- eBooks/ITunes U Courses
- Screencasts and Video Tutorials
- App/Accessories Lists
- In the News
My work as a photographer and accessibility advocate was featured in the New York Times (Bits Blog, September 29, 2013).
Also, the following articles I have written or co-written are available for free online:
- nABLEing All Learners: Apps as Transformational Technology (Closing the Gap Solutions, August/September, 2013).
- Magical Moments (The Loop Magazine, Issue 3).
- iPhoneography: Photography for All (National Federation of the Blind Future Reflections, Winter 2013).
- 12 iPad Tips All Educators Should Learn (T.H.E. Journal, 4/24/13).
- UDL in Action: The Smart Inclusion Toolkit (TEC+, with Alex Dunn)
I have written three ebooks that focus on techniques for creating accessible content for the iPad. The first one is on iBooks accessibility and I created it to support a workshop at ISTE 2012. This work was a follow-up to a similar ebook I had prepared for a workshop at ISTE 2011 focusing on ePub. The third ebook focuses on closed captioning on the Mac. For the first one, I have only included the PDF here due to bandwidth restrictions, but you can find the videos on my YouTube channel and the book is also part of a Creating Inclusive Learning Environments course on iTunes U.
- iBooks Accessibility Best Practices (PDF on Scribd)
- ePub Accessibility Best Practices (ePub, 40 MB)
- ePub Accessibility Best Practices (PDF on Scribd)
- Closed Captioning 101 (ePub, 35 MB)
- Closed Captioning 101 (PDF on Scribd)
I was a content developer for the USF on iTunes U site for my university, and as an Apple Distinguished Educator I have participated in the development of an iTunes U course and collection on inclusive design and accessibility. You can see many of the screencasts, ePub and iBooks documents I have authored at these sites:
- ADEs on iTunes U Course: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments
- iTeach Initiative Course on iTunes U (iBooks Author and iPad tutorials)
- USF on iTunes U Tech Ease 4 All Web Accessibility Collection (lots of tutorials for how to create accessible content)
For my screencasts on IOS accessibility, I have created a channel on YouTube. These tutorials also show some techniques for developing more accessible materials such as ePub and iBooks ebooks that can be opened in the iBooks app.
Presentations and Webinars
To access links to recordings of reading webinars and online presentations I have done, please click on the appropriate link:
- International Society for Technology in Education, Special Education Technology Special Interest Group (SETSIG) webinar: iOS 7 and iPad Accessibility.
- 2013 Global Education Conference: Building a Global Culture of Accessibility (co-presented with Greg Alchin and Daniela Rubio)
- 2013 K12 Online Conference: Photography for All
- 2013 Reform Symposium E-Conference: nABLEing All Learners – Mobile Devices as Transformational Technology
I am helping to curate the accessibility page of the excellent Appitic site started by Mexico Apple Distinguished Educator Alline Sada. This is a one stop shop for all of my online content (videos, ebooks, etc.).
Tech Ease 4 All
At the Florida Center for Instructional Technology, I was the lead content developer for Tech Ease 4 All. Funded by a USF Technology Fee grant, this site provides tutorials on assistive technology topics to help faculty provide accommodations to students with disabilities. In developing the content for this stie, I have taken special care to follow universal design for learning principles. Thus, each tutorial is presented in a variety of formats to meet different learning styles and disabilities, including: closed captioned videos available in two different sizes, large print PDFs that are tagged for screen reader access, and accessible HTML.
When I first tried it, I really did not see the value of Pinterest. Lately, I’ve found it to be a great way to share suggestions for accessories that work well for students who have special needs.
I have also started using Pinterest to keep some lists of my favorite apps. Since I specialize in accessibility and the use of IOS devices in special education, my Pinterest boards also focus on apps for students with special needs.
I was featured on one of The Infinite Thinking Machine’s Idea Slams. This one focused on iBooks Author and how anyone can use it to create accessible books that work for all students.
I have been an occasional guest on Macreach, one of the excellent channels on the EdReach network that is hosted by my ADE colleagues Meg Wilson and Kelly Dumont:
- Macreach #64 and #65: WWDC 2013 (June 2013)
- Macreach #49: iPhoneography (July 2012)
- Macreach #48: Welcome to the WWDC Party (June 2012)
- Macreach #48: Summer PD, Apple-Style! (June 2012)
- Macreach #6: All Access Pass to Accessibility (March 2011)
Recently, I was also a guest on the Macneticos podcast, a Spanish language podcast focusing on accessibility and Apple Technology (hosted by Spain ADE Daniela Rubio and her husband Jose). I have been a guest on the following episodes:
- August 2013: ADE Institute, Trip to London and Podcasts on iOS
- May 2013: Accessible Photography and More
- New York Times: Disruptions, Visually Impaired Turn to Smartphones to See Their World (9/29/13).
- Salt Lake Tribune: At Salt Lake seminar, visually impaired learn how high tech can unleash creativity (3/24/12).
- Centro Tampa: Sus hojos sin lumbre, pero su mente deslumbra. (08/11/11).