Status of Assistive Technology Instruction in University Personnel Preparation Programs
Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits Volume 8, Number 1, ISSN 1938-727X
The reauthorization of IDEA mandates that students with a disability must be considered for assistive technology (AT). However, in order to implement the mandate, teachers and related service personnel must be knowledgeable about many aspects of AT. The purpose of this study was to gauge the extent to which personnel preparation programs believe they prepare their graduates to implement AT in their future roles. Participants from 231 institutions of higher education (IHEs) completed the survey. Results indicate that the majority of the respondents provided some AT instruction but had a "limited number" or "no" AT devices available to them. Participants also indicated the major barriers to including AT in their curriculum; however, of value are the suggestions for promising practices that could benefit other IHEs that are providing or wanting to provide AT coursework. Ideas for practice are categorized and include collaboration strategies, college initiatives, student assignments, and alternate instruction. (Contains 3 tables.)
Bausch, M.E. & Ault, M.J. (2012). Status of Assistive Technology Instruction in University Personnel Preparation Programs. Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits, 8(1), 1-14.