Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance implementation of adapted educational program of preschool education functional independence of a person with a physical or cognitive disability. Get the basics in this fact sheet from the Center on Technology and Disability.
It is important for parents to understand the “language” of assistive technology so they can be informed advocates for their child’s technology needs. The following glossary of terms can help parents learn about the kinds of assistive technologies that are currently available and how they can be used. With careful and creative planning, literacy instruction can be adapted to meet the needs of every student in the classroom. Five ways teachers can provide a literacy education for all learners are offered here. Do You See What I Mean? Three visual supports helpful for teaching and supporting literacy development are described here: picture books, graphic notes, and story kits.
ASD, the value of early intervention, and treatment and therapies that can help children and their families. In this webinar from the Center on Technology and Disability, you’ll learn about a breakthrough speech technology that can create a custom voice that matches the vocal identity of a child with speech difficulties. Sesame Workshop has introduced Julia, a muppet with autism, to the world of Sesame Street. Using selected clips of Julia from the program, a psychologist explains practical ways teachers can support children with autism. In this webinar from the Center on Technology and Disability, you’ll learn about assistive technology funding sources for children with and without IEPs. For children with print-based reading disabilities, accessible formats provide alternate versions of print-based books that function in much the same way as a print-based textbook.
Learn about the different kinds of accessible formats, including digital talking books, enlarged text, electronic publications, and more. This resource guide identifies high-quality, useful resources that address various aspects of accessibility: developing an accessibility statement, conducting an accessibility audit, acquiring accessible technology, and building professional development resources on accessibility for school staff and others. This guide focuses on ways to encourage the independence of a student with learning disabilities while in school and as they transition to college or work. These 27 identified evidence-based teaching practices have been shown through scientific research to be effective when implemented correctly with students with ASD. Children’s picture books about autism can be a valuable resource for teachers in inclusive classrooms attempting to teach awareness, empathy, and acceptance among students.