ERIC Number: ED355744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Activating Children through Technology. Final Report.
Hutinger, Patricia L.
This final report describes activities of the 3-year Activating Children Through Technology (ACTT) Outreach program housed in Macomb Projects in the College of Education at Western Illinois University, which attempted to integrate assistive technology into early childhood services for children, ages birth to 8, with disabilities. Major program goals include stimulating services, training and replication, assistance to states, and providing a product-development and information dissemination resource. The program is responsive to assistive technology services legislated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act. ACTT's developmentally based curriculum is intended to be integrated into existing early intervention curricula and provides computer activities to aid in problem solving, communication, social interaction, and development of autonomy and competency. It provides strategies for family participation and for integrating young children with disabilities into groups of predominantly nondisabled children. The 3-year project has trained personnel in replication sites and workshops in 27 states and has served 6,568 children. Project products include training modules, software programs which support curricular objectives, videotapes of current technology applications, and equipment modification schematics. (Contains 44 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Computer Assisted Instruction, Curriculum Development, Demonstration Programs, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Educational Technology, Federal Legislation, Instructional Design, Integrated Curriculum, Mainstreaming, Outreach Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Early Education Program for Children with Disabilities.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb.