*Everyday Technologies for Learning Differences

Using the Tools You Already Have
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The right technology can level the academic playing field for students with learning differences, and one of the best places to start is with tools they already have on their computers, tablets, and smartphones.  These “everyday technologies” are free, easy to learn, and a good stepping stone to more capable tools.

Join Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven as she demonstrates how to leverage everyday technologies — as well as some free online tools and resources — to listen to books, annotate digital worksheets, dictate essays, edit written work, supplement notetaking, organize research, improve math understanding, and manage assignments.  Presentation highlights include:

  • Learning supports built into Mac, Windows, and mobile device operating systems
  • Free extensions and add-ons for the Chrome browser and G Suite (Google Docs, etc.)
  • Underutilized features in Microsoft Word
  • Free Web-based tools and resources


Shelley Haven has worked the past 30 years helping individuals with physical, sensory, cognitive, and learning challenges to unlock their potential with technology. She is certified as both an Assistive Technology Professional and a Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist. Shelley currently works as an independent assistive technology consultant serving families, educators, and schools with a focus on learning differences, ADHD, and executive functioning. She previously directed AT resources and services for Stanford University’s Office of Accessible Education and helped establish the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford for students with learning differences and ADHD.

*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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