Introduction to Assistive Technology Assistive Technology Training and Information Center  ATTIC
Today’s Objectives…. <ul><li>To learn about ATTIC.  </li></ul><ul><li>To explore technology as a tool for a universally-de...
My favorite vacation spot…. <ul><li>Hawaii </li></ul><ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Any beach, anywhere </li></ul><ul><l...
Winter is…. <ul><li>My favorite time of year. </li></ul><ul><li>A nightmare. </li></ul><ul><li>When I leave town for somew...
What is ATTIC? <ul><li>In 1997, IDEA became law.  As a result, every IEP must consider assistive technology for students w...
What does ATTIC do? <ul><li>ATTIC lends any item, piece of equipment or product system that can be used to increase, maint...
More about ATTIC…. <ul><li>As per the law, ATTIC will provide: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A functional evaluation in the child’...
Also important…. <ul><li>ATTIC provides devices and services free to students with disabilities.  </li></ul><ul><li>Items ...
What does ATTIC do? <ul><li>Offers storage space for household items. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers AT to children with disabil...
What else do you know? <ul><li>ATTIC takes all credit cards so you can conveniently pay for devices & services. </li></ul>...
Widgets… <ul><li>and how they impact your life. . . </li></ul>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The point of looking at widgets was… <ul><li>To laugh at the table that had the sock puller. </li></ul><ul><li>To make you...
Universal Design for Learning <ul><li>Is an educational concept that built upon the engineering principle of universal des...
<ul><li>Assistive technology fits into the principle of Universal Design for Learning, creating the best academic environm...
Accommodations <ul><li>Accommodations do not change the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>They provide access to the student t...
Modifications <ul><li>In DPS, we do not modify the curriculum.  If a class is studying weather, all students should study ...
Which one is an accommodation? <ul><li>Any assistance that changes the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>A special chair to pr...
Which one is a modification? <ul><li>An unexpected reduction in pay. </li></ul><ul><li>Preferential seating. </li></ul><ul...
Types of assistive technology <ul><li>Low tech   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically inexpensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ea...
Low tech items/ideas for language arts… <ul><li>Post-It Notes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write out vocabulary definitions </li>...
More low tech for language arts…. <ul><li>Highlighter tape or pen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use different colors to mark targe...
More low tech, low cost ideas…. <ul><li>Occluders </li></ul><ul><li>Color overlays to help with reading </li></ul><ul><li>...
Other helpful low-tech ideas…. <ul><li>Page magnifier </li></ul><ul><li>BigMack and Step by Step </li></ul><ul><li>News-2-...
Simple, low tech ideas for organization…. <ul><li>Step Pad </li></ul><ul><li>Time Pad </li></ul><ul><li>Carbonless noteboo...
How do you organize?
Low tech ideas for math…. <ul><li>Number line </li></ul><ul><li>Calcu-Line </li></ul><ul><li>Master Ruler </li></ul><ul><l...
Low tech ideas for handwriting…. <ul><li>Pencil grips </li></ul><ul><li>Raised-line paper </li></ul><ul><li>Reference book...
Another pop quiz…. <ul><li>Low tech items make the disabled student feel different. </li></ul><ul><li>Low tech is far too ...
My favorite low tech idea came from… <ul><li>Language arts </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>Handwriting </li></ul>...
<ul><li>On to High Tech…. </li></ul>
Before offering high tech devices to students, it would be helpful to understand their learning style.  This will help to ...
The eye position quiz to determine learning style… <ul><li>What’s your learning style? </li></ul>
High tech devices for language arts…. <ul><li>Software such as…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clicker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
More items for language arts…. <ul><li>Califone </li></ul><ul><li>Digital voice recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Neo and Dana </...
High tech for computer skills…. <ul><li>Adapted keyboards (ergonomic, enlarged, alpha order) </li></ul><ul><li>Touchscreen...
Math resources…. <ul><li>Numerous calculators for all math functions </li></ul><ul><li>iQuest </li></ul><ul><li>Turbo Extr...
High tech for low-vision…. <ul><li>SARA </li></ul><ul><li>NEMO </li></ul><ul><li>CCTV </li></ul><ul><li>Portable CCTVs </l...
Technology for Communication…. <ul><li>There are numerous devices for all types of speech difficulties. </li></ul><ul><li>...
Tying it all together…. <ul><li>Classrooms should accommodate all learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Classrooms should have a var...
High tech devices …. <ul><li>Are always the first option to try. </li></ul><ul><li>Are best because they cost more. </li><...
The best thing I learned was…. <ul><li>About ATTIC and how to borrow. </li></ul><ul><li>About low tech devices. </li></ul>...
