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  • 1. Enhancing the Learning of Students with Special Needs
    Laura Bennett
  • 2. IEPs
    An individualized education plan (IEP) is a plan developed by the student’s parents and a team of educators to help the student be successful in school.
    The Individuals with Disabilites Act (IDEA) made parents a essential active part of their child’s education team.
    Contents of an IEP:
    Goals for the student to meet throughout the year
    Any support needed for the student to meet the goals the team sets.
  • 3. Reasons for having an IEP
    Learning disabilities
    ADHD
    Emotional disorders
    Development delay
    Autism
    Mental retardation
    Hearing impairment
    Visual impairment
    Speech or language impairment
    Developmental delay
  • 4. Serving Students with IEPs
    Much of the time, students with IEPs can accomplish the goals set for them in a standard school environment.
    This can be done in a regular education classroom or in a resource room.
    A special school environment is needed when students need intense intervention.
  • 5. General Education for Students with Disabilities
    If students are served in a regular education classroom, they are considered to be served by inclusion, meaning that they are doing the majority of their learning with non-disabled students.
    According to IDEA’sleast restrictive environment (LRE) policy, students are to be educated in a general education classroom with their non-disabled peers as much as it is appropriate based on the learning needs of the student.
    This is also known as mainstreaming.
  • 6. Assistive Technology (AT)
    Assistive Technology (AT) is defined by IDEA as “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially of the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”
    AT allows people with disabilities to perform tasks that before were not possible or that they had great difficulty accomplishing.
    AT devices range can be no technology (no-tech), low-technology (low-tech), or high-technology (high-tech).
  • 7. No-Tech AT
    No-tech AT is classified as devices that are not electronic.
    Examples:
    Foam on book pages to make them easier to turn.
    Pencil grips
    Planners
    Specialty paper
    Highlighters
  • 8. Low-Tech AT
    Low-tech items are electronic devices that do not have highly sophisticated computer components.
    Examples:
    Tape recorder
    Calculator
    Watch
    FM Systems
  • 9. High-Tech AT
    High-tech AT uses complex technology that has multiple functions. This usually means a computer and other software to accompany it.
    Examples:
    Portable keyboards
    Electronic spell checkers and dictionaries
    Reading systems using computers, scanners, or software to can reading material and read it aloud.
    Speech recognition software
    Mind mapping software
    Touch window
  • 10. Assistive Technology (AT)
    Organization
    Examples: Graphic organizers, flow-charts, word processors, etc.
    Note taking
    Examples: Sending notes through email, videotaping class sessions, using portable word processing keyboards or PDAs to aid in the mechanics of note taking, etc.
    Writing
    Examples: Spell checkers, dictionaries, word processors, other computer software.
    Academic productivity
    Spreadsheets, databases, graphics software, calculators
    Access to reference and general education materials
    Internet communications and multimedia
    Cognitive Assistance
    Program software, PDAs, Internet software
    AT can help students with:
  • 11. References
    Assistive Technology. (2010). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 29, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology
    Assistive Technology. (2000). Retrieved September 29, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~wilbur/access/assistive.html
    Assistive Technology “Low-tech” to “High-tech” Considerations. (n.d.). Retrieved October 2, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.nsnet.org/atc/tools/lowtohightech.html
    Behrmann, M. J., Kinas, M. (2002). Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities. Retrieved Septermber 30, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm
    Bachrach, S. J. (2008). Individualized Education Plans. Retrieved September 29, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/iep.html#
    Hearing Assistive Technology. (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm
    Inclusion (education). (2010). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 30, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusion_%28education%29
    Logsdon, A. Least Restrictive Educational Environment – Choosing the Least Restrictive Environment. Retrieved October 1, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/publicschoolprograms/a/leastrestrictiv.htm
    Touch Window. (n.d.). Retrieved September 30, 2010 from the World Wide Web: http://www.synapseadaptive.com/edmark/prod/tw/default.htm