Assistive Technology Assignment
Mindy M. Whittle
January 23, 2015
Assistive Technology ED505
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Assistive Technology also known as AT, is any device or service that helps a student with a disability meet his or her goals while participating in the general classroom setting.
AT devices can be simple or complex, expensive or inexpensive.
AT can also be extra support from staff or services.
Assistive Technology Law
IDEA 2004 requires IEP teams to consider the assistive technology needs of all children with disabilities. (20 U.S.C. 1414(d)(3)(B)(v))
The IEP team makes decisions about assistive technology devices and services based on your child’s unique needs so that he can be more confident and independent. The law requires schools to use assistive technology devices and services "to maximize accessibility for children with disabilities." (20 U.S.C. 1400(c)(5)(H))
IDEA ’04 defines an assistive technology service as “any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.”
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1401(1)) or IDEA Amendments of 2004, P.L. 108-446, 20 U.S. C. S 1400 et seq., 300.06)
AT for Hearing Impaired
Assistive technology can consist of hearing aids or wireless mic’s and scoops.
When additional sound is needed the wireless mic picks up the sound and sends it to the scoop.
AT for Seeing Impaired
Assistive Technology can consist of screen magnifiers and text-to-speech software.
This technology can magnify text or images and change text to speech.
AT for Learning Disabilities
Examples of this technology would be audio textbooks or literature books.
This allows the student to listen to the text.
AT for Physically Disabled
Sip & Puff makes computer use easier for students with paralysis and mobility disabilities.
Allows users to control a mouth stick.
Students can click on website and perform other tasks using the mouth stick.
IRIS Center Peabody College Vanderbilt University . The Iris Center. (2015). Implementing Assistive Technology. Retrieved from: http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/at/cresource/what-are-the-schools-responsibilities-regarding-assistive-technology/at_05/