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MITS is a statewide project focused on:

  • Assistive technology
  • The instructional framework of UDL.
  • Accessible instructional materials (AIM).

MITS provides support materials, technical assistance, training, and an extensive lending library focused on improving outcomes for all students.

    Summer Institute 2016

    2016 Summer Institute "Rethink Possibilities"

    Registration closes on June 12.
    Click here to register

    June 20-23, 2016
    Hagerty Center, Traverse City, MI

    "We can't solve problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." -Albert Einstein

    Monday and Tuesday – June 20 & 21
    TED-style Talks - Fast-paced 18 minute sessions to expose participants to great ideas!

    Corresponding Breakout Sessions - 75 minute sessions providing the skills and knowledge to use the great ideas!

    Wednesday and Thursday – June 22 & 23
    One- and two-day offerings from state and national speakers providing participants content and practice to implement new learning with students.

    Blocks of rooms have been reserved for the summer institute. Please contact the hotel directly to make reservations. Click on the Recommend Lodging List link to view the list of hotels.

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    #Talking AAC Conference 2016

    Save the Date for the #Talking AAC Conference

    Formerly known as Michigan AAC Conference

    November 9-11, 2016
    Eaton RESA, Charlotte, MI

    Registration will be available soon!

     

    ACCESSIBILITY FOR ALL! A Call to ACTION!

    The pressure for teachers and schools to “go digital” is reaching a critical tipping point. Yet, if digital materials and the technology used to deliver and interact with digital content are not designed to be usable by all students from the start, many students risk being left behind. The National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials has launched the PALM Initiative to address this concern. We encourage publishers to create and purchasers to demand and purchase accessible, broadly usable learning materials.

    Click here to download the flyer for more information.

    Click here to request paper copies of the PALM flyer. 

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    DATE CATEGORY TITLE
    6/20/2016 - 6/23/2016 conference 2016 Summer Institute Rethink Possibilities
    webinar face to face conference hybrid
    Recent Additions to our Lending Library

    Recent Additions to our Lending Library

    Strategy-A-Day Computer Background

    An electronic "Strategy-A-Day" daily computer screen background has been collaboratively developed by Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS), Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), PATINS Project of Indiana. Each day, your computer's background will feature a new A.T. related strategy waiting to be discovered! The background is available for both Mac and PC. Instructions on how to enable the calendar are included in the zip file available for download here.

    iPad Training Kits Available For Loan

    Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) has iPad Training Kits available for Michigan public school districts and ISDs/RESAs for short-term loan to conduct iPad Trainings. If you are interested in borrowing iPads to conduct a training please fill out the online request form. Additionally, you can download a spreadsheet that lists the apps that are available for use on the MITS training iPads. 

    You may also want to view our iPad Accessibility Facilitation Materials.

     

    AAC TechConnect

    Online Clinical Tools From

    AAC TechConnect Device Assistant

    MITS has arranged for a statewide license granting Michigan Educators free access to the AAC Tech Connect Device Assistant (Updated) and the AAC Device Assistant (New).

    Learn more about AAC Tech Connect & AAC Device Assistant

    Parent and Educator Guide for Assistive Technology (AT)

    Download an assistive technology guide for parents and educators developed by the Michigan Alliance for Families in collaboration with Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS). Please share with your networks.

    MITS Freedom Stick

    The MITS Freedom Stick is a portable, use-anywhere accessibility solution. Install this software package on any 4gb USB Flash Drive (full) or 2gb USB Flash Drive (lite) and you create a set of tools for your students that they can carry in their pockets which will make any Windows computer highly accessible.

    The Freedom Stick contains the full Open Office suite (comparable to Microsoft Office), the Balabolka Text-To-Speech system, an on-screen calculator which allows students to paste their math work into homework or test documents, a "mind mapper" (similar to Inspiration), the Audacity audio recorder/player, and many more supports.

    A member of The Alliance for Technology Access

    Michigan's Integrated Technology Supports (MITS) is an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Grant Funded Initiative through the Michigan Department of Education, Office of Special Education.