Module 7--Part 1

Assistive Technology

My experiences with assistive technology...

...are somewhat limited. At first, I didn't think I had any, but after researching the topic I realized that I have had some limited experience. I have had students use audio books to help them read and comprehend the novels that I teach. I have a brother who teaches special ed, so I have heard him talk about several of the other technologies.

Examples of Assistive Technology

What is it? What disabilities may be served? How can students benefit?

Alternative Keyboards...

...are programmable keyboards that have special overlays that customize the appearance and function of a standard keyboard. Students who have LD or have trouble typing may benefit from customization that reduces input choices, groups keys by colors/location, and adds graphics to aid comprehension. These would be helpful for students who struggle with typing and writing because of motor skill issues or injuries.

Speech recognition software,...

...whether it is text-to-speech or speech-to-text, all refer to technologies that can translate spoken language into digitized text or turn spoken command into actions. These programs have applications for users with or without disabilities. The populations that can benefit include the following: stuggling writers; limited English language; learning disabilities, including dyslexia and dysgraphia; repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; poor or limited motor skills; vision impairments; and physical disabilities. The benefits of speech recognition software are numerous and include: improved access to the computer, increased writing production, improved writing mechanics, increased independence, decreased anxiety around writing, and improved core reading and writing abilities.

References


Alternative Keyboards. (n.d.). Retrieved April 02, 2014, from http://www.greatschools.org/special-education/assistive-technology/957-alternative-keyboards.gs



Reading Rockets. (n.d.). Retrieved April 02, 2014, from http://www.readingrockets.org/article/38655


Simpson, C. G., McBride, R., Spencer, V. G., Lowdermilk, J., & Lynch, S. (2009). Assistive Technology: Supporting Learners in Inclusive Classrooms. Kappa Delta Pi Record, , 172-175.