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Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post Secondary Education
The DBTAC: Great Lakes ADA Center and the DBTAC: Southwest ADA Center have collaborated on developing Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post Secondary Education now available at a new website http://www.qiat-ps.org
Advances in technology are changing the nature of business, from job performance and work productivity to commercial interactions such as buying, selling and advertising. Smart companies understand that many of their customers and employees have evident and hidden sensory, learning, and physical impairments. And these numbers will grow as our population ages.
The website offers tools and resources on quality implementation of assistive technology in the Post Secondary environment. QIAT-PS is a collaborative effort of hundreds of professionals from a wide variety of higher education and K-12 schools and based on the successful implementations of assistive technology indicators in K-12 public schools.
History of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology
The writing and implementing of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology began over 10 years ago and continues today with grass roots collaboration. The K-12 based indicators have developed over that time to include eight areas:
- Inclusion of AT in the IEP
- Evaluation of effectiveness
- Administrative support
- Professional development and training
These indicators were developed at working summits, national conferences, and other grass roots collaboration events. They have been used by K-12 IEP teams to improve their efforts, by districts and states to define quality, and by researchers to examine efforts to meet Individual with Disabilities Education Act requirements for assistive technology. The indicators have given schools a uniform tool with which to evaluate and improve the various aspects of the assistive technology services they were providing. Schools self-evaluate using the matrix that accompanies the indicators and have a research-based rationale to develop effective and efficient plans to improve. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology support a rich and appropriate integration of assistive technology tools in the public school experience.
Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post Secondary
The transition area of the K-12 indicators involves the student change in settings, for example, elementary to middle school or high school to community. The transition from public to post-secondary education is perhaps one of the most significant changes for students. Not only is college a drastically different environment with different student expectations, teaching styles, and living arrangements, but the responsibilities for students also changes. IDEA is an entitlement law that guarantees similar procedures for all students and the standard of Free and Appropriate Education (FAPE) around which the K-12 QIAT scaffolding was built. Post-secondary education on the other hand, responds to the civil rights legislation of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, not to mention a competitive marketplace. Therefore, services are based on non-discrimination that require self-disclosure of disabilities to request accommodations or services. In 2006, again a grass roots effort was forming to examine the factors impacting success in the integration of assistive technology into college life and if quality indicators for assistive technology in post secondary environments might be as useful as they have be. In post secondary, service providers and educators not only need to look at the college services and educational environments, but also the roles and responsibilities the students have including, appropriate technology skills and tools, and the ability to self-disclose and advocate for themselves. The tools created with this project are a set of indicators for the student as well as one for the post-secondary environment. Taken together they offer a coordinated framework to support the transition process. The QIAT-PS Student and College indicators are an extension of the QIAT Transition guidelines addressing the self-awareness and skills that a student may be expected to arrive at college already having mastered as well as the procedures, environment and supports that the college might be expected to have in place for the transitioning student.
Self Advocacy Indicators from QIAT-PS Collaboration Wiki (Revised, 2009).
- Indicator 1 Self awareness: The student is aware of the various factors of their disability and is knowledgeable about their needed accommodations.
- Indicator 2 Self advocacy: The student understands that under ADA and other applicable federal and state laws, they must be responsible for disclosure of their disability that requires accommodations in order to gain access to the curricula and materials.
- Indicator 3 Communication: The student is able to utilize communication and interpersonal skills to communicate with faculty concerning how to ensure confidentiality, documentation, evaluation and grievance procedures.
- Indicator 4 Self Advocacy and leadership: The student uses a process to make a self advocacy plan and to guide staff and supporters in the provision of AT and accommodations that allow access to the curriculum and aid independence.
- Indicator 5 Self-evaluation and self-determination: The student evaluates personal performance using AT and makes adjustments to their goals when necessary including justification of any new technology devices needed.
- Indicator 6 Choice Making and Decision Making: The student independently chooses the appropriate AT for each situation and makes long-term decisions about assistive technology device acquisition and supports.
- Indicator 7 Assistive Technology Problem Solving: The student identifies problems with AT use and is able to identify the needed AT supports and services to solve AT problems and communicate these solutions to disability services and their instructors.
There are several ways to become involved with this project. First, we will be presenting our findings and tools at the upcoming Assistive Technology Industry Conference in Chicago, IL on October 29, 2009. You can learn more about the conference by visiting ATIA. http://www.atia.org
You can also share your thoughts and comments on the indicators and guideline documents through the collaboration wiki. http://qiatgrowsup.pbworks.com/ Your expertise is needed and valued!
Join Us for the 2009-10 Accessible Technology On-line Seminar Series
The 2009-10 Accessible Technology Webinar series schedule is available. The series is hosted and coordinated by the DBTAC - Great Lakes ADA Center http://www.adagreatlakes.org and the DBTAC-Pacific ADA Center http://www.pacificada.org/ on behalf of the National Network of ADA Centers. http://www.adata.org/
The National Network of ADA Centers http://www.adata.org/ provide a comprehensive set of services for up-to-date information, consultation, referrals, resources, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act for businesses, employers, governmental entities, service providers and individuals with disabilities.
The other sessions in the series include:
- January 13th, 2010 >> The power of Social Networking Sites for People with Disabilities. Speaker: Mike Paciello, Founder and President of The Paciello Group
- March 10th, 2010 >> Best Practice in Developing and Disseminating Documents Electronically. Speaker: TBA
- May 12th, 2010 >> Successful Accommodations: Assistive Technology and Accessibility Working Together. Speaker: David Dikter, Executive Director of the Assistive Technology Industry Association
- July 14th, 2010 >> Return on Investment: The Business Case for Accessibility. Speaker: Frances West, Director of the IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center
- September 8th, 2010 >> Creating Accessible Videos for Your Website. Speaker: Marsha Schwanke, Web Developer
The webinar sessions are free, but registration is required. Each session is 60 minutes in length. They will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) on dates specified. You can register at the Accessible Technology Webinar page. http://www.ada-audio.org/Webinar/AccessibleTechnology/Schedule/
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