I keep some stuff here that you may find useful for students with Special Needs.

April 9, 2020

I am in the process of updating this site and will note modifications in bold as I get to them.

In the meantime:

Need a simple 4 choice communications device? Try this web page on your device/tablet/laptop/phone:
There is also a 2 choice page:
Both pages have had recent upgrades so that you can share your saved setups with anyone.
The 4 choice page now offers button actions for linking between setups and mp3 audio control.

You can edit the both pages and save the results which will be stored locally on your device. For tips on how to edit and save, watch this video:

These pages have resources to assist students who may be struggling with various learning tasks. Many of the materials work well on interactive whiteboards and touchscreens. The Movement, Art, Music page has activities that are selected to entice students to engage in physical, creative multimedia activities.

Independent Supported Reading Resources: Here     (Updated in March 2020, but may still have some bogus links)
Math Resources: Here       ( I haven't reviewed this page in a long time.)
Movement, Art, Music Resources: Here     (Most likely these links are too old)

Here is perhaps the best curated selection of online "Interactive" educational activities that are sorted by learning domain by Karen Ogen (a lot of links on the page below connect to sites using the soon to be obsolete Flash technology) :
They work well on interactive whiteboards on touchscreens, but many rely on Flash technology so they will not work too well on your iPad unless you can get the Proton or Puffin browsers.

You Tube for those who need less clutter and enhanced accessibility:
In addition to the above links, I also have resources for enhancing accessibility, and also a link to more accessible and less cluttered versions of the commonly relied on You Tube. Try this page I call YourTooby for a  less complicated, and maybe less troublesome, more accessible You Tube experience:

(Click the "Show Options" link at the top of the page and enter a search term and then click the "Get Videos" button)

This page can be navigated using the Tab key. Elements that receive the focus will play a sound file that can be used as an auditory cue to let low vision users know where the focus is. The Enter key will select the element.

Here is an excellent alternative to my YourTooby called "Accessible YouTube" from the Computer Science Department at the University of North Carolina. It is fairly self evident to use. Click the gear icon and set text-to-speech, then use Space to move the focus and Enter to make selections
I especially like how the user can scroll through the available list of videos.

New Enhanced Accessibility Web Pages with Text-to-speech:
I am now working on some ideas for a set of simple/accessible web page templates that provide text-to-speech output without having to rely on screen reader software. These pages offer basic accessibility using almost any device that supports a modern browser. These pages support Tab/Enter navigation of the clickable items and offer auditory cues when the highlight moves to an item that offers some kind of interactivity. Single switch navigation is possible in Windows using one of the freeware tools noted below like ClickScan. So far, the site includes some demonstration pages including a page set about Tardigrades that links to pages using a reworked version of my YourTooby page for video enrichment. I also have some sample simple communications and choice making pages that can save changes you make on your device. Try them out here:
These pages work (mostly) in modern browsers and across platforms. For the best experience use the Google Chrome browser. Depending on the browser and/or platform you may get differing text-to-speech outcomes or qualities. On Linux systems you may need to set up a preferred text-to-speech service, or just use the Linux version of the Google Chrome browser for good sounding results. Use the Alt-k key combo to show a set of keyboard shortcuts that can alter or enhance the users experience.

I have recently finished a set of "builder" pages that allow you to edit the basic page types right in the browser! 
These pages have built-in editing tools that you reveal using the Alt-e key combo. The editor opens permitting you to modify the basic page elements, and in most cases, allows you to add, remove and edit buttons. One way to quickly save an edited page is to simply use the Save Page As... feature of the web browser saving as a "webpage, complete" to your desktop. This works fine for single pages like grid pages, but it doesn't work for the YouTube video viewer page. There is a better method for saving pages that requires more steps than I will not go into here at this time. 

You can download the complete template set with all the resources needed to create a completely accessible website with text-to-speech support for your students.  The zip files include documentation that describes how you can modify and save these templates

Download the source.zip from the releases: https://github.com/jamjolu/awp/releases
Find out more about awp here: https://github.com/jamjolu/awp

Tools for Switch Accessibility:
 Here is a little Windows accessibility utility for your single-switch users called ClickScan that turns an adapted mouse into a more capable tool for more successfully accessing many applications and web pages- ClickScan

Here is a onscreen keyboard called ButtonBar that displays 5 buttons you can program to make applications more accessible. ButtonBar can, for example, let your user press a button and have a target somewhere else on the screen get clicked, or press a button to increase font size!  ButtonBar's buttons are also switch accessible - ButtonBar

SwitchWedge, a Windows accessibility tool, is my Swiss Army Knife for enhancing any switch interface input (or joystick button, or mouse button, or many keyboard keys) to support multiple  accessibility modes including: single-switch scanning, two-switch scanning, hot spot scanning,  switch initiated keyboard and/or mouse sequences, and single-switch mouse control. It basically does everything that ClickScan and ButtonBar do, and more. SwitchWedge