What Every Educator Needs to Knowabout Assistive Technology
Every student on an IEP must be considered for assistivetechnology, written in federal law in 1997. But what does that really mean for youas an educator? Participants in this course will learn about the federal and statemandates which guide the AT process from consideration, to consultation, toevaluation and implementation. We will identify the differences between AT for communication (AAC) and AT for instruction and school success.Finally,participants will explore a variety of no-cost and low-cost assistive technologysolutions to meet the needs of the struggling learners in their classrooms. This isa practical, fast-paced, hands-on course for innovative educators.
: Karen Janowski is an Assistive Technology specialist in the NewtonPublic Schools. In addition, she has a private Assistive and EducationalTechnology consulting practice in Reading, MA and is an adjunct professor in theAssistive Technology Graduate program at Simmons College. She is a nationallyrecognized speaker and is passionate about removing the obstacles to learningfor all students using assistive and educational technology strategies andsolutions.
Essential Questions/Big Ideas
:What are the legislative mandates which guide AT implementation in allschools?How are AT decisions made?How does AT impact curriculum design, teaching and learning?Am I reaching all the learners in my classroom?What does AT and Universal Design for Learning implementation looklike? And how does it influence my professional practice as an educator?
1. Participants will understand Assistive Technology mandates andguidelines necessary to reach the needs of all learners.2. Participants will learn about the differences between AT and UniversalDesign for Learning (UDL).3. Participants will understand the importance of building upon strengthsto overcome individual learning differences and disabilities while promotingindependence and competence.