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Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said (02:33)

The PACER Simon Technology Center produced this Common Craft-style explainer that covers the basics of assistive technology resources in just two and a half minutes.

The Helping Hand (04:05)

I loved the sunny, playful feel of this short about a boy who gets to help design his own prosthetic. Siemens has more videos like this from their Answers project, where they commission filmmakers to tell stories about people who have been positively affected by tech.

UDL (Universal Design for Learning) (03:28)

This lovely video, produced by Alberta Education in Canada, gives a wonderful overview of what UDL means to their schools -- and how it helps them move towards full inclusion.

I Want to Say Documentary Trailer (02:14)

This documentary profiles several young people with autism and how touch-enabled technology has changed their lives. Posted by Hacking Autism, this video is meant as a call to action for tech developers to apply their skills to help people with autism. See the whole 27-minute documentary here.

Assistive Technology in Action - Meet Mason (04:16)

The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) and PACER Center produced this fantastic series of video profiles called Assistive Technology in Action to raise awareness about AT and its many applications.

K-12 Using Assistive Technology for Math and Science (03:35)

You can find a variety of useful videos about assistive technology on theYouTube channel of the Ottawa Network for Education, including one similar to this one about writing, and a five-part series about implementation.

Technology in Special Education Classrooms (01:58)

Teachers and parents from Lux Middle School, in Lincoln, Nebraska, talk about how technology can level the playing field for kids with special needs.

Assistive Technology in Park Hill (08:40)

An in-depth look at how Park Hill School District in Missouri uses assistive technology in their classrooms, illustrated by following two brothers with autism who use technology to help them communicate.

Meet Lianna - Assistive Technology and Cerebral Palsy (07:54)

A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy uses an eye-controlled camera to help her communicate in this profile from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The Case Against Assistive Technology (03:18)

Though it takes a while to get to its point that AT is non-negotiable in the 21st century, this is still a worthwhile video, especially if you need a kickoff while making the case for access to better tech for your students.

The Myth of Average (18 minutes)

High school dropout turned Harvard faculty talks about how a simple new way of thinking helps nurture individual potential.

L. Todd Rose is co-founder and president of Project Variability, an organization dedicated to providing leadership around the emerging new science of the individual and its implications for education, the workforce, and society. In addition, he is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he teaches Educational Neuroscience. Todd is also the author of Square Peg: My story and what it means for raising visionaries, innovators, and out-of-the-box thinkers.

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