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Assistive Technologies Sessions

Facilitators: Beth Leftwich, WCU, Susan Peck, ECSU, Bob Houghton, WCU

Tuesday, May 30, 3-3:45pm: Assistive Technologies: Overview of Issues

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Outline of the NC IRMC Accessibility Workgroup Presentation

Actual PowerPoint Presentation

Assistive Technologies is not only a critical area of TLT for all with disabilities, but the field is also cutting edge in the exploration of technology for adaptive learning for all learner types.

Of special interest at this time is the recent report and recommendation of the state IRMC Work Group on Accessibility, formed by Lt. Governor Dennis Wicker in the fall of 1999. The Work Group researches and recommends policies designed to ensure that all electronic services are available to all citizens. The work group is comprised of state employees, vendors of technology services, and advocates for the disabled. The report is likely to have an impact on our planning and development work in computer labs, classrooms and online. The Web site for the work group is at: http://irmc.state.nc.us/access/.

The TLT Collaborative has just sponsored a proposal from Elizabeth City State University and Western Carolina University to explore current assistive technologies for use in the classroo. As a part of this effort the PI's, Beth Leftwich and Susan Peck, have surveyed the sixteen campuses and will report on their findings, and gather additional input.

The Collaborative is also beginning to populate a Web site of best practices and national resources associated with best practices: http://unctlt.org/subareas/technologies.cfm. Bob Houghton will reference this site and discuss general issues associated with online development.

Wednesday, 1- 2:15pm: A group session to explore how issues and collaborative opportunities associated with assistive technologies in the classroom.

Classroom Standards Session Notes

    Opportunities for common standards

    Suggestions for resource guides, best practices, conferences, publications

    UNC-wide community-building and list of experts in this field. Development of a common expert resource/consulting group UNC-wide

    Targeted projects and cooperative efforts that might be facilitated by the TLT Collaborative

Wednesday, 2:30-3:45pm: A group session to explore issues and collaborative opportunities associated with online development and adaptation of existing online materials to meet accessibility standards

Assistive Technologies Session Notes

    Common tools and standards for evaluating and modifying content to meet assistive standards and guidelines

    Programmed solutions for modifying existing online content

    UNC-wide community-building and list of experts in this field . Development of a common expert resource/consulting group UNC-wide

    Suggestions for resource guides, best practices, conferences, publications

    Targeted projects and cooperative efforts that might be facilitated by the TLT Collaborative

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