Delivering Comprehensive Special Education Services in Rural America Through Technology
Tuesday, March 27 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: Edison Ballroom D
Presider: Laurie Sharp, West Texas A&M University, United States
Abstract: Rural schools face challenges in serving children with comprehensive needs who occur in small numbers that reduce the likelihood of staff trained to work with various disorders and intensities of conditions as well as the requisite materials and equipment needed. The concept of portability of services is required by special education law and court decisions mandating services delivered to children in their home communities rather than shuttling kids to concentrated centers. This presentation will address using technology in various ways to solve this problem for rural schools. Training organized through distance education of staff about low incidence disabling conditions as well as methods to address them will be shared. Instruction can be offered face to face by televised training or through asynchronous learning management systems like Blackboard, D2L and Campus. Websites are available for learning methods and strategies for teaching these kids, in regular classes and in special education programs. Assistive technology and materials are required by these laws to offer a free appropriate education. States keep a percent of all federal money to provide services such as grants directly for such devices where these high cost children attend. Regional lending libraries are made available by states for such schools to share equipment. Handouts to recall websites, devices and methods will be shared. Discussion and questions will be encouraged.