Assistive Technology Snapshot Connie Gray EDTC 6340: Project 4
Purpose: The topics covered in this presentation will be beneficial to faculty who wish to learn: • Current laws and legislation involved with assistive technology • Meaning of assistive technology • Types of technologies available
Assistive Technology (AT) Laws & Legislation AT is defined by federal law (IDEA ’97, ADA, Tech ACT) as: "any item, piece of equipment, or product...whether acquired commercially, something modified, or custom made...that is used to increase, maintain, and/or improve the functional capability of individuals with disabilities."
Advantages: More Features & Functions Greater Capability Assistive Technology Umbrella High Tech Low Tech Adaptable to all individuals Specialized for each individual Advantages: • Readily available • Low Cost • Easy to use
Related Links • For further information check out: • Accessibility Institute • http://www.utexas.edu/research/accessibility/resource/index.html • Able Data • http://www.abledata.com/ • The Alliance for Technology Access • http://www.ataccess.org/resources/fpic/faq/ • Assistive Technologies • http://www.assistivetechnologies.com/index.asp • Assistive Technologies in the Classroom • http://www.landmarkcollege.org/institute/assistive_technology/index.html • National Early Childhood TA Center • http://www.nectac.org/topics/atech/overview.asp
Acknowledgements • Special thanks to the following websites for providing information used in the creation of this presentation. • Special Needs Opportunity Windows • http://snow.utoronto.ca/technology/index.html?showtechnology=1 • Assistive Technology Resource Center • http://www.wce.wwu.edu/Resources/ATRC/