Post by Maria Barker & Kris Rita
This year Corbett’s Special Education department was chosen to participate in the Assistive Technology Team’s Training Project. The Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP), a training and technical assistance program supported by the Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Student Learning and Partnerships, hosted the intensive training. Only five districts across the state were included. OTAP’s mission is to empower schools to provide high quality, legal and cost-efficient assistive technology and Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) services for students with disabilities. The Corbett team was given time to create a protocol for our district to provide a continuum of assistive technology services, meeting the needs of our students with Individualized Education Plans. Not only did our team learn a lot, we now have an effective system for using Assistive Technology to further support our students and provide more effective inclusion in general education classrooms.
Some examples of Assistive Technology: Voice output devices, Text-to-speech programs, Audio books, Talking Calculators, Dictate (speech-to-text) programs
Also, we have shared iPad apps with General Education teachers for providing IEP accommodations for students who struggle with reading and/or writing. This allows a student to demonstrate knowledge and proficiency in subject specific class work and assessments without barriers.
IPad Apps: Claro PDF, Read IRIS, Dragon Dictate, Google Docs
Below is a link for how to use some of these apps: