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Assistive Technology and Makey Makey - Resources and Webinar!

March 01, 2019
Edited to include the broadcast of our webinar with Trisha Roffey. -March 27, 2019.
We've seen a lot of great Makey Makey work centered around the topic of accessibility and assistive technology devices. More and more occupational therapists are starting to gamify their work. Schools are also seeing the importance of combining empathy alongside invention literacy.
We wanted to share some resources on creating assistive technology that we find helpful if you are interested in this topic too!

Great places to start

  • Watch this video from our very own Tom Heck's TED talk about students using design thinking and empathy to create assistive controllers for classmates.


  • You can join our Facebook Educator group and chat with others intrigued by the same ideas!
  • Ramsey Musallam is an inspired educator in California who created a two week special course for his students. CLICK HERE for details.
  • Jason Web's Instructable for Making a DIY Assistive Device (It is an oldie but a goodie, so excuse the few broken pathways.)
  • We've also found a few interesting articles you might want to read:
    • Makey Makey as an Assistive Resource- This is a jam packed Educator article with thorough research! It's an amazing place to get ideas and show your administrators why you should use Makey Makey in this way!
    • DIY Assistive Game Controllers- This article by Matthew Farber posts a quite a few assistive technology design challenges you can implement with your students today!
    • Read this article in Make for more information on Tom's Design Challenge with students.

Check out our March Webinar!

Last but not least, we went into depth on ideas for assistive devices in our most recent webinar with Makey Makey Ambassador Trisha Roffey!

 Electrify Assistive Technology with Trisha Roffey March 26th, 3 pm CST

Trish Roffey is an Emerging Technologies Consultant working in Edmonton, Alberta CANADA. Trish says "My Grade 8 students and I decided to take on building an educational program and switch based on the learning needs of specific students. We went to one of our local schools that needed some support and each student met their “client”. The outcome was one of the most powerful teaching experiences of my career!"

View details on Trisha's project here:

The webinar with Trisha was phenomenal! For those that missed the live broadcast, we wanted to share this resource with you! We learned so much and were so inspired. We can't wait to see more schools use design thinking to create assistive technology for students with real needs. 

View the full webinar here:

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Access to Trisha's slides are here.


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