AT Assessment Process in the School Environment
An area that I found very interesting and useful at the same time was the AT implementation stage. This happens after trials of devices and deciding on which on will work best. It is important because there is multiple pieces of information that need to be discussed and these include training of the AT, environmental considerations, ongoing evaluations, and the roles and responsibilities of team members. A resource provided on the website was a organizer for roles and responsibilities of the team members, it is a AT implementation organizer. This is definitely something that I will use in my future as a teacher and bring to IEP meetings and use when implementing assistive technology in the classroom. The transition planning stage is not something that I thought about prior to this module and I have realized its importance because as students transition through their education, there are many challenges and differences that need to be understood and accommodated for. This is something for me to be aware of in the future and to take time to understand this stage and incorporate it into IEP meetings.
AT for Seating, Positioning and Mobility
AT for Communication
AT for Computer Access
AT for Writing, Including Motor Aspects
AT for Composition of Written Material
AT for Reading
AT for Math
AT for Organization
AT for Recreation and Leisure
AT for Activities of Daily Living
AT for Blind/ low vision
AT for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
AT for Multiple Challenges
AT Consideration in the IEP Process
Automatic Speech Recognition
Automatic Speech Recognition is a computer software that allows a person to control a computer using speech. There are many people that can benefit from ASR software including those with physical disabilities that are unable to manipulate writing tools, those who struggle with writing and spelling such as the mechanics or the writing process, and many others to help increase typing speed and accuracy. ASR can be used in many environments, ideally it should be a quiet workspace. In the classroom, it can be difficult because words are no longer just on paper for one person to read, and they can be private thoughts. When using ASR all those thoughts become open for all to hear. This is something to take into consideration because not all students/people like having everybody hear what they are thinking. There are many ASR products, depending on the needs of the user, each one has its advantages and disadvantages, below are the links to access information on these products.
This is a very useful product to have available to all students in the classroom. I have had the opportunity to use Dragon in high school and even for me, who is physically able to write and type and has experienced no difficulties thought it to me a useful tool. I am able to write well when speaking out loud and this product allows me to do that and type it at the same time. This is a product that is free in some cases but for the Dragon home software it is a reasonable price and this is reasonable software to have in the classroom. This would definitely be an investment in my classroom in the future.
Common ASR Software and Devices:
Dragon Mobile Applications
Dragon Naturally Speaking