ERIC Number: ED374628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep-13
Reference Count: N/A
District 75/Citywide Technology Solutions Program, 1992-1993. OER Report.
Blunden, Connie; And Others
The Adaptive Technology Program established five Adaptive Technology Centers (ATCs) in each of the five boroughs of New York City in 1990. These centers house various state-of-the-art technologies designed to enhance the functioning of students with severe disabilities. Equipment includes assistive devices, augmentative communication systems, adaptive computer hardware, peripherals, and software. The ATCs also provide technological support and training in the use of the equipment to school system staff responsible for the educational development of these students. The program also operates a Vision Resource Center, a Hearing Resource Center, and the Access Tech component, which provides on-site environmental assessment in the classroom, workplace, and home. Evaluation of the 1992-93 program via a survey of 110 users revealed that 3,380 students had benefitted from services provided by the ATCs. Teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals, and parents used the ATCs for information and training and to borrow equipment. In general, respondents were very satisfied with the availability of materials and equipment and with the responsiveness of the ATCs to their needs. ATC training workshops were perceived as well-organized and thorough. Users evaluated the ATC workshops positively. (JDD)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Computer Software, Computers, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Microcomputers, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Severe Disabilities, Technical Assistance, Urban Education, Workshops
Office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment, 110 Livingston St., Room 734, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Office of Educational Research.