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Access to Art for the Physically Challenged Person.

A Very Special Education Videotape

Access To Art for the Physically Challenged Person is a long needed addition to instructional support materials for art and special education method classes at university levels and for parent and/or teacher inservice workshops offered at the public school level. This hour-long, professionally produced videotape introduces viewers to many of the more common disabling conditions that may be encountered in a classroom and the types of augmentative communications systems that physically impaired children use--i.e., communications boards, Touch Talkers, Light Talkers, Speech-Pacs. It dramatically envisions the problems and needs of physically challenged people and relates the value of art activities in solving them.

This videotape is especially useful both for its identification of the instructional needs of physically handicapped people and its suggestions for how to fill these needs when working with art related materials and processes. It further suggests appropriate attitudes for working with such a population and ways to integrate physically challenged students in normal classroom settings through art activities.

A teacher's guide accompanies this videotape and includes a list of sources for some of the types of adaptive materials used or described in the presentation. It also specifies improvised, readily available materials that are within easy reach of any art or classroom teacher and lists suggestions for working with them in regular classroom or artroom situations.

Access to Art for the Physically Challenged Person is a must for the video library of everyone involved in teacher training, inservice program development and implementation, and adult awareness initiatives. It is unique in its richness of information, inspirational concern for a very special population of students, and wealth of help.
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Author:Baker, David
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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