Karen’s Mashups-Show 24-Special Needs

This show highlights podcasts for learners with special needs.

There is new information coming out all the time about learning disabilities, brain research, universal design for learning, and more. Podcasts are a good way to keep up with it all and to connect with others who have share an interest in specific issues.


Our classrooms are filled with ever-increasingly diverse students. Static and often inaccessible educational resources like textbooks are not appropriate for many learners. The accommodations that can be made to increase accessibility are good not only for special populations but for ALL students. The principles behind Universal Design for Learning could revolutionize educational success for many learners.

Included in this show are:

LD Podcast – excerpt from interview with Dr. Steve Graham about writing

The LD Podcast is a show about learning and learning disabilities. Host Whitney Hoffman brings together a great combination of engaging style and knowledge of education, learning disabilities, and technology. She is also a mother of two. The show covers many topics and includes guest interviews, always with a strong connection to learning and education. Her topics are timely and relevant to students of all types and abilities.

Autism podcast – portion of show on the Interactive Autism Network

The host of this show, Michael Boll, is a teacher, currently teaching 5th grade at the Concordia International School in Shanghai, China. Mr. Boll also has an eight-year-old son who has autism. His show includes lots of good information about autism, including interviews with guest experts. His firsthand experience as a parent and his friendly, interesting style make this an engaging podcast.

EASI podcasts - excerpt from show on Bookshare.org

Equal Access to Software and Information (EASI) is an organization devoted to providing information and guidance in the area of access-to-information technologies by individuals with disabilities. They produce three podcasts: Barrier-free IT – Tips and Tricks Podcast, It’s About People and Not Technology, and EASI’S Conference Podcasts.

CAST - segment from Dr. David Rose’s overview of UDL and the book Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning

The Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) is a well-known and well-respected organization focused on innovative technology-based educational resources and strategies based on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). In this podcast, CAST co-founder Dr. David Rose talks about UDL and the book Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning. This is an excellent book well-worth reading.

CAST provides a great wealth of resources for those interested in this area. They also recently released two new free online literacy tools: UDL Editions by CAST and CAST Strategy Tutor in partnership with Google

Transition sound – Xylophone 2 by Tristan

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