What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is defined as any device, piece of equipment or system that helps bypass, work around or compensate for an individual's specific learning deficits.  It doesn't cure or eliminate learning difficulties/ disabilities, but it can help people reach their potential because it allows them to capitalize on their strengths and bypass areas of difficulty.

Assistive technology is more than just the tangible devices and software -- it's also the proper selection, training, application strategies, and technical support necessary to produce results.

Reading

Assistive technology can help individuals who struggle with reading by presenting text as speech.  While each technology works a little differently, all of these tools help facilitate decoding, reading fluency, and comprehension (i.e. digital organizers and text to audio software).

Writing

For students who struggle with writing, some assistive technology can help students circumvent the actual physical task of writing, while others facilitate proper spelling, punctuation, grammar, word usage, and organization.

Organization and memory

Assistive technology can help a person plan, organize, and keep track of their schedule, task list, contact information, and miscellaneous notes.  These technologies allow users to manage, store, and retrieve information with the help of special software and hand-held devices.

Listening

Assistive technology can help people who have difficulty processing and remembering spoken language.  Such devices can be used in various settings (e.g., a class lecture, or a meeting with multiple speakers).

Math

Assistive technology for math is designed to help people who struggle with computing, organizing, aligning, and copying math problems down on paper.  With the help of visual and/or audio support, users can better set up and calculate basic math problems.

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