ERIC Number: EJ789113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 25
Assistive Technology: Are the Necessary Skills and Knowledge Being Developed at the Preservice and Inservice Levels?
Bausch, Margaret E.; Hasselbring, Ted S.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v27 n2 p97-104 Spr 2004
Assistive Technology (AT) devices and services have been legally mandated for several years. However, the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Act Amendments P.L. 105-17 (IDEA1997), which states that every student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) must be considered for AT, had enormous implications impacting approximately six million school-aged students identified with a disability. As a result, states have written assistive technology policies, procedures, guidelines, and technical assistance manuals to reflect the change in federal laws. In order to comply with state policies, school districts are in need of qualified personnel to plan, develop, and implement assistive devices and services. However, because of the lack of AT degree and certification programs at the preservice level, it is often problematic for districts to find AT trained personnel, thus, directly impacting the services that can be provided for students with disabilities.
Descriptors: Individualized Education Programs, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology, Technical Assistance, Individualized Instruction, Federal Legislation, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Educational Policy, Educational Indicators, Educational Assessment, Skill Analysis, Knowledge Base for Teaching
Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. Available from: Allen Press, Inc. 810 East 10th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044. Tel: 800-627-0629; Web site: http://www.tese.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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