ERIC Number: ED419122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Technology Education.
Clark, Craig B.
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II applies to schools, each school district should have a coordinator to develop an action plan covering the school system. Requirements fall into four areas: general nondiscrimination, equally effective communication, program accessibility, and employment. Compliance with the law is the responsibility of the administration and the coordinator, but all staff can be involved. The major goal is to provide access to the school and programs to all students and school visitors regardless of their disability. All buildings do not have to be accessible, but all programs, course offerings, cafeteria, hallways, lavatories, phones, and anything open to the persons in the facility must be. ADA requires a self-evaluation of the school to see what problems must be addressed. Examples of school projects incorporating ADA content include the following: students in an architectural class selected a part of the school facility and did a study to determine its accessibility; a tech prep class viewed a playscape to see how it is accessible to all children. Connections with other curriculum areas include the following: discussion of civil rights and law enforcement in social studies; learning about diseases and disabilities in health; and ramp design in mathematics and science. Technology education offers opportunities for students with disabilities to learn self-reliance. Teachers can avoid incorrect, stereotypical, demeaning, or insensitive terms and use proper language when talking to a person with a disability. (Contains 20 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Architecture, Design Requirements, Disabilities, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Design, Educational Facilities Planning, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Integrated Curriculum, Mainstreaming, Physical Mobility, Secondary Education, Structural Elements (Construction), Technology Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990