[Athen] New Posting at ATHEN Blog

Dann Berkowitz dann at digilifemedia.biz
Thu May 15 09:44:20 PDT 2008


Several colleagues and friends (and even people I do not know) have blogs on the topic of alternative media, access technologies, disability law and more. Here is a run-down of what is new and of interest in the disability blogosphere:

James Bailey, Adaptive Technology Access Adviser at the University of Oregon, well known AHEAD trainer on access technologies, and ATHEN member in good standing, provides a “port in the storm” for non-tech types who have to manage Access Technology in a college setting with his blog Managing Assistive Technology in Higher Education .

Another blog I recently came across is No Limits 2 Learning written by Lon Thornburg, a self described educator and assistive technology specialist and trainer. On his blogroll is the site SpEdChange by Ira David Socol. I've seen Ira speak a couple of times at conferences and had the opportunity to shoot the breeze with him afterwards. One day we'll break bread and have a brew but until then I'll read and enjoy his blog. Each post is like a short story and well worth the time necessary to dig into it. One of his post on Assistive Technology for Writing succinctly summarizes some thoughts I've had this topic and has helped me to clarify some of my work in this area. Ira also has a podcast of his work.

For you unconventional types out there - check out ATMac: Assistive Technology for Mac OS X Users . The name pretty much says it all but the blog includes news, views, and reviews for all OS X users, content producers, and developers with an interest in disability, assistive technology, and making accessible programs and content .

I came across ATMac through a Blog Carnival hosted by No Limits 2 Learning. What is a Blog Carnival you ask -- ? Well, according to Wikipedia, a blog carnival is a type of blog event. It is similar to a magazine, in that it is dedicated to a particular topic, and is published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly. Each edition of a blog carnival is in the form of a blog article that contains permalinks links to other blog articles on the particular topic . Maybe the ATHEN blog should take a crack at doing one of these ... could be interesting.

Next up - Our friend Beth Case of Disability 411 has expanded her horizons by assisting in the development and presentation of the podcast Disability Law Lowdown . Brought to you by nationally recognized leaders in the field of disability law, the Disability Law Lowdown Podcast delivers the latest in disability rights information every other week. Got that? Good ... because it gets more interesting because the DLL podcast is also the DLL Video Podcast (I say VodCast -- but Beth doesn't like how that sounds). Available both through the site and via YouTube , this podcast /vodcast is the first video podcast in ASL that brings you information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability rights laws. Very Cool Beth!

And speaking of Cool! - Regular readers may have noticed that we have a new member of the blogging team here at ATHEN Susan Kelmer, Adaptive Technology Specialist and Lab Coordinator at St. Louis Community College, has signed up to provide the occasional post. Thanks Susabelle!

Posted By D. Berkowitz to Access Technologists Higher Education Network
at 5/14/2008 12:05:00 PM
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