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Assistive technology

Assistive Technology

William D. Meredith

University of West Alabama

August 2014

Assistive technology1
Assistive Technology

the use of any device or service that will help a student within a classroom.

Schools should identify a student’s disability and then try to find the services that may benefit him/her while engaging in the

educational process.

Assistive technology and the law
Assistive Technology and the Law

Assistive technology devices and services were first defined in federal law in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-476). These definitions remained unchanged until 2004 with the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (Public Law 108-446) when an exemption to the definition of an assistive technology device was added to clarify a school system’s responsibility to provide surgically implanted technology such as cochlear implants.

Hearing impaired
Hearing Impaired

A computer can help a student with a hearing problem by having all the material from the class displayed on the screen so they can view it. They are also able to communicate with the teacher with new technologies found on many computers.

Seeing impaired
Seeing Impaired

Audiobooks can help a student with seeing problems by reading the book for them. The student will be able to listen to written text while wearing a headset.

Learning disabled
Learning Disabled

A tape recorder can help a student with a learning disability by letting them record the material and using it later to review something the did not comprehend.

Physically disabled
Physically Disabled

Physically disabled students may benefit from a wheelchair that enables them to maneuver around the school easier. This could be in the classroom as well as physical education.

Reference page
Reference Page

Georgia Department of Education (n.d.) Assistive Technology. Retrieved from: