On June 13, 2011 teachers, college instructors, therapists, parents, students, and administrators gathered together to consider the place, need, and transforming effect of Assistive, Augmentative Communication, and consumer technologies for all students; both in general and special education.
Three groups worked in tandem to organize this conference. ARISE (Action for Reform in Special Education), the NYC Department of Education (Division of Special Education and English Language Learners), and the Teachers College Inclusive Classrooms Project.
Five breakout sessions provided a forum for everyone to contribute. The summaries of these discussions are posted here and address the following topics:
BUILDING awareness in schools and teacher preparation programs of the effectiveness of technology in supporting the curriculum
GROWING collaborative relationships between the NYC DOE, professional providers and teacher educators
CONNECTING learners’ needs with appropriate technology
TRAINING staff, students, and families in assistive and augmentative technology
ENSURING consistent access to technology through each student’s learning career