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GET ASSISTIVE READING/WRITING SOFTWARE INTO THE CLASSROOM

Presenters

Christina Gaugler & John Cavano
TransAccess
1590 The Alameda, Suite 110
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: 408-278-2006br /> Fax: 408-278-2010
Email: chrisg@transaccess.org
Email: jcavano@transaccess.org

The mission of TransAccess is to establish partnerships with Silicon Valley businesses and the community to prepare persons with disabilities for competitive employment. Through career transition services and adaptive computer access technology, TransAccess creates opportunities for significant advances in universal access, social integration and employment for people with disabilities.

TransAccess provides computer access evaluations and trainings to individuals 15-years of age or older that have all types of physical disabilities such as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Spinal cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis; sensory impairments such as low vision, blindness and hard of hearing; learning disabilities, and work-related injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, De Quervain's and Tendonitis. Occupational therapists perform all computer access services.

TransAccess has consistently provided computer access services requested by local high school districts for individual students with learning disabilities. Over the last few years, the referrals for these students have steadily increased, in part because parents are starting to request assistive technology evaluations for their students with learning disabilities. Realizing that implementation of assistive technology in classrooms, rather than just for individual students, could potentially be more cost-effective and benefit more students, TransAccess recently approached several high school districts about implementing assistive technology on a wider scale for students with learning disabilities.

Two districts requested consulting services to set up assistive technology in one of their classrooms as a pilot project. TransAccess consulted with these districts to recommend and set up software helpful for students with learning disabilities. In addition, TransAccess provided both group and 1-1 teacher training and support. The success of the pilot projects prompted the districts to expand the project to other classrooms and schools.

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