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When we asked national expert, Fred Tchang, Director of Assistive Technology Services at Advancing Opportunities’ Assistive Technology Center, what advice he would offer to schools and school systems as they prepare, AT-wise, for the upcoming school year, he had a surprising reply: “I would tell them ‘Please, please, please do...

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Professor Charmaine Lowe of Austin Peay State University is a power user of technology. Among those with whom she uses it are highly mobile students whose parents are seasonal workers. Those students, she notes, may use technology to retain connection with family members abroad. “I have students,” Dr. Lowe tells...

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Even if you haven’t seen "The Matrix", "Tron", or "Avatar", you’re probably aware of virtual world environments and the role of avatars in them. Recently, forward-looking researchers and educators have begun to explore the value of virtual worlds as an assistive technology. Focusing on a range of physical, cognitive, and...

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When well designed, “blended instruction” or, from the student’s vantage point, “blended learning” combines the best of traditional classroom instruction with research-based, computer-assisted resources. Those resources may be made available online or be provided via digital storage media, but the combination can be a powerful one, resulting in greater...

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The mistake made by some IEP team members, says Dr. Leonard Trujillo, Director of the Occupational Therapy Assistive Technology Certification Program at East Carolina University, is to focus too broadly on AT devices that attempt to do too much, well into a child’s future. Instead, he counsels, parents and...

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VStreet is a program designed to teach life and social skills to teens in transition. Originally developed for at-risk youth, research has shown that this tool has proven to be effective in teaching young adults many of the life skills they will need when leaving the supportive environment of homes/agencies,...

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This article shows w ell-conducted assessments of student achievement are critical to developing student-centered instruction. The key, however, is not to let the assessment process become so burdensome that it detracts from instruction rather than supporting it. We look at the relationship between assessment and instruction, and specific computer-based...

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This article explores the convergence of assistive and instructional technologies and the use by both in general education classrooms. The in-depth interview, with AT/IT expert Lon Thornburg, discusses technology advocacy as well, with a little help from ace parent advocate, Chuck DiPietro.

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Cheryl Lepard of AccessAbility Services, and Linda Petty from the University of Toronto Scarborough, draw the correlation between good time management and organization skills, and greater postsecondary academic success. They describe several strategies and technologies to help students develop these skills, and lists several reasons to begin developing students’ self-determination...

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This article from a broadcast from National Public Radio (NPR) discusses wording in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act that makes inclusive playgrounds mandatory in communities across the nation. The high cost of building an accessible playground and the requirements that must be met are detailed, as well as illustrations...

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