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ERIC Number: ED417897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teams, Networks, and Assistive Technology: Training Special Educators in Rural Areas.
Henderson, Cheryl; Kyger, Maggie; Guarino-Murphey, Dana
Assistive technology is equipment that improves the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Using assistive technology, children discover they have control over their environment and develop a sense of competence and independence. As special education enrollments increase, more students are using assistive technology, but many school personnel have little training or technical assistance in assistive technology. The Virginia Department of Education has established eight regional training and technical assistance centers (T-TAC) at colleges and universities to provide a variety of professional training options designed to serve small towns and rural schools. Teachers and therapists meet quarterly at technology support networks to receive training and share ideas and experiences, then return to their schools and train others. A week-long institute developed core evaluation teams consisting of special education teachers, therapists, and psychologists for six school systems. Occasional day-long seminars provide ongoing training. Informal workshops provide instruction on how items can be acquired, adapted, or made at minimal or no cost. Each T-TAC operates a lending library that has curriculum materials, guidebooks, videos, computer software, assistive technology devices, augmentative communication devices, and other technology related items. TAC staff often incorporate an on-site technical assistance visit with delivery of the materials. Suggestions are given on starting and funding similar programs. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia