Appropriate accommodations can include the use of assistive technology devices.Thirty years ago, fewer than 100 such devices were commercially available. Today, more than 29,000 assistive technology' devices exist for individuals with disabilities and for aging adults (Bausch & Hasselbring, 2004), Too often, people think of these devices in temis of expensive laptop computers and sophisticated software.
With the passage of landmark federal laws, equal access to technology for all students, regardless of their abilities, has been getting increasing attention in the field of education. Although considering a continuum of assistive technology (AT) items and services for individuals with disabilities is a mandated practice, education and rehabilitation professionals are faced with challenges of providing effective AT service delivery due to lack of clear legal and practical guidelines.
Assistive technology is guaranteed by law to be included when appropriate on individualized education plans (IEP) for young children with disabilities. Yet, the full potential of technology remains unfulfilled due to insufficient knowledge of options available, limited professional development, and a dearth of evidence on its effectiveness for particular daily routines and activities. This article describes a proactive strategy for meeting the needs of young children with disabilities through an assistive technology toolkit approach.
Despite the emphasis on technology and the rapid proliferation of assistive technology devices, little is known about the specific uses of assistive technology with persons who vary in disability type, severity, and age. The present study conducted a comprehensive review and a systematic analysis of published reports of assistive technology and skill acquisition of persons with disabilities. Uses of assistive technology, its benefits and obstacles, are reviewed. The results provide indications why technology is often abandoned.
This report provides a comparison of the post-high school experiences of youth with disabilities in 1990 and in 2005, who had been out of high school up to 4 years. It examines how differences between the two time periods varied across disability categories and demographic groups and, when data are available, how these differences compared with those of youth in the general population.
Expanded captions are designed to enhance the educational value by linking unfamiliar words to one of three types of information: vocabulary definitions, labeled illustrations, or concept maps. This study investigated the effects of expanded captions versus standard captions on the comprehension of educational video materials on DVD by secondary students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Participants were assigned randomly to two groups, with each group experiencing both conditions in counterbalanced order.
CTL's collection of rugged Chromebook laptops, monitors and tablets, including features such as plastic bumpers, reinforced ports, water-resistant keyboards, non-slip textures and carrying handles.
MovieCaptioner is an easy-to-use video captioning software that will help even a total novice to make their videos accessible to deaf and hearing impaired students. In short, if you can type, you can use MovieCaptioner. It can export many formats, including embedded QT captions, YouTube captions, and captions for DVDs and broadcast TV.
Stages is a seven-level developmental framework that describes a learner's cognitive and language abilities. Stages helps schools comply with alternate assessment mandates by providing an accessible way to assess learners with special needs. Stages also serves as a selection guide for curriculum activities (including both software and off-computer activities). The sequence of seven Stages is based on the work of Madalaine Pugliese, a nationally recognized authority in the fields of assistive and instructional technologies.