ERIC Number: ED439561
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Has Technology Been Considered? A Guide for IEP Teams. CASE/TAM Assistive Technology Policy and Practice Series.
Chambers, A. C.
This guide compiles information essential to a working knowledge of assistive technology for children with disabilities. It addresses the definition of assistive technology and provides information on laws which direct the provision of assistive technology. The manual provides a framework to guide the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team as they consider the use of assistive technology with a child who has exceptional education needs. Steps in consideration include: (1) review what the child should be able to do and is unable to do because of a disability; (2) review what has been tried to meet the need; (3) decide whether current intervention is working; (4) review evidence on current interventions; (5) discuss what has been tried and for how long; (6) decide whether the team has the knowledge and resources necessary to continue to meet the need; (7) develop a plan as a team with additional assistance as needed; and (8) remember that consideration is an ongoing process. Examples are provided which move from no-tech to low- and high-tech interventions for students in different skill areas such as written expression, mathematics, handwriting difficulties, and reading difficulties. A list of additional resources on assistive technology is provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Decision Making, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Handwriting, Individualized Education Programs, Mathematics Instruction, Policy Formation, Reading Strategies, School Responsibility, Student Needs, Teamwork, Writing Strategies
Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc., 615 16th St., N.W., Albuquerque, NM 87104 (Order No. AT-12). Tel: 505-243-7622.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Administrators of Special Education, Inc.; Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.