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Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd)

Center for Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd)

The Access Center: Improving Outcomes for All Students K-8 | American Institutes for Research The Access Center was a national technical assistance center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) within the Department of Education. The purpose of the Access Center was to improve access to the general education curriculum for students with disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels. Drawing from national legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act and IDEA ’97, the Center was designed to connect states and districts with research-based practices, tools, and materials that could help students with disabilities access the general education curriculum. The Center also helped decision-makers use data to improve instruction and services for students with disabilities. Regretfully, since funding for ongoing hosting and maintenance has ended, the Center’s website is no longer available. For questions concerning resources from the K-8 Access Center, please contact

The International Dyslexia Association Promoting literacy through research, education and advocacy Society for New Communications Research Council for Learning Disabilities Knowledge Media Institute | The Open University Developing an Accessible Technology Plan Although each organization is unique and has unique requirements, common steps are involved in developing a good accessible technology plan. Following is a proven five-step plan used in many technology development plans that has simply been applied to accessible technology. Many of the themes described here are based on the steps in Susan Conway's and Char Sligar's book Unlocking Knowledge Assets. (Conway, Sligar 2002). Thinking through your strategy and requirements will reduce costs and increase efficiency—reducing false-starts, ensuring compatibility with existing technology, and accurately addressing your organization's unique situation and needs. The five steps are: Define the accessible technology strategy. Step 1: Define the Accessible Technology Strategy In this important first step, you describe how accessible technology fits within your organization—specifically, how it fits with your business and competitive strategies, objectives, and measures of success. Vision statement.

Target the Problem! Welcome to Target the Problem!, a tool to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties. Overview Target the Problem! For more comprehensive information, click below to learn about areas where kids often have reading difficulties: What you'll find in each section An explanation of the problem and how it affects a child's reading Information on how children experience the difficulty as well as what it may look like from a parent's or teacher's point of view Suggestions on what parents, teachers, and kids themselves can do to help Links to more information You can also download and print this handout version of "Target the Problem!" Download the handout (246K PDF)* Things to be aware of There are many reasons why reading can be hard. We hope you'll use this information as a starting point.

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