ERIC Number: ED449605
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Assistive Technology and Early Childhood Education.
Wilcox, M. Jeanne; Norman-Murch, Trudi; Oberstein, Jill S.; Volkmann, Melody A.; Wagner, Deanna K.; Musselwhite, Caroline Ramsey; Malena, Edye
Designed for early childhood educators working with children who have a wide variety of disabilities, this manual discusses the ways in which assistive technology can facilitate the child's active participation in developmentally appropriate activities and offers ideas for incorporating devices and strategies into daily school and home routines. Chapters 1-5 provide an opportunity to explore and review the foundations of assistive technology including relevance to real life tasks, legislative mandates which have created the framework for accessible technology, services to people with disabilities, and the importance of a team-based technology selection and service delivery process. Specific assistive technologies for positioning, access, communication, play, and computer use that are available to enhance a child's independence and skill development are introduced. Chapters 6, 7, and 8 focus on implementation issues: curricular issues that foster and support a "big picture" approach to assistive technology use in educational settings; the relationship between the Individualized Education Program process, technology implementation, and functional outcomes; and funding options. The final section offers guidelines and suggestions for training personnel to become effective assistive technology trainers. Appendices include instructions for creating many of the low cost and simple technology items mentioned throughout the manual. (Contains 67 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Classroom Techniques, Computers, Curriculum Design, Disabilities, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Evaluation Criteria, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Individualized Education Programs, Play, Preschool Education, Program Implementation, Selection, Teamwork
Dissemination Coordinator, Infant Child Communication Research Programs, Arizona State University, P.O. Box 871908, Tempe, AZ 85287-1908.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe.
Note: For related documents on assistive technology training, see EC 308 210 and EC 308 212. Illustrations by Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite and Martha C. Lewis.