Assistive Technology Hilary Nix ED505
Explanation of Assistive Technology • Assistive technology is defined as any object or system that increases or maintains the capabilities of people with disabilities.
The Law • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act stated in 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794d), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. • Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. The ADA requires that reasonable accommodations be provided in meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities. Additional technical assistance regarding the ADA is available through the ADA Technical Assistance Program. • The Assistive Technology Act establishes a grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide Federal funds to support State programs that address the assistive technology needs of individuals with disabilities.
Assistive Technology for the Hearing Impaired The Domino Classic Personal Listening System is a revolutionary personal hearing system that uses digital state-of-the-art sound processing and wireless wideband technology to bring out speech in difficult listening situations.
Assistive Technology for the Seeing Impaired The Pebble HD Hand Held Portable Magnifier features an HD camera. The lightweight ergonomic compact design makes it the perfect companion whether on the go or at home. The Pebble HD is a multi-purpose , fully adjustable low vision solution that gives visually impaired users the ability to instantly read.
Assistive Technology for the Learning Disabled California Kids Computer Peripheral feature small headphones and mouse that are designed for a comfortable fit. The bright color package create interest among students and the simplified keyboard functions will help to engage and inspire their confidence. Suggested use for autism solutions assistive technology of fine motor skills.
Assistive Technology for the Physically Disabled The GoTalk 20+ is a lightweight and portable communication tool and features a 100 message capacity. It includes simple features with five recording levels. The device contains five recording levels , twenty 1” square keys, and 15 minutes of recording time.
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