Archive | August 2018

Back to School Tip #3: Use Assistive Technologies

Utilize assistive technology .  This can include software like Bookshare, Kurzweil and Learning Ally.  The three examples that I gave you are text-to-speech software.  I used them and I really liked them.  Two of them show text as they read to you. They are Kurzweil and Bookshare.  However, Learning Ally just reads to the person.  My two favorites were Learning Ally and Bookshare. I liked Learning Ally because of the clear reading voices.  I liked Bookstore because of the text-to-speech aspect.

These types of software can help a child read heavy loads of academic resources.  They can also help college students with disabilities get through that hundred page chapter.  The major tip is: Don’t be afraid to use assistive technologies for homework help.  That is what it is there for.  To use for studying purposes.  If anything, it will help improve grades.  So use them to your advantage.

Back to School #2: Don’t Let Anybody Take Advantage of You

I’m going to direct this one to special education kids.  Don’t let anybody take advantage of you.  Let me tell you a story….

I was in high school and I was getting an overload of homework.  I was a freshman getting ready for two New York State Regents so I needed a homework modifier.  I was spending approximately six hours on Earth Science and Algebra.  I wasn’t getting anything else done in my other classes.  So they brought someone in to modify my homework for me.  The next thing I know, the girl was grading me differently than the teacher was on things that didn’t even apply to me and assigning me more homework than I was getting from my real teachers.

No no no.  Don’t let somebody that isn’t your teacher grade you or assign you homework.  People that are assigned a specific job should do only that job, not overstep their boundaries.  They need to be honest with you about their job description.  And if they’re not being honest, tell them.  Don’t let a dishonest person take advantage of you.

Back to School Tip #1: Stand Up To Bullies

I know that it is a Wednesday, but I wanted to start my back to school tips before it got really late.

Stand up to bullies.  No.  Don’t let your bullies push you around.  They prey upon weaker people and it’s worse than twenty years ago because of social media.  And schools forbid hitting the bully before telling the teacher.  So here is what you should do.

  1. Turn off social media.  Turn off social media for part of the night.  I get it.  You need to share the latest gossip with your friends or plan your Friday night party.  But, kids put things on these sites that don’t belong there.  If things get bad, go to texting.  I’m sure that you will get the same answers.
  2. Know who your friends are.  Find your trustworthy group of friends and stay with them.  If somebody betrays you, cut them off.  You don’t need fake friend drama.
  3. Get help.  If things get really bad, tell a teacher or a guidance counselor.  Part of their job is to stop bullying.

I hope this helps.  Let’s reduce bullying this year.

Wheelchair Accessible Home Modification Tips

August is a quiet month for blogging, but soon I will be posting tips for back to school for kids and parents.

Alright, so today, I have a resource that a reader requested that I share with you .  It is https://www.southbayresidential.com/wheelchair-accessible-home-modifications.php..  It discusses ADA standards for appropriate home modifications for those recently hurt or injured.  I hope this helps.