Assitive Technology Essay

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Computer technology is advancing at a rapid rate, causing the diversity and availability of assistive technology computer resources to have a tremendous impact for special education students across the United States. Assistive technology provides an opportunity for students with physical, emotional, and mental disabilities to acquire universal access to tools and opportunities for learning. Despite studies showing the benefits of assistive technology, many school districts fail to achieve the fullest potential that assistive technology can offer. This paper will define assistive technology, identify several obstacles of effective implementation, and present various approaches to overcoming those obstacles.
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A recent adaptation occurring at the Cumberland Valley School District involves the integration of an iPod Touch for use to assist an autistic student. The student currently performs a variety of authentic tasks using prompts provided by a teacher’s aide. To utilize the available technology, the student has been supplied an iPod Touch. The teacher is currently taking digital photos of the student performing the steps of the various tasks. The digital images are being placed into a program called PhotoStory3, which allows the teacher to record auditory cues for each image. This presentation is then converted for use with the iPod Touch so that the student can play back a video as he performs the steps of the tasks. Currently, the student has been receptive to these prompts and is exhibiting positive progress, eliminating the need for the prompts of the aide. Note: Data from this adaptation is currently being collected for a future presentation by the author of this paper.
Despite the variety and availability of assistive technologies, there are many obstacles prevent school districts from reaching the full potential. Several of these obstacles include the lack of district wide and school wide

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