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  • 1. Tools For Student Learning:Technology and Instruction
    • Jerry Oliver Jr
  • ITEC 7530
  • Spring 2012
  • Dr. Black

2. Presentation Goal

  • Teachers who read this will have a better understanding on teaching students with disabilities.

3. Overview

  • Common Disabilities / Special Needs
  • Governing Laws and Disabilities
  • Inclusion
  • Tools to help you and your students
  • Your Role as the Teacher

4. Common Disabilities Found in Schools

  • ADHD
  • Auditory
  • Learning Disabilities specifically related to reading and writing

5. ADHD and LD

  • ADHD is a problem with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination. To be diagnosed with this, the problems must be out of the norm for children in that age range.
  • Learning disability is a condition giving rise to difficulties in acquiring knowledge and skills to the level expected of those of the same age, esp. when not associated with a physical handicap

Info retrieved from 6. Who can Diagnose a Learning Disability/ ADHD?

  • Adapted from

Professional What can they diagnose? Clinical Psychologist LD. Yes,by including educational assessment of educational specialist. ADHD- Yes. Cannot prescribe medication for ADHD. School Psychologist LD-Yes. ADHD- No, in general, but they can with training if its a private practice.Educational Psychologist LD- Yes if qualified to do assessment ADHD- Can offer guidance.* Depends of level of training. Cannot prescribe medication Neuro- psychologist LD-Yes but may need to obtain educational from educational specialist. ADHD- Yes. Psychometrist LD- Yes. ADHD- In general no unless they have special training Educational Specialist LD-No ADHD-No School Counselor LD-No ADHD-N0 Vocational Counselor LD-No ADHD-No Social Worker LD-No ADHD-No Speech and Language Specialist LD-No ADHD-No Occupational Therapist LD-No ADHD-No Psychiatrist LD-No ADHD-Yes. Can prescribe medication Physician LD-No ADHD-Yes. Can prescribe medication 7. Governing LAWS That Protect These Students

  • ADA
  • IDEA
  • SECTION 504

A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 (2012).http:// 8. ADA

  • A civil rights law to prohibit discrimination solely on the basis of disability in employment, public services, and accommodations.

A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 (2012).http:// 9. IDEA

  • An education act to provide federal financial assistance to State and local education agencies to guarantee special education and related services to eligible children with disabilities.

A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 (2012).http:// 10. 504

  • A civil rights law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities, public and private, that receive federal financial assistance.

A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 (2012).http:// 11. FAPE

  • Schools are required by law to include FAPE in the least restrictive environment that is appropriate to the individual student's needs.


  • ADA- ADA protections apply to nonsectarian private schools, but not to organization or private schools, or entities controlled by religious organization; ADA provides additional protection in combination with actions brought under Section 504.
  • IDEA-A FAPE is defined to mean special education and related services.States are required to ensure the provision of "full educational opportunity" to all children with disabilities. IDEA requires the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) document with specific content and a required number of participants at an IEP meeting.
  • 504- Students can receive related services under Section 504 even if they are not provided any special education. Does require development of a plan, although this written document is not mandated. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) of IDEA may be used for the Section 504 written plan.

A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 (2012).http:// 13. Inclusion of Students With Disabilities

  • Defined- the practice of educating students with special needs in regular classes for all or nearly all of the day instead of in special education classes

Google Dictionary 14. Characteristics of an Inclusive School

  • Supportive Environment
  • Positive Relationships
  • Feelings of Competence
  • Opportunities to Participate
  • Checkout this site for more info on inclusion.

Inclusion Defined.(2012) Retrieved from ( 15. What is available to help me work with the students in my class now?

  • Assistive Technology -IDEA defines AT in terms of "devices" and "services." An Assistive Technology Device is defined as "any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" .
  • Instruction Methods

Definition of Assistive Technology. (2012) Retrieved from 16. Examples: Assisted Technology Product Description Computer Keyboard Braille keyboards for the blind, smaller keyboards for those with smaller hands, and keyboards with larger print Apple iPad A tablet that can be used along with reading software apps to help students read. Screen Enlargers See the computer screen more easily with screen enlargers which magnify the computer screen, reduce glare and block UV rays. Pencil Grips Can be used to help students write who have fine motor skills deficiencies.Slant Board Can be used to help students write comfortably who have wrist issues and need a slanted surface. Raised Line Paper Used to help those who have trouble seeing the lines on paper. Reading Software This software can read what is on the computer screen out loud/ Headphones Can be paired with the reading software or used when watch a video. 17. Instruction Methods :Suggestions

  • ADHD:When Possible ignore negative behavior and reward positive behavior, unless the behavior is making learning an issue for the entire class.Give your students a vast amount of options for doing assignments. Try to encourage group activities and movement around the classroom.
  • Auditory: Speak loud and clear so that all students can hear you. Use gestures and look into the students eyes when speaking. Use pictures. When possible use powerpoints and provide handouts.
  • Visual: Speak clearly, have the student sit closer to the front of the class, group work is encouraged.

Inclusion of Children With Disabilities or Other Special Needs Handout. (2011) Retrieved from 18. Communicate!!!!!!

  • Communication is the only way to guarantee that the student needs are being met.

19. References

  • A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504.(2012) Retrieved from
  • Assistive Technology Devices.(2011) Retrieved from
  • Definition of Assistive Technology. (2012) Retrieved from
  • Inclusion of Children With Disabilities or Other Special Needs Handout. (2011) Retrieved from
  • Inclusion Defined.(2012) Retrieved from (
  • Least Restrictive Environment. (2012) Retrieved from
  • Ramp Up to Access: Assistive Technology. (2000) Retrieved from
  • What is ADHD?/ (2010) Retrieved from
  • What is a Learning Disability?. (2010) Retrieved from
  • Who Can Diagnose LD and/or ADHD. (2002) Retrieved from