Author: Ian Bean

AAC Posters for your classroom wall

Added a couple of free PDF posters you might like to print out and put up on your classroom wall. The first is a set of ‘rights’ for AAC users. Actually a really good illustration of what constitutes good practice for those working with ACC users.

Appy Days: Autorap

If you have ever attended one of Ian’s workshops or training days, you’ll know that we like to have fun while we are learning new skills. Recently Ian delivered training on the use of iPads and apps to support the needs of students with special needs at a school in Christchurch, New Zealand. One of Read More …

Flutterby finally finished

After a couple of weeks of planning and programming, our new program is finally finished. Flutterby is a cause and effect program for anyone who is learning to operate a computer with a switch, touch-screen or eye gaze system. It’s easy to use. Simply choose how you will access the program, click ‘Play’ and you’re Read More …

Units of Work for SLD

I really liked the Thematic Units of Work from the NI Curriculum. Each unit is packed with teaching ideas around a curriculum theme or topic together with the resources needed to bring to bring it alive in your classroom. The NI Curriculum Team have produced a set of similar resources this time focusing on SLD Read More …

Orisinal games for pointing device users

I loved Orisinal the first time I saw it. Sixty beautiful Flash games that can be played with mouse, roller-ball and joystick. A very simple point-and-click home page with no text means that our students don’t have to be able to read to use these games. One for your bookmark collection. Visit Orisinal Games Web Read More …

Free eye gaze compatible AAC software

FreeVOCA is a free, simple grid based ACC program for Windows and Mac and iPad app that can be used to create communication grids, sound boards and other resources. The program is easy to install and set up and includes many ready-made grids for you to use or adapt. FreeVoca uses the ARASAAC symbol set Read More …

A quick review of MyGaze Foundations

Like many of my colleagues in schools, I was deeply skeptical when I read some of the claims about eye gaze systems and how they might ‘revolutionize’ (their word not mine,) our teaching of students with profound and multiple difficulties. So like so many of you, I had to find out for myself what this Read More …

Free Gazespeaker Suite for Eye Gaze

It seems to me that if you want to make BIG money in the special needs market, the place to be is eye gaze. It’s not uncommon to see pretty mediocre software commanding huge prices simply because it has a ‘For Eye Gaze’ label. Excited this morning to find the free (yes free) Gaze Speaker Read More …

Free Visual Supports Maker

AAC Card Maker is a really useful free resource to let you create and print PECS cards, visual supports or communication ‘talk’ sheets directly from your web browser. The resource uses the full 10,000 symbol ARASAAC set and will also automatically search google for photos where a symbol may not be available or appropriate. You cards Read More …