Star Legacy Module

Yuly Arizpe
Star Legacy Module
March 4, 2011
Star Legacy Module
1. Name at least three items that could be considered AT and describe how those
devices could support a student with a disability in the classroom.
Dream Writer- can be used like the video showed for students like William; he has weak muscles so
writing is very difficult. He used to produce very short answers, but now that he has his
Dream Writer he elaborates, and gives much more detail.
Audio recorder- can help because if writing is hard for a student, they can orally record
their answers.
Hand-held electronic magnifier- can be a great AT for students who have vision
impairments; this tool can magnify whatever they need to see.
2. Explain two reasons why it is necessary to consider AT for students with disabilities.
Everyone is entitled to and deserves a free and equal public education.
Another reason is that just because they are disabled does not mean that they
cannot succeed. They can do so much with the right AT’s; they can even do better
than students who don’t have a disability.
3. Why is it important to consider both AT devices and services?
It is important to consider both because you can’t get the maximum benefits without
having both.
If you only have the devices you fall short. Who will then who will tell you how to use
them. Who will make sure they are used properly. If the devices mess up who will fix
them? Who will meet with teachers and decide what is best for each individual child?
If you only have the services you also fall short. Once the team meets and develops and
IEP for the child how will they address this without the devices. The child obviously
needs more assistance, so the devices are very important.
4. Describe three responsibilities of the Implementation Team.
They consider whether AT devices and services are needed to accomplish the
individualized goals and objectives for students with disabilities
The team develops a plan to help guide AT implementation and to ensure that activities
related to AT are completed
Yuly Arizpe
Star Legacy Module
March 4, 2011
The team monitors, observes and evaluates a student’s AT
5. List three outcomes the Implementation Team can determine by evaluating a
student's assistive technology.
Student feedback to determine whether the student likes the AT and feels that it is helpful
Observations to establish whether the student uses the AT and appears engaged and
interested in using the device
Performance data to determine whether the AT helps the student to perform the intended
They can determine if the AT is used routinely with continued success
They can determine if the AT is only used intermittently, which raises questions about
the actual benefits
They can determine if the AT has been abandoned
6. Imagine you are a seventh-grade general education language arts teacher and a
student in your class has an upcoming IEP meeting. What types of information
should you gather ahead of time to contribute to the discussion of the student's AT
needs? Name at least four.
I would observe him and watch how he interacts with his peers
I would take notes on particular times that I see he isn’t focusing
I would jot down the subjects he has the most trouble with
Look at their history; previous IEP’s
7. During the meeting suggested in the example above, the IEP team recommends AT
for the student. As a general education teacher, describe your role in the AT
implementation and evaluation processes.
If one of my students’s had to use AT, I would welcome it in my classroom. I would make sure
that the student used it in the classroom, and I would not let any kids mock the disabled child. I
would research the specific AT, so that I would be familiar with it. I would also find out who is
in charge of the AT on my campus, so that if I ever had any questions I’d know who to ask. I
would also jot down observations to monitor results of the AT, if I see that the AT is not working
for the child then I would talk to the person in charge on my campus.