• What is Assistive Technology?

    The definition of assistive technology applied to education is extremely broad, encompassing "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 functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."

    As a result, the potential range of AT devices is incredibly large, and both "high-tech" and "low-tech" devices are included. High-tech devices may be computers, electronic equipment, or software. Although electronically operated, high-tech devices need not be expensive, a simple low-cost switch that controls a battery-operated toy can be considered a high-tech device, as can a tape recorder. Low-tech devices are manually, not electronically, operated. This group includes devices such as pencil grips, mouth sticks, and mechanical hoists.

    Technology that offers students with disabilities alternative solutions to accommodate physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments in many ways. Technology can be a great equalizer for individuals with disabilities that might prevent full participation in school, work, and the community. This is most evident in the case of individuals with mobility, hearing, or vision impairments, but is also true for individuals with limitations in cognition and perception

     

    Helpful Websites:

    Assistive Technology Basics for Parents- www.understood.org/en/school-learning/assistive-technology/assistive-technologies-basics

    Bookshare- Audiobooks for students with an IEP and/or print disability- www.bookshare.org

    National Federation of the Blind- Technology reources for visually impaired students- https://nfb.org/technology-resource-list

    Yale Center for Dyslexia- technology for Dyslexics- http://dyslexia.yale.edu/Technology.html

    Microsoft- Accessibility Guide- www.microsoft.com/enable/education/