Assistive Technology In Education

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Assistive technology is piece of equipment or system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology helps a disabled student complete their everyday tasks. The power of assistive technology can have great potential of providing access for all learners, through the variety of assistive technologies (AT) students with disabilities can have the ability to access the general curriculum. When assistive technology is appropriately used in a regular classroom, the students are provided with multiple means to complete their work. Students utilize assistive technology in the classroom to communicate with their teachers and peers in the classroom. The benefit for using …show more content…
“For many students with disabilities to be successful learners in the general education curriculum, they must receive supplementary aids and services” (Dyal, A., Carpenter, L. B., & Wright, J. V, 2010). Students that receive these supplementary aids and services excel and improve in their general education classes. The assistive technology is programed to access the general education curriculum for academic, social, and extra-curricular activities (Dorman, S. 2011 P.1). The benefits to supplementary aids to a child with disabilities is to keep them motivated to push them toward success. Without the access of supplementary aids some children with disabilities get anxiety and may not want to do their work that is assigned in the classroom because there being pushed too hard to participate. The negative effect of a child not getting the proper tools to keep them on track with the other kids in the classroom can result in: Failing the school year, no participation in the class, anxiety, tantrums and not learning the curriculum material. In this case, the child is not in the best interest at that school and needs to have a team meeting to help solve this …show more content…
The (IDEA) provide guidelines and protections for children with disabilities to assure their right to a free and appropriate education. One supplementary aid that is now mostly used in a special educational classroom are Ipads, Ipads are easy to access, are touch screens, which is easy to work with, and have different apps for students who may have problems with their speech, vision, and hearing (Chai, Z., Vail, C. O., & Ayres, K. M. 2015,
P. 7). This assistive technology has had positive outcomes for many students with multiple disabilities, for example, pencil grips, picture boards, taped instructions, and workbooks. “Some students with special needs, particularly students with physical disabilities, present severe communication impairment and complex communication needs” (Sigafoos, 2010 p.

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