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Assistive technology products are designed to provide additional accessibility to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities. When selecting assistive technology products, it is crucial to find products that are compatible with the computer operating system and programs on the particular computer being used. Below are descriptions of the various types of assistive technology products that are currently available on the market today.
A growing educational field of interest is that of assistive technology. Through assistive technology, people with disabilities are able to bridge the gap between what they want to do and what they are physically and mentally capable of doing. Adaptive technology is by no means a new field of study, but recent tools such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch have made powerful and meaningful assistive technologies a reality for many people. Because of the range of IOS devices and the tools available at the Apple iTunes store, special education students and special education teachers are able to leverage new and exciting technologies in both exciting and economical ways. For many, the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad are opening doors. Apple has realized this, and they have recently highlighted the growing category of IOS applications focused on special education in the Apple iTunes Store.
Office of Special Education This resource from the University of Virginia offers lots of links to valuable information and resources for parents, teachers, and administrators. You'll find a page here containing sites on developing accessible Web sites. Adaptive Technology Resources Dedicated to assisting indivuals who are blind or visually impaired in regaining independence and providing a better way to look at life! IBM Special Needs Systems provides a list of products and software to help people who have special needs access and use technology. Captioned Media Program The Captioned Media Program (CMP) provides free-loan captioned videos and other media to parents, teachers and others who work with children with a hearing loss. CMP is sponsored by the U.
When defined, assistive technology includes any piece of equipment or device that helps to increase the independence of a disabled person. While assistive technology is not new, it is an ever changing and growing type of technology. The distinction between assistive technologies for disabled people and adaptive technologies for the nondisabled are blurred at times. Some assistive technology inventions have been proven to be ergonomically sound and therefore they have been incoporated as standard features for the disabled and nondisabled. An example of one of those features would be the on/off switch on a keyboard which was originally developed so that disabled people did not have to reach the back of the machine. Assistive technology has helped to enormously increase the ability of disabled people to lead more independent lives.
The following are some examples of different types of assistive technology devices: Access and Environmental Controls: Devices that allow increased control of the environment or that open up access to things in the environment. This includes electronic controls like switches, special keyboards or mice, and remote controls as well as things that help people get around the community, like ramps, automatic door openers, and Braille signs. Aids to Daily Living:
Printable Version Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. For example, people with limited hand function may use a keyboard with large keys or a special mouse to operate a computer, people who are blind may use software that reads text on the screen in a computer-generated voice, people with low vision may use software that enlarges screen content, people who are deaf may use a TTY (text telephone), or people with speech impairments may use a device that speaks out loud as they enter text via a keyboard.
Family Guide to Assistive Technology Prepared By: Parents, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK)
A discussion on the many types of assistive technology tools that are available for children with disabilities. Technology can level the playing field for students with mobility, hearing, or vision impairments. Credit: IntelliTools, Inc. Technology has opened many educational doors to children, particularly to children with disabilities. Alternative solutions from the world of technology are accommodating physical, sensory, or cognitive impairments in many ways.