What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is defined as any tool, item, software, product system or equipment which is used to level the playing field for those who have a learning disability. It helps to increase, maintain or improve their functional capability. A tool that is used to make the students environment more accessible and enhances their individual productivity is also seen as an assistive technology.

Laptop Typing

When a student uses assistive technology and can participate and contribute to their learning, they will acquire more confidence. Their attitude and behavior may change in a positive way and become happier and their behavior will improve. Feelings of frustration often begin to dissipate.

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Audio Recorders

Audio Recorders

Lectures/classes are recorded making it easier for the student to take notes

Text to Speech Software

Text to Speech Software

Software that reads out loud what is on a student’s screen

Voice Recognition Software

Voice Recognition Software

Allows for a student, using their own voice, to dictate their work

Word Prediction Software

Word Prediction Software

Recommends words to add to a sentence

Highlighters

Highlighters

Along with pencil grips, graph paper, rulers and stencils

Timers

Timers

Help make the switch from one activity to the next or cue how much time is left on an activity

Calculators

Calculators

Helps with math concepts

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers

Can help to organize thoughts for a writing assignment

Audio Books

Audio Books

Books that are read out loud