Disability Awareness Month: Assistive Technology

Disability Awareness Month: Assistive Technology


So we’re really trying to match up the
individual needs of that student and feature matching that to the correct
technology tool. Well we’re really looking at the the need and the access to their free and appropriate public education so if the child if we’re identifying
barriers to that child succeeding then we’re trying to collect local data to
determine what where that child is functioning at and then giving the child
the opportunity to use different devices use different technologies and then
looking at kind of a pre and post; was that what is that students performance
look like without the intervention and then what does it look like with the
intervention? And along with that we’re looking at Assistive Technology services.
It’s more than just providing a tool to a student. It’s providing the teacher the
student and sometimes even the family the skills to use the tool to apply this
the tool effectively into the curriculum and then sometimes because it is
technology to troubleshoot the tool when it’s not working as it should. Well
Assistive Technology can range from low tech to high tech. Low tech being as
simple as a pencil grip to a slant board where we go to more high tech where it
could be specialized software on PC device or a Chromebook. We’re doing more
with extensions now that can be used at home and at school and the schools that
are really integrating technology well, there are ways for us to kind of
seamlessly integrate the assistive technology with into that child’s school
day where it really doesn’t stand out much. We have a huge toolbox of tools
available to us within DoDEA and it really is kind of just matching the
features of that of those tools to the students needs. I think that assistive
technology can act as a force enhancer to all the initiatives that DoDEA is
currently enacting that this just increases the accessibility and the
access to a lot of the initiatives that we’re doing and allow these students to
to achieve their free, and appropriate public education and to stay
in that we call the we call it the least restrictive environment where they’re
able to stay with the general education peers and the general education setting
as much as possible because the Assistive Technology is enabling them
the ability to have their needs met in that classroom.