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What is Assistive Technology?

  • Assistive technology, as defined by The Family Center on Technology and Disability, is anything that “helps a person with a disability do something s/he otherwise cannot to do.”
  • “Assistive technology can be anything from a simple device, such as a magnifying glass, to a complex device, such as a computerized communication system.”
why use assistive technology
Why Use Assistive Technology?
  • Besides enabling formerly “disabled” students, assistive technology is beneficial for all students
  • Research shows students in the early and middle grades benefit in reading instruction as well as students with special reading needs when technology is used
  • Studies show that students in technology rich environments show higher overall academic achievement, improved attitudes towards learning, and increased self-esteem
isn t assistive technology expensive
Isn’t Assistive Technology Expensive?
  • Many free programs and resources available online
  • Medicaid
  • Grants
free assistive technology online
Free Assistive Technology Online
  • Online spell checkers
  • Audio calculators
  • Text to speech programs
  • Visual aids
  • Computer based learning and review options
  • The doctor writes a letter of medical necessity
    • Describe the assessments given to determine the need
  • Formal request of specific equipment
  • Vendor ships AT device to individual
  • Device is used
  • Additionally- Schools are eligible to apply for Medicaid, these same steps should be followed
  • Multiple grant programs can be found through the US Department of Education
  • Small grants through civic organizations such as:
    • Lions Clubs
    • Junior League
    • Rotary International
    • Kiwanis International
wrap up
  • Assistive technology is useful and beneficial for all students
  • Assistive technology does not need to be expensive
  • By using technology, our school can diversify its population and better service its students

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