A growing number of students with the deaf-blindness dual impairment are making their way out of specialized schools and into local neighborhood schools. Providing technical assistance to the educators who teach those students is part of the goal of a new $10.5 million grant awarded recently by the United States Department of Education.
Atomic Learning has launched a free online workshop for educators focused on legal and technical requirements for providing accessible learning materials to students.
The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is receiving $1.6 million in federal funds to support students with disabilities and improve on data-driven decisionmaking and implementation strategies.
A new $1.4 million federal grant will fund the establishment of a Center on Technology and Disability.
The 23 governing states of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium have unanimously approved the consortium's Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines, which outline the modes of assessment delivery for all students, particularly those with special needs.
The United States Department of Education (ED) has proposed new regulations that would eliminate the "2 percent rule," which allows some students with disabilities to be assessed using alternate assessments aligned to modified academic achievement standards (AA-MAAS).
Texthelp, which provides literacy software for struggling readers and writers, English language learners, and students with learning disabilities, has released a suite of support tools for Google Docs, PDFs, and ePubs.
- By Sharleen Nelson
Empowering independence in SPED learners: There’s an app for that!
- By Randall Palmer
As schools shift to mobile device usage and new forms of technology-inspired instruction, such as flipping the classroom, special ed is adopting mainstream approaches for its assistive technologies.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has released practice versions of its online tests for Common Core State Standards in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11.