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Inclusive Education Project Podcast


Dec 19, 2017

There are many different types of assistive technology to help students living with disabilities in the classroom. In this episode, Amanda and I discuss the purpose of the various technologies available, the pros and cons of their use in school, and how an assistive technology specialist can help.  

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What You’ll Learn in This Episode:

  • How the IDEA defines “technology”
  • Why tablets are helpful as communication and accommodation devices, instructional tools, and for establishing access to the curriculum  
  • Can the use of technology be a requirement that is included in an IEP?
  • Why and how school districts can be more evidence-based with their decision-making as to what particular device should be used
  • What does an assistive technology specialist do and what role do they play in helping determine what technology a student is assigned
  • Can any assistive technology issued by the school be used by the student at home?
  • What are the pros and cons to using technology in school?
  • Who is responsible for updating and maintaining any technological devices that are issued to students? The student or the school?
  • What if cyberbullying occurs? Who is responsible for handling that situation?
  • Are brand name, top-notch devices necessarily required? Why schools can consider their budget when choosing devices

Resources Mentioned:

Communication access realtime translation (CART)

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

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