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Assistive technology powerpoint

  1. 1. Assistive Technology Amanda Payne Technology and Education August,2014
  2. 2. Explanation of Assistive Technology • Assistive technology is a term used to refer to any piece of equipment or product system that is utilized to increase, maintain, or improve the capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  3. 3. Assistive Technology Legislation • Before 1988 there were no laws that mandated the use of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. The Tech Act of 1988 provided federal funding to states for the purpose of training and delivery of assistive technology devices and service. This act introduced assistive technology and helped to promote the availability of assistive technology devices to all people.
  4. 4. Assistive Technology Legislation Continued • It was the IDEA or the Individuals with Disabilities Act that first defined the school districts responsibility to provide assistive technology to students with disabilities. This act stated that all public schools must ensure that assistive technology is made available to all students with disabilities. The school district must ensure that assistive technology devices and services are provided to any student with an IEP that could benefit from them.
  5. 5. Assistive Technology Legislation Continued • In 1997 amendments were made to this law to enforce the mandatory training of school personnel in the use of assistive technology devices.
  6. 6. Assistive Technology Legislation Continued • In 1998 the Assistive Technology Act was passed as an amendment to the Tech Act of 1988. This act reaffirmed the need for and importance of technology in the lives of individuals with disabilities. This act mandated increased funding to all 50 states to develop technology assistance programs.
  7. 7. Assistive Technology for the Hearing Impaired • Audio loops or hearing loops are often used to assist individuals with a hearing impairment. This assistive technology device is a wire that circles a room and is connected to a sound system. This loop transmits sound electromagnetically. This electromagnetic signal is picked up by telecoil found in hearing aids or cochlear implants. Activating the telecoil on the hearing aid allows it to pick up the sound from the hearing loop device.
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  9. 9. Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired • Screen reader refers to a technology program that can be installed on computers and many hand held devices. This advancement helps the visually impaired to better use technology in school or the work field. The screen reader technology highlights text and reads it aloud to the user. This enables an other wise visually disabled person to read and perform computer operations independently.
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  11. 11. Assistive Technology for the Learning Disabled • Speech recognition systems are programs that help to translate speech into text. This can be used to speak ideas and have them translated into text. They can also identify a specific individuals voice. With specific voice identifier the user can communicate more effectively because the system interprets their speech and helps relay messages that might otherwise be misunderstood. This is useful for learning disabled individuals because they can more readily convey ideas through speech to text programs.
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  13. 13. Assistive Technology for the Physically Disabled • Sip ‘n Puff is an assistive technology device used by individuals with physical disabilities. The devise is used by sucking or blowing onto a straw type apparatus. The user can operate various devises like computers through the sips and puff communicate system. The devise is calibrated to recognize the hard and soft sucking or blowing action of the user. This can be used to operate wheelchairs as well as communicate with computer accessible programs.
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  15. 15. References Assistive Technology 1 Burgstahler, S . Working with People with Disabilities and Computer Technology. Retrieved from Morris, T (2006) Technology to Improve learning for Visually Impaired Children. Retrieved from Sharma, R . Speech recognition and Synthesis Tool: Assistive Technology for Physically Disabled Persons. Retrieved from
  16. 16. References Assistive Technology 2 Fecich, S . Assistive Tech Law. Retrieved from www. Raskind, M (2013). Assistive Technology . Retrieved from council for learning – Assistive Technology Law (2005). Retrieved from Hearing Assistive Technology (2014). Retrieved from
  17. 17. References Assistive Technology 3 Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired. (2013). Retrievd from Technology and Learning Disabilities (2011). Retrieved from Assistive Technology for Physically Disabled(2011). Retrieved from