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    • Assistive Technologies
      By: Ginger Pittman
    • Kids struggling in school for reasons such as
      Learning disabilities
      Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
      Emotional disorders
      Cognitive challenges
      Hearing impairment
      Visual impairment
      Speech or language impairment
      Development delay
      These students usually qualify for an individualized education plan (IEP) that includes a description of what assistive technologies are appropriate.
      Who Qualifies for Special Services?
    • The National Center on Accessible Information Technology in Education defines assistive technology as “technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.”
      According to the Georgia Department of Education, IDEA 2004 defines assistive technology as “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities. “
      Different assistive technologies are available depending upon the needs of the students.
      What is assistive technology?
    • Age-appropriate software
      Cause and effect software
      Switch accessible software
      Hand-eye coordination software
      Diagnostic assessment software
      Mind mapping software
      Study skills software
      Symbol-based software
      Touch typing software
      Assistive Technologies Available for Students with Learning Disabilities
    • Audiometer
      Fire alarm paging system
      Loop system (portable and fixed)
      Radio aids
      Telecommunication device for the deaf
      Video cassette recorders that can read and record subtitles
      Vibrating fire alarm placed under pillow when asleep
      Door bell lighting system
      Assistive Technologies Available for Students who are Hearing Impaired or Deaf
    • Braille displays and embossers for computers
      Monitor additions
      Screen enlargement programs
      Screen readers
      Talking and large print word processors
      Large-type books
      Thermoform graphics
      High contrast materials
      Light boxes
      Assistive Technologies for Students with Visual Impairments
    • Teaching students to organize their thoughts or work using flow-charting, task-analysis, webbing, and outlining
      Additionally, technology in the form of software-based organizers and word processing software can be used for aiding students in organizing their thoughts.
      Other forms of technology, such as the Internet, local area networks, and LCD projection systems can also be used for this purpose.
      Assistive Technologies to aid Students in Organization
    • Videotaping class sessions
      Sending web-cam photography across the Internet
      Sending class notes or presentations to students via e-mail
      Translating print-based notes to voice by using optical character recognition (OCR) software with a voice synthesizer
      Using notebook computers, personal digital assistants (PDA’s), or portable word processing keyboards to help with the mechanics of note taking
      Assistive Technology to aid Students in Note Taking
    • Grammar and spell-checkers, dictionaries, and thesaurus programs
      Word prediction software (to help students recall or spell words)
      Networking allows the teacher and other students to critique work
      Macros enable students to insert entire phrases by simply clicking a button
      The variety of fonts and styles allow students to customize their writing and highlight important features.
      Assistive Technologies to aid Students with Writing
    • Collect information about the students, including the data relative to what strategies have worked best for the student.
      Determine what activities are occurring in the learning environment and the level of participation that the child is putting forth.
      After instituting an appropriate intervention, observe the child to determine how well the intervention is working.
      Consider all the assistive technology options and determine which, if any, would work best in making interventions successful.
      Try out different assistive technologies and determine what works best for each student.
      How to Choose the Best Assistive Technology for your Student
    • http://www.ldonline.org/article/8088