Monday, June 2, 2014

AT and Considering Families Value Systems

Do you consider cultural diversity when developing instructional plans for your students?

There should be no doubt that the success of any educational plan using assistive technology is dependant on the receptiveness of the family to the plan.  The figure above from Brotherson, M. J. Family-centered and Culturally Responsive Assistive Technology Decision Making. Infants & Young Children, 355-367 shows key steps to include when practicing a family centered approach.  

It is easy for misunderstandings to take place if all four steps above are not considered.  As teachers we work with students from many different cultures.  We need to be aware of issues such as pride, shame, taboo, gender roles, and language barriers as we work together with our families.

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