Assistive Technology. By. Tiffany Clements. Visually Impaired. Having reduced vision so severe as to constitute a handicap. Figure 1. Screen Reader- A program that combines sound and images to help clarify what is on a computer screen.
By. Tiffany Clements
Having reduced vision so severe as to constitute a handicap.
Screen Reader- A program that combines sound and images to help clarify what is on a computer screen.
Closed Circuit Magnification- This is a device that can amplify words and objects on a screen for easier viewing.
Braille Translation Devices- Used to translate words and configuring them into comprehensible braille.
A disability, as mental retardation or cerebral palsy, that begins at an early age and continues indefinitely, leading to substantial handicap.
Adaptive Keyboard- A keyboard that decreases the tension on the user by alphabetizing the letters.
Alternate Communication Device- This is a device that helps those with Down Syndrome, Autism, and other illnesses communicate effortlessly.
Adaptive Student Desks- This is for children with neurological impairments, these desks will adjust to their needs.
Unable to hear or trouble with hearing
Personal Amplification- An audio enhancer that directly amplifies sound in the vicinity of the user.
Audio/Visual Communication Devices- Combine residual hearing with closer views of mouth movement to increase understanding.
Voice to Text Translation- A software device that captures spoken words and interprets it into readable text on a screen.
These devices have the potential to advance many students who have the opportunity to use them properly. For example, without the screen reader students with a vision impairment would have difficulty using technology, but with the screen reader they would be able to type and actually know what they are typing. The same would go for the circuit magnification. This enables students to enlarge a text that was before very hard to read. The braille translation device has an advantage for the teacher and the student. Especially when there are some vision impaired students integrated with students who are not.
The potential for these devices are endless. There are so many uses and their value cannot be quantified. Some devices help with the physically challenged and the hard of hearing. But each device is very beneficial for the student and the teacher. More and more impaired students are being integrated with students who are not. These students should have the same opportunities just as every other child. So anything that could take their education to the next level should be taken advantage of.
The number one barrier for schools dealing technology is funding. The technology is just to expensive and cannot be acquired for students who desperately need it. Technology and computer aided communication has taken place of written and oral communication.
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