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assistive technology

Assistive Technology

ED 505

Spring 2

Catherine Preston

what is assistive technology
What is assistive technology?
  • Assistive technology (AT) is any device, piece of equipment or system that helps a person with a disability work around his challenges so he can learn, communicate, or simply function better.
  • Assistive technology can not cure learning issues, but it can help children work around their challenges.
what are some examples of assistive technology
What are some examples of assistive technology?
  • Not all AT are “high tech” devices.
  • AT can include: speech-to-text software, alternative keyboards, electronic pointing devices, trackballs, touch screens, braille embossers, keyboard filters, light signaler alerts, reading tools, screen enlargers, speech recognition programs, large-print processors, highlighters, organizers, and many other tools that aid in student learning.
useful information
Useful Information
  • Not all types of assistive technology are “high tech.”
  • You can discuss the use of assistive technology at your child’s IEP meeting or 504 meeting.
  • These tools can help students become more successful while working around their challenges and playing to their strengths.
  • Assistive technology can help a students’ confidence and independence grow.
assistive technology in regard to federal law
Assistive technology in regard to federal law:
  • Per the federal law there are numerous acts and amendments that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Under these laws people who require assistive technology can not be discriminated against in terms of school, employment, or public programs or activities.
  • I have displayed some of these Acts on my future slides.
section 501 of the rehabilitation act
Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Section 501 of this act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in Federal employment and requires Federal agencies to establish affirmative action plans for the hiring, placement, and advancement of people with disabilities in Federal employment.
americans with disabilities act
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.
assistive technology act of 1998
Assistive Technology Act of 1998
  • 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 hearing impaired students
Assistive Technology for hearing impaired students

Infrared System

An invisible light beam carries sound from the source to a personal receiver. Different types of attachments may be connected to the personal receiver such as a neck loop or a behind-the-ear silhouette inductor. The telecoil then picks up sound from the receiver via the attachment.

assistive technology for the visually impaired
Assistive Technology for the visually impaired

Braille Printers

Braille printers receive data from computer devices and emboss that information in Braille onto paper through the use of solenoids that control embossing pins.

assistive technology for students with learning disabilities
Assistive technology for students with learning disabilities

Daily Routine Checklist

A checklist can help students plan, organize, and keep track of the tasks that need to be completed.

assistive technology for students who are physically impaired
Assistive technology for students who are physically impaired

Head Wand

A device that enables users to control input through a stick that they manipulate with their head. The wand is attached to the head using a stretchy band.

  • American Foundation for the Blind. Retrieved from:
  • Hearing Loss Association of America. Retrieved from:
  • National Disability Rights Network. Retrieved from:
  • Raskind. Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview. Retrieved from:
  • Understood: for learning and attention issues. Retrieved from: