Assistive Techonology and Advocacy for Students with Disabilities and their Parents

Introduction

This issue of NASET’s Autism Spectrum Disorder series was written by Marilyn Reyes of Florida International University. Having a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities may become very overwhelming as the child becomes older and goes through grade school.  As a professional, having a classroom of students with ASD and other disabilities comes with certain criteria, not only from administration but also from the state. This criterion is all in effort to give the student with ASD and other disabilities an equal chance in success. Not only is there legislation for teachers and administration to abide by such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), but it is the teacher’s duty to help the parents to be knowledgeable advocates for their children by giving them helpful tips, organizations to research, and different tools such as Assistive Technology (AT) to give their child an equal opportunity to be successful in their education.

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