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ERIC Number: EJ833643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
What Middle School Educators Should Know about Assistive Technology and Universal Design for Learning
Zascavage, Victoria; Winterman, Kathleen G.
Middle School Journal (J3), v40 n4 p46-52 Mar 2009
In the new millennium, the No Child Left Behind Act (2001) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) (2004) ask educators to maximize opportunities for students with disabilities to succeed in inclusive classrooms. To make autonomy and integration seamless, many students with special needs will need to make use of assistive technology. Most middle school general educators are familiar with computer-enhanced instruction and the use of technology for research projects, presentations, and interactive learning software. As teachers restructure to meet the demand for equitable education for all students (No Child Left Behind, 2001), Universal Design for Learning becomes an important tool. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is research-based model for curricular design that ensures participation in the general educational program of all students, including those with disabilities (Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), 2007). This article discusses what middle school educators should know about assistive technology and UDL. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001