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ERIC Number: EJ712982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar-22
Reference Count: 1
Lee, Christopher Michael
Learning Disability Quarterly, v28 n2 p182 Spr 2005
In this article the author shares his personal experiences beginning in early childhood with his own learning disabilities. As an adult with learning disabilities, he describes how he has learned to manage his language and memory barriers through assistive technology and outside support, and he nourishes himself through therapy or simply surrounding himself with family and friends who understand his innovative use of language. Shortly after graduating from college, he developed a personal action plan that came to include standard tools, modifications and accommodations of task and expectations, and assistive technology. Today, individuals with disabilities have access to assistive technology through legislation, including the Assistive Technology Act of 1998. This law affirms that technology is a valuable tool for improving the lives of Americans with disabilities. It also affirms the federal role in funding and promoting access to assistive technology devices and services for individuals with disabilities. Neuropsychologists today are helping to provide answers to cognition. Over time, this information will slowly funnel its way into academic and employment settings. The landscape of the brain is one of the most important areas of training for individuals with learning disabilities, parents, service providers, and employers. Through such newfound research and understanding, the field of learning disabilities will evolve to new heights in providing services and teaching students and employees. As more specifics on the workings of the brain emerge, a shift in education will occur, which will help define and unify the voices of individuals with learning disabilities.
Descriptors: Coping, Assistive Technology, Special Education, Personal Narratives, Learning Disabilities, Federal Aid, Brain, Cognitive Processes, Memory, Federal Legislation
The Council for Learning Disabilities, P.O. Box 4014, Leesburg, VA 20177. Web site: http://www.cldinternational.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act