Assistive Technology Brittney Poling, Octavia Houston, and Jordan Wilhelm
WHAT IS ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY? • A formal, legal definition of assistive technology was first published in the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (The Tech Act). • Amended in 1994; in 1998, it was repealed and replaced with the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 ("AT Act"). • Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. • Assistive technology can include: -mobility devices -hardware -software
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION • The individuals with Disability Act Amendments of 1997 defines AT as: • “Any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, off the shelf, modified, customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability”(IDEA, 1997,20, USC, Ch. 33, Sec. 1401  US.).
Assistive Technology Assistive Technology for Vision: Aids students who are blind or have low vision. Assistive Technology for Communication: Aids students who have difficulty in communicating effectively. Assistive Technology for Access: Aids students who have difficulties in accessing communication, learning tools, or engaging in classroom or home activities. Assistive Technology for Hearing: Aids students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Assistive Technology for Learning and Studying: Aids students with high-incidence disabilities to increase, maintain, or improve their functional capabilities.
CLASS ACTIVITY…. • MAYBE HERE IS WHERE WE CAN INTRODUCE THE ACTIVITY OF PLACING TECHNOLGIES IN THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES… THEN THE NEXT COUPLE OF SLIDES CAN GO THROUGH EACH CATEGORY AND NAME/EXPLAIN SOME OF THE TECHNOLOIES THAT FIT. LIKE THE NEXT SLIDE..
AlphaSmart • Lightweight durable word processor • Spell check • Helps students how have difficulties with writing and fine motor skills.
Phonic Ear • Classroom sound system • Allows teachers voice to be heard by everyone in the classroom. • Helps assist those students who are hard of hearing.
iPad Apps • Apps that enable people with communication difficulties to express their needs and desires to those around them. • Proloquo2Go • My Talk Tools • Look2Learn • Voice4U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8jBJrXFPbc http://intellitools.com/videos_itk03.html