Technology

Technology use in schools has increase rapidly over the past few decades. Technology can play an important role in supporting instruction and learning as students work to achieve CCRS. Advances in technology can also provide students with disabilities improved access to and participation in general education instruction.

Explore the resources below for additional information about how technology can support all students in achieving CCRS.

The Center on Technology and Disability (CTD) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The Center features a library of resources that can help families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services.

This site provides resources for SEAs, LEAs, educators, parents, students, publishers, conversion houses, accessible media producers, and others interested in learning more about AEM and implementing AEM and the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standards .The Center will promote knowledge development and capacity building to ensure  equitable opportunities for children with disabilities to:

  1. participate in high-quality early learning  programs,
  2. be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum,
  3. prepare to meet college and career-ready standards,
  4. participate in assessments, and
  5. transition to postsecondary education and the workforce.

AIR has been at the forefront of efforts that ensure sound investments in education technology. The organization develops and implements evidence-based, technology-driven classroom practices and online strategies that enhance learning for all students, especially those with special needs. 

Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, the Center’s resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices—Modules, Case Study Units, Activities, and others (including a number of Web-based tools)—are specifically created for use in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators. 

  • Assistive Technology: An Overview: This Module offers an overview of assistive technology (AT) and explores ways to expand students' access to it in the classroom.
  • Bookshare: Providing Accessible Materials for Students with Print Disabilities: This Module presents an overview of Bookshare, a project supported by the U.S. Department of Education and OSEP, which provides books in digitized formats to individuals who have print disabilities. On hand is information about how such students can access textbooks, other instructional materials, and text-reader software at no cost, as well as how teachers can use this information in their daily instructional planning.