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Building Bridges: Accessible Technologies for ALL Students : 

Building Bridges: Accessible Technologies for ALL Students Consortium for School Networking

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For students with disabilities, technology can be a lifeline that allows them to communicate and participate in school-based education in ways that would have been impossible a few decades ago. Consortium for School Networking

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What is Assistive/Adaptive Technology? Any piece of equipment or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Consortium for School Networking

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Educational technology and special education leaders MUST work together: To ensure NCLB compliance Because modifications for students with disabilities can be helpful to others To avoid costly mistakes Consortium for School Networking

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Dialogue is Critical! Without it, teachers are left to make decisions regarding assistive technology WITHOUT benefit of technical advice or awareness of available resources. Consortium for School Networking

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Advice from the Educators: Know the students with disabilities Provide stakeholders continuing access to training Work with the parents of students with disabilities Collaborate to find funds Consortium for School Networking

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Advice from the Educators: Think about universal design Involve students with disabilities and their families in purchasing decisions Be aware of age differences Remember NCLB regulations Consortium for School Networking

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The Promise of Universal Design: What is it? Designing products with the widest possible range of functional capabilities Consortium for School Networking What can it do? Reduce the need for a separate device and allow the use of assistive technology

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Examples: Closed captions Digital books and libraries Allowing multiple formats for students’ work Accessible websites Professional development is KEY! Consortium for School Networking

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Technology will not be a tool for helping ALL students unless decision-makers are well versed in the needs of students with disabilities and in the principles and potential of universal design. Consortium for School Networking

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The Building Bridges monograph is available as part of the 2004 CoSN Compendium, and is also available for individual purchase, at https://my.cosn.org/mycosn/store/. Consortium for School Networking

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Special Thanks Founding partners and sponsors: Sprint IntelliTools CAST CEC eSchool News Editor Judy Saltpeter Consortium for School Networking

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Special Thanks Current (2005) sponsors: Sprint AlphaSmart Apple gh, LLC IntelliTools Kurzweil Educational Systems Verizon Media partner: eSchool News Consortium for School Networking

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Consortium for School Networking Consortium for School Networking 1710 Rhode Island Avenue NW #900 Washington, DC 20036 www.cosn.org

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