ERIC Number: ED463595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities: Update 2002. ERIC Digest.
Behrmann, Michael; Jerome, Marci Kinas
This digest discusses six identified areas of instruction in which assistive technology can aid students with mild disabilities. It begins by discussing how assistive technology can help the student's organization. Low-tech solutions are explained, including teaching students to organize their thoughts or work using flow-charting, task analysis, webbing, and outlining. These strategies can also be accomplished using high-tech graphic, software-based organizers to assist students in developing and structuring ideas. The digest then highlights how assistive technology can help students in note-taking. Low and high-tech methods are explained and include videotaping class sessions for visual learners, sending Web-camp photography across the Internet to allow students to see and hear what is happening in class, sending class notes or presentations via e-mail, translating print-based notes to voice, and using notebook computers. The third area in which assistive technology devices can assist students with mild disabilities is in writing. The benefits of word processing are described. The digest also explains how assistive technology can help students with mild disabilities in their academic productivity, access to reference and general educational materials (including Internet communications, multimedia tools, e-books, and universal design), and cognitive assistance. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Internet, Mild Disabilities, Notetaking, Writing Skills
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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, Arlington, VA.