ERIC Number: EJ712719
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Reference Count: 1
Miracle Workers: When Appropriately Prescribed and Supported by Solid Instruction, Alternative and Augmentative Communication Devices Can Give Voices to Students Otherwise "Trapped" by Their Disabilities
Technology & Learning, v25 n9 p40 Apr 2005
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA-PL 101-478) of 1990 assures the right to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. Later versions of the law increased spending, support, and consumer decision making and encouraged research and development for a range of assistive instructional technologies. As a result, the number of technological products and solutions for communication-impaired clients has grown exponentially. Technological devices are not necessarily a panacea, however. The number one complaint about them is that they often go on the shelf and never come down after being prescribed in a student's IEP. It is essential that the device be supported by solid instruction. This article provides a brief guide to the latest and best classroom resources for communication-impaired students. A list of additional related resources is also included.
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Disabilities, Educational Technology
Technology & Learning, Subscription Department, P.O. Box 5052, Vandalia, OH 45377. Tel: 800-607-4410 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act