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Assistive Technology: Providing Learning Opportunities and Access For All StudentsMITTEN Seminar October 22, 20021

Assistive Technology and the Law(1) Assistive Technology Devices (2) Assistive Technology Services


The term assistive technology device means:

Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of children with disabilities. These devices can range from an adapted pencil to sophisticated microprocessors.3

The term assistive technology service means:

Any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.


Assistive Technology Services include the following:

The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child s customary environment. Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing of assistive technology.5

AT Services (continued)

Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs. Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child s family; and6

AT Services (continued)

Training or technical assistance for professionals who provide services for, or are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of children with disabilities.


Handout ProvidedHow To Support Students With Learning Differences The Assistive Technology and Education Connection. By Leonard V. Pisano, Ph.D. tive_technology_howto.html


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Low Tech Tools to Support Literacy


Pencil Grips

Support poor writing due to a lack of fine motor control and even pressure. Avenue to support hand and finger fatigue. Try different styles with students to support improved grasp.

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Raised Lined Paper

This unique paper actually has raised green lines! The raised line assists children by providing a physical bump to help feel where to stop. This bright white paper 81/2 x 11 printed with green lines, comes in 2 widths. Wide rule, with a dashed line or narrow ruled


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PostPost-It Note Collection

Use Post-Its to mark Postwhere to start and stop reading. Use Post-Its to mark Postthe Table of Contents, Index, and other reference points for quick access. Use to locate a given chapter and assignments for easy location access.

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PostPost-It Note Collection

Use to locate and return to information needed to answer questions. Great to move the question through the pages while locating answers. Use to write notes and summaries on pages.Region IV STELA Project 200214

PostPost-Its Continued

Brainstorm ideas, one per sheet. Easy to rearrange ideas and prioritize. Use different colors for categorizing ideas. Post vocabulary lists right inside the text moving through pages. Edit and revisions become easy to note.Region IV STELA Project 200215

Erasable Highlighters

Highlight key ideas and erase with ease. Make note of unfamiliar words. Supports over highlighting tendencies.

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Highlighter Tape

Removable & reusable Easy to write on Use a coding systemPink: important vocabulary. Blue: chapter questions. Yellow: dates Orange: facts/picture/maps Green: names to know. Words that they do not know, to look up.Region IV STELA Project 2002


Highlighter Tape Storage Tips

Laminate a 5x7 card for each student. Each student may store their tape(s) on their card for future use. Highlighting techniques need to be taught and modeled.

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What about OVER Highlighting?

Provide students with 2 or 3 long strips of tape on a wipe board or laminated sheet of paper. Ask them to highlight 2 or 3 most important facts on the page. Allow them to use these tape strips only. Encourage them to keep moving the tapes as they find more important information .Region IV STELA Project 200219

Index TabsUse as page markers to mark the important, often used parts of textbooks:

Index Table of Contents Reference portions of a bookMaps Glossary Dictionary GazetteerRegion IV STELA Project 200220

RediRedi-Tag Page Flags

Use to point out answer details once found. (use color codes) Use to point out vocabulary to return to. Use to point out key facts. Use to locate in general.Region IV STELA Project 200221

EZC Reader: Reading Strips

Reading strips are an aid for beginning readers and for experienced readers who need help focusing attention. Simply place the reading strip on top of the line to be read. The colored plastic highlights the line enabling the reader to easily focus and concentrate on the words to be read. Available in yellow and blue.Region IV STELA Project 200222

Webster's New Misspeller's Dictionary

"How can I look it up in the dictionary if I can't spell it?" Handy dictionary alphabetically lists the most common misspellings of more than 15,000 frequently used words, and gives the correct spellings in easy-toeasy-to-read boldface type.Region IV STELA Project 200223

Webster's New Misspeller's DictionaryBrief definitions help distinguish among the different meanings of many words. Readers are aided by syllable divisions that make it easier to remember the correct spelling, tips on becoming a better speller, and useful advice on avoiding common causes of misspellings.Region IV STELA Project 200224

Resource List for Low Tech Literacy Accommodations %20Low%20Tech%20Accomodations.DOC


Products Demonstrated at Seminar

Portable Word Processors give students access to word processing

The AlphaSmart 3000


Software Demonstrated at SeminarIdea Organizing Software

Inspiration and Kidspiration

Draft:Builder www.donjohnston.com27

Software Demonstrated at Seminar (con t)Talking Word Processors


IntelliTalkII www.intellitools.com28

Software Demonstrated at Seminar (con t)Word Prediction


Co:Writer www.donjohnston.com29

Software Demonstrated at Seminar (con t)Reading Support Free text reader for Windows

Kurzweil 3000 www.kurzweiledu.com30

Software Demonstrated at Seminar (con t)Reading Support

Start-ToStart-To-Finish Books HighHigh-interest, controlled- vocabulary series controlledthat gets struggling students reading. www.donjohnston.com31

Electronic Text Available libraries.html


Region IV STELA Project

Developed by The Region IV Assistive Technology Consortium The Region IV Assistive Technology Consortium is comprised of AT consultants who serve eight southeast Michigan intermediate school districts: Jackson, Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne County RESA.

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How the STELA Project Evolved

Much of the past work of the Region IV AT Consortium has focused on the special education low incidence population. The STELA Project, with a focus on high incidence disabilities was developed in large part to the growing concerns about supporting struggling students (high incidence disabilities & at-risk atstudents) in the general education classroom.

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How the STELA Project Evolved

Much of what has gone into the STELA Project Kits was shaped by the feedback we received from teachers across all eight counties. Teachers were most concerned about ways to meet the literacy needs of struggling readers and writers within the general education curriculum.

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Region IV STELA Project

This year is our first year of implementation of the STELA Project in 56 pilot sites (general education classrooms) across the eight southeast Michigan counties. Each pilot site consists of one general education teacher and one special education teacher.

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Region IV STELA Project

Teachers across all 56 STELA sites will be receiving the same training and kits ; And, all teachers will be assisting us in collecting the same data on students (approximately 1,500 students total).

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Region IV STELA Project: What We Hope To Learn

What strategies, tools, and technologies support the learning and academic performance of struggling readers and writers across the curriculum? What kinds of supports do teachers need to enable them to integrate various strategies, tools, and technologies across the Language Arts Curriculum with confidence and efficiency?

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Region IV STELA Project: What We Hope To Learn

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