Technologies to Help Students
Assistive Technology in the Schools
What are assistive technologies?
- amplification devices, such as hearing aids or speak systems, for hearing impaired students.
- braille note taking devices, glare reduction screens and magnifiers for students with visual impairments.
- speech recognition software which types spoken words on a computer for students who have a physical disability and cannot use a computer keyboard
- technologies which allow severely disable students to communicate through software which tracks eye movements
Other technologies include wheel chairs, switches, remote controls, augmented communication, adjustable chairs or tables, computer aided instructional software and special tools to assist with daily living tasks.
Built in Tools: Accessing Tools in Microsoft and Apple Products
iPads, iPhones and iPods
The website: ipads4specialneeds, has a series of videos that explain what the different tools available on the mobile Apple devices are and how to use them.
iPads 4 Special Needs Videos: http://ipads4specialneedsbook.com/videos/
The Microsoft Ease of Access Center helps walk a user through the settings in Windows for enlarging the mouse pointer, use text or visual cues for sounds and even make it easier to focus on reading or typing tasks. You can read about the Ease of Access features on the Microsoft website:
Addition tools in Windows include magnifier, on screen keyboard and narrator. You can read more about these features on the Microsoft website as well.
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