Where to Find More Information DoDEA Special Education Series The DoDEA Parent’s Guide to Special Education includes a The complete series of brochures and other resources for list of Internet resources on this topic and many others. The parents of students with disabilities are available on the DoDEA guide can be downloaded at the Department of Defense special education website at http://dodea.edu/instruction/cur- Education Agency (DoDEA) Special Education Home Page. riculum/special_ed/index.htm. http://dodea.edu/instruction/curriculum/special_ed/index.htm Special Education Brochures Sites Especially for Military Families For more information about Exceptional Family 1. Pre-referral Interventions: Steps Before a Special Member Program (EFMP), visit Education Referral/Assessment www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/efm and click on “EFMP,” speak to a Special Needs Coordinator at your local military 2. Moving: Things to Remember When Relocating treatment facility, or visit one of the service-specific Web sites listed in the “For Information and Assistance” section. 3. Communicating Effectively: Building a Strong Partnership Military OneSource - A Master’s-degree consultant is available to provide help with concerns related to children with special 4. Individualized Education Program (IEP): Your Role in the needs 24 hours a day. Translation services are available in Process most languages. Call 1-800-655-4545 (in US and overseas). http://www.militaryonesource.com 5. Related Services: Understanding the Purpose of these Services Systematic Training for Military Parents (STOMP) pro- vides information, training, and assistance to military families 6. Early Intervention Services: Transitioning to Preschool who have children with disabilities. Services for Children with Disabilities http://www.stompproject.org Other Important Sites 7. Transition: Planning for Life After High School Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers - 8. Parent Rights and Responsibilities: Insights into Your Assistive Locator to find state parent training and information centers and links to scientifically-based research, national informa- Rights and Responsibilities Technology tion centers, and IDEA. 9. Resolving Disputes: Your Role in Reaching Resolutions http://www.taalliance.org Assessment, National Dissemination Center for Children and Youth 10. Assistive Technology: Assessment, Devices, and with Disabilities - Clearinghouse of information about special education and specific disabilities, summaries of key topics Available Services Devices, and and points of contact in each state. http://www.nichcy.org Available Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) - http://www.peatc.org Services IDEA Partnerships Portal to resources related to IDEA, the law, national technical assistance providers, state/ local organizations and agencies, and the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). a publication of the http://www.ideapartnership.org U.S. Department of Education - information on special education, parent involvement, education research, laws and regulations. http://www.ed.gov Non-DoD informational references are being provided as Education Directorate/Student Services Branch required by IDEA but their inclusion in this material does not 4040 North Fairfax Drive constitute any endorsement by DoDEA. Arlington, VA 22203-1635 Assistive Technology Assessment, Devices, and Available Services Overview of Assistive Technology • Adaptive Equipment, such as pencil Additional Information Assistive Technology is any kind of technology grips, slant boards, walkers, wheelchairs, The DoDEA Special Education Initiative device or service that can enhance the functional utensils, and other devices that help provides specific information and contacts on independence of a person with a disability. It can students more easily function within their assistive technology. be anything from a simple, low-tech device, like a environment. http://www.dodea.edu/instruction/curriculum/s magnifying glass, to a complex, high-tech device, • Communication devices, such as pecial_ed/AT.htm. such as a computerized communication system. computer-assisted speech devices with Your child’s Case Study Committee (CSC) will list switches for simple answers, communica- The Family Center on Technology and any requirements for assistive technology in your tion boards, or specialized communication Disability offers family-friendly information, child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). systems that can help a person including a Family Information Guide on Assistive communicate with computerized speech. Technology and links to laws and resources Assessing Your Child’s Needs related to assistive technology. Assistive Technology Services http://www.fctd.info. After your child has been evaluated for spe- cial education services and the CSC establishes Assistive technology services are any services that directly assist your child with selecting, Abledata provides objective information about appropriate educational goals, your child may be assistive technology products and rehabilitation assessed to determine whether he or she needs getting or using an assistive technology device. These services also include the evaluation for equipment from domestic and international assistive technology. Your child’s school, an sources. independent agency, or an individual consultant assistive technology and may include training for you, your child, or service provider in the use of a www.abledata.com. can conduct the assessment, which can be completed in your child’s customary environment device. Closing The Gap, Inc. focuses on assistive (home, school or community). Based on the technology for children and adults with special evaluation results, the CSC will identify the District Assistive Technology needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, necessary assistive technology for your child in Lending Libraries and Services Resource Directory, annual international confer- his or her IEP. As a member of the CSC, you will ence, and extensive online services. DoDEA offers resources to help you and your also be involved in this decision-making process. www.closingthegap.com. child’s CSC establish what assistive technology might work for your child. Each of the three Assistive Technology Devices DoDEA Area Offices has an assistive technology CAST is a nonprofit organization that works to Examples of assistive technology devices consultant who can provide additional information expand learning opportunities for all individuals, include, but are not limited to: about assessing your child for assistive especially those with disabilities, through the technology and what devices are available in your research and development of innovative, technol- • Computers with or without adaptive child’s school. Where available, District Assistive ogy-based educational resources and strategies. devices, to help your child use a keyboard, Technology Lending Libraries can loan assistive http://www.cast.org. communicate, draw, learn, work, and play. technology equipment for your child to try. Your • Software that can perform a range of child’s special education teacher will have more Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive tasks, such as read text, recognize speech, information on these resources. Technology Society of North America translate text to Braille, enlarge text, adapt (RESNA) has links to technology centers in the instruction, and organize information. States and territories. http://www.resna.org.
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