How Assistive Technology Helps Me as an Adulty With a Learning Disability
No More Shame Around my Learning Disability
I use to carry a lot of shame about my learning disability (LD) I was ashamed that I was different and I even felt I was not as smart as other kids and even adults due to my LD. I carried this with me for way too long! I now realize I do not need to feel ashamed of my disability; it is part of who I am! In fact, my disability has made me a better person; it shaped my career choices and how I raise my kids! I want to share my story of growing up in the school system on an IEP to help parents, educators, and even therapists who may be able to use my story to help their child or student, take some of my ideas and think how I can help (Sarah) … using these tools and resources.
So here we go…
Growing up on an IEP was hard because I was different, and I needed to be pulled for support services, and the TRUTH is I hated it! Even though it was what I needed to access my education and build the skills that helped me become a successful adult. Having the right goals and support made all the difference in the world. The other significant factor that helped me build the skills I needed for the real world was AT (assistive technology). Having access to the things I needed and the ability to learn how or what I might need to self-advocate for in the future was life-changing. My mom and teacher would not always be there to advocate for me, and I needed to learn how to advocate for the tools and to have access to certain materials or technology to be successful in college and my career.
Teaching self-advocacy is key for the long term success of any child who is on an IEP, and in another blog post, I will dive more into that, but for today I wanted to focus on how to think outside the box on AT needs of students. I have encluded a video where I talk about the different tools that can be used by students with different AT needs.
Assistive technology and how you can be using it for your child or student at school. It's more than AAC devices even though I love those!
Posted by Courtney Burnett on Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Using the different tools available and looking at different types of technology we have available, we can add these tools into the IEP. Listing out the right supports is key to short term and long term success of a child’s ability to succeed not only in school but in life.
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