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Assistive Technology for Students

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Assistive technology powerpoint

  1. 1. By Robin Thompson University of West Alabama ED 505
  2. 2. What Is Assistive Technology? Assistive technology is a term used to describe devices or services that help individuals with disabilities obtain a free appropriate education.
  3. 3. Assistive Technology Law  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires a school district to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to disabled individuals who is in the school district’s jurisdiction, regardless of the severity of the person’s disability.  An appropriate education includes regular and special education and any services or aids needed to accommodate the needs of individuals with disabilities.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that schools are responsible for providing assistive technology devices and services to students with disabilities.
  4. 4. Who Can Benefit From Assistive Technology Students who are: Hearing Impaired Visually Impaired Learning Disabled Physically disabled
  5. 5. Hearing Assistive Technology (HATS) for Children  FM systems help amplify sounds.  They allow students to hear the teacher’s voice at an appropriate and constant level. FM Systems Fig. 1
  6. 6. Vision Assistive Technology  These products allow students to enlarge the size of images and text.  Some screen magnifiers permit the user to change the default colors of the display. Fig. 2
  7. 7. Learning Assistive Technology  Allows a student to scan printed material into a computer or handheld unit.  The scanned text is then read aloud via a speech synthesis/screen reading system.  This is especially helpful for students who struggle with a reading disability. Optical Character Recognition Fig. 3 products.softsolutionslimited.com
  8. 8. Assistive Technology For Physically Disabled Adaptive Keyboards  Designed for users with physical disabilities who cannot use a standard keyboard  Small keyboards for students with limited range of motion  One handed keyboards for students who type with only one hand Fig. 4 Fig. 5
  9. 9. Additional Resources National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Future of
  10. 10. References Cengage Learning (2015). Figure 4: WinMini keyboard. Retrieved from  Google Images. (n.d.) Retrieved from  Lily Walters (n.d.) Figure 5: One handed Keyboard. Retrieved from  National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (December 2011). Assistive devices for people with hearing, voice, speech, or language disorders. Retrieved from devices.aspx  Online OCR (n.d.) Figure 3: Optical Character Recognition. Retrieved from  Raskind, M. H. (2000). Assistive technology for children with learning disabilities. Bridges to Reading, 2nd Edition. San Mateo, CA: Schwab Foundation for Learning. Retrieved from  RL and Associates. (n.d.) Figure 2: Portable Video Magnifier. Retrieved from  Senses Australia. (n.d.). Figure 1: Diagram Inspiro FM System. Retrieved from  The Iris Center. Assistive Technology Module (n.d.). Retrieved from  U.S. Department of Education (2010). Free Appropriate Public Education for Students With Disabilities: Requirements Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Retrieved from