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MS in Special Education



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Susan M. Schultz


Assistive technology (AT) can be defined as “any piece of equipment or device that may be used by a person with a disability to perform specific tasks, improve functional capabilities, and become more independent” (Netherton & Deal, 2006, p. 11). Assistive technology can be used in the classroom to help assist students become successful in tasks otherwise not possible. A review of the literature shows that many teachers have difficulties implementing technology seamlessly into the curriculum because of a lack of funding and training. This research focused on teachers‟ perspectives of assistive technology in the classroom and the training they have received to be successful in implementing a variety of technology into the classroom curriculum. A study was conducted at several suburban school districts located in Western New York consisting of teachers in a variety of subjects and grade levels. Each of the participants answered an anonymous survey to see how much training they have received for using assistive technology and if they felt the training was beneficial and what types of training would be most beneficial to teachers according to their perspective.

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