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Assistive technology

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This is a brief introduction to Assistive Technology in public schools.

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Assistive technology

  1. 1. Assistive Technology Charlotte Hall
  2. 2. IEPs • The individualized education program, or IEP, is a plan to help students succeed in school. • The IEP is developed with cooperation between the teachers, student, parents, and other education staff to create a specific plan to help an individual student succeed. • A student who has difficulties with learning and functioning might be a great fit for an IEP.
  3. 3. IEPs • Students can receive a wide range of services to help them with their disability. In most situations, the services are provided in a traditional school environment. • If you suspect a student would benefit from an IEP, please refer the student. • http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/ learning/iep.html
  4. 4. Assistive Technology • There are a variety of services available to help a students. • An Assistive Technology Device is defined 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 individuals with disabilities" (IDEA 300.5) • Remember: No two children are alike, so we will work to find the best individualized solution for each child.
  5. 5. • Examples: wheelchairs, walkers, hearing aids, pillows, mirrors, pencil grips, advanced computer software, etc. (The list is endless.) • Ways to help students: • Organization-Help students learn to flowchart and outline • Note taking-Videotape the lectures, create guided notes • Writing-Help a student with a simple word processor • Academic productivity-Use calculators, spreadsheets, or graphics software • Access to reference and general educational materials-eBooks • Cognitive assistance-Tutorials or simulations • Hearing Assistive Technology-Have a student sit closer to the front of the room, eliminate background noise How can we help a student with a mild disability? eBooks
  6. 6. More examples • Voice recognition software • Text-to-speech software • Audio players • iPad applications • Magnification software • Smart pen • Refreshable Braille displays • Communication boards • QR codes or bar codes • Screen readers Audio player Smart Pen
  7. 7. Have more questions? • The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology helps school systems with assistive technology. • The mission of GPAT is to improve student achievement, productivity, independence and inclusion by enhancing educator knowledge of assistive technology and increasing student access to appropriate assistive technology devices and services. • The website has a plethora of resources: http://www.gpat.org/Georgia-Project-for-Assistive- Technology/Pages/default.aspx • Gina Gelinas Program Manager Phone: (404) 463-5288 Fax: (404) 651-6457 Email: ggelinas@doe.k12.ga.us
  8. 8. National Center for Learning Disabilities • The NCLD has a wealth of resources for parents. The NCLD suggests different accommodations available for different learning disabilities. • The NCLD also has tips to help a parent find the right school for their child, an overview of assistive technology, resources beyond high school, and so much more. • The NCLD will help with IEPs. • http://www.ncld.org/students-disabilities/assistive-technology-education
  9. 9. Assistive Technology Industry Association • The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) has a wealth of resources available concerning assistive technology. • The ATIA answers questions such as “how do you choose the right technology?” and “who pays for assistive technology?” • http://www.atia.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3859
  10. 10. More Resources • The Learning Disabilities Online website contains an overview of the IEP process. LDOnline has a Q &A section that contains answers to the most FAQs. • http://www.ldonline.org/indepth/iep • The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities has many resources for IEP teams. The website explains what information should be included in an IEP as well as some examples of Assistive Technology that could be used. • http://nichcy.org/schoolage/iep/meetings/special-factors/considering-at

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