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Resources

National Education Policy 2020 is considered a path-breaking roadmap to overhaul the education sector in the country. For the first time in independent India, the education of children with disabilities is an integral part of a national policy. The new policy can help scale up access to education to children with disabilities

While NEP focus on extensive use of digital technology to provide accessible content to divyang student . This is a initiative Towards that

Every 1 in 100 children below 10 yrs has autism in India.

Online education has the potential to make learning more accessible for PwDs. It takes care of physical barriers created by transportation and mobility issues. Children have the advantage of accessing learning from the safety and comfort of their homes The digital age brings good news for students dealing with autism. Digital resources are critical for effective education, skilling, independent living ,Employment and research. Take a look at our comprehensive list of digital resources for students with autism .

Studying online provides the disabled students time and space to work. With eLearning, they can review materials and watch videos lectures as many times as they need. Through the IT systems and softwares, students who have dyslexia or visual processing disorder can manipulate digital text by changing their font style or size which help them in processing the information effectively. Online courses depend more on interactive studies like visuals, graphics, and closed-captioned videos. They are known as a great leveler. Such studies allow students to choose and share what they want to show

The links to resources are organized as:

Educational Resources: We list various free and paid sources ranging from worldwide to India specific , Browse this list of Free Teaching Resources , Online Resources & support , Use this handy resource pack to set up an autism work station desk, Use the Home learning pack ,organizations and web resources focused on educational resources of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Information and Other Resources: Teach student with Autism with Free Downloads ,Learning Collections to supplement the students education sources for study and research YouTube Channels, Magazines.

  • If the Skills Survey determines that a child requires additional keyboard skills to smoothly use the program, he or she is guided to the Letter Land format.

  • Letter Land develops the ability to type the letters and punctuation keys on the keyboard in a smooth, efficient manner. This does not require 10 finger touch typing, but rather having an effective mental map of where all the keys are and how to effectively use the keyboard.

  • Building up from one row of the keyboard to three rows, a child learns to rapidly locate the letters and punctuation keys as well as the appropriate use of the shift key. A child is first asked to type some letters or punctuation and then is asked to complete a word using one of the same letters.

ASD Reading

ASD Reading is a groundbreaking reading program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Current reading education relies on methods that do not work for children on the spectrum with the result that the majority never gain the ability to read with fluency or understanding. However, ASD Reading uses revolutionary reading instructions methods that can be used to teach any child with ASD to read and write - even those who are non-verbal (i.e., non-speaking). Its reading resources include:

  • Skills Survey - Part 1: The Skills Survey Part 1 determines a child's visual sequencing and keyboard skills.

  • Seeing Sequences: If the Skills Survey determines that a child needs to develop the visual sequencing and memory skills of reading, he or she is guided to the Seeing Sequences format.

  • Letter Land: If the Skills Survey determines that a child requires additional keyboard skills to smoothly use the program, he or she is guided to the Letter Land format.

  • Reading and Writing Formats - Overview: This portion of the program teaches the skills of reading, writing and comprehension, starting with short, simple words and phrases and moving on to increasingly complex language.

  • Reading and Writing - Level 1: Level 1 presents characters such as kids and animals that are central to any story. This first level presents the simple, basic phrases and sentences needed to discuss these key "residents" of the story world.

  • Reading and Writing - Level 2: After being introduced, in Level 1, to characters (such as kids and animals) and key properties of those characters, Level 2 increases the complexity of the writing to introduce more multi-syllable words, longer sentences, more sentences on a page and some unique features of text such as quotations and the punctuation they require. This level also offers pages of text unaccompanied by pictures--a key feature of more advanced books.

  • Reading and Writing - Level 3: In Level 3, the past tense - a form that is critical to effective retelling of events - is systematically introduced. The words at this level involve more advanced concepts, the stories are longer and extend over two books. Comprehension activities are introduced aimed at teaching children the vital skill of knowing how to summarize stories.

  • Reading and Writing - Level 4: Non-story books such as books on science are critical to reading success. At level 4, children are introduced to science-related texts such as the habits of animals and the manned space flight to the moon. Presentation of this material naturally entails more complex vocabulary (the words continue to become more advanced in terms of both meaning and spelling) and more sophisticated sentences.

  • Reading and Writing - Level 5: Level 5 offers richer, fantasy-based stories that contain characters who experience complex thoughts, emotions and experiences. Additionally, the words continue to become more advanced in terms of both meaning and spelling. This sets the stage for the children to independently and successfully read the wide array of appealing books that are aimed not at teaching reading, but at enjoying reading.

