Mobile whiteboards assist the teacher by offering students many ways to learn information, express ideas and demonstrate understanding in a highly interactive learning environment. Because there are fewer restrictions with mobile technology, every person, teacher and student alike, can benefit.
School districts and administrators have the legal responsibility to provide the least restrictive environment possible for students with disabilities. Using special funding available for students with disabilities can provide a solution for not just special needs students, but for all. These interactive resources can engage the new generation of students, the “digital natives” occupying the classroom.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), federal special education funds are distributed through three state grant programs and several discretionary grant programs. Part B of the law, the main program, authorizes grants to state and local education agencies to offset part of the costs of the K-12 education needs of children with disabilities; it also authorizes preschool state grants. There was $11.98 billion available in IDEA funding in 2013.
The State Grant for Assistive Technology Program (# 84.224A) supports state efforts to improve the provision of assistive technology to individuals with disabilities of all ages through comprehensive, statewide programs that are consumer responsive. The Alternative Financing Program (# 84.224C) provides grants for the establishment and maintenance of programs that enable individuals with disabilities to purchase assistive technology devices and services through financial loans.