Assistive Technology Assessment

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This powerpoint presentation by Evelyn Kelso, MA Consultant for Blind & Visually Impaired at ATECH was presented at the 2005 ADVISOR Workshop.

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  • Assistive Technology Assessment

    1. 1. Assistive Technology Assessment Evelyn Kelso, MA ATECH Consultant for Blind & Visually Impaired
    2. 2. Assistive Technology Assessment: What’s the Goal? <ul><li>Access to Literacy and Communcation In School, Home & </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
    3. 3. Assistive Technology <ul><li>Federal Mandate—IDEA, Tech Act 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Must Be Addressed In The Individual Education Plan (IEP) </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded Core Curriculum for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Including Those With Multiple Disabilities </li></ul>
    4. 4. Three Types of Solutions: <ul><li>Low, Medium, & High Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Never Underestimate the Power of a Simple Solution </li></ul>
    5. 5. Essential Background Information <ul><li>Medical Eye Condition & Other Diagnoses </li></ul><ul><li>Functional Vision Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning/Literacy Media Assessment </li></ul>
    6. 6. Environmental Considerations <ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Positioning </li></ul><ul><li>Glare </li></ul><ul><li>Contrast </li></ul>
    7. 7. Student’s Abilities <ul><li>AT—not an end in itself </li></ul><ul><li>Plan ahead 2-3 years </li></ul><ul><li>Create a toolbox of different solutions </li></ul>
    8. 8. Increasing Access to Print <ul><li>Font Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Bold </li></ul><ul><li>Color </li></ul><ul><li>Size </li></ul><ul><li>Layout </li></ul>
    9. 9. Optical Aids <ul><li>Eyeglasses </li></ul><ul><li>Magnifiers </li></ul><ul><li>Telescopes </li></ul><ul><li>CCTV </li></ul>
    10. 10. Braille <ul><li>Slate & Stylus </li></ul><ul><li>Perkins Brailler </li></ul><ul><li>Portable notetaker </li></ul>
    11. 11. Auditory <ul><li>Recordings </li></ul><ul><li>Talking Calculators, dictionaries etc. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Tactile Graphics: Literacy Is More Than Print <ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Diagrams </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures </li></ul>
    13. 13. Computer Access <ul><li>Enlarging Software (ex. Zoomtext) </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Reader (ex. Jaws) </li></ul><ul><li>Tactile access (ex. refreshable braille) </li></ul>
    14. 14. AT for Students With Multihandicapping Conditions <ul><li>Switch access </li></ul><ul><li>Schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Communication systems </li></ul>
    15. 15. Technology is a tool to unlock learning and expand the horizons of students…Technology can be a great equalizer… It enhances communication and learning and expands the world of blind and visually impaired persons in many significant ways. Koenig, A. &Holbrook, C. Foundations of Education, 2 nd Edition, Vol. 2

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