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  1. 1. Introduction to Assistive Technology Assistive Technology Training and Information Center ATTIC
  2. 2. Today’s Objectives…. <ul><li>To learn about ATTIC. </li></ul><ul><li>To explore technology as a tool for a universally-designed learning environment. </li></ul><ul><li>To offer hands-on opportunities with devices. </li></ul>
  3. 3. My favorite vacation spot…. <ul><li>Hawaii </li></ul><ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Any beach, anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>My own backyard </li></ul><ul><li>Up North </li></ul><ul><li>The Bahamas </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  4. 4. Winter is…. <ul><li>My favorite time of year. </li></ul><ul><li>A nightmare. </li></ul><ul><li>When I leave town for somewhere warm. </li></ul><ul><li>Worse than a nightmare. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  5. 5. What is ATTIC? <ul><li>In 1997, IDEA became law. As a result, every IEP must consider assistive technology for students who cannot meet their goals and objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>The law states that “Public agencies shall provide assistive technology devices and services to a child with disabilities.” </li></ul><ul><li>By 1998, ATTIC was created to assist special needs students in eastern Wayne County access assistive technology. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does ATTIC do? <ul><li>ATTIC lends any item, piece of equipment or product system that can be used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities, in accordance with the law. </li></ul><ul><li>ATTIC provides any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an AT device. </li></ul>
  7. 7. More about ATTIC…. <ul><li>As per the law, ATTIC will provide: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A functional evaluation in the child’s usual environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchase or lease AT devices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repair or maintain devices. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordinate among agencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train the child and family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Train professionals. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Also important…. <ul><li>ATTIC provides devices and services free to students with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Items are loaned to teachers, school staff, or parents for up to 90 days and may be used at school or home, as needed. </li></ul><ul><li>ATTIC is available to consult with school staff about students with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>ATTIC has technology to address all academic areas. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What does ATTIC do? <ul><li>Offers storage space for household items. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers AT to children with disabilities who need help. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers AT to general education students only. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  10. 10. What else do you know? <ul><li>ATTIC takes all credit cards so you can conveniently pay for devices & services. </li></ul><ul><li>ATTIC lends items for free for up to 90 days. </li></ul><ul><li>ATTIC has a limited number of items to lend. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  11. 11. Widgets… <ul><li>and how they impact your life. . . </li></ul>
  12. 42. The point of looking at widgets was… <ul><li>To laugh at the table that had the sock puller. </li></ul><ul><li>To make you wish you had a Thumb Thing. </li></ul><ul><li>To make you realize that we use adaptations all the time and they are part of our everyday lives. </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t know. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  13. 43. Universal Design for Learning <ul><li>Is an educational concept that built upon the engineering principle of universal design. </li></ul><ul><li>Is meant to provide access to all students, regardless of disability. </li></ul><ul><li>With this concept in mind, educators can provide assistive technology in the classroom for all learners, reducing the stigma for those who must rely upon it. </li></ul>
  14. 44. <ul><li>Assistive technology fits into the principle of Universal Design for Learning, creating the best academic environment for all students. ATTIC can assist by loaning appropriate technology to students with disabilities. </li></ul>
  15. 45. Accommodations <ul><li>Accommodations do not change the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>They provide access to the student to facilitate learning. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, if a child has difficulty hearing, they may receive preferential seating. </li></ul>
  16. 46. Modifications <ul><li>In DPS, we do not modify the curriculum. If a class is studying weather, all students should study weather. </li></ul><ul><li>Some students may give an oral report, while some may present a written paper. </li></ul><ul><li>On a test, some students may take a written exam, while others may take a true-false exam. </li></ul>
  17. 47. Which one is an accommodation? <ul><li>Any assistance that changes the curriculum. </li></ul><ul><li>A special chair to provide secure seating. </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer questions on a test. </li></ul><ul><li>Waiting six months to have your sick bank straightened out. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  18. 48. Which one is a modification? <ul><li>An unexpected reduction in pay. </li></ul><ul><li>Preferential seating. </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer homework questions, but the same work as other students. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  19. 49. Types of assistive technology <ul><li>Low tech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically inexpensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to obtain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be simple to make </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High tech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically more expensive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harder to obtain, i.e., specialized devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally difficult to make, i.e., electronic </li></ul></ul>
  20. 50. Low tech items/ideas for language arts… <ul><li>Post-It Notes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write out vocabulary definitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark pages for homework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write out questions and mark answers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify who, what, where, when, how words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create compound words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Segment words into phonemes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice sight words </li></ul></ul>
  21. 51. More low tech for language arts…. <ul><li>Highlighter tape or pen </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use different colors to mark targeted learning, such as nouns, vowels, spelling words, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use to isolate main topic sentence of a story. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can be erasable, but beware…. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easily used by everyone in a classroom, not just the disabled student. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 52. More low tech, low cost ideas…. <ul><li>Occluders </li></ul><ul><li>Color overlays to help with reading </li></ul><ul><li>COLOR QUIZ…. </li></ul>
  23. 53. Other helpful low-tech ideas…. <ul><li>Page magnifier </li></ul><ul><li>BigMack and Step by Step </li></ul><ul><li>News-2-You </li></ul><ul><li>Words Their Way </li></ul>
  24. 54. Simple, low tech ideas for organization…. <ul><li>Step Pad </li></ul><ul><li>Time Pad </li></ul><ul><li>Carbonless notebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Colored file folders </li></ul><ul><li>Desk organizers </li></ul>
  25. 55. How do you organize?
