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Assistive Technology

  1. 1. Assistive Technology
  2. 2. Differentiated Instruction <ul><li>Today's classrooms include students with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Auditory Impairments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Visual Impairments </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Processing Speed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subject Specific i.e. Math or Reading </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Depression </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impulse Control </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Overview THE IEP <ul><li>Any student with an eligible Disability under IDEA receives an IEP </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individualized Education Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This allows for Parents and Educators to collaborate on an educational plan to enhance student performance </li></ul>
  4. 4. Overview THE IEP & ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY <ul><li>Assistive Technology must be discussed at every IEP meeting. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bulloch County addresses this by completing an Assistive Technology Checklist. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The IEP Committee looks at the students individual weaknesses and determines whether Assistive Technology would be appropriate in order to address, improve, or enhance the learning process in the specific area of difficulty. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Types of Assistive Technology <ul><li>Two Major Types </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Low Tech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Devices that DO NOT require the use of a computer or computer software to assist the student with a disability with the learning process. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>High Tech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Devices that DO require the use of a computer or computer software to assist the student with a disability with the learning process. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>*Some Educators also recognize Mid Tech* </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Low Tech Options <ul><li>Pencil Grip </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighting Pens </li></ul><ul><li>Planners </li></ul><ul><li>Colored Paper </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mid Tech Options <ul><li>Differentiated PowerPoint's </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Printing out PowerPoint's in “Note format, 3 slides per page, and removing key terms that the student must fill in. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Videotaping/ SmartBoard Capture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Utilizing recording devices and the SmartBoard Record feature to capture lectures and note taking for students with note taking deficiencies. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. High Tech Options <ul><li>Tape Recorders </li></ul><ul><li>Calculators </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Dictionary </li></ul>
  9. 9. High Tech Techniques <ul><li>Text to Speech Software </li></ul><ul><li>Speech Recognition Software </li></ul>
  10. 10. Georgia Project for AT <ul><li>The Georgia Project for Assistive Technology (GPAT), a unit of the Georgia Department of Education, supports local school systems in their efforts to provide assistive technology devices and services to students with disabilities. Funded since 1991, GPAT has focused on building local assistive technology resources by providing quality professional learning and technical support services. </li></ul><ul><li>The mission of GPAT is to improve student achievement, productivity, independence and inclusion by enhancing educator knowledge of assistive technology and increasing student access to appropriate assistive technology devices and services. </li></ul><ul><li>From GPAT.Org </li></ul>
  11. 11. South Carolina AT Program <ul><li>Includes an Extensive Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Includes Links which explore specific AT </li></ul>Word Processors Portable Word Processors Spell Checkers Tape Recorders Text Reading Systems Word Prediction Reading Pens Concept Mapping Speech Recognition Information Managers Low Tech Web Quests Multimedia FM Listening Systems Talking Calculators Electronic Math Sheets Math Software AND MORE!!!
  12. 12. AT Resources Solutions <ul><li>Is a Texas Based Supplier of AT </li></ul><ul><li>They offer customer service and suggestions for the selection and implementation of appropriate AT. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology Resources </li></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>Georgia Project for Assistive Technology </li></ul><ul><li>South Carolina Assistive Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Assistive Technology Resources </li></ul>