Introduce at s12

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Introduce at s12

  1. 1. An Overview of Assistive TechnologySPE 545
  2. 2. Persons involved in AT:• Parents, users, families• Educational program administrators• Educators of all types• Social workers• Speech-language pathologists (SLPs)• Occupational therapists• Physical therapists
  3. 3. Purposes of AT Increase productivity  Functional Improve life quality  Enabling Enable communication  Augmentative Facilitate learning  Efficient Independence and access  Adaptive to the community Expanded control over their environment Friendship
  4. 4. AT Continuum High Tech Light Tech No Tech
  5. 5. AT No Tech• Adaptation of common objects• Does not have electronic components• Can include an accommodation, change in the environment, flexible scheduling
  6. 6. AT Light TechExamples:• Slant Board• Tape Recorders• Changes in text size, in spacing, in background color• Calculator• Reading pen• Highlighter tape• Color filters
  7. 7. AT High Tech• Word Processor• Word Prediction Software• Talking Word Processor• Multimedia Software• Voice Recognition Software
  8. 8. Resources • U.S. Department of Educations Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) • The National AT Reuse Center: http://www.passitoncenter.org/ • Infinitec, Inc. (a joint effort of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago and United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc., Washington D.C) http://www.infinitec.org/ • ISBE: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/SPEC-ED/html/assist_tech.htm • Association of AT Act Programs http://www.ataporg.org/atap/index.php • Illinois State Resources http://www.cerebralpalsy.org/cerebral-palsy-assistance/illinois • Illinois Assistive Technology Project (IATP) http://www.iltech.org • Illinois Life Span http://www.illinoislifespan.org/index.asp

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