Using Assistive Technology (A.T.)
& Universal Design for Learning (U.D.L.)
to Help Students Access the General Curriculum
First, Teach Them to Read!
"Teaching students to read by the end of 3rd grade is the single most important task assigned to elementary schools". (American Federation of Teachers)
After 3rd grade, schools should continue research-based reading instruction but if a child is still struggling, s/he will need technology at both school and home to access the general curriculum (e.g., social studies) in electronic formats.
What Every School Board Member and Administrator Should Know
for Reading and Writing
Americans without disabilities, technology makes things easier.
Katherine Seelman, Associate Dean,
and New Website
Feel free to share these presentations and handouts with parents and parent groups.
(Use NaturalReader to read these presentations to see first-hand how your child will benefit from technology.)
Download NaturalReader, a free text-to-speech software at: http://www.naturalreaders.com/
Universal Design for Learning (UDL): PowerPoint Presentation
Access Granted (from PBS "A Chance to Read" - scroll down & click on "Access Granted"; also view other 4 segments) AIM to Achieve.info Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) to level the playing field for students who struggle with reading and writing in the general education curriculum
A.T./U.D.L. "How To" Handouts