Planning for Access and Independence: Technology and Supports for Text Comprehension

This presentation will describe strategies for teaching text comprehension through systematic instruction which promote independence and utilize barrier-free technology, giving practitioners skills in providing general curriculum access to students with moderate/severe disabilities that translates across content areas and grade levels. Presenters will share findings from two studies which taught comprehension of grade-aligned texts. Video examples, social validity testimonials, and implications for generalization will be shared. Attendees will be able to discuss the evidence based practices that were used to design and implement the interventions. …explain the importance of gaining independence in comprehension of text for current and future settings. …explain the decision making process behind individualizing a modified system of least prompts to teach an academic skill that aligns to the individual’s needs and task demands in order to promote independence.

Diane Browder, Caryn Allison, Jenny Root