Learning and Speaking

Last updated: March 1, 2015

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  • "Bibliography for Performance Systems Technology (PST) and Computer-based Instruction (CBI)" published in the ACM SIGDOC Journal of Computer Documentation (JCD) [JCD is no longer being produced. ACM SIGDOC members are able to get copies of archived journals.]
  • California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) provides educators with a "one-stop" resource for critical information needed for the selection of supplemental electronic learning resources aligned to the California State Board of Education academic content standards.
  • Learning Disabilities Association of America a group of parents and professionals started LDA and led the push for passage of the first Federal legislation mandating a free, appropriate, public education for students with disabilities. LDA's mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.
  • LD Online provides information on learning disabilities for parents, teachers, and professionals. LD Online works in association with the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities (NJCLD). LD OnLine is an educational service of public television station WETA in Washington, D.C.
  • National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) provides information about learning disabilities, early literacy and learning resources, support for adolescents and adults with learning disabilities, public policy and advocacy tools.
  • NLDLine provides information about nonverbal learning disorders (NLD). NLD is a neurological syndrome consisting of specific assets and deficits. The assets include early speech and vocabulary development, remarkable rote memory skills, attention to detail, early reading skills development, and excellent spelling skills. In addition, these individuals have the verbal ability to express themselves eloquently and have strong auditory retention. Four major categories of deficits and dysfunction also present themselves:
    • motoric (lack of coordination, severe balance problems, and difficulties with graphomotor skills).
    • visual-spatial-organizational (lack of image, poor visual recall, faulty spatial perceptions, difficulties with executive function* and problems with spatial relations).
    • social (lack of ability to comprehend nonverbal communication, difficulties adjusting to transitions and novel situations, and deficits in social judgment and social interaction).
    • sensory (sensitivity in any of the sensory modes: visual, auditory, tactile, taste or olfactory)
  • Learning and Speaking Disability Solutions Every Mac comes standard with assistive technologies that help people with disabilities enjoy the power and simplicity of OS X. It includes features like an advanced screen reader, FaceTime, and literacy tools that help those with a wide range of abilities get more from their Mac.
  • MENCAP, the voice of learning disability.
    "Understanding learning disability" Mencap can help you make your information easy to understand for people with a learning disability. Or, if you have a learning disability, you might like to see their easy to read web pages and publications. [UK]
  • Natural Language Interfaces (NLI) Group of the The Applied Science and Engineering Laboratories (ASEL), duPont Hospital for Children, and the University of Delaware. The NLI Group encompasses several laboratories that are involved in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) research. AAC systems help people with severe disabilities to communicate. The NLI group is interested in improving the efficiency and usability of current AAC devices as well as discovering novel ways in which to aid communication. The individual units of the group are
    • Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI) connects Delawareans who have disabilities with the tools they need in order to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. DATI operates Assistive Technology Resource Centers that offer training as well as no-cost equipment loans and demonstrations. We also provide funding information, develop partnerships with state agencies and organizations, and publish resource materials and event calendars. A used equipment recycling program is also coordinated by DATI.
    • Pediatric Engineering Research Laboratory has a staff of biomedical engineers and students who work with various clinicians at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to conceive and develop engineering solutions to medical problems. PERL has affiliations with Drexel University and University of Delaware in biomedical and mechanical engineering with full facilities for mechanical and electronic fabrication of research prototypes. PERL collaborates with a number of companies to manufacture and market devices conceived and developed at PERL.
    • Speech Research Laboratory does research on speech disorders in children, speech analysis and synthesis, and voice banking.
  • Resources for Test Takers with Disabilities and Health-Related Needs The Educational Testing Service (ETS) provides guidelines for test creators to consider when writing for people with a learning disability, psychiatric disability or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. ETS provides reasonable testing accommodations for candidates with documented disabilities or health-related needs, as recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act. Some accommodations we offer include extended testing time, extra breaks, a reader, a recorder/writer of answers and a separate testing room.
  • Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center provides adult education and literacy resources, publications, and training for teachers of adults in Virginia. From the Literacy Institute of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU School of Education).