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Assistive Technology Presentation


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It's a small presentation on Assistive Technolgy, explaining in short what is it, definition by IDEA, few examples of Assistive Technology, advantages of using Assistive Technology and few tips for teachers.

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Assistive Technology Presentation

  1. 1. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  Objectives  Introduction to Assistive Technology  Examples of Assistive Technology  Advantages of Assistive Technology  Tips for Teachers D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 2
  2. 2. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  At the end of the session, you will be able to:  Describe what assistive technology in your own words.  List examples of assistive technology.  Use appropriate assistive technology according to the need of the learner.  Identify the benefits of AT D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 3
  3. 3. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  Video Link: D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 4
  4. 4. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  Assistive technology in special education refers to any devices or services that are necessary for a child to benefit from special education or related services or to enable the child to be educated in the least restrictive environment.  Used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability.  Helps people with disabilities to overcome various challenges they face. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 5
  5. 5. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines AT as both a device and a service: Assistive Technology Device Assistive Technology Any item, piece of Service equipment, or product Any service that directly system, whether acquired assists a child with a commercially off the shelf, disability in the selection, modified, or customize, that acquisition, or use of an is used to increase, maintain, assistive technology device. or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 6
  6. 6. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  The term Assistive Technology Service includes: a. The evaluation of the needs of a child with a disability, including a functional evaluation of the child in the child’s customary environment; b. Purchasing, leasing, or otherwise providing for the acquisition of assistive technology devices by children with disabilities; c. Selecting, designing, fitting, customizing, adapting, applying, retaining, repairing, or replacing assistive technology devices; D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 7
  7. 7. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  The term Assistive Technology Service includes: d. Coordinating and using other therapies, interventions, or services with assistive technology devices, such as those associated with existing education and rehabilitation plans and programs; e. Training or technical assistance for a child with a disability or, if appropriate, that child’s family; and f. Training or technical assistance for professionals, who are otherwise substantially involved in the major life functions of children with disabilities. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 8
  8. 8. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology  A tremendous types of assistive technology available today.  AT available for almost all learning difficulties.  There are AT tools to help students who struggle with Listening Writing Math Reading Organisation & Memory D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 9
  9. 9. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Listening  Assistive technology (AT) tools for listening are designed to help people who have difficulty in hearing, processing and remembering spoken language.  Few examples of AT for listening are: › Personal FM learning Systems › Variable Speed Tape Recorders D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 10
  10. 10. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Listening  Personal FM learning Systems: A personal FM listening system transmits a speakers voice directly to the users ear. This may help the listener focus on what the speaker is saying. The unit consists of a wireless transmitter (with microphone) worn by the speaker and a receiver (with earphone) worn by the listener. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 11
  11. 11. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Listening  Video Link: D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 12
  12. 12. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Listening  Variable Speed Tape Recorders: Tape recorders/players allow a user to listen to pre- recorded text or to capture spoken information and play it back later. This tape recorders speed up or slow down the playback rate without distorting the "speakers" voice. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 13
  13. 13. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Math  Assistive technology (AT) tools for math are designed to help people who struggle with computing, organizing, aligning, and copying math problems down on paper.  With the help of visual and/or audio support, learners can better set up and calculate basic math problems.  Few examples of AT for Math are: › Electronic Math Worksheet › Talking Calculator D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 14
  14. 14. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Math  Electronic Math Worksheet: Electronic math worksheets are software programs that can help a user organize, align, and work through math problems on a computer screen. Numbers that appear onscreen can also be read aloud via a speech synthesizer. This is helpful to people who have trouble aligning math problems with pencil and paper. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 15
  15. 15. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Math  Talking Calculator A talking calculator has a built-in speech synthesizer that reads aloud each number, symbol, or operation key a user presses and vocalizes the answer to the problem. This auditory feedback helps the learner to check the accuracy of the keys he/she presses and verify the answer before he/she transfers it to paper. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 16
