AAC, AT, Families, Inclusion, Literacy, UDL

Family Center for Technology and Disability News and Notes: AT & High Incidence Disabilities

by Samuel Sennott

Check out the new Family Center for Technology and Disability article featuring the work of Karen Janowski.
Karen Janowski champions universal design and assistive technology.  It is terrific to see her work being recognized.  Check out her blog too.

Here is an excerpt:

AT & High Incidence Disabilities: Independence is Her Goal

An Interview with Karen Janowski, Assistive and Educational Technology Consultant
and Special Education Instructor, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Karen Janowski“In education, there often appeared to be an insufficient level of appreciation for promoting independence among all kids, especially those with high incidence disabilities, and in promoting methods that are successful in that regard,” declares Karen Janowski. “That’s what originally sparked my interest in assistive technology, because AT removes barriers to learning and gives kids additional ways to demonstrate what they know.”

While appreciation for the goal of AT-aided independence has increased in the years since she earned her Masters in AT from Boston’s Simmons College and adopted AT consulting in public schools as a career, there is plenty of room for improvement, she admits.

The independence movement’s ignition button, she recalls, was pinpointed by AT authority Dave Edyburn. “Dave points out that the new language included in the reauthorization of IDEA in 1997, which stipulated that all students on IEPs had to be considered for AT, created four million students who were potential AT users.”     Read more from the article

September 4, 2008 - Posted by | AT, Special Education, UDL | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Sam,
    Thank you so much for highlighting the FCTD Newsletter which also did an excellent job with their article about your work which was published November, 2007.
    We can change the world – AT makes all things possible!

    (Wish I could change the last sentence you included above – IDEA 97 did not “create” four million students, it now identified four million more potential AT users.

    Comment by karenjan | September 4, 2008 | Reply

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