I can do it too!!!!ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Technology for Everyone
Assistive Technology When technology is used with students with disabilities the term used is Assistive Technology. Based on the Texas Assistive Technology Network, Assistive Technology (AT) is any device, system or piece of equipment, whether acquired commercially off the self, modified, or customized, used to compensate for a student’s disability.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEENEDUCATIONAL TECHNOLGY USED IN THE CLASSROOM AND ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY?
Very Little if Any! There may be a very fine line between educational and assistive technology; they are often interrelated. Assistive technology is more personal to the student Educational technology is more classroom- based.
Universal Design for Learning Instead of focusing on educational vs. assistive technology, the concept of "Universal Design for Learning" is being developed. A relatively new term, but it incorporates age-old, basic principles of good teaching through different modes. It involves using technology that allows students to access educational materials through their strongest learning mode. Provides equal access to learning, not simply equal access to information. It does not remove academic challenges; it removes barriers to access.
Different types of Assistive Technology Hearing Aids Personal FM units Wheelchairs Self propelled walkers Talking Software Communication Boards Head Pointers Modified Keyboars
Example devices for the LearningDisabled (Reading, Writing and Math) Writing Word Processor: built in features such as correction of spelling and grammatical errors Student’s with issues with handwriting Math: Talkingcalculators Electronic math worksheets
Example devices for the Learning Disabled (Reading, Writing and Math), continue Reading Tape recorders for books on tape Text Reading Systems Reading Pens
Examples devices for Speech Impairment Students with speech impairments are sometimes related to students with Down Syndrome or Autism Devices used with these impairments will supplement a child’s attempt to verbally communicate with others. Communication Board Picture exchange communication system Smart boards
References Considering Assistive Technology in the IEP Process- Resource Guide. (2007, February). Retrieved January 26, 2012, from Texas Asssistive Technology Network (TATN): www.texasat.net Jenron, J. (2011, October 14). AT and Learning Disabilities. Retrieved January 26, 2012, from South Carolina Assistive Technology Program: http://www.sc.edu/scatp/ld.htm Marshall Raskind, P. K. (2010, February). Assistive technology for kids with LD: An overview. Retrieved January 26, 2012, from Great Schools: http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/assistive- technology/702-assisstive-technology