What is Assistive Technology?Assistive technology devices are identified in theIndividuals with Disabilities EducationImprovement Act of 2004 as:Any item, piece of equipment or product system,whether acquired commercially off the shelf,modified, or customized, that is used toincrease, maintain, or improve the functionalcapabilities of children with disabilities.
Individualized Education ProgramsStudents with disabilities may need an IEPReasons for IEPs include: ADHD, hearingimpairment, Autism, and various other learningdisabilitiesThe process of developing IEPs can be complex,but these programs are effective for positivelyshaping the learning process for children withdisabilities
Before Implementing An ATWhat type of disability does the student have?Develop a method for evaluating the success orfailure of the ATAnalyze multiple forms of AT as a teamThen, select the best AT for the case and try itout
Types of ATs for DifferentDisabilities For Mild Disabilities: Sending class notes to students via email Translating print-based text to voice using a voice synthesizer Videotaping class sessions for students unable to attend class
Types of ATs for DifferentDisabilities For Hearing Impaired: Personal FM System – listener hears voice of speaker in their own personal radio headset Infrared System – transmits sound using infrared waves Induction Loop System – converts the sound of a speaker voice into electromagnetic signal that can be read by hearing aids
Types of ATs for DifferentDisabilities Touchscreen computers allow students with limited motor skills to operate computers without a mouse Even young children understand the basics of look and point navigation Touchscreens can stimulate the attention of ADHD students
Attention DeficitHyperactivity Disorder ADHD affects more students than many other disabilities According to the CDC, ADHD affect 9.5% of school-aged boys and 5.9% of school-aged girls Important for educators to learn to work with these students
Types of ATs for DifferentDisabilities For ADHD: Electronic math worksheet software like MathPad and MathTalk allow ADHD students to organize and work through problems on a computer screen Talking Calculators – a voice synthesizer converts the operations typed into spoken words and lets attention deficit students know whether they typed the correct information before writing it down on paper
Types of ATs for DifferentDisabilities For ADHD Audio Books – ADHD students that struggle with reading can improve reading comprehension and fluency by listening to books instead of reading them.
The Georgia Project forAssistive Technology Funded as part of the Georgia Department of Education since 1991 The program’s goal is to enhance the educational environment of students with disabilities and increases students access to these technologies You can contact the program manager, Gina Gelinas, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
ResourcesRaskind, M., & Stanberry, K. (2011). The best software andgadgets for adhd students. Retrieved fromhttp://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6585-3.htmlGromisch, E. (2010, June 14). Adhd and assistivetechnology. Retrieved fromhttp://www.brighthub.com/education/special/articles/74108.aspxThe rest of my information came from resources found inthe Module 4 content area in ITEC 7530