Assistive Technology for High Incidence Populations
Jim Poirot, Tandra Tyler-Wood, University of North Texas, United States ; Keith Restine, University of North Texas, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Phoenix, AZ, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-55-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
For many years, assistive technology (AT) was considered only for students with significant disabilities. For these students, AT was a primary means to access curriculum and instruction in the classroom. The high cost of the devices, complex operational procedures, limited technology support, limited student use, and lack of portability are all factors that restricted the widespread use of early devices. Moreover, students with significant disabilities comprise less than 25% of the special education population in American schools (U.S. Department of Education, 2000) and these earlier AT devices addressed only a fraction of special education students. The current proposal gives information on a newly funded grant which provides assistive technology to high incidence populations in special education.
Poirot, J., Tyler-Wood, T. & Restine, K. (2005). Assistive Technology for High Incidence Populations. In C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, I. Gibson, K. McFerrin, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2005--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3946-3949). Phoenix, AZ, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).