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Assistive technology

Assistive Technology

ED 505

Amy Clark

Fall Online 2014


Assistive technology

Assistive Technology is defined as a device to help people with hearing, vision, learning, or physical disabilities. This technology allows people with disabilities the opportunity to function at a greater capacity than working alone, whether it be in a classroom, workplace, or at home.


Technology related assistance act of 1988

Technology Related Assistance Act of 1988

  • This act help states with funding assistance programs through federal grants.

  • This act also pursues different possibilities to provide assistive technology to individuals with a disability in all settings.

  • The Technology Related Assistance Act of 1988 was revised in 1994, 1998, and 2004.


Assistive technology

This assistive technology device is a Frequency-Modulated (FM) Amplification System. It provides a connection from the teacher with a microphone to the student’s hearing aid.


Assistive technology

Another assistive technology device is a braille embosser. This instrument changes written words into braille for a student with a vision impairment.


Assistive technology

For students with a learning disability, audio books offer added educational support.


Assistive technology

A head wand is an assistive technology device for individuals with a physical disability. The person wears it around the head. When the head moves, the wand types onto a computer. This apparatus can become tiresome if used for long periods of time.


Assistive technology

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