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Assistive & Adaptive Technologies. By: Katie Bounds. Imagine if you relied on an assistive technology…. Meet Mason! Watch his inspiring attempt at living a normal life. What is it?.

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Assistive adaptive technologies

Assistive & Adaptive Technologies

By: Katie Bounds

Assistive adaptive technologies

Imagine if you relied on an assistive technology…..

Assistive adaptive technologies

Meet Mason! Watch his inspiring attempt at living a normal life.

What is it

What is it?

  • Assistive Technology- any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to improve, increase, or maintain the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities

  • Adaptive Technology- any item that is specifically designed to help a user compensate for areas of impairment or disability

  • There are many different assistive and adaptive technologies for each disability

A photo by Rain Rabbit on Flickr

Why is it important

Why is it important?

  • Using these technologies in our classrooms lets students with disabilities adapt and participate in regular classroom activities.

  • Students with disabilities are able to succeed in general education classrooms with the use of assistive technologies

  • These technologies give students with disabilities a chance to expand their learning and comprehension

A photo by EasyStand on Flickr

Hearing impaired

Hearing Impaired

  • Assistive Listening Systems transmits the teachers voice to the hearing impaired student. This system decreases background noise making the audio more clear.

  • Closed Captioning for videos and lectures helps students read what is being said.

  • Be aware of students with hearing aids. Make seating accommodations so they can hear you more clearly.

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Visually impaired

Visually Impaired

  • E-Books and other software programs read aloud to those with visual impairments

  • A screen magnifier allows the student to zoom in and see the material more clearly

A photo by jeff_golden on Flickr

Cognitively impaired

Cognitively Impaired

  • Picture Exchange Communication System helps those who cannot communicate verbally.

  • There are many educational websites that offer activities to help improve the cognitive process of students with disabilities.

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Physically impaired

Physically Impaired

  • Adjustable computer monitors and keyboards are great for students with a physical disability who cannot reach the normal height

  • Intellikeys is a keyboard that is made for students with physical disabilities that have difficulty using a standard keyboard.

A photo by EasyStand on Flickr

Where to go for more information

Where to go for more information?





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