Providing Assistive Technology to Make Learning Accessible

Focus Area: Students with Disabilities
Audience:

TTeachers

Pathway: Understanding

Overview

Like general education, special education opens doors to all possibilities. Students with disabilities become adults that set and achieve goals with the integration of accommodations and modifications to their learning experience like instruction that utilizes adaptive devices or assistive technology, benchmarks, supplementary aids and services, or peer-involved learning environments to list a few. In this workshop, participants will understand how to incorporate assistive technology into their general education classroom routines and procedures to better support students with disabilities. Although this is not a formal training this will be a guide to support educators in being open to learning how to use and integrate assistive technology into their daily use. Data has shown that when educators understand how to use the device, have training, and have practice then they’ll develop confidence in using it with students which improves outcomes and attitudes for both students and teachers.

Audience

This virtual workshop experience is designed for educators that work exclusively with students with disabilities and educators that work with students that have disabilities integrated into the general education classroom. This virtual workshop reminds participants that all educators are special needs teachers, a core BL principle to working with students with disabilities.

Learning Experience

During the workshop, participants will…

Define

Participants will define what assistive technology is and the different examples of it, how it is beneficial, and the challenges that are present with assistive technology integration into the general education classroom.

Explore

Next, participants will explore accessibility best practices and the different ways assistive technology can be integrated into a general education classroom setting. Strategies will be offered to support the use and integration of assistive technology.

Build

To conclude, participants will create a plan to deliver an all-inclusive classroom practice, lesson, or daily practice to support students with disabilities in the general education classroom. A template will be offered as a guide that participants can use to plan their assistive tech integration.