Toy Workshop: Making simple battery operated toys switch accessible – anyone can!

This week, at Beit Issie Shapiro, a small group of occupational therapists and speech therapists from the day programs gathered in the library to “play” in a workshop led by Frank Marciano, engineer, maker, father to a child with disabilities,

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Mainstream Technologies for People with Disabilities: Impressions and Highlights from David Banes’ visit to Beit Issie Shapiro

This week we were honored to host David Banes at Beit Issie Shapiro. David is known internationally for his work in assistive technology (AT) and he shared with us his wealth of insight and valuable experience. David started his career

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Apple Classroom

Apple Classroom is an app designed to help the teacher guide and direct students in their learning by allowing the teacher control over the other iPads in the classroom. Through the app, located on the teacher’s iPad, the teacher can

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Using Switches with iPad

We are often asked about using switches with the iPad, so in this post, we will review the technical details of connecting switches to the iPad and also different ways they can be used. Switches can be an excellent way

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2Talk – a new app for new AAC users

We are very happy to introduce you to 2Talk, a new app for creating communication boards. The app is intended for users who are just beginning their journey into the world of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and need opportunities

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The Passover Haggadah: something for everyone

Next week, Jewish people around the word will celebrate the holiday of Passover. In this post we wanted to share various Haggadas with you that we have created or found to improve participation of all family members in the Passover

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Costume Make-a-thon

Last week, Beit Issie Shapiro hosted a costume make-a-thon.  The hall was a bustle of creativity and joy. 30 children and youth with disabilities that use mobility devices, and their families, came and worked together with student volunteers from the

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Purim is Coming!

In just a week we will be celebrating Purim in all its colorful glory; carnivals, costumes, and more…Purim is a very special holiday with unique customs that everyone, especially children, love to take part in. In this spirit, Beit Issie

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IssieBoard: A Virtual Keyboard with customizable options. A Collaboration between Beit Issie Shapiro and SAP Labs Israel

We have been using the app IssieBoard for almost a year now, and we have received a lot of great feedback from users (thanks to all those who shared their experiences) telling us that the app is helping children and

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TOM Makeathon 2017

On January 8-10, 2017 makers, professionals, families and people with disabilities gathered at the Technion in Haifa, Israel for a special event called TOM: Tikkun Olam Makers – an initiative of the Reut Institute in cooperation with the ROI community

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