Friday, April 12, 2013

Reasonable assistive technology accommodations for students with disabilities in college.

The post below contains information found in Chapter 14 of the textbook (found in the references section below) the post reviews what assistive technology accommodations are available for students with disabilities in college.

1. Reasonable assistive technology accommodations for students with disabilities in college.

  • Note Taking
    • Typical: student note takers using carbonless paper
    • Technology: Use of a portable note taker.  Smart pen to record lectures and sync to notes
  • Understanding lectures
    • Typical: Sign language interpreters. 
    • Technology: C-print captioning, assistive listening system.

  • Taking Tests
    • Typical: extended time on tests, distraction-free environment for testing
    • Technology: word processing application for essay exams, sue of spell-check feature or handheld speller, use of calculator, text-to-speech software for reading support
  • Accessing course materials
    • Typical: Sign language-interpreted videos, arranging for materials to be translated into Braille
    • Technology: captioned videos, providing handouts in e-format, making course web sites accessible
  • Reading
    • Typical: providing readers
    • Technology: books in alternate formats, scan/read systems with highlighting and text-to-speech, text readers, audio books, video magnifiers
  • Completing papers and other assignments
    • Technology: screen magnification applications, screen-reading applications, text-to-speech and word prediction applications, voice recognition applications, graphic organizers
  • Accessing the internet
    • Technology: providing screen magnification, screen reading, or text-to-speech applications.  Making college web pages accessible
  • Registering for classes
    • Typical: priority registration
    • Technology: making college Web-based systems accessible
  • Telecommunicating
    • Technology: providing a telecommunications device for the deaf, e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, video relay system.

Additional Resources:

Dell, A., Newton, D., & Petroff, J. (2012). Assistive technology in the classroom. (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

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