ERIC Number: ED297546
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Issues in Planning a State-Wide Technology Service Delivery Program for Special Education.
Vanderheiden, Gregg C.
This paper focuses on issues in the development of a technology support program for special education, particularly directed toward states with small, wide-spread populations. A three-level approach is suggested, with concentrated central expertise, regional resource points, and a network of individuals at the local level. The technology involved takes many forms, including special therapeutic technology, special education technology, personal assistive devices which facilitate education, and special adaptations to regular education technology. The program should provide support in the following areas: summative information, integrative information, specialized evaluation teams, training, equipment demonstrations, low-technology and high-technology approaches, an equipment loan program, and a software library. Other factors to consider in designing the support program are: the special needs of rural areas, an ongoing needs analysis process, ongoing program evaluation activities, links with existing resources, and possible sources of funding. The steps in planning a state-wide technology service delivery program are outlined. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Technology, Electromechanical Aids, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Information Networks, Microcomputers, Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rural Areas, Special Education, State Programs
Trace Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705-2280 ($1.85).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Trace Center.
Note: A product of the Trace Research and Development Center on Communication, Control, and Computer Access for Handicapped Individuals.