A Power Point on Assistive Technology in Education
Assistive Technologies and Our Students Today Throughout this presentation you will see that Assistive Technology opens a new world of learning for students with disabilities.
Special Need Students?? •Learning Disabilities •Hearing Impairments •Vision Impairments •Physical Limitations
Assistive/Adaptive Technology Assistive Technology - Is any item or piece of equipment that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life.
What are Assistive Technology Devices?•Examples can include:•Hearing impairments – CCTelevision, Hearing Aids,Listening and signaling devices.
Assistive Technology LevelsLow Tech Mid Tech High Tech
Visual and Access impairmentsVisual Impairments:• Braille Textbooks• Talking calculators• Large print books• Voice output-screen reading software.Access Impairments:• T-bar to assist with typing• Joysticks• Adapted book page turners• Alternative keyboards• Computer access modification software or hardware.
Assistive Technologies and IEP’S• IEP’s are written Documents designed to meet the unique educational needs of a child with a disability.• IEP’s play a large role in determining the Assistive Technology a student receives.
Why is providing Assistive Technology important to students?• AT allows opportunities for Education and social interactions.• Participation in learning experiences in the least restrictiveenvironments.• A tool to help the student benefit from general educationcurriculum & extra curricular activities.• Independence
Assistive Technologies in the Classroom•Understand why students need Assistive Technology in theclassroom.•Eliminate Barriers•Set up the classroom appropriately•Create Inclusion
The “Tech Act” and the IDEAIDEADefinition- IndividualsWith DisabilitiesEducation Act.“ Tech Act was designed toenhance the availabilityand quality of AssistiveTechnology devices andservices to all individualsand their familiesthroughout the UnitedStates.”For more Info click HERE
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