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Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 08:01:12 -0500
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From: "Prof Norm Coombs" <nrcgsh@RIT.EDU>
Sent: Monday, February 17, 2003 11:07 PM
Subject: Online Course Mar 3-31 LD and Accessible IT

EASI Online Course:  Learning Disabilities and Information Technology,
Starting Mar. 3 and lasting 4 weeks
This course can be taken as a single course or as one of the five courses
required for the Certificate in Accessible Technology:

Support staff frequently are not aware of the benefits that adaptive and
assistive technologies provide users with visual and cognitive processing
difficulties.  This course provides an introductory insight into the ways
that these technologies can increase access to information technologies for
students and professionals with learning disabilities.

        Course description
The course will be delivered asynchronously using content on the Web and
interactive Internet discussion. Our goal is to help participants discover
Internet resources that will let them remain current with rapidly changing
technologies. Postsecondary students with learning disabilities have unique
information technology needs that are readily met through the use of
specialized software, handheld technologies, and attention to Web site
accessibility. In addition to examining the latest technologies with
hands-on application, participants in this course will be provided with
opportunities to deepen their knowledge of learning disabilities, as well
as curriculum development and instructional strategies, including
universal design in education.

Course Syllabus
Lesson 1A: Introductions and Overview
Welcome and Review of Expectations

Lesson 1B: Learning Disabilities: An Introduction
Part 1: Legislation
Part 2: Learning Disability Defined
Part 3: Postsecondary Learning Disability Resources

Lesson 2A: Universal Design in Education
Part 1: UDE Defined
Part 2: Translating UD in Architecture to Education
Part 3: Universal Design for Learning Disabilities

Lesson 2B: Assistive Technology for Processing: Reading Support Tools
Part 1: Support for Knowledge Construction
Part 2: Processing AT for Reading
Part 3: Exploration of Reading Tools

Lesson 3A: Assistive Technology for Processing: Writing Support Tools
Part 1: Processing AT for Writing
Part 2: Exploration of Writing Tools

Lesson 3B: Writing Continued and Handheld Technologies
Part 1: Continued Exploration of Writing Tools
Part 2: Handheld Technology

Lesson 4A: Web Accessibility and Students with Learning Disabilities
Part 1: Web Accessibility Guidelines
Part 2: Web Accessibility Resources

Lesson 4B: Summary and Conclusions

Course Instructors
Deb Dimmick, Senior Assistive Technology Specialist, MS. Ed., Special
Education Maine Educational Center for Assistive Technology and Software
University of Southern Maine

Cynthia Curry
ALLTech Course Developer
University of Southern Maine

** Technology can empower users with disabilities to become more
independent and more productive as students and professionals.

EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) is a non-profit
organization, and our mission is to provide universities, schools and other
institutions with the knowledge to make their information technologies
accessible to users with disabilities.


                Norman Coombs, Ph.D.
CEO EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
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