Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities

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Allyn and Bacon, 2003 - Education - 258 pages
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This new book provides a lifespan and multidisciplinary approach to a discussion of the use of current technology in the fields of special education, rehabilitation, speech-language pathology, and other disciplines. Chapters include information about assistive technology that promotes knowledge and skills, and activities are dispersed throughout the book to keep readers engaged and to make concrete the practical applications and opportunities that good technology provides for persons with disabilities. Those in the field of special education, and/or technology training.

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Diane Pedrotty Bryant is a professor in the Learning Disabilities/Behavior Disorders program in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently the principal investigator of the Three-Tier Early Mathematics Assessment and Intervention project with the Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts, also at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author/co-author of numerous articles, books, test, and professional development products that focus on learning disabilities, assistive technology, behavior managmeent, reading, and assessment. Her research interests include validating interventions in reading and mathematics for students with early learning difficulties and learning disabilities. Deborah Deutsch Smith (Ed.D. University of Washington) is a professor of Special Education at the School of Educational Studies (SES) at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). She currently is co-principal investigator of the IRIS Center for Faculty Enhancement funded by the U.S. Department of Education’ s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) http: // The national center is charged with developing course enhancement materials for the non-special education faculty who are preparing the next generation of school personnel who work in inclusive school settings. She also directs IRIS-West, which housed at CGU, and is the national outreach component of The IRIS Center. Brian R. Bryant, Ph.D. has served as Director of Research for PRO-ED, Inc. for 10 years and has since served as the Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at Florida Atlantic University, as ProjectDirector of the Texas Assistive Technology Partnership (Texas' Tech Act project), and as a private consultant. For 12 years, Brian has had an adjunct faculty Lecturer appointment in the Department of Special Education at The University of Texas at Austin. For the past 5 years, he has also had an appointment as a Research Fellow with the Vaughn Gross Center for reading and Language Arts, also at The University of Texas at Austin. Brian is the author/co-author of dozens of psycho-educational tests, articles, books, chapters in books, professional development materials, and other products dealing with remedial education, learning disabilities, mental retardation, assessment, and assistive technology. His primary research interests are in assessment and instruction in learning disabilities (especially reading and mathematics) and mental retardation (especially support provisions), and the exploration of assistive technology applications for children and adults with a variety of disabilities.

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