Assistive Technology Presentation


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Assistive Technology Presentation

  1. 1. Introduction The presentation is designed to inform about assistive technology, it’s uses, and other resources to assist students with special needs in the classroom. As educators, we are solely responsible for accommodating students in their learning and development. It is my hope that you will use the methodology and resources discussed in this presentation to generate a comfortable learning environment for all students.
  2. 2. Definition of Assistive Technology According to The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education, assistive technology is a collection of devices that are used to assist special needs students with tasks that are often difficult (National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education, 2013). The devices are wide- ranging, including but not limited to hearing aids and software that allows you to speak in order to write.
  3. 3. Why Assistive Technology? There are several reasons why we should adopt assistive technology in our instruction: • To be in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004, which declares that all public agencies must have assistive technology available to children under certain regulations listed in 300.105 (U.S Department of Education, 2004). • To better serve students with special needs who have difficulty learning and completing tasks in the classroom. • To implement and learn how to use new technology in order to be prepared for a growing and changing society.
  4. 4. Meeting Specific Needs It is imperative that we secure technology that meets specific needs that are unmet in accommodating students with disabilities. For instance, if we have a student who is visually impaired, we should have writing assistive technology available to the student. We should help the students use and become more comfortable with the device or software.
  5. 5. Assistive Technology for ADHD Students • Portable word processors: devices that look like a computer keyboard with a screen; helpful to ADHD students who are faced with writing challenges. Example: AlphaSmart Writer Learning Neo • Speech-recognition programs: software that allows students to speak into a microphone and see the words appear on the screen. Example: Dragon NaturallySpeaking • Word-prediction software: forecasting software that predicts the word that the student would like to enter, which increases vocabulary and improves grammar. Example: EZ Keys Source: (Duffy, n.d)
  6. 6. TeachThought’s 8 Helpful Assistive Technology Tools For Your Classroom Below are a list of general assistive technologies for students. They encompass a wide range of support, including visual, auditory, and mobility impairments • Screen Readers • Word Talk • Word Prediction programs • Supernova Access Suite • Video Magnifiers • Close Captioning and Subtitling • FaceMouse • Sip-and-Puff Systems Source: (TeachThought, 2013)
  7. 7. Closing Remarks • Consider using the technology listed in the presentation, as well as assistive technology that is relevant to your students. • Inform the parent for additional support. • Share your findings with administration and fellow faculty members.
  8. 8. Sources Duffy, F., (n.d). The write tools for ADHD students. ADDitude Magazine. Retrieved from TeachThought. (2013). 8 helpful assistive technology tools for your classroom. Retrieved from helpful-assistive-technology-tools-for-your-classroom/ The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education. (2013). What is assistive technology? University of Washington. Retrieved from United States Department of Education. (2004). Sec. 300.105 assistive technology. Retrieved from,root,regs,preamble2,prepart2,B,791,