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Module 6 - Assistive Technology

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  • 1. Melissa Merritt
    Learning Exceptionalities / Assistive Technology
  • 2. IDEA
    Individuals With Disabilities Education Act 2004
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.
    IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.
    Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C.
    Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.
  • 3. Exceptional:
    1. Being an exception; uncommon.
    2. Well above average; extraordinary:
    an exceptional memory.
    3. Deviating widely from a norm, as of physical or mental ability:
    Learning Exceptionalities
  • 4. Examples:
    Gifted and Talented
    Mental Retardation
    Learning Disabilities
    Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
    Behavior Disorders
    Communication Disorders
    Visual Disabilities
    Hearing Disabilities
    Learning Exceptionalities
  • 5. Inclusion in education is an approach to educating students with special educational needs. Under the inclusion model, students with special needs spend most or all of their time with non-disabled students. Implementation of these practices varies. Schools most frequently use them for selected students with mild to severe special needs.
    Inclusion is about the childs right to participate and the schools duty to accept the child. Inclusion rejects the use of special schools or classrooms to separate students with disabilities from students without disabilities. A premium is placed upon full participation by students with disabilities and upon respect for their social, civil, and educational rights.
  • 6. "Least restrictive environment" means that a student who has a disability should have the opportunity to be educated with non-disabled peers, to the greatest extent appropriate. They should have access to the general education curriculum, extracurricular activities, or any other program that non-disabled peers would be able to access.
    The student should be provided with supplementary aids and services necessary to achieve educational goals if placed in a setting with non-disabled peers.
    Academically, a resource room may be available within the school for specialized instruction, with typically no more than two hours per day of services for a student with learning disabilities.[1] Should the nature or severity of his or her disability prevent the student from achieving these goals in a regular education setting, then the student would be placed in a more restrictive environment, such as a special school, classroom within the current school, or a hospital program. Generally, the less opportunity a student has to interact and learn with non-disabled peers, the more the placement is considered to be restricted.
    To determine what an appropriate setting is for a student, a team will review the students needs and interests. The types of educational settings for students with disabilities will vary. With the differences in needs and interests among students with disabilities, there is no single definition of what an LRE will be for all students.
    Least Restrictive Environment
  • 7. Assistive technology or adaptive technology is a term that describes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for students with exceptionalities.
    Assistive technology promotes independence for students by allowing them to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing.
    Even the makers of these technologies will often still argue that universal design is preferable to the need for assistive technology.
    Assistive Technology
  • 8. Personal Emergency Response Systems
    Accessible computer input
    Durable Medical Equipment
    Screen magnifiers
    Communication Boards
    Assistive Technology
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