ERIC Number: ED426517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Integrating Assistive Technology into the Standard Curriculum. ERIC/OSEP Digest E568.
This digest discusses how assistive technology (AT) for students with disabilities can expand access to the general education curriculum. It begins by describing the Education TECH Point system which offers educators a strategy for identifying specific points in the planning process where AT should be considered, including: initial referral question, evaluation questions, extended assessment questions, plan development questions, implementation questions, and periodic review questions. At each point, questions are posed which reflect issues that must be addressed. The digest also addresses how states can support local education agencies in meeting new requirements to consider AT in each child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). States are urged to have a clear policy on AT that includes: (1) desired AT outcomes; (2) policies for delivery of AT services; (3) staff development and technical assistance policies; (4) verification that the technology plan includes research-based practices; (5) mechanisms for interdisciplinary involvement; (6) policies for purchasing, using, and managing AT equipment; (7) strategies for obtaining funding; and (8) strategies for communicating these policies. Research-based applications that illustrate how AT can enhance literacy goals, improve access to the science curriculum, and improve concept development in mathematics are provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Appropriate Technology, Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Literacy, Mainstreaming, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, State Programs, State School District Relationship
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, The Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589; Tel: 800-328-0272 (Toll free); e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.cec.sped.org/ericec.htm
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.