Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
This guide was prepared by the Frostig Center in Pasadena, California, which is devoted to children with learning disabilities. Marshall Raskind, Ph.D., Director of Research of the Center, was the project director and primary author. Dr. Raskind is an authority on technology and learning disabilities.
Despite adequate cognitive ability, learning disabled students' difficulties with basic skills such as reading and writing can prevent full participation in the classroom and later in critical adult life activities. Computer technology provides the answer for many of these students.
This article will discuss how various modes of technology (including technology designed as augmentative communication systems), can be used for children with autism to increase or improve their overall understanding of their environment; expressive communication skills; social interaction skills; attention skills; motivation skills; organization skills; academic skills; self help skills; and overall independent daily functioning skills.
This article focuses on cooperative efforts by many of the major computer and software developers towards making computers and software more usable - for all.
Tips for professionals in evaluating computer programs, which can be used -- like any other learning tool -- in developmentally appropriate or inappropriate ways. From the National Association for the Education of Young Children
Following is a partial list which highlights some of this legislation, with the public laws that directly impact the area of assistive technology shown in bold print.
The public school's special education system is a source of a wide range of educational services, special supports, and even AT that may be needed by children with disabilities to benefit from the public school's educational system.
Describes the general philosophical basis for using augmentative communication with young children and children functioning at young levels.
Technology can open doors and break down barriers for children, youth and adults with learning disabilities. Whether in the classroom or workplace, technology can provide a vital difference. Here we explore new developments in technology, and practical insights into the promise and realities of making technology work for people with learning disabilities.
The Alliance for Technology Access to make technology a regular part of the lives of people with disabilities. The Alliance is a national network of 41 technology resource centers which help children and adults with disabilities, parents, teachers, employers, and others to explore computer systems, adaptive devices and software.
Closing The Gap, Inc. is an organization that focuses on computer technology for people with special needs through its bi-monthly newspaper, annual international conference and extensive web site.
This page contains links to web sites that focus on disability and technology. Most sites will refer to assistive/adaptive devices that are computer-based and/or related to computer access. However, since assistive technology can include any device that improves function, other technologies are mentioned on many pages.
DREAMMS for Kids, Inc. (Developmental Research for the Effective Advancement of Memory and Motor Skills) is a non-profit parent and professional service agency, that specializes in Assistive Technology (AT) related research, development, and information dissemination. DREAMMS is committed to facilitating the use of computers, assistive and adaptive technologies, and quality instructional technologies for students and youth with special needs in schools, homes, and the community.
The philosophy behind EASI's K12 Information Technology Centre is to ensure that students and professionals with disabilities must have the same access to information and resources as everyone else.
Connecting technology with the way young children learn: resources and information for educators and care providers
This site contains resources for people with learning disabilities, with a focus on the use of assistive technology to help individuals with learning disabilities become successful.
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