Today we are focusing on assistive technology and its importance in assisting the student in accessing their education. While everyone considers things like reading and math and the programs that support the struggling learner, we frequently do not consider the many accommodations and modifications which can have a profound effect on the ease of access that they provide to the student. Whether high tech or low tech assistive technology deserves consideration with those students who can benefit from its implementation.
4) Assistive technology devices/ services and curriculum
5) Behavioral curriculum
1) Core curriculum
2) Extracurricular and non-academic activity skills as well as recreation and leisure skills
3) Expanded curriculum / Disability specific curriculums /and independent functional skills across environments
The IEP must, as appropriate, include ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY. This includes:
Assistive technology means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability.
Assistive technology can include computer software and hardware, environmental modifications, or assistive devices to facilitate tasks related to:
Mobility - wheelchairs, walkers, scooters, orthotic devices
Cognitive - computer or assistive devices for memory, attention, language or organization,
Speech – speech generating devices
Writing - voice recognition, grips, adaptive paper, braille, keyboards, note-takers, word processor, word predictor, spell or grammar checker
Reading - screen readers, screen enlargement applications, magnifiers, book readers
Vision –enlargement or magnifiers of all kinds, books on tape, brailler
Fine motor- page-turners, book holders, pencil grips, switches, utensils /handles, eating assistance
Sensory Efficiency - environmental changes
Hearing - FM systems, closed captioning, narrated videos
Gross Motor - ramps, grab bars, widened doorways, reach extenders, mobility, cooking, dressing, and grooming, playing games
Device modification- phones, lights, computers, desks, chairs
Environmental modification - taping of environmental borders, adapting sound or lights
IEP must include ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, as appropriate
Assistive technology service includes any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition or use of an assistive technology device. Such as:
Assistive Technology Services Assure That:
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Marie Lewis is an author, consultant, and national speaker on best practices in education advocacy. She is a parent of 3 children and a Disability Case Manager, Board Certified Education Advocate, and Behavior Specialist Consultant. She has assisted in the development of thousands of IEPs nationally and consults on developing appropriately individualized IEPs that are outcome based vs legally sufficient. She brings a great depth of expertise, practical experience, and compassion to her work as well as expert insight, vision, and systemic thinking. She is passionate and funny and she always inspires and informs.
MJ Gore has an MEd in counseling and a degree in elementary education and natural sciences. She worked as a life-skills and learning support teacher She has been honored with the receipt of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the Director and on the faculty at the National Special Education Advocacy Institute. Her passion is social justice, especially in the area of education. She is a Board Certified Education Advocate who teaches professional advocates, educators, and clinicians the best practices in education advocacy.
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