Inclusive Education. The Role of Assistive Technology. Ghana Education Services Special Education Division, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, Accra, Ghana December, 2007. Mary Hooker Education Specialist Global eSchools and Communities Initiative Dublin, Ireland.
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Assistive Technology (AT) includes a range of technologies, which enable people to build on their abilities and participate as fully as possible at home, school, work and in their community.
AT is used to describe both the products and the services for people with special needs.
The term ‘assistive technology device’ means any item, piece of equipment, or product system (whether acquired off the shelf, modified, or customized) that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capability of an individual with disability.
The term ‘assistive technology service’ means any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
Individual with Disabilities Act of 1990 (IDEA) P.L. 101 - 1476
Options allow user to adjust keyboard response, mouse movement and screen appearance
Features have been designed to support the needs of those with hearing, visual, physical/motor and learning difficulties
Before looking at specialised solutions, check accessibility built-in options for effective utilizationAccessibility
Information on AT sourced principally from the Irish National Centre for Technology in Education NCTE website – www.ncte.ie and Bassi, 2007
Resources Centres and Special Schools
Another example of a recent initiative between Sightsavers and Dolphin to produce a screen-reader on a USB that third-level students can use on any PC. I think a few students at the University of Ghana are using these USP pens.
Community Based Rehabilitation
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