About Jane Farrall

Jane has been working in the disability and assistive technology field for over 20 years. She has extensive practical experience in both Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and in teaching children and adults with disabilities to acquire literacy.

Jane has worked as a school and adult service based therapist and literacy teacher. She has also worked as an assistive technology specialist at both ComTEC and at Spectronics and is currently working as an independent consultant in literacy, AAC and Assistive Technology.

She has completed a Masters in Special Education focusing on literacy acquisition in children and adults without speech. Jane is a former Chairperson of AGOSCI (Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment) and is the founder and organiser of the Big Mouth Camp, a camp for school aged students using speech generating devices and their families. You can get more information about Jane at her website www.janefarrall.com.

Posts and Resources by Jane Farrall

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The APPlicator – switch access to MORE apps and music too!

The APPlicator – switch access to MORE apps and music too!

Reposted with permission from www.janefarrall.com/blog In the beginning, there was no switch access to the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch.  Over time, however, a small range of apps have been released which offer internal switch access – but unfortunately different apps were released along with different switch interfaces and a confusing picture of switch access to the iPad began to appear. …

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Willans Hill One Year On – still providing literacy for ALL students

Willans Hill One Year On – still providing literacy for ALL students

Reposted with permission from www.janefarrall.com/blog   Last year I wrote about the exciting literacy project I was involved with at Willans Hill School in Wagga Wagga on the Spectronics blog.  The inspiration for my original blog (apart from overwhelming excitement about the changes we were seeing) was an interview with Prime Television.  Last week, the school was visited …

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Guided Reading for ALL students

Guided Reading for ALL students

Reposted with permission from www.janefarrall.com/blog Guided Reading is the process by which we can help students to be strategic in their reading – and improve their skills at getting information from books. It is a crucial part of balanced literacy instruction and is part of the Early Years classrooms in Australia, the National Literacy Strategy in England and …

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Unus Tactus – a new simple phone App

Unus Tactus – a new simple phone App

Reposted with permission from www.janefarrall.com/blog is a really fabulous new App for the iPhone – which allows a user to access a simple picture based phone directory to make calls.     Creating an entry is short and simple – just press the plus icon at the top of the screen and add a new person – type …

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How do I use a switch with an iPad?

How do I use a switch with an iPad?

Please note: there is a June 2012 update to this post. Click here to be taken to the newer posting. Reposted with permission from www.janefarrall.com/blog Over the last four weeks, as I have been spending time in schools and giving workshops, one of the most common questions I have had is “How do I use a switch with …

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Abilipad – the Write tool for the iPad

Abilipad – the Write tool for the iPad

(formerly Intellipad) is a relatively new writing app available for the iPad. Developed by an Occupational Therapist who wanted a custom keyboard for her client – the App has become much more than a custom keyboard creator and is a very clever writing and literacy teaching tool. At the most basic level, Abilipad offers a keyboard with word …

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TarHeel Reader Books – a great resource for iBooks on your iPad

TarHeel Reader Books – a great resource for iBooks on your iPad

Over the past few weeks I have presented quite a few workshops where I have talked about making custom bookshelves within iBooks for self-selected reading time – or just for making a range of books available for students to enjoy! One of the resources I have been using to contribute to custom bookshelves is TarHeel Reader books, imported …

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iPads in Special Education

iPads in Special Education

This presentation was created for a series of workshops on iPads in Special Education in late 2011 held in Perth and locations in Victoria. The presentation uses links and information contained on our Apple and iPad information page at http://www.spectronicsinoz.com/blog/apple/.

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DynaVox Series 5: Hands on Training Perth August 2011

DynaVox Series 5: Hands on Training Perth August 2011

These resources are designed to accompany the DynaVox Series 5 (V/Vmax/V+/Vmax+/Maestro) training that we provided in Perth in August 2011. The presentation used at the beginning of this workshop is shown as a Slideshare document below. DynaVox Series 5 Hands-On training Resources Series 5 Comprehensive Quick Start guide DynaVox Implementation Toolkit Opening the Box – Series 5 AAC …

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AAC – All Day, Every Day

AAC – All Day, Every Day

This presentation was created for a workshop for SPOT on DD  on “AAC All Day, Every Day” in August 2011. Videos were removed from this presentation for privacy reasons – but some of the videos available are on You Tube and links to these and other resources are provided below.

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