Assistive Technology Created By: Heather Lee
What is Assistive Technology? • Assistive Technology is defined as any device or service that helps a student with a disability to meet their IEP goals and to be in a general education classroom setting (Assistive Technology: An Overview, 2014).
What is it used for? • Assistive Technology is used for: • Communication purposes • Academic tasks • Mobility purposes • Access materials
Examples of Assistive Technology: • Magnifiers • Computers • Alternative Keyboards • Calculators • Reachers • Rubber Pencil Grips
Assistive Technology Laws: • The federal law states that assistive technology must be provided to a child if it is on there IEP and if they are provided Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). • Both assistive technology devices and services must be provided as well.
Assistive Technology Laws: (cont.) • In assistive technology services there are components in the federal law to think about. • These components consist of: • Assistive technology evaluation • Purchasing of the equipment • Modifications/Setup of the equipment • Software updates • Training components for the students, their families, and professionals of the school.
Assistive Technology: Hearing Impaired -This device is called a sound amplifier. It is used for one-on-one communication. -This device will help decrease background noises to help with listening.
Assistive Technology: Seeing Impaired • This device is called a magnifier. It helps a child that is seeing impaired view things bigger and clearer. • For example, this child in the picture is reading a paper. She is able to see clearer because the magnifier has blown up the words on the paper.
Assistive Technology: Learning Disabled • This device is called a tape recorder. It is used to record lessons, so that they can go back and replay. • This tool is good for students that have a difficult time comprehending what is being said or if they are a slower writer.
Assistive Technology: Physically Disabled • This device is called a reacher. It is used to help students that are physically disabled reach for things that are far away or too high. • By using this device, it helps them not have to get up.
Conclusion • It is important to use assistive technology in the classroom to help meet the needs of all students. • By law, you must use assistive technology if it is stated in a child’s IEP and if the child is being provided FAPE. • There are many forms of assistive technology devices and services for each range of needs.
Resources • Hearing Aids and Personal Sound Amplifiers: Know the Difference. (2013). Retrieved from FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration: www.FDA.org/for consumers • Assistive Technology. (2014). Retrieved from Nation Center for Learning Disabilities: www.ncld.org/student-disabilities/assistive-technology • Assistive Technology: An Overview. (2014). Retrieved from The Iris Center: www.iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/at/chalcycle.htm • Types of Magnification Devices. (2014). Retrieved from Eschenbach: Better Vision. Better Life.: www.eschenbach.com