Palm Springs Unified School District took its use of technology to a new level last month by opening an Assistive Technology Diagnostic Center that will serve as a local resource for students with cognitive, academic, and physical challenges. The new facility provides free assessments for local students who in the past were forced to travel two to three hours to receive such services.
Atomic Learning, a provider of online technology training and support, has expanded The Assistive Technology Collection, a suite of tutorials to help train users in a number of widely-used educational software applications and devices.
The NEC Foundation this week awarded grants to five different programs supporting special needs students, specifically students with disabilities. The grants, which focused largely on assistive technologies, totaled more than $230,000.
Of what significance is the distinction between requires and needs? In the effort to get assistive technologies to every student who can benefit from their use, it has made all the difference in the world.
Atomic Learning has launched a new series of online training materials for a range of assistive technologies used in education used by special ed instructors, parents, and other stakeholders.
It's one thing--a difficult thing, at that--to teach a class of high school students one particular subject. But what about teaching a class of special education students a variety of subjects at a variety of teaching levels? That was the responsibility of June Weston, and she accomplished it with good software and exceptional pedagogy.
Students who have physical, cognitive, sensory, and learning disabilities might find learning mathematics particularly challenging. Appropriate accommodations and technology can help them learn and demonstrate their mastery of mathematics just like anyone else. Unfortunately, software might lack features and learning supports that make it fully accessible to all learners.
Students can have a range of physical, cognitive, sensory, and learning disabilities that affect their entire lives. Any of these might pose unique academic challenges, particularly when learning mathematics. The good news is that technology is removing barriers for the education of students with disabilities in regular classrooms. Unfortunately, not all software is based on principles of universal design.