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Assistive technology along the continuum
Assistive Technology - Along the Continuum

Lisa Boone

Aroga Technologies

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Lisa Boone

Aroga Technologies

Assistive Technology

any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially or off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Universal Design for Learning

Based on research by Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

SETT Framework






AT Continuum

Low-tech options are usually easy to use, have a low cost, and typically do not require a power source.

Mid-tech are easy to operate but typically require a power source.

High-tech are usually complex and programmable and include items that require computers, and/or electronics, to perform a function.

Low Tech

  • Items that you can often find in local office supply stores.

    • Raised line paper

    • Sticky notes

    • Whiteboards

    • Ergo pens

    • Pencil grips

    • Positioning Aids

    • Tracking Aids

    • Contrast Aids

    • Coloured notepads

    • Recordable buttons

Mid Tech

Scanning Pens

Electronic Dictionaries

Digital recorders



High Tech

Are there mainstream products?



there’s an APP for that!!



Digital readers (Kindle, Sony Reader, etc)

High Tech

Are there mainstream products?


MS Word for basic math (equation editor)

MS Word/ Pages


High Tech

Word Prediction Software

Mind Mapping Software

Text to Speech Software

Talking Word Processors

Text to Audio Software

Speech Recognition Software

Written Output

  • If our learner is faced with challenges to written output, perhaps we should examine a product designed solely for that task:

  • Word Prediction

  • Mind Mapping

  • Talking Word Processors

  • Speech Recognition

Word Prediction

WordQ is a software package designed primarily for word prediction.

Word Prediction is often bundled with the more comprehensive software packages


Comprehensive Word

Prediction program

Available in French and English

Limited screen reading ability

Learn phrases, jargon

Used as either a real time spell check or to aid in getting an individual’s thoughts on paper

Allows students to take risks

Mind Mapping

  • Allows visual learners to map their thoughts

    • Develop ideas

    • Organize thoughts

    • Learn new concepts

  • Inspiration

  • Spark Space

  • Read & Write has a mind mapping feature developed to aid in research

  • Kurzweil 3000 v11 and v12has a mind mapping component that integrates with reading

  • OR

Speech Recognition

  • Allows student to speak into a microphone and dictate into a document

    • Discrete

    • Continuous

Speech Recognition

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking / Dragon Dictate

  • WordQ& SpeakQ Bundle

Comprehension and Decoding

How do we accommodate the student who spends far too much time decoding every single word, and has to read text several times to understand it?

Comprehension and Decoding

  • Text to Speech Software

  • Allows individuals to take either printed text or electronic text and have it “read” to them

    • Kurzweil 3000

    • Read & Write Gold

Text to Speech Software

textHELP Read&Write Gold

Points to Ponder

  • Laptop vs. Tablet vs. Desktop

  • System requirements

  • Hardware compatibility

  • Future versions

  • School/Classroom support

Assistive Technology

  • Never a cure all

    • ensure the support network as well as the user is well versed with the AT Solution.

    • Implementing learning strategies - software will assist in reaching goals

  • Evaluate AT based on desired outcomes

  • Resources and research

  • Assess, Evaluate, Train

Thank you!

Questions? Want more information?


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Lisa 1301 [email protected]

Craig 1302 [email protected]

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