COVID-19 Update

The Alt+Shift office has re-opened on a limited basis.

Alt+Shift continues to be available to provide technical assistance and support during these uncertain times.

Please note, the Lending Library has also reopened with a few changes to the normal procedure.

Collaboration & Impact

Alt+Shift offers opportunities that improve educators’ and families’ abilities to unlock and experience each learner’s true capacity for learning.

Implementation of new practices takes time. Through ongoing collaboration with educators and families, we provide adults with the beliefs, knowledge, and skills to build capacity and improve outcomes for every learner.

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Lending Library

The Alt+Shift Lending Library contains assistive technology equipment and software that is available to Michigan's PK-12 public schools for short-term use.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

All learners have the right to communicate, and communication is a prerequisite for teaching and learning.

Additionally, autonomous communication requires literacy, and our goal must be to allow all learners to express what they want to communicate.

Learn about:

  • language development strategies, including core vocabulary
  • more robust tools such as Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD)
  • structuring daily literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities and complex communication needs

Explore AAC

Math for Students with Disabilities

Should more of your learners with disabilities be proficient in math? With the right support and knowledge, all educators, learners, and families can engage in teaching and learning of mathematics.

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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology, defined as anything that supports learners in doing things they would not otherwise be able to do, can provide the traction learners need to succeed but is often intimidating to educators who think of it as very specialized.

Become empowered to individually consider, select, and implement AT for learners, yet also recognize when additional perspectives (e.g., teacher, administrator, itinerant staff, paraprofessional, parent, etc.) are critical to the process.

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Accessible Digital Materials

If you want your messages (via website, emails, presentations, etc.) to reach everyone, a proactive approach to content creating is critical. Nearly 20% of the U.S. population has some form of disability that can affect vision, hearing, dexterity, mobility, and more.

Learn how to improve the accessibility of documents and presentations that you create. Accessible design eliminates barriers that prevent learners and consumers from receiving information.

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Remote Learning Resources

Educators and families want to support learners with disabilities when school buildings are closed or learning must happen remotely.

Alt+Shift is here to provide technical assistance and resources for families and educators related to:

  • Accessibility of digital materials
  • Assistive technology (AT)
  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
  • Mathematics for learners with disabilities
  • Learner engagement
  • Guidance from the Michigan Department of Education
  • Alt+Shift will continue to add resources as they are discovered.

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Request Assistance

If you have any questions about our offerings or resources, please use our technical assistance form to contact us and someone from our staff will follow up with you.

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