ERIC Number: ED324850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Guide for Parents. Tech Use Guide: Using Computer Technology.
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. Center for Special Education Technology.
One of nine brief guides on using computer technology, this guide is directed to parents of children with disabilities and provides an overview of computer use with handicapped children and suggestions for ways parents can learn more about the potential of technology to aid their children. Instructional software for classroom or home use generally falls into four categories: drill and practice; tutorials; simulations; and games. Tool software (e.g., word processing, database, and graphic editors is another option that is proving very useful for computer users of all ages. Principles for selecting a computer include developing a profile of the child's learning needs which will take into account the nature and degree of severity of his/her disability and also the child's age. Specific concerns when selecting computer equipment include ensuring that the software programs chosen will run on the computer to be used, presence of sufficient memory, compatibility of adaptive devices, printer features, and cost. Parents are encouraged to read about computers, talk to the child's teacher, and join a local computer user group. Also recommended is contacting the local chapter of the appropriate disability organization and obtaining information on software, hardware, assistive technology, and possible funding help. Four readings, eight organizational resources, four periodicals, and three software resource guides are listed. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
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.
Note: For related documents, see EC 232 187-194.