ERIC Number: ED309604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Marketplace: Report on Technology in Special Education.
Behrmann, June, Ed.; Lahm, Elizabeth A., Ed.
Marketplace, v1 n1-3 Sep 1988
Three reports on technology in special education identify major trends, describe availability and characteristics of adaptive hardware, and report on special education costs and demographic data. The first report notes the continuing interest of the Federal Government in technology, the changing federal policy toward hardware acquisition, and such special education legislation as Public Law 94-142 (which assures appropriate public education for all handicapped children, Public Law 99-457 (which authorizes spending on technology and educational media) and Public Law 100-407 (which provides delivery systems for information and assistive devices). Critical issues identified include maximizing private and public sector initiatives; improving communication among developers, producers, and consumers; and translating research on effective applications into practice. The second report provides statistical data on the availability of adaptive hardware; proportions of devices that are assistive, computer input, or computer output devices; device functions; and design features. The final report presents data indicating that the population of students with handicaps (especially learning disabilities) is rising. It notes that federal funds constitute about 5% of total special education expenditures and that costs for educating handicapped students run about double the costs of educating regular students. The last report also discusses the educational environments of special students, related services, percentages of students exiting from secondary schools, and special education personnel. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.