Assistive Technology (AT) Policy

Effect of Assistive Technology in a Public School Setting

This quasi-experimental study explored AT’s effect in a public school special education setting. There were 13 students in one school system who had newly provided AT to address academic and communication goals. Watson, A. H., Ito, M., Smith, R. O., & Andersen, L. T. (2010).  American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64, 18–29.

Public Policy Much Discussed at the CEC Convention

Summary of public policy as discussed at CEC Convention in Nashville, TN and the developing reauthorization of ESEA formerly known as NCLB. Current administration will keep children with exceptionalities in mind as they revise law. Mittler, J. (2010). TAM Connector. March/June 2010.

AT Tools

Text to Speech

Sorrell, C.A., Bell, S.M., & McCallum, R.S., (2007). Reading rate and comprehension as a function of computerized versus traditional presentation mode: A preliminary study. Journal of Special Education Technology, 22, 1, 1-12.  Click here to access.

Scan & Read

Raskind, M., Research Trends: Reading Machines for Students with LD.  Click here to access.

Protocol for Accommodations in Reading—with Denise DeCoste

Denise discusses systematic assessments for making data-based reading accommodation decisions for students and she shares how PAR worked in her district. Click here to view the webinar. (Please note, due to the size, the link will only work with Windows Media player, VLC Player, or Real Player.)

Apps

A practical resource for school personnel who would like to appropriately use apps to teach their students by Melinda Ault, Margaret Bausch, Cynthia Warger, and Cheryl Temple. Click here to access.

Apps for This and That by BJ Gallagher. Click here to access.

Gliding, Tapping and Swiping by BJ Gallagher. Click here to access.

Software

Intellitools Reading

Howell, R.D., Erickson, K., Stanger, C., & Wheaton, J.E. (2000). Evaluation of a computer-based program on the reading performance of first grade students with potential for reading failure. Journal of Special Education Technology, 15, 4, 5-14. Click here to access.

Inexpensive tools

Finemotor: 10 Thingamajigs and Doodads – Simple ideas that work in the classroom. Click here to access.

General AT Use

AT In the Classroom

Integrating AT in Classroom Use

Moss, L. (2010). Using and implementing assistive technology in the classroom can be a difficult task to accomplish; however, the difference assistive technology makes in the life of a child with a disability is immense.

Teacher Survey

Judge, S. (2006). Constructing an assistive technology toolkit for young children: Views from the field. Journal of Special Education Technology, 21, 4, pp.17-24. Click here to access.

Role of AT

Edyburn, D.L. (2007). Re-examining the role of assistive technology in learning. Closing the Gap, December/January, Vol. 25, No. 5. Click here to access.

Bookshare

Does your school or local school system have a free Bookshare membership for your students with disabilities yet? This membership provides access to digital textbooks for qualified students with IEPs. It’s easier now because Maryland has named Bookshare as one of its Authorized Users of the NIMAC, the central repository for U.S. K-12 digital textbooks.