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Sherlock Center - RIC Assistive Technology Classes

Undergraduate: SPED 380: Basic Principles and Practices in Assistive Technology

An introduction to the field of assistive technology (AT). Designed for those with little to no experience with technology, but with an interest/need to know how technology can be used to assist persons with disabilities. Covers the full range of AT options through practical activities, class discussions, and student projects. This is a great course for anyone wanting to learn the basics of assistive technology. No prerequisites.

SPED 545: Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Technology is explored that facilitates success for persons with disabilities in integrated school and community settings. Focus is on the application of varied assistive technology activities, materials, and approaches for integration within general and special education curricula. This course is offered for 3 graduate credits and is appropriate for graduate students in educational areas, practicing teachers, related service specialists, and school administrators. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and basic knowledge and skills in computer and/or assistive technology.

SPED 580: Augmentative Communication Technology

A practical examination of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) technology strategies and techniques. Focus will be on the use of AAC tools in educational settings, including AAC principles, strategies for identification, selection criteria, trans-disciplinary goals and facilitating AAC use in the classroom. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, and basic knowledge and skills in computer/assistive technology.
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