  • Progress Checks Levels 1-5: The Progress Checks accomplish the vital task of determining if a child has mastered the material after each level of the reading and writing formats. They involve a child completing reading and writing activities from the material that has been taught at that level.

  • Finally ASD Reading offers Placement Test as a print versions:

    • Seeing Sequences teaches left-to-right visual sequencing and visual memory.

    • Letter Land teaches handwriting so students can smoothly do the writing exercises in the program.

    • Books & Workbooks: The books and workbooks of ASD Reading are divided into five levels with six stories at each level. They start at a Lexile level of 80 (Book 1) and go up to a Lexile level of 750 by the end of the program. The books and workbooks are designed to be used together.

Counting Kingdom

Online Math Comprehension

Counting Kingdom program uses a rich array of techniques that teaches students to:

  • recognize, count, and understand the meaning of numbers up to 10

  • calculate the number of objects in a group

  • understand that a particular number of objects has a fixed value despite the size or nature of those objects

  • understand geometric shapes and be able to sort objects by shape

  • follow a sequence of commands involving math concepts

  • comprehend key math concepts such as “same as,” “all”, “another one” and “the right number.”

  • Along with the teaching of core ideas in math, the program enhances a student’s conceptual and reasoning abilities.


Another key goal of the program is to teach students to understand the variety of linguistic forms in which math concepts can appear (e.g., the request to “calculate a number of objects” can appear as:

  • “How many are here?”

  • “Count these.”

  • “Give me X (e.g., 4) of these.”

  • “Write the number that shows how many are here.” etc.

Story Smarts

Online Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is a skill that is vital to academic success yet it receives little, if any, systematic attention in the early years of school.

Story Smarts changes all that. Even if your child has not yet learned to read, you can use the program to give him or her competence in this vital realm.

Content:

  • 30 attractive, full color online picture stories, grouped into two levels of complexity

  • sophisticated, but easy to use materials that allow you to teach the key components of comprehension, including the "main idea"

  • stories advance steadily from simple to more complex—so that a child always experiences mastery and success

  • carefully designed materials that enable your child to overcome any errors or difficulties that may occur in retelling stories

  • in early comprehension there are often two main techniques—one is retelling and the other is sequencing of pictures so that the pictures tell the story. Story Smarts online includes both techniques

Story Smarts Book Covers

Spelling Ninja

Online Spelling

Reading depends on rapid, smooth decoding. It's what allows a good reader to look at words and instantly recognize what they are "saying" (that is, decode them into real words).

Unfortunately, for many children, this does not happen. Instead, reading is an onerous chore where they have to repeatedly stop to spend time and effort sounding out a slew of words.

How could they have "forgotten" so quickly? The answer is that they did not really "forget." What happened is that they never really processed the word they had sounded out and so no memory of it was laid down. Hence when the word is seen again, it is as if it were a "first" exposure.

Fortunately there is a solution which may be a bit unexpected – since it rests not in reading but in writing. Reading often can be achieved without "exactness." For example, if you show a young child a long word starting with el and ending with ant, the chances are that he or she will say ("correctly") that it is the word elephant. The cues are sufficient to make this "guess." Writing, or at least accurate writing, is not possible if this kind of rough approximation is used. For a word to be written accurately, each and every letter must be noted and placed in the correct sequence. That's why writing holds the key to both successful reading and writing.

Ajit Narayanan: A word game to communicate in any language, TED, 2014

While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in "maps." The idea now powers the FreeSpeech app, which can help nonverbal people communicate.

Avaz

Avaz is a picture-based software application for children and adults with communication challenges.

Developed by Chennai-based Invention Labs in collaboration with Vidya Sagar (formerly known as The Spastics Society of India, Chennai), along with 25 other schools, the app has a built-in vocabulary that is optimised for India. It is available in seven languages, namely Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, and English. The app replaces words with pictures, making it easy for autistic children to communicate with their family members and caregivers.

Ajit Narayanan (b. 1981) is the inventor of FreeSpeech, a picture language with a deep grammatical structure. He's also the inventor of Avaz, India's first Augmentative and Alternative Communication device for children with disabilities. He is a TR35 awardee (2011) and an awardee of the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities by the President of India (2010).

Avaz ASD Solutions