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Assistive technology

Assistive Technology

Dane Dahlke

University of West Alabama

June 10, 2015


What is assistive technology at

What is Assistive Technology (AT)

  • Defined as any device or service that helps a student with a disability to meet his or her individualized educational program goals and to participate in the general education setting to the greatest possible extent

  • In other words, AT is anything which can help compensate for someone’s disabilities


Laws pertaining to at

Laws Pertaining to AT

  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA ’04)

    • “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child and specifically excludes a medical device that is surgically implanted or the replacement of such device”


At for the hearing impaired

AT for the Hearing Impaired

  • Alerting Devices

    • Use vibration or a type of visual signal to get the attention of the hearing impaired student

    • These are most commonly used by hearing impaired people to notify them of an emergency, an alarm clock, or that there is a knock at the door

    • In the classroom, they can be used in timed activities to signal to the student that their time is up. Or even to signal that the slides of a PowerPoint presentation have changed. They can also be used for emergency notifications as well such as fire and weather alarms.


At for the seeing impaired

AT for the Seeing Impaired

  • Video magnifiers or Closed Circuit TVs

    • Camera-type device which has a screen that display a zoomed-in image of a piece of paper or worksheet.

    • Pictured is a portable video magnifier which shows an enlarged view of the text which the camera is passed over.


At for the learning d isabled

AT for the Learning Disabled

  • In today’s classrooms, we experience a wide variety of learning disabilities, and in response, we have developed many types of different ATs for students.

    • In the following slides, I am going to cover three unique ATs for learning disabled students.


At for the l earning d isabled continued

AT for the Learning Disabled continued…

  • Alternative Keyboards

    • This is a type of overlay for a regular keyboard which can be customized according to the meaning and function of the keys.

    • These are great for children who are affected in such a way that they cannot memorize keyboards or do not understand regular keyboards.

    • Pictured is an alternative keyboard utilizing colors and larger characters on the keys.


At for the learning disabled continued

AT for the Learning Disabled continued…

  • Speech and language recognition software

    • This type of AT is great for students who use speech better than writing. It is a type of microphone in which the student can dictate information rather than write with an old fashioned pencil and paper.

    • It is a much faster alternative for students who have underdeveloped fine motor skills.

    • Pictured is Dragon, a software which exploded in popularity among physicians in the medical field as an alternative to pen-and-paper writing vs typing in an electronic medical record.


At for the learning disabled continued1

AT for the Learning Disabled continued…

  • Word prediction programs

    • These have become increasingly popular as a part of text messaging smartphones with Samsung perfecting the “predictive text” technology which was later utilized by Apple as well.

    • This is a software which attempts to predict which word the operator would like to use next. Also recognizes frequently used patterns of words to help the operator build sentences with less difficulties.

    • Great for kids who struggle with using proper spelling, grammar, and have difficulties with word choices.

    • Pictured is an example of word predicting software.


At for the physically disabled

AT for the Physically Disabled

  • This type of AT also comes in a wide variety of forms including anything from wheelchairs, orthotic devices, and special desks / seating.

  • A personal favorite specifically pertaining to classrooms are ergonomic pencils. These are large and specially shaped pencils which are easier to manage for students with physical disabilities.

  • Pictured are two popular types of ergonomic pencils / writing aids


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References

Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2015, from http://www.readingrockets.org/article/assistive-technology-kids-learning-disabilities-overview

Assistive technology for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. (2009). Retrieved June 12, 2015, from http://www.wati.org/content/supports/free/pdf/Ch13-Hearing.pdf

What should Ms. Adelaide know about assistive technology and how it is used by students with disabilities? (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2015, from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/at/cresource/what-should-ms-adelaide-know-about-assistive-technology-and-how-it-is-used-by-students-with-disabilities/at_03/#content

What should Ms. Adelaide know about assistive technology and how it is used by students with disabilities? (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2015, fromhttp://iris.Peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/at/cresource/what-should-ms-adelaide-know-about-assistive-technology-and-how-it-is-used-by-students-withdisabilities/at_ 03/#content

Writing Tools for Special Needs Students: Assistive Devices for Success. (n.d.). Retrieved June 12, 2015, from http://www.brighthubeducation.com/special-ed-physical-disabilities/3775-ergonic-pens-and-pencils-for-students/


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