ERIC Number: ED364026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Assistive Technology and Disabilities...A Guide for Parents and Students. Technology Access for Arkansans (TAARK) Project.
Parette, Howard P., Jr.; Van Biervliet, Alan
This guide, intended for parents and families in Arkansas who have school-age children with disabilities, shows parents ways to work with schools to assure provision of needed technologies. The guide is divided into five sections, each using a question and answer format. After defining "assistive technology and services," the first section answers questions concerned with technology and the role of the schools, including the importance of the Individualized Education Program in enabling students to obtain needed services. Next, selection of technology is addressed in questions about various personal factors (such as student needs, likes, and family activities) and technological factors (such as dependability, cost, and features). Funding for technology is the subject of the third section which stresses the legal responsibilities of schools as well as assistance available from insurance, private organizations, Medicaid, and TEFRA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982). Parent and student rights are specifically addressed in the fourth section. The last section considers advocacy for technology. Also provided are additional information on funding alternatives, a list of advocacy contacts, a parent checklist of questions to ask about technology, and a checklist for advocacy activities. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Child Advocacy, Disabilities, Educational Media, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Individualized Education Programs, Parent School Relationship, School Role, Selection, Student Needs, Student Rights, Technology
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Students
Sponsor: Arkansas Governor's Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Little Rock.; Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. University-Affiliated Program.
Authoring Institution: Arkansas Univ., Little Rock. Center for Research on Teaching and Learning.
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas