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Book:Assistive Technology in the Classroom

Written by:Amy G. Dell, Jerry G. Petroff and Deborah A. Newton

(Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall)

Written by faculty from The College of New Jersey and Southern Connecticut State University, this book explains how assistive technology can be used to enhance the teaching and learning of students with disabilities. Section I -- Benefits of Computer Use in Special Education – presents descriptions of technology-based solutions to the obstacles students with disabilities face in reading, writing, communication and mastering academic skills. Section II -- Access to Computers -- focuses on how to provide access to computers for students with a wide variety of disabilities. Accessibility features built in to both Windows and Macintosh platforms are presented, as are specialized assistive technology devices and software. Issues in decision-making and the selection of access methods are emphasized.

Section III highlights augmentative communication in schools. It covers the selection and design of students’ augmentative communication systems, low-tech approaches to teaching early communication and emergent literacy, and the teacher’s role in integrating augmentative communication into the classroom. In Section IV -- Making It Happen – the emphasis is on the implementation of assistive technology in P-12 schools and in the transition from high school to college or adult life.

Each chapter of the book concludes with a list of web sites that provide up-to-date information on specific product names, vendors, and important resources. The book is available from


Forcina Hall, Room 101

The College of New Jersey

P.O. Box 7718

Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

P) 609.771.2795




Professor Amy G. Dell

Managing Editor

Anne M. Disdier