Montana LINCS Update

4/4/11

Greetings from Montana LINCS

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Greetings!

April Fool’s Day has come and gone, and MTLINCS didn’t even have a chance to play any pranks.  Of course, no pranks have been needed this year with everything that has been occurring for MT ABLE.  Professionally, Montana ABLE colleagues have collaborated to meet a variety of national, state, and local challenges; and by doing so, the Montana ABLE system has become a stronger, cohesive unit.  We must continue to communicate with each other to promote Montana ABLE, a vital part of Montana’s economy.  We must continue to share with others the wisdom of the crowds.

 

With that in mind, MTLINCS will soon share some great resources with you that were presented at the national LINCS meeting.  In the meantime, please share MT ABLE success stories with all you know.  Check out Montana ABLE Facts and Statistics at http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/facts2.htm .  Montana ABLE does count!  

 

 

 

1.   Montana ABLE TABE/BEST+ Training and ESOL Conference:  May 3, 4, & 5

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/opiableupdates.htm to view information about trainings.

 

ESOL Participant Survey

If you are planning to participate in the ESOL Conference, click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/2011_ESOL_Conference_Participant_Survey.doc  to access a pre-conference survey to be emailed to Ellen Guettler at ellen.guettler@bsd7.org .  Please email by April 7.

 

TABE Participant Survey

If you are planning to participate in the TABE training, click here http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MQZJZQ2 to complete a pre-conference TABE participant survey.  Please complete by April 15.

 

2.   Montana ABLE ESOL Study Circle Update

 

Click here http://www.nwlincs.org/mtlincs/opi/esl/Studycircle/montana_esol_study_circle.htm for recommended reading for the 1/24 conference call.

 

3.   Reading Resource for LD

 

Taken from LINCS LD Discussion List

In today's world we (those persons with Disabilities) are sitting on the edge of changing the whole education delivery system.  Imagine a student reading a book and coming to a word they don't understand, or a place they don't know where it is or a person they don't know what they look like or a thing they don't know what it is, and with couple clicks of a mouse for a student with Dyslexia then has the answer.  Well, today it is possible, Read:Outloud and Bookshare.org has created such a solution. 

http://www.bookshare.org/_/aboutUs/howBookshareWorks 

Bookshare® is an online library of digital books for people with print disabilities. It operates under an exception to U.S. copyright law which allows copyrighted digital books to be made available to people with qualifying disabilities. In addition, many publishers and authors have volunteered to provide Bookshare with access to their works. By requiring individuals to register as Members and provide a Proof of Disability, Bookshare ensures that only qualified individuals use the service.

Bookshare Members download books, textbooks and newspapers in a compressed, encrypted file. They then read the material using adaptive technology, typically software that reads the book aloud (text-to-speech) (i.e. Read Outloud … ) and/or displays the text of the book on a computer screen, or Braille access devices, such as refreshable Braille displays.

 

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Norene Peterson
Adult Education Center
415 N. 30th
Billings, MT 59101

norenehp@bresnan.net