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  • 1. IEP’s And Assistive Technology:Making the Difference
    Mary Smith
    June 13, 2010
    ITEC 7530
    Module 6: WebQuest Activity
  • 2. Teaching Students with Special Needs
    The process of teaching students with special needs usually includes an individually planned and monitored arrangement with equipment and materials that help learners with disabilities to achieve a higher level of learning and success in the classroom
    Common disabilities include:
    Learning and communication challenges
    Hearing impairments
    Traumatic brain injury
    Physical disabilities
    Emotional and behavioral disorders, such as ADHD
    Developmental disorders
    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_education
  • 3. Inclusion and Least Restrictive Environment
    Inclusion is defined as having students with special educational needs spend the majority of their time in school with non-disabled students
    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusion_(education)
    “Least restrictive environment“ is defined as providing students with a disabilities the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled students as much as possible based on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Least_Restrictive_Environment
  • 4. What is an IEP?
    An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan to help students with mild learning disabilities succeed in the classroom
    This programs sets up goals for the child to achieve throughout the year, between the teacher, student, and parents
    From: http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/iep.html#
  • 5. Assistive Technology
    Assistive technology (AT) is the term that defines assistive, adaptive, or rehabilitative devices for people who have disabilities and also involves the process in selecting, locating, and using these devices
    AT’s provide people with more independence by allowing them to perform tasks that they may not have ordinarily been able to do
    this can provide a least restrictive environment in the classroom for students who have disabilities, allowing them to be included in every day activities
    From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology
  • 6. Types of Assistive Technologies
    AT’s for Students with Learning or Studying Problems
    Post-It notes
    Picture schedule
    Social stories
    Portable word processors
    Hand held computers
    Graphic organizer software
    Text-reading software
    AT’s for Students with Hearing Disabilities
    Hearing aids
    Pictures, photographs, objects
    Communication boards
    Closed-captioning television
    CD-based (text)books, electronic books
    Phonic ear
    From: http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te7assist.htm
  • 7. Assistive Technologies for Students with ADHD
    Graphic organizers are a great tool to keep students with ADHD focused and on topic in the classroom
    Having printed lesson plans can also help the students to know from the start what is expected of them
    These tools can also be used with all of the students in the classroom, which provides a feeling of inclusion for those students with disabilities, as they are not being singled out
    From: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/add-and-adhd/resource/5348.html?detoured=1
  • 8. Resources
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_education
    • 9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inclusion_(education)
    • 10. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Least_Restrictive_Environment
    • 11. http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/iep.html#
    • 12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology
    • 13. http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te7assist.htm
    • 14. http://www.teachervision.fen.com/add-and-adhd/resource/5348.html?detoured=1