Friday, June 27, 2008

Education Tech Points is a Great Resource for Stronger AT Services

Gayl Bowser and Penny Reed are two of the greatest resources a person can have to tap into for assistive technology and its' implementation in education. They are AT pioneers and the writers of the Education Tech Points Manual, a long-referred to "bible" of resources for educational assistive technology. I have a copy of this 450 page binder on my shelf and have referred to it many times.
Many of us in AT are seeing these days that the trends with No Child Left Behind bring opportunities to look at how assistive technology can support remediation and accessibility for all kids. Penny and Gayl have been working on a presentation in a workshop format that deals with Response to Intervention (RTI), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Differentiated Instruction. They are sharing on how AT and IT can be infused through these aspects into general education. They will be sharing about this new project on No Limits 2 Learning Live on Blog Talk Radio next week.
They have the site Education Tech Points which is a great resource you need to take a moment to check out. They are available for trainings and you can find out more on their site. They have put together a great workbook for parents that helps them to know what to expect from a team, a school, questions to ask and what to do to move the process forward in advocating for AT services.
I have been posting and sharing this spring about tools for access that support UDL and how we are organizing how to have these tools be on all computers in our districts next year. The conversations and experimentations with the new MS Word add-in and the DAISY format have been good for me to be more familiar with the advantages and limitations of these tools. Penny and Gayl have given me many pointers and thoughts to consider in moving into support for all students.
If you are unfamiliar with Gayl and Penny and what they have done, take the opportunity to get acquainted with them and what they provide. They have been an immense help to me and I know their publications will be for you too. They speak annually at Closing the Gap, ATIA, etc.
Gayl and Penny will be my guests next Thursday, July 3 on No Limits 2 Learning Live. I hope you give us a listen. I will have more details next week.
Have a great weekend.
All the best to you!

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