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TECHNOLOGY BY 3
¢ Level One
? Low Tech- the IEP team determines if
low tech AT is needed for the student.
Basic in nature
available or easily accessible within the classroom
EXAMPLES OF LEVEL ONE AT INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Post – it notes
DOES THIS MEAN THAT
MANY OF THE ACCOMMODATIONS QUALIFY AS AT??
BUT HOW DO I
KNOW WHEN TO CHECK AT?
? 1. Does the student require this to
access FAPE and make progress on IEP objectives?
? 2. Is the accommodation a tangible
¢ Level Two
? Mid-Tech – the campus specialists
such as SLP, OT, PT, Vision Specialist, Audiologist, LSSP, etc. in
collaboration with the classroom teacher and school staff determine the need
for mid-tech AT
? Require more maintenance, more
training, and may have some technical or electronic component
? Require a trial period of use and
recommendations are made based upon the trials.
EXAMPLES OF LEVEL TWO
BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
¢ Text reader
Talking word processor
¢ Word prediction software ¢ Alternate
¢ FM System
¢ Simple voice output device
¢ Level Three
? Recommendations must be supported by
campus data collected based upon trials, interventions and previous strategies
documented and considered.
? Must include a ULS core member in
the level 3 evaluation process
? Level 3 items are often expensive,
not readily accessible, highly technical, and require specialized training and
knowledge of the device.
EXAMPLES OF LEVEL THREE AT INCLUDE, BUT
ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
¢ High end augmentative communication
? Voice output device with dynamic
? Voice output device with speech
¢ Voice Recognition software
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT REQUEST FORM
ACC IN THE CLASSROOM
Childcare And Rehabilitation
iis a wonderful site to help find care takers for your children.
The people that you can hire have had experience with children of
their own or ones close to them. This website not only helps with
special needs children, it also helps with tutoring, senior care, pet care and other stuff to help relieve people’s stress.
For more information, visit http://www.care.com
T his organization is a perfect place to drop off your
children to have fun and play in a secure environment.
The ages range from 6 weeks to 12 years old.
For more information, visit
The Avondale House is habilitation center for people of all ages with
autism where it provides education services, day habilitation services
and residential services.
For more information, visit http://www.avondalehouse.org/services/day-habilitati
Bay Area Rehabilitation Center
Bay Area Rehab is a wonderful center that is located in the Houston
area. It has been making a difference with people with disabilities of
all ages. It provides therapy of all kinds, Rehabilitation by going out
and do activities, and helping people be more involved in the
community. For more information, visit
Katy Autism Support
Katy Autism Support is a non-profit organization that wants to help
inform families and educate them about autism. Their mission is to
help the community become more autism friendly and offer resources
to care for the community. For more information, visit
Events & Activities
Special Olympics is the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year round training and competitions to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries.
For more information, visit http://www.specialolympics.org/default.aspx
Baytown Special Rodeo
The Baytown Special Rodeo is a chance to provide a fun filled Western day for mentally and/or physically challenged children and their parents. For more information, visit http://www.specialrodeo.org
Camp for All
Camp For All is a unique camping and retreat facility that works in collaboration with other non-profits to provide life changing programs for children and adults with challenging illnesses and special needs.
For more Information, visit
GCCISD offers training and competition for eligible Goose Creek and Barbers Hill students in the sports of golf, softball, volleyball, bocce, flag football, bowling, track, table tennis, basketball, soccer, track and cycling. These competitions are offered through Special Olympics Texas. Competition is provided for all ability levels, ranging from individuals with severe to those with mild intellectual disabilities. Athletes not ready for team play can compete in individual skills while more skilled athletes may compete on traditional or unified teams. Traditional teams are teams made of all athletes with ID. Unified teams are teams/doubles made up of athletes without intellectual disabilities participating alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities. By participating together and socially interacting, we unite the two groups in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance. Competitions are held at local, area, regional, state, national and international (World) levels.
There is no cost for a GCCISD or BHISD student to participate in the program . The district provides coaches, uniforms, equipment, transportation to and from competitions, and some meals for the athletes. GCCISD also provides after school transportation from all Jr High and High schools to the after school practice sites. Elementary students must provide their own transportation to and from practices. BHISD provides transportation to all after school practices, for all BHISD athletes, from all of their schools. Student/athletes can earn letter jackets, can take team pictures at the end of each sport season and can attend the annual, spring sports/awards banquet. Athletes who have been in the program and graduate, are allowed to come back and participate, however they are responsible for their own meals, entry fees or any other expenses incurred at events.
