2006 Conference General Sessions

UNIVERSAL LEARNING PROJECT USING ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

 

Presenter #1

Stacey Kayden

California Community College Chancellors Office Street

17 Mirabel Ave

San Francisco

CA

94110

USA

Day Phone: 415-826-8055

Fax: 415-826-8055

Email: cifocus@pacbell.net

 

 

Through this presentation participants will be introduced to a current DSPS pilot program highlighting a Universal Design for Learning Program (UDL). This program introduces the crucial next step of expanding access of assistive technology and alternate media beyond disabled students programs. This presentation will highlight the development of this unique program and will include an overview of the program and presentations by participating mainstream instructors.


Through this presentation participants will be introduced to a current DSPS pilot program highlighting a Universal Design for Learning Program (UDL). This program, developed by Stacey Kayden and sponsored through the Disabled Students Services California Chancellor’s office, extends access of assistive technology for students with disabilities beyond disabled students programs by introducing text-to-speech programs to mainstream instructors and assisting them with integrating these tools into their general curriculum.
This presentation will highlight the development of this unique program and will include:
An overview of the program and how it was developed.
• Interactions with participating instructors exploring their thoughts on integrating
assistive technology into their courses, what’s working and what’s not.
• Highlighting the benefits of CCCconfer as a conferencing tool enabling instructors across the state to work together.
• Examples of the instructor developed curriculum—based strategy guides.
• Exploring the potential of where this program may evolve to.
despite the increased popularity and growth of assistive technology and alternate media in “post-secondary education and the support they can provide both disabled and non-disabled students, many classroom instructors are unaware of these tools and their benefits of improving readability of their text and assisting students with applying study skills to their reading assignments.
The goal of this Universal Design for Learning Program is to introduce mainstream instructors to text-to—speech programs and assist them with creating strategic and interactive learning material for their classes optimizing assistive technology tools. Students in these classes will ultimately have the benefit of using text—to—speech programs to enhance their study skills while at the same time improve the readability of their text within a general computer lab.
This process of integrating assistive technology into the general curriculum will benefit instructors and students alike while greatly diminishing the segregation of students with disabilities. The new curriculum—based strategy guides will be used to support instructors by giving them new tools to assist their students with applying study skills to their reading material and will assist both students with disabilities as well as those with the full spectrum of learning styles within the general education environment with both study skills and readability of their textbooks.
Integrating assistive technology into the general curriculum is the crucial next step in expanding access of assistive technology and alternate media for students with disabilities.


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