Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities / Edition 1

Connecting to Learn: Educational and Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities / Edition 1

by Marcia J. Scherer
     
 

For anyone who has been overwhelmed when selecting an educational or assistive technology or who has experienced frustration in trying to come up with the best instructional plan for a person with a disability, this book was written for you. Connecting to Learn presents a comprehensive and highly readable approach to matching the right technology with students with

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For anyone who has been overwhelmed when selecting an educational or assistive technology or who has experienced frustration in trying to come up with the best instructional plan for a person with a disability, this book was written for you. Connecting to Learn presents a comprehensive and highly readable approach to matching the right technology with students with disabilities, especially visual and auditory disabilities. Dr. Scherer, author of the highly acclaimed Living in the State of Stuck: How Technology Impacts the Lives of People with Disabilities, explores the way disabilities, especially those involving the senses, can lead to isolation and a lack of "connectedness," and how this in turn leads to learning difficulties. She then provides a step-by-step model for assessing and evaluating individual students on their needs and finding the right technology to help each student. This practical book features numerous checklists and forms that readers will find immediately applicable. The book provides data on the prevalence of vision and hearing loss as well as relevant legislation. Quotes throughout the book from students and teachers about the various technologies they use in their schools and in daily life bring the many empirical and practical points to life. School psychologists, rehabilitation therapists, educators, disability support service administrators, instructional design specialists, parents and individuals with disabilities, and rehabilitation psychologists will find this lively and compassionate book to be indispensable in their efforts to help those with disabilities learn, live, and connect with others. Readers with disabilities will first nod in recognition at the problems this book describes and will ultimately cheer its practical solutions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557989826
Publisher:
American Psychological Association
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
404
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
IIntroduction1
Ch. 1The Fundamental Sense of Connectedness3
IILearner Characteristics and Preferences21
Ch. 2The Effects of Loss of Hearing or Vision on the Learner and Learning23
Ch. 3The Personal Meaning of Hearing or Vision Loss41
IIIEnvironments for Learning57
Ch. 4The Move From Separate to Inclusive Education59
Ch. 5Contrasting Inclusive With Exclusive Education73
Ch. 6Technology Made Inclusive Education Possible91
IVTechnologies for Access to Information and for Instructional Delivery107
Ch. 7Computers: Mixing Assistive, Information, and Access Technologies109
Ch. 8Desirable and Less Desirable Effects of Educational Technologies125
Ch. 9Getting Going on Learning147
VMatching Learners With the Most Appropriate Technologies and Strategies for Their Use159
Ch. 10Individual Learner Preferences and Needs161
Ch. 11The Matching Person and Technology Model183
VIConnecting to Learn203
Ch. 12Bringing It All Together for the Individual User205
App. AMatching Person and Technology Process and Samples of the Assessment Forms225
App. B: Copy of Statement of Need Form233
App. CChecklists for Educational Technology Evaluation and Selection243
App. DFinding and Funding Assistive Technologies251
App. E: Resources253
Glossary261
References265
Author Index281
Subject Index285
About the Author299

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