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There are a lot of new technologies for K-12 students with special needs and the eSchool News article, “How to be a Leader with Assistive Technology” by Meris Stansbury, discusses ways educators can use assistive technology to help special needs students learn. The article also mentions a variety of different assistive technology products for K-12 students with special needs. It mentions that some of these products are everyday items that are already found in the classroom such as: communication notebooks that can be created from using a composition or spiral notebook. Read the article and let NSSEA know your thoughts.


How to be a Leader with Assistive Technology
By Meris Stansbury

Finding the right assistive technology (AT) to help students with special needs can be a daunting task — but two leading AT trainers say the simplest tools often are best.

During an Oct. 21 webinar hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), titled “The Building Blocks of a Successful Assistive Technology Team,” Sally Norton-Darr and Chris Bugaj, both AT trainers for Virginia’s Loudoun County Public Schools, offered their expert advice on how to evaluate assistive technology products for use in schools.

The good news for educators: Their most commonly recommended solutions are technologies that already can be found in most classrooms.

The pair said their experience with AT training started 10 years ago, when an “AT team” was a just a volunteer assignment.

“If you wanted to know more about AT and … find a way of implementing helpful strategies and tools, it was on a volunteer basis,” explained Bugaj, who also hosts the “A.T.TIPScast”–a podcast covering the implementation of assistive technology in public schools. Read more. 

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