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

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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: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
I Introduction 1
Ch. 1 The Fundamental Sense of Connectedness 3
II Learner Characteristics and Preferences 21
Ch. 2 The Effects of Loss of Hearing or Vision on the Learner and Learning 23
Ch. 3 The Personal Meaning of Hearing or Vision Loss 41
III Environments for Learning 57
Ch. 4 The Move From Separate to Inclusive Education 59
Ch. 5 Contrasting Inclusive With Exclusive Education 73
Ch. 6 Technology Made Inclusive Education Possible 91
IV Technologies for Access to Information and for Instructional Delivery 107
Ch. 7 Computers: Mixing Assistive, Information, and Access Technologies 109
Ch. 8 Desirable and Less Desirable Effects of Educational Technologies 125
Ch. 9 Getting Going on Learning 147
V Matching Learners With the Most Appropriate Technologies and Strategies for Their Use 159
Ch. 10 Individual Learner Preferences and Needs 161
Ch. 11 The Matching Person and Technology Model 183
VI Connecting to Learn 203
Ch. 12 Bringing It All Together for the Individual User 205
App. A Matching Person and Technology Process and Samples of the Assessment Forms 225
App. B: Copy of Statement of Need Form 233
App. C Checklists for Educational Technology Evaluation and Selection 243
App. D Finding and Funding Assistive Technologies 251
App. E: Resources 253
Glossary 261
References 265
Author Index 281
Subject Index 285
About the Author 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2003

    No other book puts it all together like this one does!

    No other text covers as well the unique learner, relevant technologies, and education -- certainly not in one great-to-read complete package. The author is a psychologist, assessment and evaluation specialist, educator, techie and a person with a heart to boot. The personal stories bring the 'lessons' to life.

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