Assistive Technology Resources to Help Meet Students’ Needs Rachel Hopkins
Special Education According to Marilyn Friend and William D. Bursuck in their book Including Students with Special Needs: A Practical Guide for Classroom Teachers, Special Education is defined as: A specifically designed instruction provided by the school district or other local education agency that meets the unique needs of students identified as disabled according to federal and state eligibility criteria.
Working with Special Need Students Have a positive environment in the classroom Break down the assignments for the students to make it more comprehendible and less overbearing Provide a homework folder for both the student and the parents to keep both informed for assignments; both past and present. Reducedistractions: Move the student to the best possible place in the room to stay focused. http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/learning/adhd.html#
Terms to Be Aware Of… IEP: Individualized Education Plans Provided to students who might be eligible for special services specific to each student. ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Hyperactive Students who struggle with focusing LRE: Least Restrictive Environment Students’ right to be educated in a setting with peers without disabilities Inclusive Practices: Students with disabilities should be in a general setting classroom as opposed to a special education classroom
What is Assistive Technology? The Family Center on Technology and Disability says Assistive Technology is: any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. http://www.fctd.info/factsheet/at101
These help with students who have mild learning disabilities, especially with reading and writing.
Handheld Magnifiers Large Print Text Closed Captioning TV Hands-free Headsets
Assistive Technologies Cont. VISUALS Computers Voice Recognition Touch Screen Text-to-Speech Digital Hearing Aids ALD Webcam Photography These technologies help students with ADHD and auditory disabilities. Better focus and better sound!
Resources http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/learning/adhd.html# http://www.gatfl.org/AssistiveTechnology.aspx http://www.fctd.info/factsheet/at101 http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm http://www.synapseadaptive.com/edmark/prod/tw/default.htm Friend, M., & Bursuck, W. D. (2009). Including students with special needs: a practical guide for classroom teachers. Columbus, Ohio: Pearson. http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm
Photograph Resources Hearing Aid: best-hearing-aids.info Text to Speech: evalamar.com Webcam: catherine-meissner.org Magnifier: magnifier.com.tw Large Print: whplibrary.org Closed Captioning: abc19.tv All found through Google Images