Do you have special needs child or children in your classroom?
For your child or all students, technology makes things easier.
For children with disabilities, technology makes things possible.
If your child has a disability talking with the schools Individualized EducationProgram (IEP) team can evaluate to determine if assistive technology service and/or device will benefit your child’s education program.The term “assistive technology” encompasses a broad range of assistive devices from “low tech” to “high-tech” learning tools.
- Low-tech examples: pencil grips, highlighters, paper stabilizers.
- High-tech examples: computers, voice synthesizers, Braille readers.
Not sure what assistive technology is all about here are a few definitions that may help you to understand better.
- Assistive technology devices- are any item, piece of equipment, or product system (software) used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with disabilities.
- Assistive technology service- directly assists a child with disabilities in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
- Assistive technology important- is important because, for some children, without assistive technology they would not have access to or be able to benefit from their educational program.
- The best time assistive technology devices or services should be provided-when the child is not successful in his or her educational program and the IEP team has determined that the use of assistive technology device(s) and service(s) are necessary for the student to be successful in his/her educational program.