ERIC Number: ED408738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Assistive Technology & Inclusion. Issue Brief.
Sax, Caren; And Others
This paper uses a case study of the inclusion of a deaf-blind child with cognitive disabilities to explain principles of applying assistive technology in inclusive educational settings. The 12-year-old's progress from a special school four years previously to full inclusion is recounted with emphasis on use of such adaptive equipment as adapted switches, an assisted communication system, and seating and positioning adjustments. The case study illustrates the following principles: (1) involve the student with the disability in the selection of assistive technology devices; (2) begin by targeting a specific activity in which the student needs or wishes to participate, then find and/or adapt equipment rather than the other way around; and (3) look for people beyond the educational realm to help with technical expertise. (DB)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Case Studies, Communication Aids (for Disabled), Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Severe Disabilities
Child & Family Studies Program, Allegheny University of the Health Sciences, One Allegheny Center, Suite 510, Pittsburgh, PA 15212; telephone: 412-359-1654; fax: 412-359-1601.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Allegheny Univ. of the Health Sciences, Pittsburgh, PA.
Note: A collaborative publication of the Consortium on Inclusive Schooling Practices. (CISP)