During his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama called for schools across the U.S. to “create classes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math – the skills today’s employers are looking for to fill jobs right now and in the future.”
President Obama said this new challenge is aimed “to redesign America’s high schools so they better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy.”
We agree — a high school graduate with a diploma and an associate degree in computer science and engineering will be able to tap into more opportunities.
But what about providing a student with autism a chance to thrive in normal circumstances with an innovative special education curriculum, high-definition learning content and an accessible virtual SLP?
Assistive technology, any item that is used to improve functional capabilities of a person with a disability, has transformed speech therapy and occupational therapy. With the use of a headset, webcam, and high-speed internet, an elementary school student can receive one-on-one speech therapy treatment from a virtual SLP with online speech therapy.
In addition, assistive technology has pushed forward the advancement of online occupational therapy where a student can receive a one-of-a-kind learning experience focused on their abilities.
And what kind of technology fits under assistive technology that pushes these advances in online therapy? Well they’re not as complicated as with 3-D printing (one advance President Obama recognized in his State of the Union address). Assistive technology has developed through the oncoming of high-quality videoconferencing, headsets with microphones, and the PresenceLearning online platform.
Much of the foundation to grow a more “tech-focused” special education in K-12 schools is available. And if the President is worried that students with special needs may not be ready for such technology, think again. If you check out the Apple apps store, there are 200 special education apps that enhance learning from users who enjoy learning via an iPad screen versus a textbook.