Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Webinar Wednesday: Meet the Voice Dream Apps



Meet The Voice Dream Apps

In this session, Winston will share the personal story of how he founded Voice Dream, and give a demo of Voice Dream Reader, the leading reading tool for people with print disabilities. He will also talk about where Voice Dream is going in the future, along with an overview of other Voice Dream Apps.

Registration Now Open - CLICK HERE


Winston is the founder of Voice Dream. He is developer of Voice Dream Reader, Writer and Scanner, award winning and universally accessible apps for people with learning differences and visual impairment. Voice Dream started when he and his family took a sabbatical and lived for a year on an island in Arctic Norway.

In addition to Voice Dream, Winston was a Research Affiliate at MIT Media Lab working on socially beneficial technology in education and civic affairs. Previously, Winston was an executive in several technology companies. He lives in Boston with his wife Kristin and two children Marcus and Nora.

Friday, January 29, 2021

2021 AT Retreat Unconference

Join tonight 1/29/21 at 6:30pm EST for a brand new virtual unconference event!

No presentations - just conversations.

Participant led discussions related to inclusion, Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning. All voices are welcome.

Come join the fun - reserve your free space using the registration link below. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom and each conversation room will utilize captions to promote accessibility. Connect, learn, laugh and maybe even win some awesome prizes from Scanning Pens, Present Pal, Don Johnston, Lesson Pix, CoughDrop and more....

Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #2021ATRetreat

Monday, January 18, 2021

Motivational Monday


Monday, January 11, 2021

Motivational Monday


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Webinar Wednesday: Leveling the Playing Field: Support for Struggling Readers in a Blended Learning Environment

Leveling the Playing Field: Support for Struggling Readers in a Blended Learning Environment

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

Leveling the Playing Field: Support for Struggling Readers in a Blended Learning Environment

Presented by Kathleen Colburn, Senior Product Manager, Read&Write; and Diana Petschauer, Managing Director and AT Consultant, Assistive Technology for Education

Sponsored by Texthelp



The recording will be posted on this page after the live session. Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

To say that things have been in flux over this past year is an understatement. The everyday learning environment has taken on a whole new meaning as you and your students have pivoted from in-person, to remote, to hybrid learning (and have sometimes bridged these gaps multiple times). Many students lost almost a full semester of learning; some lost more. And while no child has gone unaffected by these educational gaps, those who were struggling prior to school closures have been hit the hardest, further widening already-existing literacy achievement gaps. It’s now urgent that we move forward from these learning losses, and ensure that every child, especially those who struggle most, has the most essential building block for their literacy journey—a strong foundation for reading.

Join Diana Petschauer, Managing Director and AT Consultant, Assistive Technology for Education, and Texthelp’s Kathleen Colburn, Senior Product Manager, as they explore strategies and tools to empower struggling readers in a blended learning environment. During this edWebinar you will:

  • Uncover best practices to motivate students to engage with reading in any environment, promoting confidence and a positive growth mindset
  • Explore multiple free technologies that can help to close reading achievement gaps and work alongside students’ everyday Learning Management Systems and devices
  • Take a deeper dive into Read&Write, a literacy support toolbar that can help struggling readers create and engage with content across all grade levels, subjects and interfaces (web, Google Docs, exams, and more!). Plus Read&Write is completely free for teachers.

This edWebinar will be of interest to kindergarten through middle school teachers and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.


Kathleen ColburnAbout the Presenters

Kathleen Colburn is a senior product manager at Texthelp, an industry leader in literacy and STEM software. In her six years with the company, she has served in roles ranging from supporting teacher and student end users, to her current position working directly with the software development team to shape the product roadmap. Outside of her role at Texthelp, Kathleen is a Google Certified Trainer, earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tufts University, and has taught and tutored students in high school math and college entrance exam preparation.


Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Managing Director of AT for Education, She manages her team of expert consultants who provide evaluations, consult and training to students and adults as well as professional development for professionals and families. Prior to ATforED, Diana was the AT specialist at UNH, supporting students transitioning to higher education with AT and accommodations. She started her career in public school special education. Diana presents often on AT and literacy intervention to provide multi-sensory support for dyslexia or LD.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Dyslexia is a Superpower, Not a Disability

 I was casually (and I must admit mindlessly) scrolling through my Instagram feed when I came across a post from Made by Dyslexia. As an educator and technology specialist who works so closely with so many dyslexic students this video really hit home. We have an important responsibility to guide students with "dis"abilities to shift the stigmas and mindsets that surround their classifications and allow them to see the gifts that their "dis"abilities provide for them. Take a moment to watch this video, which showcases the positive impact adults have on helping students shift how they view themselves and their abilities.