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Arra 2009 Webinar

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webinar on stimulus bill and assistive technology

webinar on stimulus bill and assistive technology

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  • 1. Assistive Technology & Professional Development Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D.
  • 2. Goals of ARRA 2009  Spend funds quickly to save and create jobs.  Improve student achievement through school improvement and reform.  Ensure transparency, reporting and accountability.  Invest in one-time ARRA fund thoughtfully to minimize the “funding cliff.”
  • 3. IDEA Recovery Funds  $11.3 billion under Part B Grants to States  $400 million under Part B Preschool Grants  $500 million under Part C Grants for Infants & Families  Early intervention for infants & familes
  • 4. Uses of IDEA, Part B Recovery Funds  Obtain state-of-the art assistive technology devices and provide training in their use to enhance access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities.  Provide intensive district-wide professional development for special education and regular education teachers that focuses on scaling-up, through replication, proven and innovative evidence-based school-wide strategies in reading, math, writing and science, and positive behavioral supports to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  Develop or expand the capacity to collect and use data to improve teaching and learning.
  • 5. Uses of IDEA, Part B Recovery Funds  Expand the availability and range of inclusive placement options for preschoolers with disabilities by developing the capacity of public and private preschool programs to serve these children.  Hire transition coordinators to work with employers in the community to develop job placements for youths with disabilities.
  • 6. Implications for AT  State of the art assistive technology devices  Provide professional development in the use of the assistive technology devices  Opportunities to refresh inventory of equipment  Focus on enhancing access to the general education curriculum  Provide intensive district-wide professional development for special education and regular education teachers
  • 7. Things to Consider??  Moving towards a Universal Design for Learning Model  Goals for your program(s)  Needs of the students  Population(s) to serve  Tasks you are hoping your students will perform  Classroom settings for your programs  Assistive Technology Toolkit  Current inventory of assistive technology  Professional development
  • 8. Looking at the big picture Opportunities to systematically phase in Universal Design for Learning  Multiple Means of Representation  Multiple Means of Expression  Multiple Means of Engagement
  • 9. Curriculum Professional Accessibility Development Teacher UDL AT Toolkit
  • 10. What is in your AT Toolkit? Reading Tools • Text to Speech • Audio Supports • MP3 Players Writing Tools • Text to Speech • Word prediction • Spelling tools Math Tools • Calculators • On Screen applications • Virtual applets
  • 11. Things to Consider??  Standardizing on an AT Toolkit  Looking at Web 2.0 Tools  Looking at online AT services  Combination of commercial and freeware tools  Timeline for purchase and training  Delivery of training  Will your district be able to support the initiative after the grant period?
  • 12. Traditional Training Building Professional In Class Learning Models Capacity Communities Virtual Training
  • 13. It is an exciting time!  Plan with a purpose  Envision the future with technology  Work with experts in the field who share your vision  Plan your professional development wisely  Collect data and watch your students soar!
  • 14. Things to Consider  Engage your Technology Director early on in the process  Think in terms of two years out  Build the capacity of your staff  Plan with your terminal goals in mind  Understand your school culture and plan wisely
  • 15. Resources Available online at www.innovativespeech.com Available from NPR, Inc.
  • 16. Resources  Center for Applied Special Technology  Closing the Gap  AssistiveTek Blog  AssistiveTech Ning Group
  • 17. Questions & Discussion
  • 18. Assistivetek.blogspot.com Brian@assistivetek.com 908.852.3460