  26. 56. Low tech ideas for math…. <ul><li>Number line </li></ul><ul><li>Calcu-Line </li></ul><ul><li>Master Ruler </li></ul><ul><li>Math fact finders </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Clocks and Timers </li></ul><ul><li>Math games </li></ul><ul><li>Spinners </li></ul>
  27. 57. Low tech ideas for handwriting…. <ul><li>Pencil grips </li></ul><ul><li>Raised-line paper </li></ul><ul><li>Reference books </li></ul><ul><li>Handwriting skill games </li></ul>
  28. 58. Another pop quiz…. <ul><li>Low tech items make the disabled student feel different. </li></ul><ul><li>Low tech is far too costly to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Low tech is a good solution to keep all students on track. </li></ul><ul><li>Low tech items must be kept on the bottom shelf. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  29. 59. My favorite low tech idea came from… <ul><li>Language arts </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>Handwriting </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>I’m still waiting for one. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  30. 60. <ul><li>On to High Tech…. </li></ul>
  31. 61. Before offering high tech devices to students, it would be helpful to understand their learning style. This will help to assure the best fit of device to student.
  32. 62. The eye position quiz to determine learning style… <ul><li>What’s your learning style? </li></ul>
  33. 63. High tech devices for language arts…. <ul><li>Software such as…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clicker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write:OutLoud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SOLO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inspiration/Kidspiration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read and Write Gold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kurzweil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WYNN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boardmaker/Picture It and Writing with Symbols </li></ul></ul>
  34. 64. More items for language arts…. <ul><li>Califone </li></ul><ul><li>Digital voice recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Neo and Dana </li></ul><ul><li>Braille </li></ul><ul><li>Homework WIZ </li></ul><ul><li>Franklin Language Master </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Word </li></ul><ul><li>LeapFrog </li></ul><ul><li>Books on Tape </li></ul>
  35. 65. High tech for computer skills…. <ul><li>Adapted keyboards (ergonomic, enlarged, alpha order) </li></ul><ul><li>Touchscreen </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Magnification, such as Jaws </li></ul><ul><li>Onboard calculator, keyboard, screen readers </li></ul><ul><li>Adapted mouse, trackball, joystick </li></ul>
  36. 66. Math resources…. <ul><li>Numerous calculators for all math functions </li></ul><ul><li>iQuest </li></ul><ul><li>Turbo Extreme </li></ul><ul><li>Website resources for virtual manipulatives, Tangram, spinners, math scaffolds and more. </li></ul>
  37. 67. High tech for low-vision…. <ul><li>SARA </li></ul><ul><li>NEMO </li></ul><ul><li>CCTV </li></ul><ul><li>Portable CCTVs </li></ul><ul><li>ZoomText software </li></ul><ul><li>Talking calculators </li></ul><ul><li>Talking clock </li></ul>
  38. 68. Technology for Communication…. <ul><li>There are numerous devices for all types of speech difficulties. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of these devices have speech output. </li></ul><ul><li>Such devices range from low tech to high tech. Each device should be matched to the student, depending upon their unique needs. </li></ul>
  39. 69. Tying it all together…. <ul><li>Classrooms should accommodate all learners. </li></ul><ul><li>Classrooms should have a variety of low tech options for all learners to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom teachers may call ATTIC to consult and/or borrow both low and high tech devices for students with disabilities who need curriculum access. </li></ul>
  40. 70. High tech devices …. <ul><li>Are always the first option to try. </li></ul><ul><li>Are best because they cost more. </li></ul><ul><li>Are tools to reduce barriers to learning. </li></ul>10 Answer Now
  41. 71. The best thing I learned was…. <ul><li>About ATTIC and how to borrow. </li></ul><ul><li>About low tech devices. </li></ul><ul><li>About high tech devices. </li></ul><ul><li>That everything is free, free, free. </li></ul>10 Answer Now

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