Autism Information – A Few Sites to Consider
AIM Modules - HYPERLINK "http://www.ocali.org/aim/" http://www.ocali.org/aim/ - The Ohio
Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) is developing Autism Internet Modules (AIM) in
partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA) and the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders
Network. The AIM project is developing a series of 60 online modules on ASD including
characteristics, diagnosis, interventions and supports, transition, and employment.
Autism Info – http://HYPERLINK "http://www.autisminfo.com"www.autisminfo.com - Site provides
information on autism treatments and therapies to parents, teachers, therapists and doctors.
Autism Today – http://HYPERLINK "http://www.autismtoday.com"www.autismtoday.com - While
this organization has a number of for pay options, it is still a good resource for individuals seeking to
learn more about autism, resources, forums, trainings, conferences, print updates, and more.
Autism Speaks – http://HYPERLINK "http://www.autismspeaks.org"www.autismspeaks.org - Of
course, many of us have heard the advertisement on the radio or watched one of the numerous public
service announcements in collaboration with the AD Council, however; Autism Speaks goes beyond
advertisement. It also offers some good information and links to helpful resources for parents and
Geneva Centre - HYPERLINK
This is a Centre out of Canada and offers some great information for teachers, teacher
assistants, parents, and the like. They offer good modules for information and also a host of
intervention ideas (e.g., visuals).
iCAN - HYPERLINK "http://www.autismnetwork.org"http://www.autismnetwork.org
The Interactive Collaborative Autism Network site is for anyone who lives with, teaches, or
otherwise supports children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), including
parents, teachers, and individuals with ASD.
What Works Clearinghouse - HYPERLINK "http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/"
The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) collects, screens, and identifies studies of
effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies). The
WWC regularly updates the WWC Technical Standards and their application to take account of
new considerations brought forth by experts and users.
Doing What Works - HYPERLINK "http://www.dww.ed.gov/" http://www.dww.ed.gov/
Similar to What Works but through a series of summaries, visual examples, and similar
illustrations the Clearinghouse attempts to further explain what we know and how it applies to
IRIS Modules - HYPERLINK "http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/" http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/
The IRIS Center is housed at Vanderbilt University but features resources developed for
teachers, parents, related service providers, and educators as a whole interested in learning
about best practices for those with disabilities.
Universal Design for Learning – What we Know
General information on UDL - HYPERLINK "http://www.cast.org/research/udl/index.html"
Here you can find everything and anything you wanted to know. This includes the research
behind it, tutorials to train others, products they have developed to illustrate it in application,
and the like.
UDL Tech Toolkit - HYPERLINK "http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/"
Great resource to share with others and to find resources that are UDL-based and a wonderful
example of Wikis in action.
Readily Accessible Tools - HYPERLINK "http://readilyaccessibletools.wikispaces.com/"
This is another excellent Wiki developed by a friend right down the street at ISU.
CAST Support - HYPERLINK "http://www.cast.org/products/index.html"
I like this for Book Builder but it also offers additional resources.
Organization Considerations – What we Know
If research has shown anything over the past three decades in respect to an excellent tier one
intervention, it is that graphic organizers are excellent interventions. Here are a few considerations
within that conversation.
Inspiration/Kidspiration - HYPERLINK "http://www.inspiration.com/" http://www.inspiration.com/
The visual way to think, write and comprehend Inspiration/Kidspiration provides an easy way
for students to build visual diagrams to represent thoughts and organize information.
GIST Plan - HYPERLINK "http://www.gistplan.com/" http://www.gistplan.com/
GIST is designed from the ground up for use in classrooms incorporating the Content
Enhancement Routines. Developed with the KU-CRL, GIST offers a robust tool set for
educators to create and present CE devices with diverse learners, teaching critical content to all.
The Library that comes along with the GIST Plan can be found at - HYPERLINK
Kidspiration Templates – Free downloads of Kidspiration Templates made by teachers and parents
for our continual use.
