Occupational Therapy

Diane L. Vepraskas, MS, OT


Christina A. Scheer, MHS, OT


Keyboarding & Assistive Technology

Keyboarding Programs Used by the District

Third and Fourth Grade Students

Bernie's Typing Travels

  Home version available through the school library

Fifth and Sixth Grade Students

Typing Time

  Home version available through the school library

Online Learn to Type or Keyboarding Programs

Free Typing Games


Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive Technology Industry Association - Excellent workshop in Chicago, Illinois each Fall
AbleNet, Inc - Site offers various assistive technology products
Augmentative Communication Resource Guide - Comprehensive guide to useing AAC with clear organization and easy to read discussion.
Audio Books For Free - MP3, iPod, and DVD audiobooks for download to enjoy.

Assistive Technology Funding Solutions - From SGD Funding Soultions at the Assistive Technology Law Center.

Babelfish - Translation site.
Bibliomania - More than 2000 free texts, study guides and reference resources.
Boardmaker@yahoogroups - This sites sees a lot of action and offers some very helpful technical information relative to Boardmaker use.  Members share.
Boardmaker Files - Free downloads regarding a library of boardmaker options.
Boardmaker Free Downloads
Don Johnston Incorporated
Boardmaker Ideas - Simple Boardmaker ideas for downloads.
Boardmaker Resource - Boardmaker resources and links.

CAST for Universal Design for Learning - Universal Design for Learning is a framework for designing curricula that enable all individuals to gain knowledge,

skills, and enthusiasm for learning.  Excellent source.

Closing the Gap - Great resource for latest computer related products for children and adults with special needs.

Crick Software - Products include Clicker5 suites:  Designs software for learners of all abilities and with differing educational needs,

including struggling readers and writers, students with learning or physical disabilities, and English language learners

Cool Site of the Day - Fun site that increase your Internet IQ by giving a different site every day to check out.
The Florida Universal Access Project -
Free Technology Toolkit for UDL in All Classrooms -
Find AT by Activity
Google Earth - Satellite, imagery, maps, terrain, and 3D buildings.
Integrating the Internet into Special Needs Classrooms - Great site to check out sites with your students on a monthly basis.

National Center to Improve Practice - Information and dissemination center to improve educational practices and outcomes for children with disabilities by

encouraging the effective use of assistive and instructional technology.

Naturally Speaking  Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition software.  The same vendor offers "Dragon Dictate".

New-2-You - Weekly publication illustrated with line drawn pictures.
Onion Mountain Technologies - Products and information for AT for mild disabilities.  Many hard to find items are here.

Online Conferencing systems - Over 200 links to free AT which allows students accessibility at home and in the community and in post school settings.

Read Please - Text to speech.  ReadPlease 2003 is free.  Others are for purchase.
Readability - Text to speech.

See it Say it Write it - Offers many task organizers containing both clip art and photographs.  Graphic organizers are also downloadable to extend the teaching

experience, recipe, or task.

SEN Teacher - Awesome free teaching and learning resources for students with special needs and learning disabilities.

Set BC - Rich resource for both graphics and intervention planning for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other disabilities.  Under "communication"

and "General Topics" sections find webcasts, narrated demonstrations, printed resources, assistive technology guidelines, downloadables.

Spoken Text
Stephens Group -

Symbol World - Offers free downloads that have been adapted with picture communication symbols including stories and learning activities.  To access a wonderful

e-live magazine for older students you must subscribe.  However subscription is free and many back issues are available.

Switch Access
Text Content Analyser
Integrating the Internet into Special Needs Classrooms - Great site to check out sites with your students on a monthly basis.
Rub a Dub Website - For young children just learning the eye and hand coordination needed to use a mouse.

Trace Center - Trace Research and Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Universal Design Center - Universal design for every aspects of life.
Voice Thread
WebMath - Great site for helping students figure out math problems and provide the answers.
Word Talk

Disclaimer:  Neither Diane Vepraskas, OT, or Grafton School District attests to the accuracy of the information found at any of these sites, nor does either necessarily endorse any product mentioned or position taken.  These links are provided solely for convenience.

Updated:  4-27-10