Objectives Teachers who view this presentation should …0 Have an overviewing understanding about working with students who have special needs, as well as resources that can enhance students educational experience.0 Be able to identify resources and instructional practices that meet their students individual needs; to include assistive technologies as well as approaches that do not require technology.
What is Assistive Technology?For todays lesson we will use the below definition ofassistive technology as our working definition.0 “Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercial or off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities” (Pub. L. No. 108-446).
Lesson IntroductionYou are a teacher who has a few students that requireyou to differentiate your instruction. Three have beendiagnosed with ADHD, while one has an auditorydisability, and requires a special device in order to hear.In addition, you have a number of students that havemild learning disabilities that impact all areas, especiallyreading and writing. As you prepare for the school year,you ask yourself, "What resources do I have in order tohelp me meet my students needs?"
What Resources Do You Have?Here at Georgia Southern University the faculty and staff realize thatsome students may require special services and resources; thereforethe university has a Student Disability Resource CenterThese service are provided to accommodate all disabilities» Access to, and training for adaptive equipment.» Accommodations for all standardized tests and professional licensure exams.» Advocacy when needed to insure provision of accommodations.» Assistance in arranging academic accommodations in classes.» Assistance in resolving physical barrier issues.» Assistance with obtaining acceptable documentation of the disabling condition.» Career counseling.» Early Registration http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/disability/services.html
What Resources Do You Have?These service are provided to accommodate specific disabilities» Access to TDD (Text Telephone for the Deaf or speech impaired)» Access to Video Phone (for the Deaf or speech impaired)» Adapted desk for the classroom» Adaptive technology» Assistive listening devices» Books in alternative format» Braille printer» Computers with Zoom text and voice output» Disability parking» Distraction free exam space» Extended time for exams» Interpreter for the Deaf» Lab assistants» Note takers» Perkins Brailler» Print magnification systems» Readers for tests» Registration assistance (not advisement)» Scribing/proctoring services» Voice-activated Software http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/disability/services.html
Where To Start? When you are made aware of a student’s disability, it is time to figure out what can be done on your part to accommodate the students special needs. Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) can be created to better accommodate the needs of students who struggle in classes because of learning disabilities, ADHD, emotional disorders, cognitive challenges, autism, hearing impairment, visual impairment, speech or language impairment, and developmental delayhttps://georgiasouthern.desire2learn.com/d2l/lms/content/viewer/main_frame.d2l?tId=626459&ou=11775
6 Steps to selecting an AT 1. Collect child and family information 2. Identify activities for participation 3. Determine what measurable indicators you will use to benchmark success 4. Brainstorms ideas and determine which AT solutions you would like to use 5. Test out the AT solution 6. Conclude is the AT solution workedhttps://georgiasouthern.desire2learn.com/d2l/lms/content/viewer/main_frame.d2l?tId=626459&ou=11775
Back to the Scenario0 In the introduction the scenario discussed students with the following disabilities that would require you to differentiate you lesson.0 ADHD (3 students)0 Auditory impairment0 Mild learning disabilities (reading and writing especially)
ADHD0 The Invisible Clock – This is a clock that is to be worn on the belt to avoid being able to watch it. It can be set to specific time intervals and can be helpful for students with ADHD0 When the time interval has elapsed, the student can take a break from the lesson http://www.brighthub.com/education/special/articles/74108.aspx
Hearing Impairments0 FM Systems – This is basically a microphone that the instructor wears that sends signals to an ear piece that the students wears.0 FM Systems allow student to hear much better without to much attention brought the situation http://adaptivetech.tcnj.edu/resheet/deaf.htm
Mild Disabilities 0 Word Processors – Software that combines a keyboard and text feature. 0 These programs can assist students with spelling, grammar, meaning and pronunciation of words 0 Student can use these word processors to better than language and reading.http://www.ehow.com/info_8586222_reading-skills-students-mildmoderate-disabilities.html
References0 Pub. L. No. 108-446 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004)0 http://students.georgiasouthern.edu/disability/services.h tml0 https://georgiasouthern.desire2learn.com/d2l/lms/conte nt/viewer/main_frame.d2l?tId=626459&ou=117750 http://www.brighthub.com/education/special/articles/74 108.aspx0 http://adaptivetech.tcnj.edu/resheet/deaf.htm0 http://www.ehow.com/info_8586222_reading-skills- students-mildmoderate-disabilities.html