ERIC Number: ED357588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Misconceptions on Buying A Computer! [and]"But, We Don't Have the Money..." (Or as It Should Be "The Check's in the Mail..."). Key Notes.
Access Group, Atlanta, GA.
Two brief information pamphlets for families of children with disabilities provide: (1) consideration of common misconceptions in buying a computer, and (2) suggestions of ways that parents can obtain assistive technology devices and services from various service delivery systems despite their claims of lack of funds. In the first information brief, seven common misconceptions about computer purchasing are countered, including the belief that the newest and latest must be bought, that buying a computer alone will help the child, and that teachers can supply lists of appropriate software. Ten steps to getting a computer are outlined, such as preparing well ahead of time, buying an inexpensive system, buying a used system, and not being swayed by one person's advice. The second pamphlet provides specific information which enables a parent to counter claims that "we don't have the funds." Parents are urged to refer to federal legislative requirements concerning related services and assisted technology. Parents are also encouraged to be sure the device or service is specified in the child's written Individualized Education Plan. Specific possible funding sources are identified. Other suggestions include becoming involved in special education's budget and planning process and networking with other parents. A final section addresses assistive technology needs of adults. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Access Group, Atlanta, GA.
Note: Funds were provided by the Agent Orange Class Assistance Program and United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc.