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Dynamics and Impact on the Learning of our StudentsAssistive Technology in educationAny technology that can help close the gap between a students disability and their academic potential. Can be in the form of a device or service. What is assistive technology?

BROAD GOALSEmpowering students with disabilities to beProductive IndependentBetter learners

SPECIFIC GOALSBetter communication with peers and teachersStudents developing initiative and confidence in academic and social tasksUnrestrictive geography around the classroom for students

What are the goals of assistive technology?Commonly used typesSpeech recognition programsAudio booksTalking calculators Video magnifiersBrail textGraphic organizersPortable word processors

What types of assistive technology are available to students?

A team and utility built into the special education arm of the school to coordinate A.T.Monitoring and evaluating to the available A.T.Making progressive decisions based off quantitative data as to the effectiveness of the A.T.Training in using A.T. for parents, students and teachers.Funding

What should schools and teachers consider when implementing A.T.?A primary legal requirement for assistive technology is IDEA, or Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. IDEA requires the following- Building of A.T. accommodations into the IEPSchools must provide A.T. training to teachers, parents, and studentsParents rights to request student evaluations for A.T. services

The Assistive Technology Act also provides legal reinforcement to A.T. This act supports UDL (Universal Design for Learning) which helps build equal learning opportunity into a curriculum including accessibility. What laws surround the implementation of assistive technology?Examples of Assistive technologyTDD, or telecommunication devices uses captioning to convert verbal language into words on a screen for the student. A.T. for the hearing impaired

Video magnifiers allow students magnify physical text into manipulative digital text. A.T. for the seeing impaired

Alternate keyboards have customable keys. This allows teachers to pair letters and numbers to elements such as colors and patterns. A.T. for learning disabled

Eye tracking technology allow students to move objects on screens and make specific selections via preset eye movements. A.T. for the physically disabled

Assisstive devices for people with hearing, voice, speech, or language disorders. (2011, December). Retrieved from http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/assistive-devices.aspxAssistive technology for people with physical impairments. (2015). Retrieved from http://www.gmc-uk.org/accessibility/assistive_technologies/physical_impairments.aspRoblyer, M.D. & Doering, A. (2013). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching 6th edition (p. 408). Columbus, Ohio: Merrill Prentice HallStanberry, K., & Raskind, R. (2010, February). Alternative keyboards. Retrieved from http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/assistive-technology/957-alternative-keyboards.gsThe IRIS Center for Training Enhancements. (2010). Assistive Technology: An Overview. Retrieved on [1/20/15] from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/at/



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