Unified teams/doubles are made up of equal numbers of athletes with ID and athletes without ID (partners). GCCISD has offered unified teams/doubles in all of the sports at one time or another. Unified teams are created depending on a number of factors and are decided yearly from sport to sport and from season to season. Partners are selected from area schools, families and the community. Partners must submit an application and they are selected by the Special Olympic coaches. Partners fall under the same rules/guidelines as the other athletes. Persons wanting to participate as a partner must fill out a Partner’s Application form, a Volunteer A form and a Volunteer Minor form (if applicable). Forms must be turned in to Chuck Russell at Alamo Elementary or by Email at Crussell@gccisd.net.
For the past 20 years, we have coordinated a community unified league each fall in either Softball or volleyball. This league involves over 100 people (athletes and partners) with many of the partners and athletes coming from the community. Information on the league goes out each fall. Persons interested may contact Chuck Russell at Crussell@gccisd.net .
Competition for Special Olympics begins at local levels (in Baytown), area level (Houston), Regional, State, National and international (World Games). Athletes must compete at lower levels to advance to higher levels. Area competitions are offered in every sport. State competitions are offered 3 times a year: 1.Fall Games (softball, flag football, golf, bocce, aquatics), 2. Winter Games (Volleyball, table tennis, bowling, weight lifting), and 3. Summer Games (track, cycling, soccer, basketball). When attending state Games, which normally last for 3-4 days, athletes may only enter one of the sports offered at the games. The district pays all expenses for the games for all GCCISD student/athletes who qualify to go.
National and World Games Competitions
As stated above, Special Olympics offers competition at local, area, regional and state levels. Athletes that compete at state become eligible to apply for and attend National and International (World) Games. The National Games are held in different states and usually last about 7-9 days. They are held every 4 years, usually the year before the World Summer Games. The Special Olympic World Games are held every 4 years, are held in different countries and usually last 10- 14 days. The World Games are divided into Winter and Summer Games, alternating every 2 years. Each State is given a sports quota (several teams and individual slots) for each of these games and athletes who have attended state competitions in those specific sports may apply to the state office. There is a cost to attend these games, usually about $500 each for Nationals and $2000 each for World Games. Athletes and teams must fundraise for these competitions. Goose Creek athletes/teams/coaches have be fortunate to have been selected to attend the 2006 National Games in Iowa, the 2010 Nationals in Nebraska, and a soccer team will be attending the upcoming 2014 National Games in New Jersey. Athletes/teams/coaches were also selected and attended the 1995 World Games in Connecticut, the 1999 World Games in North Carolina, the 2003 WG in Ireland, the 2007 WG in China, and one athlete went to the 2011 WG in Greece.
Meet the coaches:
Coach Stacy Saxon
Head of Delegation
Stacy has taught in the Goose Creek Special education dept. for over 20 years. Stacy currently teaches Life skills at Ross Sterling HS. She has been involved in Special Olympics as a partner and a coach for 27 years. Stacy played as a partner at the 1995 World Games in Connecticut and has coached teams at several National Games and at the 2003 World Games in Ireland and 2007 World Games in China.
Coach Elizabeth Phillips
Elizabeth has taught in special education for 22 years. She currently teaches a life skills class at Sterling High school. Elizabeth has been a Special Olympic coach for 22 years. She has coached athletes at numerous National Games and at the 1999 World Games in North Carolina.
Coach Chuck Russell
Chuck has taught in special Education for over 30 years. He currently teaches Adapted PE at Barber Hill. He has been a Special Olympic coach for 31 years. Chuck has coached athletes at numerous National Games and the 2004 and 2007 World Games in Ireland and China.
Coach Mike Earnest
Mike is a parent of a Special Olympic athlete and has been on the GC Special Olympic coaching staff for 22 years. He works for TX---. Mike has coached teams at several National Games and the 2003 World Games in Ireland.
Coach Ken Jones
Ken is a parent of a Special Olympic athlete and has been on the Goose Creek Special Olympic coaching staff for 21 years. He is employed by Liberty ISD. Ken has coached several teams at National Games.
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