Webspiration - HYPERLINK "http://mywebspiration.com/user" http://mywebspiration.com/user
Think ReaderHYPERLINK "http://www.thinkport.org/Technology/template.tp"-
Graphic Organizers - HYPERLINK
Educator’s Place - HYPERLINK
Mindomo - HYPERLINK "http://www.mindomo.com/"http://www.mindomo.com
MindJet - HYPERLINK "http://www.mindjet.com/"http://www.mindjet.com
MindMeister - HYPERLINK "http://www.mindmeister.com/"http://www.mindmeister.com
MxGraph - HYPERLINK "http://www.mxgraph.com/"http://www.mxgraph.com
CMap - HYPERLINK "http://cmap.ihmc.us/"http://cmap.ihmc.us/
Gliffy - HYPERLINK "http://www.gliffy.com/"http://www.gliffy.com/
Social Narratives Considerations – What we Know
Teaching Social Stories - HYPERLINK "http://www.polyxo.com/socialstories/"
This site does a nice job of introducing the idea of social stories, organizing the various
components of social stories, and then breaking down the development of social stories specific
to a purpose.
Social Narratives - HYPERLINK "http://autismpdc.fpg.unc.edu/content/social-narratives"
This is from the National PD Center on ASD which offers a nice overview of what social
narrative are, the research behind them, and the like.
Carol Gray - HYPERLINK "http://www.thegraycenter.org/" http://www.thegraycenter.org/
This is the site that features information specific to social story development, related resources,
and consultation that Carol Gray and her staff provides.
Social Narrative Bank - HYPERLINK "http://kansasasd.com/" http://kansasasd.com/
This is the free site and offers users access to downloadable social narratives developed by
practicioners across the state of KS. The link directs you to their home page and then click on
social narratives at the top.
Social Supports – Transition Age - HYPERLINK
This is the OCALI AIM module on social development and please keep your eyes out for the
one on - Social Stories (TM) and other social narratives – that is coming soon.
School Rules - HYPERLINK "http://www.socialskillbuilder.com" http://www.socialskillbuilder.com
Issues of the HYPERLINK
"http://www.autismnetwork.org/modules/social/hidden/index.html"Hidden Curriculum. The
"HIDDEN CURRICULUM" is a term to used to describe the unwritten social rules and
expectations of behavior that we all seem to know, but were never taught.
Multimedia and Social Skill Training - HYPERLINK "http://www.cited.org/index.aspx?
This article offers an excellent overview of the research behind the use of multimedia
technologies for the instruction of social skills, especially amongst individuals with autism.
Comic Strip Podcast - HYPERLINK "http://autismpodcast.blogspot.com/2006/05/episode-19-comic-
Great interview where experts share their perspectives on comic strip conversations. Get a
good sense of the potential of these applications.
Comic Strip Conversations - HYPERLINK
Some nice text-based resources on the use of comic strips as social narratives.
ICT in My Classroom - HYPERLINK "http://tbarrett.edublogs.org/2009/06/11/interesting-ways-to-
Thisd discussion and accompanying video offers users a demonstration of ways to use Voice
Thread and other applications in their classroom to teach students. Applicable to the
development of social skill development and thus, the rerason I am sharing.
Comic Strip Creator - HYPERLINK "http://www.comicstripcreator.org/"
Free web-based resource that allows more advanced learners to create web-based comic strips.
Comic Life – HYPERLINK "http://www.plasq.com" http://www.plasq.com
Great software for developing your own social stories via a comic book.
Toondoo - HYPERLINK "http://www.toondoo.com" http://www.toondoo.com
This is a free web-based software that allows for you to develop your own cartoons for social
Tikatok - HYPERLINK "http://www.tikatok.com/" http://www.tikatok.com/
This is not free but does allow users to develop books through imagining a story and then
structuring it into a writing task. This has features of the old Story Book Weaver application.
The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling - HYPERLINK "http://digitalstorytelling.coe.uh.edu/"
The title says it all. The University of Houston has developed this resource to break down why,
how, and for what purpose digital story telling can be used within the classroom.
Pikikids - HYPERLINK "http://www.pikikids.com/" http://www.pikikids.com/
This is free and allows one to create a variety of comics strips that can be printed off as well as
saved for future use. The one caution is that upon entering the site there is access to a gallery of
others work. I have not seen a problem with that gallery but it is something to be aware of.
