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Assistive Technology Presentation

This is a presentation on assistive technology (AT) and how AT positively affects students who have seeing and hearing impairments and learning and physical disabilities.

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Assistive Technology Presentation

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  1. Assistive Technology (AT) By: Nieshia Brown June 5, 2014

  2. What is Assistive Technology? Assistive technology (AT) is defined as any device or service that aids students with disabilities in order for him or her to improve and increase his or her functional capabilities to reach educational needs. Assistive technology helps students with disabilities, such as problems hearing, seeing, learning, and difficulties moving to reach outstanding learning outcomes. These challenges faced by disabled students are positively affected and greatly benefited by assistive technology.

  3. How are disabled students positively affected and benefited greatly by AT? • Improved communication with teachers and other students • Improved seeing and hearing of class material • Ability to read and understand class material • Ability to perform academic tasks • Ability to participate in extracurricular activities • Proper seating usage • Ability to move and travel around the school

  4. In 1988, Congress first passed the Assistive Technology Act, and it was signed by the President as the Technology-Related Assistance Act. Quite often, this act is called the Tech Act for short and has been reauthorized in 1994, 1998, 2004, and through 2010 as the most up-to-date authorization. The Tech Act aims to promote people’s understanding of assistive technology and their access to assistive technology devices and services. The Tech Act strives to provide assistive technology to people with disabilities, so that they are able to partake more into their education, jobs, and activities on a daily basis. Every person with a disability is covered under the Tech Act. In 1990, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) was first to outline the school district’s responsibility to provide assistive technology to every student with a disability. It is determined by the IEP (Individualized Education Program) team to decide what assistive technology is needed for the students with disabilities. The IEP team has an adequate amount of knowledge when it comes to making such determinations. Since the school’s staff are employed in this type of environment, the law encourages them to gain knowledge of assistive technology in order to know what devices or services work and what does not.

  5. Assistive Technology that Aids Disabled Students 1. Frequency-Modulated (FM) Amplification Systems: FM amplification systems connect the teacher’s microphone and the hearing aid for the hearing impaired student. This assistive technology works successfully by decreasing background noise and relieving the teacher from walking simultaneously.

  6. 2. Video Magnifiers (CCTVs): For a seeing impaired student with low vision, he or she would greatly benefit from a large print, video magnifier (CCTV). This assistive technology may provide students with the best view of words, numbers, maps, diagrams, graphs, and other printed material.

  7. 3. Tape recorders/players: For a learning disabled student who has difficulties understanding lessons in class or difficulties paying attention, an assistive technology such as tape recorders/players can positively affect the student.It allows him or her to listen, grasp information (class lessons), and play it back later until he or she fully understands.

  8. 4. Wheelchairs: For a physically disabled student, an assistive technology such as a wheelchair can be manually or electrically propelled for moving and traveling around school and outside of school.

  9. References Page • (2000 – 2005). Assistive Technology Training Online Project. Retrieved from http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/ATBasics/Foundation/Laws/atlegislation. php • (2008). Assistive Technology Partnership. Retrieved from http://www.atp.ne.gov/techassist/def-legal.html • (April 2013). Assistive Technology Act. Retrieved from http://nichcy.org/laws/ata • google.com/images • The IRIS Center. Retrieved from http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/at/chalcycle.htm

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