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​Computers: Opening Doors to Learning


IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) Section 300.552 Placements (e) states: “A child with a disability is not removed from education in age-appropriate regular classes solely because of needed modifications in the general curriculum.” So, under the law, a student should not be denied placement in a regular ed classroom just because she needs curriculum modifications. This is one in a series of articles about curriculum modifications.


Computers, tablets, and smart phones: indispensable aids to efficiency, creativity, learning, and more—at work, at school, and in the home. They can and should play the same important role in the lives of students with disabilities.

With the variety of software available today, providing curriculum modifications in the classroom can be easy as pie! If, for example, a child has difficulty reading or comprehending school textbooks, a computer program that’s similar to the regular curriculum can be substituted for a book. Enjoyable and educational software titles for geography, math, history, social studies, and other subjects are widely available. You could find the one that best matches the school curriculum via an Internet search.

Screen-reading software or a tablet that can read out-loud may also be beneficial. Just because a child can’t read doesn’t mean he can’t learn! Pages of a school textbook can be scanned into the student’s computer or the same book may be available as an E-book.


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