REGISTRATION OPEN! Registration is now open for the PATINS Tech Expo 2012 on April 19!
A GoTalk on your iPad: New App I came across recently from Attainment that sort of turns your iPad into a GoTalk. Interesting to me because the GoTalk is one of my most favorite low-tech/static display AAC devices and the iPad is absolutely one of my favorite high-tech devices! http://attainmentcompany.com/featured/GoTalkNow/ It, however, is not free. $79.99. I do plan to eventually have it on my iPads for loan though, so feel free to request away! PATINS Lending Libraries.
Alexicom App: Speaking of AAC Apps on the iPad, this is another one I’ve recently started loaning out on my iPads and iTouches. It seems like it might be a good fit for the SLP’s who work with students on the autism spectrum (or other disabilities of course) who want to utilize real images/photos instead of symbols. It’s a FREE APP. Here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/alexicom-aac/id395122088?mt=8
Apps Running In The Background: The PATINS Central Site Coordinator, Jeff Bond, came across a very interesting article about those apps that you leave running in the background. Typically, I always tell people to go in and close them down every so often, but this article presents some information that may contradict that advice in some instances. Have a read:
Yesterday’s Webinar: I have to apologize to those who were registered for the PATINS webinar scheduled for 1/12/12 at 3:15pm EST, “Audio, Audio, Audio.”
Unfortunately, at about 2:45pm we lost all internet service in my office building. I tried everything I could to fix the situation until 3pm and then decided I would try to drive to the local McDonald’s and utilize their WiFi, but quickly found that it was also down! I sincerely apologize for that inconvenience and am rescheduling yesterday’s webinar for 3 different upcoming dates. I hope that everyone who was hoping to attend yesterday will be able to find at least one of these 3 new dates that will work with your schedule and even if you weren’t planning on attending yesterday, perhaps one of these 3 new dates will interest you! You are welcome to share these 3 new dates for this webinar with any of your colleagues you think may be interested as well. The first one is coming up quickly on this coming Monday afternoon!
- Monday Jan. 16, 3:15pm. Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AudioJanuary162012REGISTRATION
- Monday Jan. 30, 3:15pm. Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AudioJan302012REGISTRATION
- Friday Feb. 3, 3:15pm. Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AudioFeb32012REGISTRATION
NOW AVAILABLE; The FREE ePub Converter Upgrade: DRMS can now go to the ICAM Website for a FREE upgraded version 2.0 of their aDAISY to ePub Converter! This new upgrade handles many more file types and should be much more efficient at converting some of those stubborn NIMAS files we’ve had trouble with in the past. So far, we are VERY impressed with it!
- Free ePub Converter 2.0 Upgrade: www.icam.k12.in.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78&Itemid=106
People Traveling w/Disabilities: The Transportation Security Administration has launched TSA Cares, a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.
- Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. TSA Cares will serve as an additional, dedicated resource specifically for passengers with disabilities, medical conditions or other circumstances or their loved ones who want to prepare for the screening process prior to flying.
- The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, excluding federal holidays. Travelers who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to contact TSA Cares or can e-mail TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov.
- If you would like to make advance arrangements for screenings at airports, travelers can contact TSA using Talk To TSA <https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/talktotsa/> , a web-based tool that allows passengers to reach out to an airport Customer Service Manager directly, and the TSA Contact Center, 1-866-289-9673 and TSA-ContactCenter@dhs.gov, where travelers can ask questions, provide suggestions and file complaints