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Assistive technology

Assistive Technology

Could blow your mind

Assistive technology1

Assistive Technology

  • Do you know what assistive technology is?

  • Any examples come to mind?

  • Do you know anyone who used assistive technology?



  • Technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible to do on their own.

  • Disabilities can extend from loss of the five senses to limited physical and mental functions.

  • This definition was set by Tech Act of 1988 and was amended in 1998 to be called Assistive Technology Act.

Alternative definition

Alternative Definition

  • Hardware and software specifically designed to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities.

Examples of assistive technology

Examples of Assistive Technology

  • Laptops (Benefit students with Cerebral Palsy that can’t write, children with hearing problems can read text, blind children can have text read to them.)

  • Franklin Language Master and PowerPoint. (Used with Autistic students and those with hearing disorders to help them learn and retain a vocabulary)

  • Specialized software in general. (There are programs to aid almost any disability from text readers , specialized keyboards, voice to text converters and so on.)

  • Braille textbooks

  • Paper with raised lines

  • Pencil grips

  • Page turners

  • Book holders

  • Calculators

High Tech

Low tech



Just a few of the many items considered assistive technology.

Organizations that make it work

Organizations that make it work.

  • Today Assistive Technology has become a major part of many schools and for many reasons. (No there are not more disabled people)

    • The No Child Left Behind Act. (States that every student be given the same opportunities, shares the same views as the IDEIA on disabilities)

    • The Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (Makes AT funding separate from other school funds and helps pay for devices and services required for learning.)

    • Individuals with Disabilities Education and Improvement Act of 2004. (Students with disabilities are required by law to receive devices and services that are beneficial to their ability to learn the same curriculum as other students.)

    • Technology is advancing faster than ever, new doors are opened daily.

Assistive technology


  • There are many benefits of Assistance Technology, these are but a few.

    • Allows students to learn in more than one spectrum.

    • Allows the disabled to receive the same education.

    • Learn multiple things at once. (Computers, technology in general with lessons)

    • Shown to reduce anxiety in the learning environment.

Assistive technology


  • Like most good things there are always negatives as well

    • Assistance Technology can be expensive, leaving poorer inner city schools with outdated or no equipment at all.

    • Distracting to other students.

    • Equipment malfunctions



  • So what is your opinion on Assistive technology?

  • Should students with disabilities be put in “special” classes? Why or why not?

  • Should teachers of all fields be trained to assist students with special needs?

  • Would you be distracted by a student using Assistive technology?

  • Do you think that you should have a disability to use assistive technology in the classroom?



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  • Selwyn, N., & Husen, O. (2010). The educational benefits of technological competence: an investigation of students' perceptions. Evaluation & Research in Education, 23(2), 137-141. doi:10.1080/09500790.2010.483515.

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