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  • 1. Teaching Students with Disabilities with Assistive Technology
  • 2. What is Assistive Technology?
    A generic term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities
    Process used in selecting, locating, and using them
    Technology designed to be utilized in an assistive technology device or assistive technology service
  • 3. Benefits of Assistive Technology
    Easier for young children with disabilities to participate in day-to-day activities.
    Promotes greater independence
    Enables people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish
  • 4. Individualized Education Plan (IEPs)
    Special services for students with disabilities
    Provide individualized education programs in public schools
    Free of charge to families
    Describes the goals the team sets for a child during the school year, as well as any special support needed to help achieve them.
  • 5. Disabilities that need IEPs
    Learning disabilities
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    Emotional disorders
    Mental retardation
    Autism
    Hearing impairment
    Visual impairment
    Speech or language impairment
    Development delay
  • 6. ADHD
    Issues
    Hyperactive
    Trouble focusing
    Anxious and excited
    Disorderly at times
    Solutions
    Hands-on activities to keep students engaged
    Breakdown assignments
    Limit distractions
    Teach good study skills
    Utilize technology to involve students
  • 7. Auditory Disabilities
    Issues
    Lack of engagement in the classroom
    Limits social involvement and engagement
    Not able to comprehend classroom lesson and instruction
    Solutions
    Have students hearing tested
    Utilize ALD’s (Alternative Listening Devices)
    Personal frequency modulation system
    Infrared systems
    Induction loops systems
    One-to-one communicators
    Visual systems
  • 8. Reading and Writing Disabilities
    Issues
    Blindness of students
    Limited vision
    Unable to participate in classroom activities
    Physical disabilities limiting ability to write
    Solutions
    Magnification aids
    Large print books
    Audio books
    Palm devices
    Talking word processing software
    Braille software and print books
  • 9. References
    Wikipedia: Assistive Technology
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology
    LD Online: Help for Young Learners: How To Choose AT?
    http://www.ldonline.org/article/8088http://www.ldonline.org/article/8088
    Kids Help: Individualized Education Plans
    http://kidshealth.org/parent/positive/learning/iep.html
    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
    http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm
    Assistive Technology for Struggling Readers
    http://public.doe.k12.ga.us/DMGetDocument.aspx/AT_Devices_to_Support_Reading.pdf?p=6CC6799F8C1371F6430622907ED6387EFF83C5F2F5DEB61663F1F60267BFC9BF&Type=D