  16. 16. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Math  Video Link: D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 17
  17. 17. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Organisation & Memory  Assistive technology (AT) tools for organisation and memory are designed to help a person plan, organize, and keep track of his calendar, schedule, task list, contact information, and miscellaneous notes.  These tools allow him to manage, store, and retrieve information.  Few examples of AT for organisation & memory are: › Information/Data Managers › Graphic Organisers and Outlining Programs D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 18
  18. 18. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Organisation & Memory  Information/Data Managers: This tool helps learners to plan, organize, store, and retrieve his calendar, task list, contact data, and other information in electronic form. Personal data managers may be portable, hand-held devices, computer software, or a combination of those tools working together to share data. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 19
  19. 19. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Organisation & Memory  Graphic Organisers and Outlining Programs: Graphic organizers and outlining programs help users who have trouble organizing and outlining information as they begin a writing project. This type of program lets a user "dump" information in an unstructured manner and later helps him organize the information into appropriate categories and order. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 20
  20. 20. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Organisation & Memory  Video Link: Link D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 21
  21. 21. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Reading  Assistive technology (AT) for reading help individuals who struggle with reading.  These tools help facilitate decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension.  While each type of tool works a little differently, all of these tools help by presenting text as speech.  Few examples of AT tools for reading: › Audio Books and Publications › Optical Character Recognition D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 22
  22. 22. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Reading  Audio Books and Publications: Recorded books allow users to listen to text and are available in a variety of formats, such as audiocassettes, CDs, and MP3 downloads. Subscription services offer extensive electronic library collections. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 23
  23. 23. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Reading  Optical Character Recognition: This technology allows a user to scan printed material into a computer or handheld unit. The scanned text is then read aloud via a speech synthesis/screen reading system. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is available as stand-alone units, computer software, and as portable, pocket-sized devices. Portable reading device downloads books and then reads them out loud in a synthesized voice. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 24
  24. 24. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Reading  Video Link: Link: D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 25
  25. 25. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Writing  Assistive technology (AT) tools for writing help learners who struggle with writing.  Some of these tools help learners avoid the actual physical task of writing, while some facilitate proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, word usage, and organization.  Few examples of AT tools for writing: › Abbreviation expanders › Alternative keyboards › Talking spell checkers and electronic dictionaries D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 26
  26. 26. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Writing  Abbreviation expanders: This software program allows a user to create, store, and re-use abbreviations for frequently- used words or phrases and it is used with word processing. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 27
  27. 27. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Writing  Alternative keyboards: Alternative keyboards have special overlays that customize the appearance and function of a standard keyboard. Students who have trouble typing may benefit from customization that reduces input choices, groups keys by colour/location, and adds graphics to aid comprehension. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 28
  28. 28. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Writing  Talking spell checkers and electronic dictionaries: Talking spell checkers and electronic dictionaries can help a poor speller select or identify appropriate words and correct spelling errors during the process of writing and proofreading. Talking devices "read aloud" and display the selected words onscreen, so the user can see and hear the words. D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 29
  29. 29. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Individualized control over learning Available to everyone, so ‘at-risk’ students can also benefit Aids in all of the subject areas Promotes greater independence Gives teachers more time with other students and with group activities Other students also benefit D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 30
  30. 30. 6-Dec-12 Assistive Technology Have certain computers in the classroom that set up for the use of the special learners Work with the parents Develop more and/or other comprehensive lesson professionals working plans, which also have with the student provision of using AT Tips for Teachers Learn how to use the Use AT as a AT devices that will be supplement even if it is present in the not necessary classroom Familiarize and sensitize the other students D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 31
  31. 31. 6-Dec-12 I would like to end this presentation with a quote: “Assistive Technology opens up a new world of learning for students with disabilities by providing “an enriched environment to promote their social and cognitive participation and growth.” -LD Online: Help for Young Learners: How To Choose? D.E.T. , S.N.D.T. Women’s University 32