This module, from the IRIS Center, offers an overview of assistive technology (AT) with a focus on students with high-incidence disabilities such as learning disabilities and ADHD. It explores the consideration process, implementation, and evaluation of AT for these students (est. completion time: 2.5 hours).
The student will learn about the historical, legal, and developmental implications of utilizing instructional technology to teach P-12 students. Students acquire knowledge regarding Assistive Technology and will integrate Assistive Technology to meet the needs of students with special educational needs. Students will select the best technology applications for the classroom. The student will apply current research to teaching and learning with technology when planning learning activities. (3 hour lecture)
Assistive technology (AT) is available to help individuals with many types of disabilities — from cognitive problems to physical impairment. This article will focus specifically on AT for individuals with learning disabilities (LD).
The use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for many children. Additionally, students with LD often experience greater success when they are allowed to use their abilities (strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). AT tools combine the best of both of these practices.
This article will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience.
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