfee takes a brief glance at various types of assistive technology, and details purchase options. To check out these items and more from the STAR AT loan library, visit

Top iPad Applications for Autism

There are many applications available that assist with the daily challenges that may arise from an autism diagnosis. These range from communication apps to behavior management apps, and more! For more information on autism and to see what resources are available in the Tennessee valley, visit: Soundingboard –… SmallTalk Pain Scale –… My…
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An Overview of Assistive Technology for the Aging

STAR AT specialist Landon McAfee describes the various types of assistive technology that can be used to help the aging population gain more independence. All of the items reviewed in the video are available for loan on

New Accessibility Features in Android 8.0 Oreo

Android Oreo is the latest version of Android available and is currently supported by the following devices: Google Pixel series Google Nexus series The OnePlus, Asus Zenfone, Lenovo’s K8 Note, LG G6, and Samsung devices will gain support in the coming months.   The accessibility shortcut, how to turn on: Open the Settings app Open Accessibility,…
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New Accessibility Features in iOS 11

iOS 11 is the latest version of Apple’s iOS. It is currently supported on the following devices: iPhone 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S and 6S Plus, SE, 7 and 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus, and the new iPhone X iPad Air, Air 2, and 5th-gen iPad iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4 iPad Pro 6th-gen…
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Applications and Resources for Community Living

The following list details applications for iOS and Android devices that are meant to enhance community living, whether it be by communication aids, social networks, or other resources useful for those that may be benefited by the use of assistive technology in the community. Next Door – free, private social network for you, your neighbors and…
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GRE – Graduate Readiness Exam

Accessibility information regarding the GRE (Graduate Readiness Exam). This exam is used as an entrance exam into graduate school programs and is generally taken during or just after the completion of an undergraduate degree. To apply for accessibility options before taking the exam, contact ETS Disability Services at or by creating an ETS account…
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AAC Awareness: Communication Apps Overview

October is AAC Awareness month! Augmentative and alternative communication methods are valuable assets for individuals with speech impairments and many chronic illnesses that may impact the voice or the muscles involved with speech. STAR Training offers multiple speech/communication devices for loan. To view our entire inventory, see our loan library at

OverDrive App Demo (E-book/Audio Library)

E-book/Audiobook library app overview for individuals of all ages and abilities to access reading materials for education and enjoyment.

How to Transfer Properly Using AT

How to transfer properly for the safety and wellbeing of both caregiver and care recipient.

NantMobile Money Reader App Demonstration

NantMobile Money Reader app–great for students with visual impairment and those who struggle with money identification.

Aurasma for Independent Living

Demonstration of ways the Aurasma app can be used to teach independent living skills.

Using Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Augmented Reality (AR) and practical classroom use of the Aurasma AR app.    

Accessible Airline Travel Tips

Shared with permission by Rooted in Rights.

Low/No Tech AT for Daily Living

Demonstration of low and no tech AT for daily living activities. All items are available for loan, free to Alabama residents, at  

Amazon Echo Demonstration

This module demonstrates the use and benefits of the Amazon Echo system for individuals of all abilities.

Chair Topper Demonstration

This module demonstrates the use and benefits of an automotive rooftop wheelchair stowage system.

Boeing Webinars

The following webinars are sponsored by Boeing. New webinars will be added as they are created. Check back for new videos!  The Benefits and Challenges of Technology  This webinar will talk about appropriate use of technology for children and how to balance out the benefits and challenges of technology in young children’s lives. 

Adapting Toys

Adapting toys can seem overwhelming, but anyone can adapt a toy to be switch accessible! This lesson will teach you how to solder, how to make switch ports, and how to adapt a toy. If you have any questions about this module or would like to have in-person training for this module please email  PART…
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AT for Attention

There are a lot of tools and devices to help those with disabilities focus. Below are a few categories with different tools to help with focusing! This list is always being updated! If you have any resources you would like to share please leave it in the comment section below and we will add it…
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Respite Helping Those Who Care

This module is for those looking to receive Respite. To receive Respite follow the list below: Complete and submit the Pre-Test  follow the link to the pre-test and then hit “submit” when you have completed it Watch the Helping Those Who Care video and participate in the brainstorm activities  Complete and submit the Post- Test  follow…
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Alternative Computer Access

This module will guide you through alternative types of computer access and different ways to control the computer. Please take note of which version of operating system (OS X El Capitan or Windows 10 for example) the resource is for as software and hardware for computers is always rapidly changing!  If you see a product…
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STAR Newsletters

Here you can read up on our past STAR newsletters. Each newsletter focuses on a different type of AT and is packed with links and information about where you can find out more. If you are interested in signing up for our monthly STAR newsletter please click here 2016 January AT and Google February  Fall in…
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All About Switches

Do you have a student who needs to use a switch for access? Do you have a student that needs to progress from cause and effect to scanning? This course is designed to explain what a switch is, how it is used and to identify software that can support your switch user for use on…
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Picture Symbols

These modules provide information about picture symbols including how to create them and implement them effectively. Creating Picture Symbols Using Microsoft PowerPoint (Free Solution!)  Creating Picture Symbols in PowerPoint Directions for Creating Picture Symbols Using Microsoft PowerPoint *Don’t forget you could always use labels, boxes, wrappers (Environmental Print), and pictures from magazines to create picture…
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Low Tech AT

This module will provide lessons on how to create low assistive technology solutions using materials available at hardware stores, electronic stores, and Dollar Trees! Free Tools Glossary Eye Gaze Frame This lesson provides instruction on creating a PVC Eye Gaze Frame to assist in communication. Eye Gaze Frame Directions Mouse House This lesson provides information…
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AT in the Classroom

