Assistive Technology, Universal Design, Universal Design for Learning; Improved Learning OpportunitiesBy Hitchcock, Chuck; Stahl, Skip; Journal of Special Education Technology, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 45-52
Publication Date: Fall 2003
Article addresses the benefits that are likely to derive from shifting focus to developing and implementing a universally designed curriculum. Topics considered are the goals for learning, learning materials, instructional methods, and learning assessments. Benefits are discussed, such as improved access, participation, and progress in the general education curriculum. The evidence that supports a universal design for learning is covered, as are barriers and appropriate uses of technology within educational learning environments. Typical assistive technologies are listed, including screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, voice recognition software, screen magnifiers, and adaptive keyboards. The relationship is outlined between AT and universal design principles, and implications are discussed for further research and improvements.
Published by: Exceptional Innovations (Website:http://www.exinn.net)
Technology and Media Division (TAM) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) (Web Site: http://www.tamcec.org )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J47129