The Benefits Of Assistive Technology In Education

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A teacher’s goal is to maximize his or her student’s potential. Traditionally, the biggest challenge for students with disabilities was to meet their needs in the areas of social, behavioral, cognitive, perceptive and motor skills (Adebisi et al. 14). A learning disability is defined by the Schwab Foundation as a person who is diagnosed by a professional with a difficulty as a result of a CNS dysfunction in the areas or reading, writing, math, science, reasoning speaking, or listening. In order to meet the diverse needs of these students, they were traditionally removed from the mainstream classroom and placed in a separate classroom to learn. Although this was the best way to meet the students’ academic needs, their social needs were grossly …show more content…
(Donnelly). In the classroom, assistive technologies can be used to help in the areas of written expression, reading, mathematics, spelling, organization skills, and social acceptance. Assistive technologies can be compared to a pair of glasses that help people with visual impairments see just as well as someone without those impairments. The assistive technology, like the glasses, does not create something, but can improve something that exists (Adebisi et al. 15). These assistive technologies level the playing field for students with disabilities. Assistive technologies are tools that help children with disabilities succeed despite their disabilities (Schwab Foundation). Assistive technologies are helpful in many specific areas including autism, difficulties with writing, math, communication, and reading, physical and visual impairments, memory problems, and difficulties with focusing and …show more content…
They need to consider the accommodations and modifications their students will benefit from the most. Accommodations mean how the teachers can change the way the content is being taught and tested. Modifications mean changing what is being taught or measured (Carson et al. 129). Teachers need to be integrating assistive technology into their lesson plans (Cavanaugh “Assistive Technology and Inclusion”). In order for students using assistive technology to be able to succeed, teachers must consider which instructional method would be best for the student, how much content is going to be covered, how they are going to test the student’s knowledge, how much help they are going to provide, what they are going to give the student to help him or her (Cavanaugh “Preparing

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