Thursday, June 10, 2004

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is any kind of technology that aids in learning for disabled children. It enables kids with disabilities to be more involved in a regular classroom setting. One example of a teacher implementing Assistive Technology is given in, James Story,this child needed something to help him concentrate. His teacher finally figured out that he can concentrate on the computer. Assistive Technology goes even further than that. In the article, Small-Group Activities, a student had a device for the computer that recognizes her voice and types for her. Another student used a chin switch to enter commands to the computer. Deaf students can use a device call the Teletype. It also allows them to use the computer.

The use of Assistive Technology is wonderful. Some kids with disabilities cannot write with a pencil in order to write essays. However, many of them can type on the computer. The students who cannot type can get the device that will type what they tell it to. Reading can also be incorporated. Students can read the story on the computer and not have to hold a book or flip a page. The computer can also read the story to them if they are blind or just cannot read. For students who have a language or speech disability there are several devices. They include: communication boards, speech synthesizers, text-to-speech software and hardware, head wands, light pointers, mouth sticks, signal systems, telephony equipment, and many more.

There are several online resources to find out more information. Here is a few sites that I found useful. If these do not appeal to you than try searching www.google.com.

http://www.rehabtool.com/

http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/workshops/science/group.htm

http://www.closingthegap.com/index.lasso



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