On November 4, 2013 at the Carroll County Maryland Commissioner’s forum on Common Core, Jill Stine of the Center for College and Career Readiness addressed a question posed by a mother of a special needs student. This mother has been told that her son will not pass the 6th grade with Common Core Standards that have been implemented. Previously this young man was assisted with IEP’s (Individual Education Program documents) and having a teacher assistant help by reading tests to him to help him adapt to his disabilities. Jill Stine admits very frankly that under Common Core State Standards special needs students are not being addressed or accomodated. The discussion can be heard at http://carrollcountymd.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=1872&MinutesID=1640&FileFormat=pdf&Format=Minutes&MediaFileFormat=wmv beginning at time marker 3:58:00.
Ms. Stine works for The Center for College and Career Readiness which is funded by grants from the US Department of Education as taken from their web page at http://www.collegecareer.org/Leadership_Team.aspx
“Jill Stine is an education professional with 11 years of experience working with administrators and teachers in education and technology. That experience has enabled Jill to work on the business side of education and working with administrators and teachers implementing technology and theory.” It is Ms. Stine’s mission to teach principals and teachers how to implement what the Common Core Standards call out.”
The Center for College and Career Readiness partner with both the Curriculum Institute | The Common Core Institute ( at http://www.commoncoreinstitute.org/whoweare.aspx and http://www.curriculuminstitute.org/). The Center for College and Career Readiness, The Curriculum Institute and the Common Core Institute coincidentally share most of the same presenters which makes this a cozy little circle. According to Wikipedia the Center for Career and College Readiness is as follows at
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When speaking in general terms, assistive technology means using devices for people with disabilities and it also includes the process of selecting, locating, and using these devices. According to IDEA 2004, “Each public agency must ensure that assistive technology devices or assistive technology services or both are made available to a child with a disability if required as part of the child’s: Special education related services or supplementary aids and service AND on a case-by-case basis, the use of school purchased assistive technology devices in a child’s home or in other settings is required if the child’s IEP team determines that the child needs access to the devices in order to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).”
IDEA 2004 also defines an assistive technology device as any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially of the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. Exception: Medical devices that are surgically implanted or the replacement of such devices. IDEA 2004 also defines assistive technology service as any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of assistive technology device.
Assistive technology services include:
• An evaluation of the child’s needs
• Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices for the child
• Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, maintaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices
• Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices
• Training or technical assistance for the child and family when appropriate
• Training or technical assistance for professionals
There are many ways that teachers can include assistive technology in the classroom using low and high tech items. Examples of low tech assistive technology include pencil grips, slant boards, weighted vests, timers, colored overlays, chalkboards, and Velcro picture calendars. Some examples of high tech assistive technology devices include touch screens, software, apps, screen enlargers, the Big Red Switch, wands/sticks, audio books, text to speech, and audio note taker.
Because technology is constantly being improved, it can be difficult for teachers to keep up-to-date on technology which is why it is important to work with specialized staff such as occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, audiologists, and tech person in a school. These professionals can assist in providing suggestions and/or training on new technology resources.
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