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🌐 Unleashing Potential: The Transformative Power of EdTech Accessibility for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 🚀

Dear EduChampions,

In the kaleidoscope of education, the advent of EdTech has ushered in an era of possibilities, especially for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This letter is an ode to innovation, exploring how accessibility features embedded in platforms like Microsoft and Google can be the guiding lights in nurturing the voices and dreams of our extraordinary learners.

1. 🤝 Building Social Connections: EdTech as a Gateway

Microsoft Teams: A Hub for Inclusive Collaboration

EdTech isn’t just a tool; it’s a bridge to meaningful connections. Platforms like Microsoft Teams are more than virtual classrooms—they’re arenas where students with diverse abilities can communicate, collaborate, and celebrate achievements together. With features like live captions and immersive reader, every student’s voice finds resonance, fostering a sense of belonging.

2. 🎓 Scaffolding for Success: Navigating the Inclusive Academic Landscape

Google’s Read&Write: A Virtual Support System

Academic journeys are unique, and EdTech ensures that no student is left behind. Google’s Read&Write empowers students to comprehend and express ideas effectively. Whether it’s reading aloud, word prediction, or voice typing, these features become scaffolds, lifting our students toward academic achievements and seamless inclusion into general education environments.

3. 🗣️ Amplifying Autonomy: The Power of Student Voice

Voice Typing for Empowered Expression

Every student deserves to be the author of their narrative. Voice typing features, like those offered by Google Docs, transform spoken words into written text. This not only enhances self-expression but also lays the foundation for active participation in self-directed learning. Students can articulate their needs, preferences, and aspirations, becoming architects of their educational journey.

4. 🌱 Nurturing Autonomy and Agency: Towards Independence

Microsoft’s Immersive Reader: A Literacy Lifeline

Navigating the world of words becomes an empowering experience with tools like Microsoft’s Immersive Reader. It goes beyond traditional literacy support, providing features like picture dictionaries, read-aloud functionality, and language translation. As our students engage independently with learning materials, they cultivate a sense of autonomy, essential for their post-secondary endeavors.

5. 🌟 Portfolio Power: Shaping Futures with Student-Led IEP Meetings

Building Portfolios with Authentic Voices

EdTech is not just about today; it’s about crafting futures. Encourage students to curate digital portfolios that showcase their achievements, challenges conquered, and dreams nurtured. When armed with their own voices, students become active contributors to their Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. Their portfolios, adorned with personal triumphs, become blueprints for tailored educational pathways.

🚀 A Future Shaped by Student Voices

Let’s celebrate the transformative influence of EdTech on the lives of our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As educators, we are architects of dreams, and with the right tools, we can build bridges to a future where every student’s voice is not just heard but amplified.

In Tech Harmony,

Barb Beck

Creative Content Director, SDES

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Pricing

SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create a simple and affordable solution for special educators to use during this critical time.

The Virtual Teaching Materials are a separate supplemental purchase that will greatly enhance the Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics ​or can be used on its own.

Virtual Teaching Materials Pricing 1st year: $1000 non-recurring configuration fee plus 12 x monthly charge.

Students
Per Month
Per Year*

0-50

$150

$1800

51-75

$225

$2700

76-100

$300

$3600

101-125

$375

$4500

126-150

$450

$5400

151-175

$525

$6300

176-200

$600

$7200

201-225

$675

$8100

226-250

$750

$9000

251-275

$825

$9900

276-300

$900

$10800

Monthly subscription charge is based on a minimum of 100 students ​and increases by $125 per group of 25 additional students.

Scheduling Tip

Find a student in your classroom who can read and understand your master schedule. Assign them a job in the morning to help set up individual student schedules. See the video of Megan setting up the schedule.
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Suzanne’s student Megan was her Teacher’s Assistant first period during her junior and senior year. One of her jobs, among other clerical tasks, was to set up individual student schedules. It saved Suzanne prep time in the morning and was a great vocational experience for Megan.

SDES has teamed up with Mundo Pato, Inc., our cloud publishing partner, to create the full Styer-Fitzgerald Program for Functional Academics in the cloud. *The Styer-Fitzgerald Program in the Cloud Start-Up Fee: a $6000 non-recurring start-up fee will be added to the first year subscription only.

Cloud Pricing

Students
Per Month
Per Year*
0-100
$500
$6000
101-125
$625
$7500
126-150
$750
$9000
151-175
$875
$10500
176-200
$1000
$12000
201-225
$1125
$13500
226-250
$1250
$15000
251-275
$1375
$16500
276-300
$1500
$18000
301-325
$1625
$19500
326-350
$1750
$21000
Monthly subscription charge is based on a minimum of 100 students ​and increases by $125 per group of 25 additional students.