An Overview of teaching strategies for inclusive classrooms
Important Terms• IDEA (2004) – Individuals with Disabilities Act• Inclusive Classroom – Educational approach that allows special needs students to participate in a regular classroom environment instead of removing them completely to their own classroom
Important Terms• Individualized Education Plan (IEP)• Assistive Technologies (AT) – "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 individuals with disabilities" (IDEA 300.5).
Who Qualifies for Special Assistance?• Learning disabilities • Speech or language• ADHD impairment• Emotional disorders • Developmental delay• Cognitive challenges • Visual impairment• Autism • Hearing impairment
What is an IEP?• Individualized Education Plan – a plan that outlines the goals for a child’s education and the assistive technologies and support needed to realize those goals – A team of professionals are involved: • Parents * School Psychologist • Teacher * Physical therapist • Special education professional • Others depending on child’s needs
Types of Assistive Technology Voice Recognition Software Portable MagnifierTouch Screen Hardware Adjustable Learning Station
Resources for Teachers and Parents• Closing the Gap• CAST- Universal Design for Learning• Activities for kids with special needs
• http://www.synapsestore.com/shop/categorie s/Adjustable-Workstation-Furniture/• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technol ogy• Banks & Banks (2007) Multicultural Education: Issues and perspectives. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons Inc.