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Using Assistive Technology

  1. 1. Using Assistive Technology<br />By Teresa Dize for ITEC 7530<br />
  2. 2. Students with disabilities will require assistive technology<br />Students with ADHD will have specific needs to maintain their attention during lessons<br />Other students may have visual, auditory and other disabilities that require special technology<br />Classrooms today as well as the instructors who teach within them need to be on the cutting edge of assistive technology<br />All students should have the capability of interacting with the instructor & their peers for an optimum learning experience. This is call inclusion.<br />
  3. 3. For auditory processing assistance:<br />An excellent technology to have is a computer equipped with speech recognition. This will allow the instructor to speak and have their speech typed on a computer for the student to read along.<br />Induction loop systems can also be added to classrooms in order to connect with a student’s hearing device and allow the student to manipulate the volume as needed.<br />
  4. 4. For visual disabilities:<br />Be sure to use large font (at least 18 points) when using technology in a classroom with a visually impaired student<br />Taped textbooks can be ordered for those with severe visual issues<br />Audiotape recorders can be used during lectures as well as portable note-taking devices<br />
  5. 5. For students with ADHD:<br />Keep your lessons ENGAGING and VARIED to keep students from being distracted<br />Use PowerPoints<br />Have pictures or video available<br />Use SmartBoard activities to get students interactive in lessons<br />
  6. 6. Assistive Technology and Disabled Students<br />Technology can be used to meet requirements of a Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for students with disabilities of all types.<br />Each student will have an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) with measurable goals and technology suggested for use in the classroom.<br />Parents and teachers will work together to define how all educational objectives will be met each report card period.<br />
  7. 7. Any “use of assistive technology must be approved by the school district and documented through either a 504 plan <br />(plan of instructional services/accommodations) or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). <br />These are both legal documents that must be followed by the school once put into place.”<br />
  8. 8. Resources:<br />http://dsp.berkeley.edu/TeachStudentsWithDisab.html#14<br />http://www.gpat.org/index.aspx<br />http://www.ehow.com/facts_6320346_technology-adhd.html<br />For a manual from Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder<br />(CHADD): http://www.chadd.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Store<br />For webinars on instruction methods using assistive technology:<br />http://www.gatfl.org/Webinars.aspx<br />

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