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Assistive technology

Assistive technology

Dannon Bedwell-ED505-University of West Alabama

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Assistive Technology (AT)

  • AT is any device or service that helps a student with a disability to meet his or her individualized education program (IEP) goals and to participate in the general education setting to the greatest possible extent.

  • AT improves the functional performance of an individual with a disability.

  • AT devices and services help restore lost capacities or improve impaired capacities

  • AT helps students overcome functional limtations

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Assistive Technology (AT)

  • AT includes 2 things:

    • Devices-any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

    • Services-any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

  • All educations, not just special educators, need to be informed and involved with assistive technology.

  • Law regarding assistive technology
    Law regarding Assistive technology

    • AT must be considered for any student that has an IEP

    • The school system must provide AT if it is required for students to access general education curriculum and to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE)

    • AT includes both services and devices

    • Here are some laws pertaining to AT

      • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

      • Assistive Technology Act of 1998

      • Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act

      • Section 505 of Rehabilitation Act

      • Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act

      • Section 501 of Rehabilitation Act

    At for students with hearing impairments
    AT for Students with Hearing impairments

    • Personal hearing amplifiers help an individual with hearing loss hear better in small group settings and one-on-one conversations.

    • PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplifiers) are discreet listening devices worn in the ear to help an individual hear better in different environments

    At for students with visual impairments
    At for students with visual impairments

    • An example of AT for visually impaired students would be the Eye-Pal

    • The Eye-Pal is a portable USB scanner/reader that instantly converts printed material into speech, txt or MP3 files or refreshable Braille

    At for students with learning disabilities
    At for students with learning disabilities

    • AT for kids with LD is defined as any device, piece of equipment or system that helps bypass, work around or compensate for an individual's specific learning deficit

    • An example of an AT kids would be this LEAPFROG Audio Book.

    • Students who struggle with reading would be able to comprehend this.

    At for students with physical disabilities
    At for students with physical disabilities

    • A mouth stick is a device that enables users to control input through a stick that they manipulate with their mouth


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