Digistories - HYPERLINK "http://digistories.pbworks.com/" http://digistories.pbworks.com/
A great wiki developed to share with others how digital stories can be created, with the different
types of applications, and the list goes on. This is a great wiki and something to visit.
Yodios - HYPERLINK "http://www.yodio.com/" http://www.yodio.com/
Allows you to add voice with photos which also allows this can be done with your cell phone as
well as the computer. Some nice flexible options and it is free. Pretty easy to use and the fact
you can do on the go has some possible applications for on site work and the like.
Slide - HYPERLINK "http://www.slide.com/" http://www.slide.com/
Free site that allows you to develop basic slide shows that are then able to be placed on any
social networking site and the like for direct use and sharing. It may be inappropriate for the
younger kiddos but for a teenager with social skill issues and the like, this might be just what
the doctor ordered.
GoAnimate - HYPERLINK "http://goanimate.com/" http://goanimate.com/
This is a free site that allows you to create a variety of comics and then have them available for
use and for sharing. It is connected with FaceBook but the site runs separately and the comic
features are quite nice allows for a variety of visuals to be used.
Cogdogroo - HYPERLINK "http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/storytools"
This is a wiki out of Australia where a user developed a really nice site sharing ideas and
resources to be used to develop/create stories. Goes beyond those with disabilities but the ideas
are great for digital stories.
Pikistrips - HYPERLINK "http://www.comeeko.com/ps/home" http://www.comeeko.com/ps/home
This is free and allows one to make comic strips from your own photos using standard sets of
frames. Apply PhotoShop like effects to images. Add speech bubbles and other components.
This does appear to have a more adult focus (not bad adult) and so should be reviewed before
Blabberize - HYPERLINK "http://blabberize.com/" http://blabberize.com/
This is a silly site but allows one to upload a picture of a frontal view of a face, mark the key
points of the mouth, and then record the audio. It creates a simple animation of the mount
moving to the sound of the voice.
Bitstrips - HYPERLINK "http://www.bitstripsforschools.com" http://www.bitstripsforschools.com
This is a for pay site but it allows for a great deal of functionality in developing school-based
comic strips allowing the student control of a number of features for this end.
Mind Reading - HYPERLINK "http://www.jkp.com/mindreading/" http://www.jkp.com/mindreading/
Mind Reading is a unique reference work covering the entire spectrum of human emotions.
Using the software you can explore over 400 emotions, seeing and hearing each one performed
by six different people.
My School Day - HYPERLINK "http://www.autismcoach.com/" http://www.autismcoach.com/
was designed by speech therapists specializing in helping autistic children, using real life video
clips to take the child into a typical school day, including the classroom, cafeteria, and
Fun with Feelings - HYPERLINK "http://www.digisoftdirect.com/products/funwithfeelings.html"
The software states that your child will learn to read the state of mind of others around them —
improving both their social interaction and personal well-being.
Voice Thread - HYPERLINK "http://voicethread.com/#home" http://voicethread.com/#home
This is a wonderful free website that offers a forum where you can create resources that include
pictures, audio, and doodles. This would be great in developing social stories.
Choices, Choices 5.0 - HYPERLINK "http://www.tomsnyder.com/products/product.asp?
Choices, Choices 5.0 helps students develop the skills and awareness they need to make wise
choices and to think through the consequences of their actions.
Domo Animate - HYPERLINK "http://domo.goanimate.com/" http://domo.goanimate.com/
This resource is free and allows users to develop simple video stories using characters with text
and audio to support the illustration you are focused on. The visual is animatiin-based targeting
all ages but practical for the comic loving student.
Capzles - HYPERLINK "http://capzles.com/" http://capzles.com/
This is a free Web 2.0 application that allows one to capture your memories (as they advertise)
but more importantly, allows one to combine videos, photos, blogs, and mp3s into a multimedia
storyline. Great for social stories, demonstration of knowledge, and the list goes on.
iMovie - HYPERLINK "http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/" http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali/
Apple’s Learning Exchange is an Apple resource that offers users a place to share ideas and
resources that are anchored-based resources.
MovieMaker - HYPERLINK "http://www.microsoft.com" http://www.microsoft.com
Allows users to develop interactive slide shows and small movies for illustration purposes.
