ERIC Number: ED370339
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assistive Technology Issues for Virginia Schools. Final Report.
Behrmann, Michael M.; And Others
The use of assistive technology with students having disabilities in the 134 school systems of Virginia was researched. Questionnaires were sent to all Directors of Special Education, with a 70 percent response rate. The survey focused on responsibilities and issues pertaining to the use of assistive technology and demographic information relating to individual school systems. Survey data revealed a significant need for training, funding, and for the development of a referral and service coordination plan. The following recommendations were formulated: (1) develop and disseminate state guidelines for assistive technology devices and services; (2) develop and implement statewide preservice and inservice training in assistive technology; (3) disseminate information on local, state, and national sources of information on assistive technology services and devices; and (4) develop assistive technology funding resources. An appendix details survey responses. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Agency Cooperation, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Equipment Utilization, Financial Support, Inservice Education, Needs Assessment, Preservice Teacher Education, School Demography, School Districts, Special Education, State Standards, State Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Education, Richmond. Div. of Special Education.; George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA.
Note: A study initiated by the Virginia State Special Education Advisory Committee. Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (72nd, Denver, CO, April 6-10, 1994).