- The Lebanon School District is committed to all students having the tools that they need to access the curriculum and share their knowledge.
- IDEA 2004 includes the directive that every IEP team should “Consider whether the child needs assistive technology devices and services.”
- If your child has a documented disability that you believe requires the use of assistive technology please contact their case manager to discuss the options.
- This page is a collection of information and resources related to assistive technology and how it might support children with disabilities to access content and demonstrate knowledge.
- It is important to understand that The Lebanon School District can provide the training, support and access to assistive technology, but that ultimately each student is responsible for its use.
- While there are many options for assistive technology in the world today. The Lebanon School District has worked hard to establish the use of software that is available across the country at the college level. In doing so we hope to make the transition to college as stress free as possible for our students with diagnosed disabilities.
Many students, yes, even strong readers, have written language disabilities. These can interfere with their ability to share their thoughts and knowledge with others in a written format. For students with dysgraphia the act of physically writing the words may be a challenge. For others who have language based learning disabilities it might be about finding the right words, formulating the sentences, connecting the thoughts logically or simply initiating the process.
Whatever the reason behind the written language disability, there are assistive technology supports available for students within the Lebanon School District.
Options for Lebanon School Students:
1. Organizing written language can be accomplished with the use of the Kidspiration or Inspiration Programs. Please see the videos available at Inspiration.com to learn more about this amazing tool. This is also a very affordable tool to purchase for home use.
2. All students in the Lebanon School District have school Google accounts. When logged into their accounts in the Chrome browser, students can create Google documents using Google's speech to text tool. From the toolbar near the top of the page, click on Tools and then Voice Typing. The program will need to access your computer's microphone.
3. Texthelp Read and Write Gold has some amazing tools that are available for reading, writing and study skills across the Middle and High school settings. This Read and Write Gold link will take you to a list of features and how-to videos. Please take some time to explore them. Below is a link to one feature that many students with written language disabilities find invaluable.
4. Another option for writing that is available in the Lebanon School District is the Dragon Naturallyspeaking Program which allows students to speak into a microphone, after training the software, in order to produce typed work. It turns voice to text.