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Assistive technology

Dannon Bedwell-ED505-University of West Alabama

Assistive Technology (AT)

  • AT is any device or service that helps a student with a disability to meet his or her individualized education program (IEP) goals and to participate in the general education setting to the greatest possible extent.

  • AT improves the functional performance of an individual with a disability.

  • AT devices and services help restore lost capacities or improve impaired capacities

  • AT helps students overcome functional limtations

Assistive Technology (AT)

  • AT includes 2 things:

    • Devices-any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

    • Services-any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

  • All educations, not just special educators, need to be informed and involved with assistive technology.

  • Law regarding Assistive technology

    • AT must be considered for any student that has an IEP

    • The school system must provide AT if it is required for students to access general education curriculum and to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE)

    • AT includes both services and devices

    • Here are some laws pertaining to AT

      • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

      • Assistive Technology Act of 1998

      • Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act

      • Section 505 of Rehabilitation Act

      • Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act

      • Section 501 of Rehabilitation Act

    AT for Students with Hearing impairments

    • Personal hearing amplifiers help an individual with hearing loss hear better in small group settings and one-on-one conversations.

    • PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplifiers) are discreet listening devices worn in the ear to help an individual hear better in different environments

    At for students with visual impairments

    • An example of AT for visually impaired students would be the Eye-Pal

    • The Eye-Pal is a portable USB scanner/reader that instantly converts printed material into speech, txt or MP3 files or refreshable Braille

    At for students with learning disabilities

    • AT for kids with LD is defined as any device, piece of equipment or system that helps bypass, work around or compensate for an individual's specific learning deficit

    • An example of an AT kids would be this LEAPFROG Audio Book.

    • Students who struggle with reading would be able to comprehend this.

    At for students with physical disabilities

    • A mouth stick is a device that enables users to control input through a stick that they manipulate with their mouth


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