Photo Story - HYPERLINK "http://www.microsoft.com" http://www.microsoft.com
Free download for Window Users. I like the Wizard feature that allows for folks to go step-by-
step in the use and development.
Discovery Learning – HYPERLINK "http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/"
This resource becoming increasingly available for users that is rich in video and instructional
anchors to set the context for all learners.
Atomic Learning - HYPERLINK "http://www.atomiclearning.com/" http://www.atomiclearning.com/
Atomic Learning provides web-based software training for more than 100 applications students
and educators use everyday. Visual in nature, good example of anchored instruction but also
practical for us to use:
Web 2.0 Considerations – What we Know
Voice Thread – HYPERLINK "http://www.voicethread.com" www.voicethread.com
For pay site but free for educators allowing you to create interactive slide shows and more that
reside on the web.
Animoto - HYPERLINK "http://animoto.com/" http://animoto.com/
Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from
your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy.
Kerpoof - HYPERLINK "http://www.kerpoof.com/" http://www.kerpoof.com/
Make books, cards, movies and more in this interactive website that allows you to save to their
server and access whenever and wherever.
PBWorks - HYPERLINK "http://pbworks.com/" http://pbworks.com/
This is a popular wiki site that allows you to create an online presence for you, your peers, your
students, your student’s parents, and the like.
Wikispaces - HYPERLINK "http://www.wikispaces.com/" http://www.wikispaces.com/
This is another popular free Wiki space area that teachers and students can use to share
resources as they look to develop and share information.
Reading Considerations – A Few Considerations
ReadPlease - HYPERLINK "http://www.readplease.com" http://www.readplease.com - Free and for
Natural Reader - HYPERLINK "http://www.naturalreaders.com/" http://www.naturalreaders.com/ -
Free as well as for pay options for the PC and Mac.
Wynn – http:// HYPERLINK "http://www.freedomscientific.com" www.freedomscientific.com
Another text-to-speech application that actually does more than read the text but offers a
number of additional functions for users.
Kurzweil – HYPERLINK "http://www.kurzweiledu.com" http://www.kurzweiledu.com
Another application that offers text-to-speech but so much more. Will scan digital text and can
be used for a variety of other purposes in gaining further access to text.
Text Help - HYPERLINK "http://www.texthelp.com" http://www.texthelp.com - for pay application
that schools are using for text-to-speech purposes.
Premier Accessibility –http://www.readingmadeez.com – for pay but you can also ask your district to
submit the grant application for they can get the basics for free.
Click Speak - HYPERLINK "http://clickspeak.clcworld.net/" http://clickspeak.clcworld.net/
This is an application for the Firefox browser for the PC but when downloaded, will be
applicable and helpful to read anything on the Firefox browser.
Montgomery County’s HIAT – HYPERLINK "http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/
This is where to begin for your resource search for reading solutions and digital text. Some
specific links within this site include:
Educational Websites - HYPERLINK
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/hiat/websites/ They list things under specific
groups including reading, writing, graphic organizers, and the like.
Accessible Technology Resources - HYPERLINK
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/hiat/resources/ Formatted for consideration across
Training Information - HYPERLINK
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/hiat/training/ Yes some of this is specific to what
goes on in MD but other aspects are right in line with things you can do online.
Basic but free website that you can copy and paste the text into the web page and the text will
be read to you.
VisuWords - HYPERLINK "http://www.visuwords.com" http://www.visuwords.com
A visual way to share a term, offer connections with meaning and other words, and the like.
Might to to complicated for some learners but appropriate for others.
Voycabulary - HYPERLINK "http://www.voycabulary.com" http://www.voycabulary.com
Walks user through the various resources out there to assist them with terms that might be
applicable for their papers and the like.
Audacity - HYPERLINK "http://audacity.sourceforge.net/" http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac
OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Resources for EText
Book Share – HYPERLINK "http://www.bookshare.org" http://www.bookshare.org - over 33,000
books and growing now that they received a $32 million dollar grant from the US Department of
Education to enhance access to digital text.
Gutenberg Project - HYPERLINK
- over 20,000 free text-based resources for the MS and HS curriculum.
The Online Books Page - HYPERLINK
"http://www.windows.ucar.edu"http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/ - over 24,000 free text-based
resources for the MS and HS curriculum.
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