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ERIC Number: EJ849799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Implementing Assistive Technology through User Groups
Parette, Howard P.; Peterson-Karlan, George R.; Wojcik, Brian W.; Watts, Emily H.; Stoner, Julia B.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v40 n2 p28-34 Nov-Dec 2007
Building the capacity of education professionals to make effective assistive technology (AT) decisions requires varying supports. One effective approach used in Central Illinois is to develop and maintain user groups comprising skilled practitioners and those interested in developing new AT skill sets. Over the past several years, AT user groups of special education teachers in Central Illinois have effectively developed a broad base of AT practitioners across school districts. These teachers are members of the Heart of Illinois Low Incidence Association (HILIA), a six-county coalition of four special education administrative units. More recently, the user groups have been effectively used with early childhood teachers serving preschool students who are at risk or who have disabilities (Parette, Watts, & Stoner, 2005) and with intermediate elementary through high school special education teachers serving students with academic and learning disabilities (Peterson-Karlan, Wojcik, & Parette, 2006). The success of this group can be emulated in other regions, once school districts and practitioners understand four key elements in developing, implementing, and supporting AT user groups in public school settings: (1) Identifying core members and leadership roles; (2) Identifying resource commitments; (3) Conducting meetings; and (4) Monitoring outcomes. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Kindergarten; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois