Assistive Technology

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MTTS: Standard SixAssistive Technology : 

MTTS: Standard SixAssistive Technology Rudi Roberson

Standard Six : 

Standard Six To understand human, equity, and developmental issues surrounding the use of assistive technology to enhance student learning performance and apply that understanding to practice

Standard 6 · Assistive Technology : 

Standard 6 · Assistive Technology Understand Individualized Educational Plans and the school-based process through which student concerns are addressed  Identify issues related to equitable access to technology in school, community, and home environments Possess the ability to operate portable word processors, accessible computer hardware and software, adapted keyboards, screen magnifiers, and other devices  Identify devices that help meet the needs of different students

What is Assistive Technology? : 

What is Assistive Technology? “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability” Assistive Technology can be anything from a simple device, such as a magnifying glass, to a complex device, such as a computerized communication system

Assistive Technology for Vision: Aids students who are blind or have low vision. : 

Assistive Technology for Vision: Aids students who are blind or have low vision. Tape recorder Cassettes Stereo headphones Lighting contrasts Adapted paper (e.g., raised surfaces, highlighted lines, various colors, sizes) Pen lights Calculator with large keys or large display Talking calculators Self-sticking notes Braille writer (to take notes, store information, print in various formats) Braille translation software (translates inputted text that can be Brailled) Braille printer Computer with speech output or feedback Operating system special-accessibility options (screen enlargement, adjustment of keyboard, sound, display, mouse) Closed-circuit television Computer-screen magnifiers Letter- or word-magnification software Glare-reduction screens Talking electronic dictionary, thesaurus, spell checker Video magnifiers Voice-output screen-reading software Voice amplification or voice projector Screen readers

Assistive Technology for Communication: Aids students who have difficulty in communicating effectively : 

Assistive Technology for Communication: Aids students who have difficulty in communicating effectively Pictures, photographs, objects Communication boards Communication books Eye-gaze or eye-pointing systems Simple voice-output devices Word cards or word manipulatives Word window Writing guides Voice-output devices with levels Voice output with icon sequencing Communication software (allows for communication boards and visual displays) Augmentative communication devices (visual display, printed or speech output) Dedicated augmentative communication system Text-to-voice and voice-to-text software Talking word processing with writing support Word prediction, abbreviation, or expansion options to reduce keystrokes Software that allows communication via pictures and symbols Head-pointing devices Touch screens Translating devices: voice language (e.g., English) to output different voice language (e.g., Spanish) Electronic and software dictionaries

Assistive Technology for Access: Aids students who have difficulties in accessing communication, learning tools, or engaging in classroom or home activities. : 

Assistive Technology for Access: Aids students who have difficulties in accessing communication, learning tools, or engaging in classroom or home activities. A roller-ball (or tracker-ball) pointing device with a separate button for clicking Adapted handles (e.g., pencil grips) T-bar to assist with typing Switches Head pointers Joysticks Adapted mouse Typewriter A mouth stick to press keys on the keyboard Foot pedals or hardware switches instead of a mouse to operate a technology device Arm support Slant board Tilt board Book holders Key guards Onscreen keyboards Touch-sensitive colored lights Voice input or output devices Voice-recognition software (turns the spoken word into the typed word) Eye-controlled computer-input devices Computer-access modification software or hardware Touch window Portable word processor Word-completion utilities Adaptive switches (primary mouse) Alternative keyboards (e.g., keyboards with easy access, touch keyboards) Keyboards with accessibility options to input or encode text

Assistive Technology for Hearing: Aids students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. : 

Assistive Technology for Hearing: Aids students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Hearing aids Signaling devices Vibrotactile switch Pictures, photographs, objects Communication boards Assistive listening devices (e.g., amplified phone system) Phonic ear Headphones (to keep the listener focused, adjust sound, etc.) FM amplification systems (e.g., auditory trainer) TDD/TTY for phone service Closed-captioning television Real-time captioning CD-based (text)books, electronic books Audio-voice amplification device for teachers Telecaption decoders Vibrotactile systems

Assistive Technology for Learning and Studying: Aids students with high-incidence disabilities (learning, behavior, or cognitive disabilities) to increase, maintain, or improve their functional capabilities. : 

Assistive Technology for Learning and Studying: Aids students with high-incidence disabilities (learning, behavior, or cognitive disabilities) to increase, maintain, or improve their functional capabilities. Hand held computers Voice-recognition products Software for organizing ideas and studying Electronic organizers or reminders Word-prediction software (assists in spelling and sentence construction) Multimedia software for production of ideas (e.g., PowerPoint®) Talking electronic device or software to pronounce challenging words Graphic organizer software Software for concept development, manipulation of objects, math computations Portable word processor to keyboard instead of write Tactile or voice-output measuring devicesSingle-word scanners (reading pens) or hand held scanners Portable word processors Talking word processors Closed-captioning television Text-reading software

Example of Assistive Technology : 

Example of Assistive Technology When an individual’s electronic communication device is connected to the computer with a special cable, it can be used to type letter-by-letter, or to send words, phrases, or even entire sentences into the computer with the selection of one or two icons on the device.

Resources : 

Resources http://www.ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/issues/methods/technlgy/te7assist.htm http://atto.buffalo.edu/registered/ATBasics/Foundation/intro/index.php http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/technology/techstandards/checklist/ Google Images Youtube