Assistive Technology And The Benefits Of An Assistive Education

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Educators, teachers and an Educational setting, have one common aim, to deliver an inclusive education. The Australian Government ensured this when it passed the Disability Discrimination Act, 1992, the Disability Standards for Education, 2005 and when ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) in 2008 (Foreman & Arthur-Kelly, 2014). An inclusive education cannot be done as a result of an individual only, it can only be achieved with assistance and not only from people but also with aids. As the name suggests, Assistive Technologies are various materials, services, systems and devices that provide assistance to the user, helping improve, enhance and/or develop the ability to achieve
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Students with additional needs may benefit from extra support offered in the way of assistive technologies. For assistive technology to be beneficial in the classroom, teachers and educators must first understand and believe that all students, no matter what their needs may be, are their responsibility (Jordan, Schwartza,and McGhie-Richmond. 2009). Educators who are committed to equity believe in all children’s capacities to succeed, regardless of diverse circumstances and abilities. (DEEWR, 2009, p12). Assistive technology is not only useful to students with additional needs, but more often than not can adapted to fit within the classroom environment and utilized by all students. Arthur, Beecher, Death, Dockett and Farmer explain how “educators that can skillfully use assistive technologies in a universal way, better promote an understanding of diversity and respectful relationships amongst children (2015, p. …show more content…
Magnifiers are one assistive technology available to children with a visual impairment to use in the classroom, along with tactile items such as watches, rulers and games. A lot of assistive technology for visually impaired children is designed with the text or numbers larger and bolder. Vision Australia is a versatile company for resources and information about assistive technology for children with a visual

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