William D. Meredith
University of West Alabama
the use of any device or service that will help a student within a classroom.
Schools should identify a student’s disability and then try to find the services that may benefit him/her while engaging in the
Assistive technology devices and services were first defined in federal law in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-476). These definitions remained unchanged until 2004 with the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (Public Law 108-446) when an exemption to the definition of an assistive technology device was added to clarify a school system’s responsibility to provide surgically implanted technology such as cochlear implants.
A computer can help a student with a hearing problem by having all the material from the class displayed on the screen so they can view it. They are also able to communicate with the teacher with new technologies found on many computers.
Audiobooks can help a student with seeing problems by reading the book for them. The student will be able to listen to written text while wearing a headset.
A tape recorder can help a student with a learning disability by letting them record the material and using it later to review something the did not comprehend.
Physically disabled students may benefit from a wheelchair that enables them to maneuver around the school easier. This could be in the classroom as well as physical education.
Georgia Department of Education (n.d.) Assistive Technology. Retrieved from: http://www.gpat.org/Georgia-Project-for-Assistive-Technology/Pages/Assistive-Technology-Definition.aspx