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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive TechnologyAs educators, it is important that we become familiar with laws and regulations associated with assistive technolgy. Provided below is a list of summaries associated with assistive technology.Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)"The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. The law has four sections, or “Titles”. Title I addresses employment, saying that any employer who has 15 or more employees must offer “equal opportunity” to employment-related activities. Title II applies to state and local governments, and insists that people with disabilities be given equal access to public education, employment, transportation, recreation, health care, and other areas under their control. Title III addresses public accommodations that may be provided by private companies, including private schools, restaurants, stores, hotels, doctors’ offices, etc. Title IV addresses assistive technology specifically, as it requires that telephone companies provide the necessary services to allow people who are deaf or hearing impaired to use telecommunications devices."Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) "The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was initially passed in 1975 as P.L. 94-142. That law, known as the Education for All Handicapped Children Act, or the EHA, guaranteed that eligible children and youth with disabilities would have a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) available to them, designed to meettheir unique educational needs. P.L. 94-142 has been amended many times since passing in 1975, most recently in 2004."

Assistive Technology is any tool that enables the disabled or impaired to perform a functional task in order to meet his or her individualied education plan (IEP). These tasks can include, but not limited to: communication, mobility, or paticipation in a general educational setting.

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What is Assistive Technology?

Visual aids give students with visual difficulties access to information. Visual aids can include magnifiers, large print books, books on tape, and computer sofware.

Hearing aids gives students with hearing difficulties access to information. Devices include amplifiers, hearing aids, and typing telephones.

Hearing Impaired

Learning Disababled

Seeing Impaired

Physically Disabled

There is an enormous amount of assistive tools that support students with learning disabilities. A few examples include ipads, computer software, talking calculators, etc.

Physically disabled students have a number of tools that help support their disability. A few examples of these devices include: wheelchairs, walkers, adjustable tables, etc.


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