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ERIC Number: EJ1147748
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Assistive Technology: Decision-Making Practices in Public Schools
Davis, Tonya N.; Barnard-Brak, Lucy; Arredondo, Patricia L.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v32 n4 p15-23 Dec 2013
The Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 require schools to consider assistive technology for students receiving special education. In order to gain insight to the implementation of the mandates, we surveyed special education directors across the state of Texas regarding assistive technology decision-making and implementation procedures. Findings suggest that a team-approach was utilized for device selection. Furthermore, device user-friendliness and previous experience are two factors that influenced decision-making. Finally, results also indicated that school districts in rural areas reported having fewer assistive technology devices available to them in comparison to suburban and urban school districts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
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