Title

Consideration Tools Impact on Special Education Professionals Confidence in IEP Team Assistive Technology Determinations.

Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Ximena Suarez-Sousa

Keywords

Assistive Technology, AT, AT Consideration, Special Education

Abstract

IEP Teams are mandated by federal law to consider the use of Assistive Technology (AT) devices in supporting the educational goals of a student receiving special education services. As technology continues to evolve and change this task of consideration continues to become more difficult for IEP teams. Consideration Tools Impact on Special Education Professionals Confidence in IEP Team Assistive Technology Determinations assesses the effect the use of AT consideration flowcharts by special education professionals has on attitudes towards AT usefulness, perceived knowledge of AT, perceived implementation success and confidence in AT decision making. The study collected special education professionals’ ratings on the four areas before and following the use of AT consideration. The data finds that a majority of participants reported a growth in their perceived knowledge of AT, perceived implementation success and confidence in AT decision making. The data also showed a majority of participants maintained a high attitude towards AT usefulness. The author concludes that the use of these AT consideration tools may have had a positive impact these areas of growth based on the limited sample size and concludes that the utilization of the consideration tools by SpEd professionals in planning or running IEP team meetings may have a positive impact on the areas assessed.

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