Assistive Technology in the ClassroomA Guide to Establishing a Least Restrictive Educational Environment for Students with Disabilities… Darius Thomas-ITEC 7530- Spring 2012
What is Assistive Technology (AT)?Technology used by individuals with disabilities inorder to perform functions that might otherwise bedifficult or impossible
Examples of AssistiveTechnology (AT)• Assistive technology can include: • mobility devices • hardware • software • peripherals
Assistive Technology ResourcesStudents with Auditory Impairment Closed Captioning Visual Alert Signalers Hearing Loop Tips for Classroom: Minimize the distance between the learner and the the sound source. Eliminate competing noise. Avoid classrooms with poor sound acoustics.
Assistive Technology Resources Students with ADHD Invisible Clock Talking Calculator Electronic Math worksheet Software Portable word processor Speech Recognition Programs
Assistive Technology & Learning Disabilities“10 Tips for Software Selection for MathInstruction”http://www.ldonline.org/ld_indepth/technology/babbitt_math_tips.html.LD Online lists description and sources for AT:http://www.ldonline.org/Georgia’s Assistive Technology Project’s “Learning Disabilitiesand Assistive Technologies”:http://www.gatfl.org/Portals/gatfl/documents/AT_Resource_07-00.pdfThe Schwab Foundation for Learning offers a concise guide,“Assistive Technology for Children with Learning Difficulties”at http://www.frostig.org/pdf/ATguide.pdf
Educators Should Strive to ensure that their classrooms are: 1. Inclusive 2. Least Restrictive
The Inclusive Classroom The inclusive classroom is based upon teaching students with disabilities in regular classrooms, rather than in special schools or classrooms Inclusive classrooms benefit all students. In an inclusive classroom children with significant disabilities encourage teachers and their peers to explore novel ways of sharing thoughts and intentions.
Least RestrictiveEducational Environment The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all children with disabilities must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that is appropriate for them. educational setting that maximizes a childs ability to receive maximum educational benefits while participating in a regular educational environment as much as possible
ReferencesWhat is Least Restrictive Environment? Ann Logsdon.http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/publicschoolprograms/a/leastrestrictiv.htmAssistive Technology and Learning Disabilities. Janet Jendron.http://www.sc.edu/scatp/ld.htmADHD Students and Assistive Technology.http://www.squidoo.com/adhd-students-and-assistive-technology#module119374561What is Assistive Technology?http://www.washington.edu/accessit/articles?109Assistive Technology and Inclusion. Terence W. Cavanaugh.http://www.unf.edu/~tcavanau/presentations/SITE/ATandInclusionFull.htm