ERIC Number: ED422690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul-14
Assistive Technology Training for Occupational Therapy. Final Performance Report.
Spencer, Karen C.
This report describes the outcomes of a 4-year project undertaken by the Department of Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University in cooperation with numerous school districts and the Colorado Department of Education. The Assistive Technology Training For Occupational Therapy (ATTOT) prepared a total of 20 related service professionals (19 occupational therapists and 1 speech language pathologist) to address the technology-related needs of children and youth with disabilities. As part of their training, the students shared their acquired expertise with others and delivered inservice training and support to regular and special educators (including related service personnel), and families. This outreach effort reinforced and expanded the use of assistive technology among students with disabilities in the public schools in the largely rural Rocky Mountain region. Outcomes of the program included: (1) a total of 20 graduate students completed participation in the assistive technology program; (2) all participants worked with public school teams in 10 different school districts to provide assistive technology training and services; and (3) a total of 388 school team members received consultative or collaborative services directly from the participants in the program, and 154 students with disabilities in 40 schools have been impacted as a result of this collaborative effort. (CR)
Descriptors: Appropriate Technology, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Occupational Therapy, Outreach Programs, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Professional Personnel, Professional Training, Program Effectiveness, Rural Areas, Speech Language Pathology, Teamwork, Training Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Univ., Ft. Collins. School of Education.