Any item, piece of equipment, orproduct system whether acquiredcommercially off the shelf,modified, or customized, that isused to increase, maintain, orimprove functional capabilities ofindividuals with disabilities
Allows teacher to be more effective Creates an equal learning environment Breaks down barriers Helps more students to reach their full potential
Apple has created a series of Apps. To assist children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or down syndrome. Some of these Apps. Include, Calm Counter - Social Story and Anger Management Tool, Using my Words for What I Want, and Conversation Social Stories and Simple PECS Communication Tool. These Apps. Are good for teachers to use in classrooms that I pads are accessible.
Calm Counter is a visual and audio tool to help people calm down when they are angry or anxious. The app includes a social story about anger, and audio/visual tools for calming down The app also includes a simple social story with line drawings about anger. The social story talks about feeling angry and things you can do, like counting to ten, breathing deeply and taking a break, to calm yourself down.
This app includes a 13 page social story about using words to ask for what you want, or asking for different objects or activities. The story focuses on why it’s important to tell people what you need or want, and the visual tool helps people who are non-verbal to ask for 9 specific things.
Children with special needs often need more direct instruction of social skills like conversations. Teaching conversational skills to any child may be easier and less stressful when visual supports, like social stories are used. This social story explains accurate social information and ensures that your child will know what to expect when having a conversation.
There are also many other technologies that assist students with other disabilities such as the hearing and vision impaired. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCK AJ_H0rPw
There are many positive things that have come out of technology. I think that assistive technology is one of the most important advances we have had in technology because it gives students with disabilities a fair chance at learning.