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Assistive technology resources and our students

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Assistive technology resources and our students

  1. 1. Assistive Technology Resources and Our Students<br />By Katie McLeod<br />
  2. 2. Special Needs Students<br />Are becoming more and more integrated into inclusive classroom environments.<br />Have varying needs, abilities, and required accommodations with which you should be familiar.<br />May have specially designed IEPs, which are personal, individualized plans based on each student’s individual needs.<br />
  3. 3. Terms You Should Know<br />IEP= Individualized Education Program<br />Inclusion refers to the practice teaching special needs students in the same environment as other students.<br />LRE= Least Restrictive Environment; this refers to the environment that most integrates students with special needs into other, “regular” classroom environments<br />
  4. 4. Universal Design for Learning<br />Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework for designing educational environments that enable all learners to gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/UDL/<br />UDL incorporates the use of technology and other materials, assessments, and methods to help all students reach their potential in their own ways.<br />
  5. 5. Assistive Technology<br />Assistive Technology is technology that helps students perform tasks or aids them in learning by allowing them to do things they may not be able to on their own.<br />Many resources are available to you and your students, no matter what special needs your students may have. <br />
  6. 6. Examples of Assistive Technology Products You May Use<br />Hearing aids and other inter-ear and inner-ear devices can assist hearing-impaired students such as Sarah to better understand class discussions and interpret information in class.<br />Invisible clocks are devices that look like beepers that can buzz or vibrate at timed intervals to remind ADHD students like Kelvin to stay on track.<br />
  7. 7. Key Points to Remember<br />Tons of resources are available to you online to help you devise your own methods of assisting your students with or without using technology.<br />Other teachers have been there and want to offer their support and suggestions.<br />Your flexibility and willingness to try out new ideas are they keys to success for your students!<br />
  8. 8. Public education "is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms." <br /> U.S. Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education<br />
  9. 9. Sources<br />http://www.mnabedisabilities.org/guide/assistive-technology/assistive-technology-addadhd<br />http://www.axistive.com/assistive-technology-for-hearing-impaired-students.html<br />www.advocacyinstitute.org/UDL/<br />www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/udlguidelines<br />

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