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Commun Sci Disord. 2001;5(2): 1-25.
Educational Application of Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
Eunhye Park` , and Bok Sun Hwang`
Copyright ©2001 The Korean Academy of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
박은혜(Eunhye Park)| 황복선(Bok Sun Hwang)
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Assistive technology serve as the window that enables student s with severe and multiple disabilities who previously lived isolated, dependent lives to enhance the quality of life as full and productive citizens. However , the mere presence of technology does not guar - antee an automatic success for the meaningful improvement s. In order for as sistive tech - nology to make a real difference in education , special education teacher s should examine specific factor s that might affect profoundly on the effect s of it s u se. T he purpose of this paper was to identify effective way s to integrate assistive technology into the curriculum on the basis of the four - step proces s that was integrated technology into teaching and learning activities in order to provide practical and useful solutions that could resolve a variety of complex issues as sociated with the application of as sistive technology as educational tools. As a result of this paper , we suggested the multi- step assistive tech - nology model to guide really u seful programs for improving or compen sating deficit s of student s with disabilities. T hat is , effective technology integration programs should be consisted of the following four - step integration proces s : (1) selecting target activities for integrating appropriate as sistive devices , (2) developing the technology integration plans linked with the individualized educational plan s, (3) implementing the technology integra - tion plan s in the in structional proces s, and (4) following the implementation , evaluating and revising the plan s on an ongoing basis . In conclusion, to establish effective and efficient assistive technology integration into special education, we emphasized the impor - tance of the access to sufficient funding used to acquire assistive devices and services, rapid development of available devices that are potentially appropriate, and adequate training for professionals to implement needed as sistive technology.
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