How can I use current technology to help students who have disabilities in my classes?

Technology has made learning accessible for students in many new ways. Whether or not a student who has disabilities would benefit from assistive technology should be determined through an evaluation process. If this process determines that a student would benefit from such technology, information about the technology should be designated on the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP). Implementation of technology and assistive technology into educational activities should be done in collaboration with a variety of staff such as the district's technology specialist, an assistive technology specialist, vendor technical assistance, special education teachers, and special teachers such as occupational therapists.

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Your role in the classroom is to support the implementation of appropriate technology devices in instruction and the students' functioning in learning environments. Technology for some students is uncomplicated and does not require new learning to assist in the implementation. Other devices, such as augmentative communication or Braille technology, can be specialized and additional support in the classroom may be needed. Also, having an awareness of the built-in accessibility features of the computers in your classroom may assist some students with access and participation.

You can encourage peers to interact and learn about the devices as appropriate. You may also be asked to participate in evaluation activities to determine the student's success in using technology to participate in instruction or evaluating the effectiveness of the technology itself.

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If your school or district has a person responsible for instructional technology, talk with him or her about what assistive technology is available for students.

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