learning opportunities for individuals with disabilities by fostering technology innovation (and) seek to broaden and enrich the field by providing resources and promoting partnerships for the development of tools and applications by developers, manufacturers, producers, publishers and researchers.
They have a conference coming up on November 20 & 21 in Washington, DC that is sure to be great.
What I like about this organization is the volume of information they have about leveraging technology to improve the capacity of children and adults with disabilities.
Here is my view:
Once upon a time people with memory deficits used to have a disability because they couldn’t remember enough information to function in society such as friends phone numbers or when Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue (very key on that 7th grade history test). However, now that everyone carries a cell phone, remembering phone numbers is almost unnecessary (tell me how many numbers in your phone you know by heart). What’s more, trivial knowledge, the sort that is very important in school, is now only a Google click away. Thanks to ubiquitous devices such at the iPhone or PDA’s, trivia (and important info too) is at your finger tips.
What was once a deficit, is now irrelevant thanks to technology. Just think how many times you have used spell check today. In the past, poor spelling was also a deficit. Today, technology almost eliminates it as a problem.
The NCTI website is a valuable tool for educators because it illuminates new technologies that can greatly impact the field of special education.
Case in point:
I’ve given PDA’s to third grade students to help them self-monitor their behavior. An upcoming article in Education and Treatment of Children (November 2008) illustrates the research. Two additional studies with older students are forth coming.
Technology can help our students – we must expand their access.