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Assistive technology

Assistive Technology

Chasity Dickerson

Technology and Education

ED505


What is assistive technology

What is Assistive Technology?

  • Assistive technology (AT) is a term that covers a wide range of devices and services which aid people with performing everyday tasks.

  • AT includes items or programs that could help a person to be able to communicate, learn, move around, and man other things.

  • AT devices and services range from items as simple as a highlighter (low-tech) to things as complicated as computer system that speaks for a nonverbal individual (high-tech).

  • For more info check out the Pacer Center video to the right.


Assistive technology and the law

Assistive Technology and the Law

The Technology-Related Assistance Act for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Assistive technology device is "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 the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

  • Assistive technology services are defined as "any services that directly assist an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device" (P.L. 100-407, Sec.3 1988).

    Reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

  • Assistive technology must be considered by IEP teams when creating individual education plans (P.L. 105-17, 1997).


Assistive technology for the hearing impaired

Assistive Technology for the Hearing Impaired

When considering AT for individuals with hearing impairment, I did a little research before consulting one of my two deaf cousins to see ask his pick for the AT device that he would not want to be without. I was surprised at his answer. Though he notes that computer technology in general has greatly changed his life, his top pick is the web cam. The web cam allows Josh to more actively communicate with family, particularly his deaf sister, even though they live in different areas. Josh is currently and educator of deaf children and states that he often incorporates web cams into his lessons for projects and for communication with other schools. The following short video gives a quick view of how Josh’s alma mater, Gallaudet University, is using technology, particularly web cams, for assistive technology in instruction.


Assistive technology for the visually impaired

Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired

“Literacy—the ability to read and write—is vital to a successful education, career, and quality of life in today's world. Whether in the form of curling up with a good book, jotting down a phone number, making a shopping list, or writing a report, being literate means participating effectively at home and in society.

Although learning to read and write in traditional ways may not be possible when you cannot see print on a page, there are many other paths to becoming literate. Learning to read and write in braille can make a dramatic difference in the life of a visually impaired child or adult.”

-American Foundation for the Blind

http://www.afb.org/info/living-with-vision-loss/braille/12


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Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired

A braille writer (brailler) is just one of the AT devices that is being used in classrooms across the United States to help visually impaired students be successful in a school setting.

  • Basically a braille type writer

  • Todays high-tech models come with features that can recite what is being typed, internal memory to save your documents, Bluetooth capabilities, and can connect directly to your computer.

Check out the Mountbatten Brailler

http://www.mountbattenbrailler.com/whymb.html

Or the Perkins Brailler- Next Generation

http://www.perkins.org/nextgeneration/

https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/fr/fr15/issue1/f150113.html


Assistive technology for the visually impaired2

Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired

This video provides a great, real life example of how assistive technology is being used to help visually impaired students be successful in the classroom.


Assistive technology for the learning disabled

Assistive Technology for the Learning Disabled

On a daily basis I incorporate a variety of assistive technologies for my students with learning disabilities. One of the technologies that was recommended in my research and is possibly the most utilized in my classroom, is a voice recording app (dictation recording app) for the iPad. This “new” technology has replaced old school tape recorders.

Those students who have difficulty keeping up when taking notes, who are auditory learners, or who are struggling readers, can replay the lesson as many times as needed to gain the information that they need. This can also be a great study tool when preparing for assessments.


Assistive technology for the physically disabled

Assistive Technology for the Physically Disabled

  • Todays incredible advances in technology have provided many new AT devices for the physically disabled; particularly with high tech devices and software. For those individuals who are nonverbal, a speech generating device such as a DynaVox is an amazing tool. These devices range from simple hand-held, push-button devices to computer connected systems that can be operated via eye-gaze and scanning.


More real life examples of at in action

More Real Life Examples of AT in Action

These videos provides a great, real life example of how assistive technology is being used to help students be successful in life and in the classroom.

For another great video check out the following link. I highly recommend watching this video!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXxdxck8Gic&index=4&list=PLaiuoZtb7CwcNKkAPTvDcjGf9nXTdacdB


References

References

FCTDvideo (2012, December 10). Assistive Technology in Action [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMHuWGUEu2M&index=1&list=PLaiuoZtb7CwcNKkAPT vDcjGf9nXTdacdB.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders . (December 2011). Assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Language, or Speech Disorders . In National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Retrieved August 27, 2014, from http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/Pages/Assistive-Devices.aspx.

PacerCenter. (2010, November 12). Understanding Assistive Technology: Simply Said [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB9pKkZoJDc.

PBS Parents. (n.d.). Assistive Technology. In PBS Parents: Education. Retrieved August 27, 2014, from http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/learning-disabilities/strategies-for-learning-disabilities/assistive-technology/.

Roblyer, M., & Doering, A. (2013). Teaching and Learning with Technology in Special Education. In Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching: International Edition (6th ed.). Upper saddle river: Pearson.


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