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Amy G. Dell
Deborah A. Newton
Jerry G. Petroff
With an emphasis on the integration of assistive technology into the curriculum, this text focuses on how assistive technology can be used in schools to enhance the teaching and learning of students with disabilities. This link between technology and teaching and learning drives the book’s organization as well as its content. It is organized by school-related tasks that students must perform on a daily basis to be successful -- reading, writing, practicing academic skills, and communicating with their teachers and peers — and presents descriptions of technology-based solutions to the obstacles students with disabilities face in completing these tasks. Since being able to access computers is one major barrier, the text features a section on making computers accessible to students with a wide range of disabilities. A companion web site offers up-to-date information on product names, vendors, web site addresses, and other time-sensitive material.
Inclusion of User Profiles and Program Profiles, which are concise summaries of how assistive technology tools have transformed students’ school experience and teachers’ classrooms-This is an important pedagogical element. It changes the emphasis from the razzle-dazzle of the technology itself to its potential impact on students and teachers.
Companion web site-Because of the rapid rate of change in the computer technology field, most texts on educational technology are out-of-date within a few months of publication.. The companion web site offers up-to-date information on product names, vendors, web site addresses, and other time-sensitive material and will be updated regularly.
The text is deliberately not organized around disability categories-There is a common misconception in special education that Disability Diagnosis X=Technology Tool Y, but this is overly simplistic and misguided. There are multiple factors involved in selecting appropriate technology tools for students with disabilities, and it is a mistake to base selection decisions simply on a child’s diagnosis. Therefore, the text discusses disability categories within the context of school-related tasks and technology-based solutions.
The text includes a detailed section on Providing Access to Computers, including chapters on Using What You Have, Assistive Technology for Computer Access, and Issues in Selection of Access Method(s). It also contains a section on Augmentative Communication, including a chapter on Integrating Augmentative Communication in the Classroom-These chapters address the special needs of students who have physical disabilities, sensory impairments, multiple disabilities, and autism.
Discusses key concepts in technology including Universal Design and the low-tech to high-tech continuum-These are critical current concepts in the field of instructional and assistive technology.
A section on called Making It Happen addresses Implementation of Assistive Technology in P-12 Schools and Implementation of Assistive Technology in College-This discussion of implementation issues provides specific recommendations for closing the gap between theory and practice.
Section I: Benefits of Computer Use in Special Education:
Chapter 1: Introduction to Text and to Assistive Technology
Chapter 2: Computer as a Writing Tool and Organizing Tool
Chapter 3: Computer as a Reading Tool
Chapter 4: Computer as an Instructional Tool: Enhancing Teaching & Learning
Chapter 5: Enhancing Communication
Section II: Access to Computers
Chapter 6: Providing Access to Computers: Using What You Have:
Chapter 7: Assistive Technology for Computer Access:
Chapter 8: Issues in Selection of Access Method(s)
Section III: Augmentative Communication
Chapter 9: Issues in Selecting/Designing a Student’s Augmentative Communication System
Chapter 10: Low-Tech Approaches to Teaching Early Communication & Emergent Literacy
Chapter 11: Integrating Augmentative Communication in the Classroom
Section IV: Making It Happen
Chapter 12: Implementation of Assistive Technology in P-12 Schools
Chapter 13: Implementation of Assistive Technology in College
Chapter 14: Web AccessChapter 15: Assistive Technology in Daily Living
Chapter 16: What’s on the Horizon?
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