WatchKnowLearn: K-12 Education Video
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Watch Know Learn

The Vision behind WatchKnowLearn is simple:

To provide a world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K – 12 educational videos on the Internet today. And to make this service FREE so teachers, parents and students everywhere may have access to those videos. To make this a reality, we invite teachers, instructors, and educators to suggest videos for inclusion into our directory, and then to review, approve, and assign those videos into appropriate categories using a wiki framework and philosophy. The videos are the highest quality found on the Internet, cover all major educational topics from elementary to secondary schools (or age range 1 – 18), and are Kid Safe because they are vetted by teachers.

Our Content

WatchKnowLearn has indexed approximately 50,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 5,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom, as well as parents and students at home 24/7. Users can dive into our innovative directory or search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers. WatchKnowLearn does not itself host videos—we serve as a library for links to excellent educational videos that have been selected by educators. Source: 
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Children with Autism – A Visual Schedule

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Enuma: A Visual Schedule

Visual Schedule by Enuma is the first wearable picture-based scheduler designed with children and adults with autism in mind.
enuma Visual Scheduler app interface

Enuma: Visual Schedule

Visual Schedule’s intuitive user interface makes it easy to create a picture-based, personalized daily schedule. Empower yourself or your child to keep track of scheduled activities independently. The app’s accessible design helps build deeper understanding of time management and and important schedule-related concepts, including:
  • Recognizing what activity you are engaged in the moment
  • How long the scheduled activity will take
  • When to get ready to transition
  • When the next scheduled activity will happen
  • What tasks need to be completed within the current activity
Source: Children with Autism - A Visual Schedule |Closing the Gap
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Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Wheelchair Users


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  • Make it a habit to get prescriptions filled beforethey run out and have an emergency stash of any other necessary medical supplies on hand at all times.
  • Get a generator for your home. It won’t be cheap, but the benefits will outweigh the costs when it comes to your rescue during a power outage.
  • If you use an electric wheelchair, store a backup battery at your home and check its charge level regularly.
  • Stock up on canned goods and other food items that can be consumed without cooking.
  • If you live alone, make a pact with a buddy in your area to check up on each other through text messages or phone calls in the case of inclement weather.

Think Ahead Before Going Out and About

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If you absolutely must head out of the house, you should take certain precautions to keep yourself out of danger.

Remember that your driveway and sidewalks may be slippery or difficult to roll over if a lot of snow has built up. Make sure to think through all possible situations and how to get yourself out of them.

What To Do Before Venturing Out:

young man in wheelchair at the park on a cold winterday
  • Give your wheelchair a thorough tune-up. Check your frame for potential weaknesses due to wear-and-tear, tighten all the nuts and bolts, and make sure your battery (if electric) and tires are in good shape. Consult your chair’s manual for detailed maintenance instructions and any warnings on how your battery may react in extreme temperatures.
  • Consider getting snow tires, Wheelblades, or anti-tippers for your chair. They can add an extra layer of security while wheeling through snow and ice.
  • Charge your cell phone fully before going out and bring along a power bank in case your battery dies.
  • Get a storage tote for your wheelchair and pack a blanket, hat, gloves, scarf, and maybe even a spare pair of cozy socks in it. You never know when you might need some extra layers if you get stuck somewhere.
  • Get a ramp installed at your home. Yes, ramps are a big investment, but there is no better way to maintain your independence and safety during the winter season — and all year round!
Source: Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Wheelchair UsersWheel:Life
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Garageio | Automate your garage door. Use your phone to turn your garage into a smart garage
Garageio Garage Door Remote app on iPhone and apple watch

Garageio Garage Door Remote

The Garageio app works from anywhere you have an internet connection, allowing you to open and close your garage door from as close as the next room or as far as the other side of the world. RECEIVE REAL-TIME ALERTS No more what ifs. Leave home with absolute peace of mind. Garageio will alert you if your garage door has been left open, allowing you to close it immediately with a single swipe.
Unlocking your garage door is as simple as unlocking your phone. The power of monitoring and controlling your garage is now in your pocket.
Source: Garageio | Automate your garage door. Use your phone to turn your garage into a smart garage
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Seeing AI App – Update Offers New Recognition Tools | OT’s with Apps & Technology

