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    • Customizing Student Learningwith Assistive Technology
      By: Rachel McNeely
    • IDEA and IEPs
      With the re-authorization of the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) in 1997, IEP (Individualized Education Program) teams are required to consider assistive technology devices and services when developing, reviewing, and revising IEPs for students with disabilities.
      Georgia Department of Education website
    • IDEA guidelines mandate that school districts must:
      Ensure that AT devices and services are made available to a child with a disability if required as part of the child’s special education and related services as stated in the child’s IEP.
      Describe in a child’s IEP any AT devices or services that will be provided in connection with the child’s placement in regular education.
      Empowering Rural Students with Disabilities Through Assistive Technology
    • Who needs an IEP?
      Any child who has difficulty learning and functioning and has been identified as a special needs student, must have an Individualized Education Program on file.
    • Possible reasons for IEPs
      Learning disabilities
      Attention deficit hyperactivity
      disorder (ADHD)
      Emotional disorders
      Cognitive challenges
      Hearing impairment
      Speech or language
      Developmental delay
    • What is an AT device?
      The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology defines an Assistive Technology device as:
      Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.
      Georgia Department of Education
      Division for Special Education Supports
      Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
    • The term does not include a
      medical device
      that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.
      (Authority 20 U.S.C. 1401(1)
      Georgia Department of Education
      Division for Special Education Supports
      Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
    • An AT device:
      Gives IEP teams the flexibility to provide a range of solutions from low technology to high technology depending on need.
      May include modifications, accommodations, and instructional technology as required by the student.
      May include tools and strategies that are components of universal design for learning (UDL).
      Georgia Department of Education
      Division for Special Education Supports
      Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
    • AT solutions:
      Academic and learning aids
      Aids to daily living
      Assisted living devices and environment aids
      Augmentative communication
      Computer access and instruction
      Environmental control
      Mobility aids
      Pre-vocational and vocational aids
      Recreation and leisure
      Seating and positioning
      Visual aids
      Georgia Department of Education
      Division for Special Education Supports
      Georgia Project for Assistive Technology
    • What can AT do?
      SWLDs (students with learning disabilities) can be more successful in school, at home, at work, and in social/recreational activities.
      AT can support both remedial and compensatory approaches for a student.
      AT should focus on what the device does for a student not on the device or technology itself.
      Jendron, Janet. “Assistive Technology and Learning Disabilities.” www.sc.edu/scatp/ld.htm
    • Considerations in selecting AT for the classroom
      Students’ abilities and needs
      Goals of the curriculum based on standards of performance
      Effective instructional practices (Ex: defining purposes and providing authentic opportunities for self-expression, drafting, peer review, etc.)
      Ways to assess or monitor student progress.
      CITEd Research Center www.cited.org
      Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
    • Use a general technology tool
      To serve a particular purpose for students with certain mild disabilities, i.e. illegible handwriting, difficulty in transferring thoughts to paper
      Standard text production tools
      Speech-to-text tools
      Relevant formatting features in Microsoft Office
      Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
    • Tools to Organize Information
      To help students generate and organize through building visual relationships.
      Graphic organizer software
      Visual thesauruses &
      Online calendars
      Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
    • Tools for Physical and Sensory Access
      To provide access for students with significant motor or sensory impairments.
      Color-coded or larger keyboard
      Computer-generated voice
      Zoom video on monitors
      Using Assistive Technology to Support Writing
    • AT Tools for WRITING
      Microsoft Word options – Students can set preferences for text color, size of font, and type of font.
      IntelliKeys – A programmable alternative keyboard
      Write:OutLouds – Software that provides auditory output to allows students to hear what they are writing.
      Kidspiration – Helps students organize and develop ideas in a graphic format.
    • AT Tools for MATH
      Coin-u-Later – A hand-held device that makes counting money easy.
      Show Me Math – Software that includes basic math computation with on-screen manipulatives.
      Time Scales – Software that allows students to match times, choose times, or set a clock using auditory steps.
    • AT Tools for Reading
      Audio textbooks – Provides textbooks in audio format for the hearing impaired
      Books on tape – Supplemental recreational reading resource
      Large-print books
      Text Reading Systems – Translates printed text to voice
    • AT Tools for ORGANIZATION
      AlphaSmart 3000 – Portable word processor that allows the student to complete and organize written work in up to 8 different folders.
      PicSyms – Line drawn graphic symbols for student use. Includes sign language symbols.
    • AT Tools for COMMUNICATION
      Flip & Talk – System that consists of a spiral bound set of 15 vinyl strips with picture tabs.
      PECS – Picture Exchange Communication System – Students approach and give a picsym of a desired item to a communicative partner in exchange for that item.
      Step-by-Step Communicator – A voice-output, one button sequential messaging communication device.
    • AT Tools for COMPUTER ACCESS
      TouchWindow – A touch screen that attaches over a computer monitor for direct selection.
      Microsoft Word Processing options
      Zoom View – Software to enlarge screen view for visually impaired persons.
      Standard TehnologyTools Checklist for Elementary
      Slides 15- 20
    • Who is teaching students with disabilities?
      “96% of general educators report that they currently teach students with disabilities or have done so in the past.”
      -- Westat (www.spense.org)
      “Only 1/3 of general educators feel well-prepared to teach students with disabilities.”
      --U.S. Department of Education
    • It is our responsibility to be prepared!Let’s work together to find solutions to help our students succeed.