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assistive technology

Assistive technology

By: Laura Anglin

ED 505

November 1, 2014

what is assistive technology
  • Assistive technology is simply technology used to meet the needs of students with limitations such as hearing, seeing, learning, and physical impairments.

Assistive technology can include but is not limited to audio/hearing loops,

alabama law assistive technology
Alabama law: assistive technology
  • According to the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP), there is a nationwide law concerning any and all individuals who possess and require accommodations in order to meet their needs.
  • Anyone with any type of disability must have the option of learning and participating in activities and events, just as everyone else.
  • Accommodations for people with disabilities nationwide are implemented and required at all public events.
audio hearing loops
Audio/hearing loops
  • Audio/Hearing loops can be utilized with or without hearing aides and cochlear implants and do not require any extra equipment.
  • The audio/hearing loop links with the sound system at any public location. Sound is transferred electromagnetically and sent directly through the coil or loop.
  • Using this device is very simple. If a hearing aide or implant is being used in conjunction with an audio loop, there will be a telecoil switch to flip on.
cobra 10 screen reader
  • For visually impaired individuals, screen readers are the answer.
  • According to the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), screen readers permit the individual to read words on a computer screen through a speech synthesizer. They accommodate for people with complete and partial vision loss.

The screen reader works by the user sending commands through using the keyboard, which in turn communicates with the speech synthesizer. The synthesizer has various functions and can read, locate, and spell words or parts of the text.

There are many different screen readers to choose from. The Cobra 10 screen reader includes screen magnification, as well as braille for multiple settings, and includes speech output. The prices vary according to the model type but are typically between $250 and $1,500.

livescribe smart pens
Livescribe smart pens

The livescribe smart pen is geared towards students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. It is an interactive pen that is perfect for the student that struggles in writing and taking notes.

The pen has a camera inside, which allows students to take pictures of what needs to be written. A recorder is also programmed into this digital tool, permitting students to go back after hearing lectures and play the notes on the device, in order to write down at a later time.

Students can also record a speaker and take notes simultaneously. Livescribe note dot paper is recommended for use with this interactive pen.

Livescribe technology can be purchased in order to transfer data recorded on a computer. When successfully transferred, the notes recorded will be displayed as if they were written.

adaptive switches
ADAPTIVE switches
  • Adaptive switches are a must for individuals with physical disabilities

Switches are primarily used for everyday things such as adjusting volume as well turning lights, games, laptops, and other devices off and on. Switches allow people with physical disabilities to interact and use everyday things, that would otherwise be difficult to maneuver.

There are various types of switches. Switches must be connected to an interface device in order to use.


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Cengage Learning. “Adaptive Switches.” (2014). Retrieved from /tech_resources/adaptive_switches.html

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Hearing Loss Association of America. “Hearing Assistive Technology.” Retreived from

Wikipedia. “Assistive Technology.” October 2014. Retrieved from