Discovering Basics: Assistive Technology (AT) Implementation and Best Practice

Discovering Basics: Assistive Technology (AT) Implementation and Best Practice

Jennifer Courduff (Azusa Pacific University, USA) and Amy Duncan (Claremont Graduate University, USA & California State University – San Bernardino, USA)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1753-5.ch002
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Abstract

A review of special education law and AT will provide the context for teaching and learning in the inclusive classroom. Following, foundations of AT and effective implementation strategies at the classroom level will be discussed. The process by which teachers can be supported in integrating technology tools into learning tasks will be reviewed, and the importance of making emotional connections and providing time to practice and share in an environment where failure is seen as an opportunity for growth will be provided. Finally, systemic implementation issues and strategies for success will also be shared.
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Introduction

Preparing new teachers for the inclusive classroom is complex. One critical component of this preparation is the fostering of a deep understanding of effective implementation of assistive technology (AT). Those who embrace this effort are faced with a set of challenges that are not found in traditional technology integration systems or professional development offerings. In this chapter, we will expand and update the work of a previous publication (Courduff, Duncan, & Gilbreath, 2013), by reviewing the basics and identifying unaddressed perspectives that impede technology implementation within the inclusive classroom.

A review of special education law and AT will provide the context for teaching and learning in the inclusive classroom. Following, foundations of AT and effective implementation strategies at the classroom level will be discussed. The process by which teachers can be supported in integrating technology tools into learning tasks will be reviewed, and the importance of making emotional connections and providing time to practice and share in an environment where failure is seen as an opportunity for growth will be provided. Finally, systemic implementation issues and strategies for success will also be shared.

Keywords: Assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication, Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, universal design for learning.

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