What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is any
tool or device that a student with a disability uses to do a task that
they could not otherwise do without it or any tool the student uses to
do a task more easily, faster, or in a better way. It can be a
commercial product or something someone makes. It can be a simple "low
tech" device such as a pencil grip or an expensive "high tech" device
such as a computer.
Who benefits from Assistive Technology?
Any student with a disability from mild to severe may benefit from
assistive technology. There is assistive technology to help an
individual with reading, writing, remembering, walking, sitting, seeing,
hearing, and communicating.
Appropriate assistive technology, whether low tech or high tech will
enable students to participate in the least restrictive environment with
success and more independence. By law, any student with special
education needs must be considered for assistive technology.
Reed, P. (2001). Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative
Areas of AT
Reading, Studying, & Math
Recreation & Leisure
Activities of Daily Living
Positioning & Seating