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Knowledge of Technology Is Power

KNOWLEDGE OF TECHNOLOGY IS POWER

As mentioned earlier, the U.S. Congress acknowledged the critical role that technologies play in the lives and education of students with disabilities by passing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 into law. This law clearly indicates that a determination of whether an assistive-technology device or service is required must be made on an individual basis for each child served through the IDEA. Although there are many factors to consider when making decisions regarding the use of technology (e.g., age of user, use of compensation, or remediation techniques), educators cannot truly consider a child’s need for assistive technology unless they are familiar with what technologies are available. If they have not done so already, regular and special educators need to wake up to the fact that matching students with the right technologies and teaching students how to use technologies is an integral component of modern special education services. The technology to improve literacy skills of students receiving special education is here; we just have to use it.

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