FETC 2024: This new session will unveil never-before-seen guidance on assistive technology

Each year, the Future of Education Technology Conference showcases some of the latest innovations surrounding the realm of edtech in K12 education, in addition to a plethora of keynote speeches and discussions addressing some of the most pressing challenges and topics relevant to educators and IT professionals. From artificial intelligence to challenges surrounding educational leadership in 2024, attendees will have no trouble finding a session that will leave them with tangible solutions they can take back to their schools. This year, FETC will be among the first to address some exciting new guidance surrounding assistive technology (AT) for children with disabilities.

Later this month, the U.S. Department of Education will be releasing this guidance. To help educators better understand how to incorporate this resource into their schools, FETC has invited Anita Vermeer and Christina Diamond, education specials at the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs, to give conference attendees an inside look into this guidance and offer ways to enhance their school’s ability to support students with disabilities. FETC will be one of the first in the nation to share this guidance with educators.

During the session, Vermeer and Diamond will highlight the core tenets of the guidance and other related resources to support and enhance access to educational opportunities for students with disabilities and those who educate and support them.

“Participants will increase their understanding of the AT requirements under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), learn facts around common misconceptions regarding AT devices and services, and identify resources to aid in the selection of appropriate AT,” the session’s description reads.

Other AT-related sessions to look out for:

Tech-ability: Google Tools for Students with Learning Disabilities

Implementing Assistive Technology to Break Down Barriers in Learning

Innovative Technology: Key to Increasing Accessibility for Special Needs Learners