This course contains modules focused on general information about AT in the classroom. Please view our other modules for more specific ideas and instructions.  Accessibility: A Guide for Educators (Microsoft)  Hey! Can I Try That- A student Handbook for Choosing and Using AT Universal Design   National Center on Universal Design for Learning  Tool Kit (OSEP)…
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Note Taking

This course provides information about Assistive Technology tools to assist with note taking. *Special thanks to Michael Papp, MS Rehabilitation Engineering, Rehabilitation Technology Specialist III, ADRS for permitting T.A.S.C. to post content from his 2011 ALATEC presentation on Note Taking.* Microsoft Microsoft Office is a program bundle that many of us are familiar with. This bundle includes…
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Adapting Books

Physical, visual, and learning disabilities can make it difficult for individuals to access standard printed materials. This module provides information on ways to adapt books. *Please respect copyrighted materials. If you are adapting a book, make sure to always have the original book paired with the adapted book.* Adapting Books Adapted Books Template Download Using the…
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AT and the IEP Information

This course provides information on how the IEP must include assistive technology and implementation. AT & the IEP: Considering Assistive Technology Webinar presented by Nancy Anderson, ADAP, and Laura Parks, T.A.S.C., and originally presented on February 13, 2013. AT & IEP Slide Presentation Download AT and the IEP Handout Download

Low Tech AT for Handwriting

This module will explore low tech assistive technology solutions to use with children who may have difficulty with handwriting. Positioning  DIY Slant Board from Virginia Department of Education’s Training & Technical Assistance Center at VCU  DIY Slant Board from pediatric OT blog Pens & Pencils  Database of Pencil Grips & Adapted Pencils for Writing Alternate…
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Early Intervention

Here are some resources from the EI 2013 Conference! Out with the Old and in with the New Technology EI Flip Book Playing in Action for Everyone  AbleNet’s Action Dictionary Playing in Action for Everyone Everyone can Play Powerpoint iPad Stuff Using iPad to Develop Age- Appropriate Skills

Telephones and Cell Phones

This Course provides information about how assistive technology can assist in making telephones and cell phones accessible. 711 Relay A free public service for communication between standard (voice) users and persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, and speech disabled using text telephones (TTYs) or PCs via the internet.   Learn More about 711 Switch Activated…
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Spinal Cord Injuries and AT

This Course explores how assistive technology can benefit individuals with spinal cord injuries. Spinal Cord Injuries and Assistive Technology National Spinal Cord Injury Association Resources Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Resources Carlene Hall  United Cerebral Palsy’s T.A.S.C. received funding in 2010 from “Paint the Streets 5K” in memory of Carlene Hall. These funds allowed us…
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Communication Devices

This course provides information on communication devices, also known as AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) and SGD (Speech Generating Devices). If you are looking for information on voice banking please check out our ALS, Voice Banking, and Speech Amplification module. Understanding AAC About Argumentative and Alternative Speech Communication AAC Newsletter Alabama Medicaid Augmentative Communication Evaluation Report- Form 480…
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AT at Home

The majority of individuals you meet want to stay at the home as opposed to nursing homes. What adaptions can you make in your home to keep someone at home for longer? This module will share links to different devices and resources for you to keep your care recipients at home for longer.  Cooking, Eating,…
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This module is designed to provide information about assistive technology related to transportation. Personal Vehicles  National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associationfile  Vendors  Griffin Mobility  Freedom Motors USA (van alternatives)file Neat Vehicles  Kengurufile Public Transportation Transportation in Alabama-by County, September 2010 Recreational Vehicles  Accessible Motorcycle-Conquest Wheelchair Motorcycle Bicycles  Accessible Bikes STAR Program Reutilization ProgramOccasionally accessible vans and…
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Cooking, Eating and Drinking

This course provides information on various AT tools that can help an individual increase their independence in cooking, eating, and drinking. AT for Self-Feeding and Cooking – a list of various items, pictures & links Our Pinterest has wonderful pictures and links to all kinds of AT in the kitchen! Please check it out! Utensils …
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Read & Write For Google

The following video reviews how to use the free application Read & Write for Google Chrome. Presented by David Salmon, Teacher On Jan 22nd, 2015 If video is blurry, click the settings icon and change quality to 720p HD.  

Employment & AT Resources

This module will provide information on how assistive technology can empower individuals with disabilities who may be searching for employment or trying to maintain employment. Please click the following links for more information! Campaign for Disability Employment  Vocational Rehabilitation Services include: Vocational assessment Evaluation and counseling Job training Assistive Technology Orientation and mobility training Job…
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Using Technology to Prepare for Employment

In this course, you fill find lessons in using technology to help prepare for employment. There are a lot of wonderful resources out there! Please follow the links below for more information. Exploring Careers  Career Videos-Career One Stop  Exploring Career Information-Bureau of Labor Statistics Searching for Jobs Jobs in Alabama: Jobs  Alabama State Personnel…
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GED – High School Equivalency Exam

Access information related to the GED exam. This module includes testing center locations, preparing for the test, apps, and accommodations. Please click the links below for more information.  GED Basics  Alabama State GED Testing Program  YoutTube-GED Testing Service’s Channel  Accommodations for Testing Practice Tests  GED Testing Service’s Free Practice Test  GED Study Guide .org Free Practice…
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AT in College

<p”>Whether you are going to Auburn or Alabama, a local community college, a tech school, or any other post-secondary institution, assistive technology can help you be successful in accessing Curriculum. Make sure to check out the other modules in the Education category for other ideas and help in the education setting! Also please check out…
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