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Assistive & Adaptive Technologies. By: Katie Bounds. Imagine if you relied on an assistive technology…. Meet Mason! Watch his inspiring attempt at living a normal life. What is it?.

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what is it
What is it?
  • Assistive Technology- any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to improve, increase, or maintain the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities
  • Adaptive Technology- any item that is specifically designed to help a user compensate for areas of impairment or disability
  • There are many different assistive and adaptive technologies for each disability

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why is it important
Why is it important?
  • Using these technologies in our classrooms lets students with disabilities adapt and participate in regular classroom activities.
  • Students with disabilities are able to succeed in general education classrooms with the use of assistive technologies
  • These technologies give students with disabilities a chance to expand their learning and comprehension

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hearing impaired
Hearing Impaired
  • Assistive Listening Systems transmits the teachers voice to the hearing impaired student. This system decreases background noise making the audio more clear.
  • Closed Captioning for videos and lectures helps students read what is being said.
  • Be aware of students with hearing aids. Make seating accommodations so they can hear you more clearly.

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visually impaired
Visually Impaired
  • E-Books and other software programs read aloud to those with visual impairments
  • A screen magnifier allows the student to zoom in and see the material more clearly

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cognitively impaired
Cognitively Impaired
  • Picture Exchange Communication System helps those who cannot communicate verbally.
  • There are many educational websites that offer activities to help improve the cognitive process of students with disabilities.

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physically impaired
Physically Impaired
  • Adjustable computer monitors and keyboards are great for students with a physical disability who cannot reach the normal height
  • Intellikeys is a keyboard that is made for students with physical disabilities that have difficulty using a standard keyboard.

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where to go for more information
Where to go for more information?
  • Assistive and Adaptive Technology. (n.d.). In Glencoe McGraw-Hill. Retrieved April 8, 2014, from
  • Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities. 2014. In Reading Rockets. Retrieved April 8, 2014, from
  • Assistive Technology Training Online Project. 2005. In ATTO. Retrieved April 8, 2014, from
  • Examples of Assistive Technology. (n.d.). In Assistive Technology for Education. Retrieved April 8, 2014, from