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The Seeing AI iOS app (free) developed by Microsoft brought a variety of object recognition tools to mobile devices. The first version offered text and object recognition via text to speech. Although not perfect, the Seeing AI app provides remarkable accuracy for general object recognition (use for medical purposes or for tasks reliant on personal safety is not recommended). Recent updates in Seeing AI version 2.0.1 now includes the following additional object recognition tools:
  • Currency (US, Canadian, British Pounds, Euros).
  • Light – Detections of how much light is in the environment
  • Color Recognition
  • Handwriting – Recognizing handwritten text
Other features in the recent 2.0.1 update include:
  • Documents are read aloud with highlighting without use of VoiceOver (VO)
  • Tools selected are spoke aloud
  • Adjust voice type and rate without use of VO
  • Allows choice of what tools are assigned 3D touch recognition
  • Recognizes images in other apps using “recognize images” in mail, Twitter, photos
The changes not only provide additional tools for object recognition but provide instant access to text without turn VO on. Although VO is an extremely helpful tool, managing its verbosity and turning it on and off can be difficult for some individuals. The Seeing AI iOS app 2.0.1 current features list now includes:
  • Short text – reads short text as soon as it is in front of the camera
  • Document – Provides audio guidance to capture a document and read the text
  • Scans barcodes – Read contents aloud using bar codes (name and product information)
  • People – Scans peoples faces, gives then an estimate of gender, age and emotion
  • Scene- Provides an overview of the scene captured
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  • Currency – Identifies currency note
  • Color – Identifies color
  • Handwriting – Recognizes handwriting like in greeting cards
  • Light – Detects the amount of light in the environment. Provides audible tone relative to the amount of light
  • Images in other apps – Tap “Share” and Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter and more
Source: Seeing AI App – Update Offers New Recognition Tools | OT's with Apps & Technology
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Intro to Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Video Series – YouTube
The Chrome browser and operating system offer a variety of accessibility features like magnification, keyboard navigation, screen reading, and much more. Watch and learn how to customize your settings in Chrome and Chromebooks to make the experience more accessible and usable for you! Additional Resources:

Chrome OS

Chrome OS includes built-in accessibility features like ChromeVox, High Contrast, and Magnifier.

Source: Chrome Accessibility on YouTube   
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Migraine Alert: Mobile App

Migraine Alert is a mobile app that predicts [the] occurrence of your migraine attack so that you can stop it before it begins. Migraine Alert’s machine learning algorithms create a personalized model based on your individual triggers and predict the onset of an attack. Based on the forecast you can take actions to avoid the migraine attack before it begins. The solution has been developed in consultation with top migraine medical experts.


  • Track your migraine forecast
  • Take actions to avoid attacks
  • Track your migraine history
  • Record days with and without migraines
Source: mobilehealth
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Amy Wright is 2017 CNN Hero of the Year – CNN
Amy Wright, CNN Hero of the Year 2017 accepting award

Amy Wright, CNN Hero of the Year 2017

Most parents don't have to declare their children's fundamental value, but after two of 2017 CNN Hero of the Year Amy Wright's kids were born with Down syndrome, it was clear that she would have to back them up every step of the way.
"When you become a parent of a child with special needs, you are instantly thrust into becoming an advocate," Wright explained. "Trying to make people see the beauty in their lives that we see."
Wright's advocacy took the form of a coffee shop. She opened Bitty & Beau's Coffee in January 2016, named for her two children.
On Sunday, it was clear that Wright, Bitty, Beau and the 40 disabled employees at the Wilmington, North Carolina, shop have an army of supporters.
Source: Amy Wright is 2017 CNN Hero of the Year - CNN
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PODD Video Tutorial #1: software, customization & printing – YouTube
I decided to turn this "making a PODD" video into a three part series. Mainly because there really is so much I want to share and I didn't want the video to be an hour long. This way people who are just wanting to see construction can look at one video people who just want programming can look at one video and people who just want to know how the heck to use the book can watch another.
This is the first video. First -- I'm not a professional nor a PODD trainer. I'm not going into details in these videos. There are so many different books and access methods but these videos are really just the basics for people who just want more info. I recommend that anyone using PODD attends an official PODD training.
My next video is going to be about construction, paper choices, and how we bind and create straps for our books.
The last video is .... a "what the heck do I do next?!" It will be a brief explanation on how we got started. Simple ways to model and how to start to seeing PODD as a way of life -- another member of the family 😉
Source: We Speak PODD tutorials 
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