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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Assistive Technology Training Online Project (ATTO)

As busy as most teachers are, finding time to learn about and learn how to use assistive technology that could be of real benefit to students is a dream at best. Now there is a convenient web-based source for answers to many of the typical questions teachers face when choosing appropriate technology for their classrooms.

The Assistive Technology Training Online Project, was created to help educate teachers of students with disabilities grades K-5 about the potential of assistive technology (AT), provide training for using AT, and guidance in choosing specific AT for their classrooms. The goal of ATTO is to give teachers the resources they need to help students with disabilities achieve educational independence.

The ATTO site offers a variety of information on AT, including: AT Tutorials, AT Basics, Resources for additional learning, and an ATTO Project overview.

The AT Basics section contains information on assistive technology for the classroom in sixteen overview modules. The four Foundation modules provide an introduction to assistive technology, legal foundation, and assessment considerations. The Hardware modules offer instructions on creating low-tech adaptations to current classroom hardware, sources for non-computer aids and alternative computer-aids such as assistive keyboards and mouse options. The Software modules contain overview and purchasing information for assistive software products, and the Populations modules contains suggestions for matching specific assistive technology resources to individual students needs.

ATTO is affiliated with the Center for Assistive Technology located at the University of Buffalo. Its Expert Review Panel includes assistive technology evaluators and occupational therapists. For more information about the ATTO Project, use the contact information below.

Assistive Technology Training Online Project
University at Buffalo
515 Kimball Tower
Buffalo, NY 14214
Phone: 716-829-3141
Fax: 716-829-3217

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