ERIC Number: ED467303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun-17
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation Report of the Native American Consortium for Educational and Assistive Technologies for Indian Children Living on the Acoma and Laguna Pueblos.
Zastrow, Leona M.
The New Mexico State Department of Education received a federal grant to provide educational and assistive technology for American Indian children living in the Pueblos of Laguna and Acoma, New Mexico. During the 2-year project, more than 229 assistive technology items were purchased, and some form of assistive technology was provided to 121 children aged 3-22. The goal of establishing a working educational and assistive technology loan program for children aged birth to 2 was not implemented because two other nonprofit organizations were already providing this service. Two objectives of establishing a working educational and assistive technology loan program for youth aged 3-21 and 18-21, were implemented 90 and 80 percent, respectively. The objective of identifying alternative funding sources was 75 percent implemented. Two objectives were implemented 100 percent: developing culturally appropriate awareness information and resources about the project, and developing support documents about project activities and outcomes for a diverse audience and making them available through Web sites, presentations, and publications. Program weaknesses included a lack of inclusion of the pueblos in planning and writing the project, poor communication with Laguna concerning supervision and reporting, insufficient decision-making authority by the Native American consortium, the lack of a needs assessment of assistive technology, and understaffing. Appendices present program materials and a case study. (TD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, American Indian Education, Assistive Technology, Cultural Awareness, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Partnerships in Education, Program Evaluation, Pueblo (People), Reservation American Indians, Rural Education, Special Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe.
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico