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  • Assistive Technology By: Karyn Bedell Stefanie Streets Michael Kingman
  • What is Assistive Technology
    • mechanical aids which substitute for or enhance the function of some physical or mental ability that is impaired.
    • can be anything homemade, purchased off the shelf, modified, or commercially available which is used to help an individual perform some task of daily living
  • Kurzweil
    • Kurzweil 3000 is the premier reading, writing, and learning software for students with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or other learning difficulties, including physical impairments or language learning needs
    • Kurzweil 1000 provides blind users access to printed and electronic materials. Printed documents (after being scanned) and digital files (such as eBooks or email) are converted from text to speech and read aloud.
  • Alpha smart
    • a stylish, lightweight, portable laptop word processor
    • helps teachers improve students’ basic skills
  • Intellikeys
    • an intelligent, alternative keyboard that plugs into any Macintosh or Windows computer.
    • It’s an ideal solution for students who have difficulty using a standard keyboard.
    • (in the picture to the right) a student in Ms. Bedell’s class using Intellikey.
  • public
    • early intervention programs - used for the purpose of evaluating the child’s specific needs, and if they need the use of assistive technology
    • (Head Start and The IDEA)
    • state programs - provides and pays for assistive devices for children
    • ( School-to-work programs and Medicaid)
  • private
    • private insurance - This will buy the equipment only if it is classified as medically necessary.
    • private loans - these include small low interest loans that will help buy all necessary equipment.
    • (Easter Seals and March of dimes)
  • Assistive Technology By: Karyn Bedell Stefanie Streets Michael Kingman
  • What is Assistive Technology
    • mechanical aids which substitute for or enhance the function of some physical or mental ability that is impaired.
    • can be anything homemade, purchased off the shelf, modified, or commercially available which is used to help an individual perform some task of daily living
  • Kurzweil
    • Kurzweil 3000 is the premier reading, writing, and learning software for students with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or other learning difficulties, including physical impairments or language learning needs
    • Kurzweil 1000 provides blind users access to printed and electronic materials. Printed documents (after being scanned) and digital files (such as eBooks or email) are converted from text to speech and read aloud.
  • Alpha smart
    • a stylish, lightweight, portable laptop word processor
    • helps teachers improve students’ basic skills
  • Intellikeys
    • an intelligent, alternative keyboard that plugs into any Macintosh or Windows computer.
    • It’s an ideal solution for students who have difficulty using a standard keyboard.
    • (in the picture to the right) a student in Ms. Bedell’s class using Intellikey.
  • public
    • early intervention programs - used for the purpose of evaluating the child’s specific needs, and if they need the use of assistive technology
    • (Head Start and The IDEA)
    • state programs - provides and pays for assistive devices for children
    • ( School-to-work programs and Medicaid)
  • private
    • private insurance - This will buy the equipment only if it is classified as medically necessary.
    • private loans - these include small low interest loans that will help buy all necessary equipment.
    • (Easter Seals and March of dimes)