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Educ. Sci. 2017, 7(4), 82; doi:10.3390/educsci7040082

Stay in the Box! Embedded Assistive Technology Improves Access for Students with Disabilities

Department of Educational Studies, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 235 Goodpaster Hall, St Marys City, MD 20686, USA
Received: 12 September 2017 / Revised: 31 October 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 8 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technology Enhancing the Skills of Students with Disabilities)
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Assistive technology is not only a required component of a student’s IEP; it can be an effective way to help students with (and without) disabilities access their education and to provide them with required instructional accommodations. Teachers, however, are often not adequately prepared in their pre-service course work and ongoing professional development to address the technology needs of their special education students and have not had the opportunities to access technology due to limited availability and cost. While assistive technology can be purchased to augment an existing computer, it is often unnecessary to do that. Both Microsoft and Apple operating systems in “off-the-shelf” computers and handheld devices have embedded assistive technology that is easy to access and easy to use. This embedded technology can help teachers become familiar with technology and assist students with sensory, physical, learning, and attention disabilities, and it might have practical applications with Universal Design for Learning. This paper provides a discussion on how embedded technology can support students with disabilities in the school setting and provides examples for access and use. View Full-Text
Keywords: assistive technology; teacher preparation; disability assistive technology; teacher preparation; disability
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Koch, K. Stay in the Box! Embedded Assistive Technology Improves Access for Students with Disabilities. Educ. Sci. 2017, 7, 82.

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