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What is Assisstive technology?
Assistive technology is any type of device that may be used to aid someone who has a disability of some type. This can go along with any type of disability a person may have such as hearing, visual, learning disabled, and physically disabled. All four of these categories are associated with the students of our schools. Assistive technology can include “specialized devices” that are “high-tech” or “low tech” devices.
Assistive technology was first introduced by the federal government when the government recognized the need for these technologies that certain students had in 1997 in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The act was “revised in 1997 and revised again in 2004”. The act says that schools have to allow assistive technology for any of the special education students. The school has to ask if there is an assistive technology tool for a student, and if there is then the school has to provide the correct and adequate services to that student.
Hearing aids are small electronic devices that are put in or behind a person’s ear to help them be able to hear better if they have little hearing loss or if they are even almost deaf. The hearing aid allows for sound waves to be amplified and heard deeper in the ear
A screen magnification is a system that makes the words on a computer screen larger for someone who is visually impaired. These can be used for students who need help seeing.
Motorized wheelchairs are devices used for students who have a physical disability and cannot get around on their own. This helps these students be able to participate in everyday school activities with their peers.
Talking Spell checkers are devices that help a student who cannot spell very good become a better speller. The spell checkers read aloud and display the words so that the reader can hear and see how to correctly spell the word they are having trouble with.
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National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders. (2014) Retrieved from https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/hearingaid.aspx\
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