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ERIC Number: EJ1114799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Practices of Assistive Technology Implementation and Facilitation: Experiences of Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments in Singapore
Wong, Meng Ee; Law, Janet S. P.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v110 n3 p195-200 May-Jun 2016
Assistive technology is defined by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004 as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability" (IDEIA, 2004). This broad definition includes devices and software that are beneficial in supporting the instruction of students with disabilities in special education (Duhaney & Duhaney, 2000). This paper reports on a study that examined special school teachers and their experiences with the assistive technology-assessment process in Singapore. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were carried out at the Lighthouse School, the only school for visually impaired students in Singapore. Four teachers of elementary grade students with visual impairments volunteered and consented to participate. An open-ended interview guide was developed to inquire as to how teachers considered assistive technology in their practice: How do you assess the assistive technology needs of your students? What processes does the school adopt in assistive technology consideration? Can you describe the decision-making process in acquiring assistive technology for your students? To what extent do you collaborate with partners to support assistive technology needs? The findings are summarized in four themes: making a decision, accessing assistive technology, working together, and increasing capacity. Overall, findings point to gaps in assessment, collaboration, and knowledge among teachers about assistive technology.
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Visual Impairments, Blindness, Semi Structured Interviews, Special Schools, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore
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