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Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
Assistive Technology Presentation
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Assistive technology information for teachers

Assistive technology information for teachers

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  • 1. Assistive Technology Helping ALL students learn…
  • 2. What is Assistive Technology?
    • Any item, piece of equipment, or product system that can be modified or customized for individuals with disabilities
    • It is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities for individuals with disabilities
  • 3. What Do Teachers Need to Know?
    • Students with disabilities may need the following types of assistive technology:
    • 1. Devices/Equipment
    • 2. Modifications to Websites
    • 3. Modifications to Software Applications
  • 4. Devices/Equipment
    • There are several devices that are used to modify technology for students with disabilities.
    • Here are some of the categories:
      • Communication Devices
      • Computer Access Devices
      • Electronic Aids to Daily Living (EADL)
      • Mounting Devices & Performance Enablers
      • Single Switches & Controllers
      • Furniture, Work Surfaces, & Work Stations
  • 5. Modifications to Websites
    • Web developers can adjust access to their websites to accommodate visual, hearing, physical, speech, and cognitive disabilities.
    • The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has developed guidelines and techniques for private Web software and Web developers to accommodate individuals with disabilities.
    • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires Federal agencies provide software and web-based information accommodations for individuals with disabilities. This includes not only government employees, but the general public.
  • 6. Modifications to Software Applications
    • Software applications that provide accessibility features for individuals with disabilities.
    • Microsoft Office provides products that enhance its programs that are compatible with Windows operating systems.
    • Adobe provides tools for Web developers to use when creating PDF documents that are accessible.
  • 7. Assistive Technology A Reference Guide for Educators …
  • 8. Assistive Technology Devices/Equipment Examples
    • For speech impairment, Talk Back 12 is a device that uses four basic pictures on a keypad that, when pressed, communicate a word or phrase for the student.
    • For visual impairments, Kurzweil 1000 speaks text aloud for the student as well as allows the student to create and edit documents.
  • 9. Assistive Technology Modifications to Websites Examples
    • Screen Readers are software that can be used by students with visual impairments. It reads the text on the screen and outputs it as audible speech or Braille.
    • Specialized keyboards or switches are used by students with physical disabilities. Modifications may include a smaller or larger key spacing, key guards, on-screen keyboards, or eye-gazing keyboards.
    • Scanning software is used by students with physical or cognitive impairments. It highlights or announces selection choices such as menus or links, one at a time. By hitting a switch, the desired item is selected by the student.
  • 10. Assistive Technology Modifications to Software Applications Examples
    • Microsoft offers several programs to promote accessibility. Here are a few:
      • Word Prediction programs give students the opportunity to type one or two letters of a word to generate a list. The student can use the mouse or a switch to select the intended word.
      • Talking word processors give students the ability to use speech synthesizers to provide auditory feedback of what is typed.
  • 11. The End… If you would like to check to see if a website complies with the accessibility guidelines, try http://bobby.watchfire.com/bobby/html/en/index.jsp
  • 12. Works Cited
    • www.wheelchairnet.org/WCN_ProdServ/Products/OtherATprod.html
    • www.ittatc.org/technical/experts/answers.php?qa_id=17
    • www.w3.org/WAI/intro/accessibility.php
    • www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/PWD-Use-Web/
    • www.microsoft.com/enable/guides/

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