More Cool Assistive Technology: Draft:Builder 6

For students who have trouble transitioning from brainstorming to writing, Don Johnston offers an assistive technology called Draft:Builder 6. It breaks down the writing process into three steps: brainstorming, notetaking, and composing the first draft.

Documentation: Six Core Elements

To receive accommodations at the post-secondary level, documentation must demonstrate that your student has a disability as defined by the ADA and Section 504. Today’s blog outlines six core elements to help you review your current documentation.

Documentation: How much is enough?

Colleges typically use your student’s age, the evaluator’s assessment approach, and the level of detail provided in the last eligibility evaluation to determine the level of support she will receive at the college level.

Need more time for the ACT or SAT?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a learning disability, you may want to consider requesting special accommodations when you take the SAT or ACT. Depending on your learning disability, accommodations could include extended time to complete the test, testing over multiple days, access to an audio DVD, or a specific seating arrangement. Students with ADHD, for example, may be able to take the test with extended time in a room with fewer students. There’s no additional charge to complete an accommodated test, and because college admissions committees don’t know when tests were taken under modified circumstances, you shouldn’t hesitate to request accommodations if you need them.

Some Cool Assitive Technology: is an internet services that provides digital versions of audiobooks and audio programs (magazines, podcasts, speeches, etc). With, users can listen to text in a variety of formats like CDs or MP3 downloads, so you can transfer downloaded titles to your iPod®, Zune®, or other player. You can also stream your titles from a computer or burn them on a CD. This product is great because it’s affordable, easy to use and engaging.

Featured LD Program: Curry College

The PAL Program, the Program for Advancement of Learning, is a structured support program that provides assistance to LD students in a proactive, strength-based environment and access to assistive technologies.