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Assistive Technologies

  1. 1. Assistive Technology Devin Cifu
  2. 2. What is assistive technology?  According to IDEA, assistive technology is "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 individuals with disabilities.”
  3. 3. Who needs Assistive Technology?  When students have special needs, often an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is created for that student.  Students who might have an IEP include those students with  Cognitive impairments  Hearing or vision impairments  ADD/ADHD  Physical impairments
  4. 4. Choosing Assistive Technology  First, get to know the student so that you can understand his or her needs.  Next, figure out what is preventing the student from participating more.  Third, determine how the effect of the intervention can be observed.  Next, decide what kind of AT the student needs (mobility, auditory, visual, etc.)  Finally, analyze and reflect on what worked.
  5. 5. Student Needs  ADHD  Hearing impairment  Mild learning disabilities (Reading and Writing)
  6. 6. Assistive Technology for ADHD  Students with ADHD are often distracted, have trouble completing assignments, and have trouble sitting still.  In order to help in the areas of reading and writing, some suggested assistive technologies are  Portable word processors  Predictive text software  Voice recognition software  Audiobooks or reading software
  7. 7. Assistive Technology for ADHD  These technologies can help students who have difficulty with  Focus while reading  Handwriting  Note taking
  8. 8. Strategies for students with ADHD  Allow student opportunities for physical movement throughout lesson  Move closer to student if he or she starts acting out  Assign student to study group or partner  Give attention to positive behavior, and try to ignore negative behavior (if it is not disruptive)
  9. 9. Assistive Technology for Hearing Impairment  There are several types of hearing impairments, so it is important to learn which type the student has before choosing strategies and assistive technology.  Some students have trouble hearing because of the distance between himself of herself and the source of the sound  Some students have trouble hearing because of background noise  Some students have trouble hearing because of sound reverberation
  10. 10. Straegies and Assistive Technology for Students with Hearing Impairment  If the student has trouble because of distance, seat the student closer to the teacher.  If the student has trouble with background noise, eliminate as much noise as possible.  If the student has trouble because of reverberation, place the student in a classroom with better acoustics.  One-to-One communicators-speaker has microphone that is linked to hearing aid  FM system- speaker has mic and listener has personal receiver
  11. 11. Assistive Technology for Mild Learning Disabilities  Students with mild learning disabilities might use technologies such as  Voice recorders- students who struggle with note taking can record notes and play back later  Video taping- students can video tape lectures and play back later to help with note taking  Portable word processors- students who struggle with note taking or spelling/grammar, or processing/generating ideas
  12. 12. Strategies for Students with Mild Learning Disabilities  Send students notes via e-mail  Guided note taking  Allow students to use word processors to type assignments/essays  Assign a peer to help edit work
  13. 13. Works Cited Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities: Update 2002. ERIC Digest.. (n.d.).Assistive Technology for Students with Mild Disabilities: Update 2002. ERIC Digest.. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from http://www.ericdigests.org/2003-1/assistive.htm Hearing Assistive Technology. (n.d.). Hearing Assistive Technology. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/treatment/assist_tech.htm Help for Young Learners: How To Choose AT?. (n.d.). LD OnLine: The world's leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from http://www.ldonline.org/article/8088 McIntyre, T. (2004, January 1). Strategies for Teaching Youth with ADD and ADHD. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from http://www.ldonline.org/article/Strategies_for_Teaching_Youth_with_ADD_and_ADHD Ramp Up to Access: Assistive Technology. (n.d.). Ramp Up to Access: Assistive Technology. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~wilbur/access/assistive.html The Best Software and Gadgets for ADHD Students. (n.d.). ADDitude Magazine. Retrieved June 15, 2014, from http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/6585-3.html

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