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Coleman, Mari Beth; Cady, Jo Ann; Rider, Robert A. – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2015
P-12 students who have mobility limitations often face environmental and social barriers that have an impact on educational performance; thus, teachers who work with these students need to have an understanding of these barriers. One potential way for teachers to understand environmental and social barriers is to experience them from a first-hand…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Special Education Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Accessibility (for Disabled)
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Mezei, Peter J.; Heller, Kathryn Wolff – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2012
Many students with physical disabilities have difficulty with writing fluency due to motor limitations. One type of assistive technology that has been developed to improve writing speed and accuracy is word prediction software, although there is a paucity of research supporting its use for individuals with physical disabilities. This study used an…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Assistive Technology, Prediction, Physical Disabilities
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Coleman, Mari Beth – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2011
Students with physical disabilities often require assistive technology to access curriculum and instruction. This paper discusses some of the issues that impede successful implementation of assistive technology for students with physical disabilities and provides a checklist that teachers and related services personnel may use when considering…
Descriptors: Check Lists, Physical Disabilities, Educational Technology, Assistive Technology
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Simmons, Kate D.; Carpenter, Laura B. – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2010
Successful writers have proficient skills in three areas: handwriting, spelling and composition. Many students with disabilities experience difficulties in the area of spelling, which in turn may lead to difficulty in composing written work. Spelling deficits should be addressed by the student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to…
Descriptors: Student Needs, Spelling, Individualized Education Programs, Disabilities
Gardner, Teresa J. – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2008
The role of technology in education is ever increasing. This article looks at students with disabilities and the problem of writing independently. Speech recognition technology offers an option, or solution, for students who have physical and/or learning disabilities and for students who cannot access and use computer keyboards or switches.…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Computer Software, Computers
Peterson-Karlan, George; Hourcade, Jack J.; Parette, Phil – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2008
In recent years effective instruction in reading for learners with physical and educational disabilities has received great attention in the schools. However, instruction in the corollary skill of writing has received considerably less emphasis. This review paper notes that through the use of assistive technology, students with a variety of…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Writing Skills, Assistive Technology, Expository Writing
Obringer, S. John; Coffey, Kenneth; McFadden, Gary; Etheridge, Jill; Pounder, Rebecca – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2007
The purpose of this study was to examine a synergistic application of three different technologies to improve the keyboarding accuracy of an individual with significant motor disorders. Three keyboarding technologies were layered to measure the power of each technology independently and collectively. The results show a significant increase in…
Descriptors: Physical Disabilities, Females, College Students, Keyboarding (Data Entry)
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Mezei, Peter; Heller, Kathryn Wolff – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2005
Although word prediction software was originally developed for individuals with physical disabilities, little research has been conducted featuring participants with physical disabilities. Using the Co:Writer 4000 word prediction software, three participants with physical disabilities improved typing rate and spelling accuracy, and two of these…
Descriptors: Computer Software Evaluation, Assistive Technology, Physical Disabilities, Spelling
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Duris, Adrienne L. – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2005
Students with physical impairments often have difficulties with reading and writing skills. As a result, they are behind when compared to their non-disabled peers. This requires teachers of students with orthopedic impairments to know the obstacles that effect reading and writing instruction for their students. They also need to be able to use…
Descriptors: Physical Disabilities, Barriers, Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction
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Bausch, Margaret E.; Mittler, Joel E.; Hasselbring, Ted S.; Cross, Donald P. – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2005
On October 25, 2004, President Bush signed into law the reauthorization of the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act). The new law provides a far more optimistic future for assistive technology (AT) and modifies the primary purpose of the previous law. The new AT Act provides "birth to death" legislation and is fundamentally different from…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Eligibility
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Baldwin, Joni L.; Euteneur, Stacy; Anderson, Kevin – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2004
Children learn through movement and interactions with their environment and/or with others. For children who have physical limitations, this natural developmental process is affected. The use of assistive technology to enhance movement, communication, play and learning allows the child with physical impairments to learn in a more independent…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Assistive Technology, Skill Development, Physical Disabilities
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Heller, Kathryn Wolff; Swinehart-Jones, Dawn – Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, 2003
This article provides information on orthopedic impairments and the unique knowledge and skills required to provide these students with an appropriate education. Information on current practice is provided, as well as training and technical assistance models that can be used to help provide teachers with the necessary training. (Contains…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Assistive Technology, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education