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  • 1. Sarah Lindbom introducing Assistive Technology

2. Today we will be learning What assistive technology is Examples of assistive technology Laws concerning Assistive Technology 3. What is assistive technology? "Assistive Technology is any object or system that increases or maintains the capabilities of people with disabilities," (Wikimedia Foundation Inc., 2014) 4. AT can be used to help students with communication, academic assignments, social activities, and mobility. AT can cost as little as nothing or can be extremely expensive. Cost depends a lot on how technologically advanced it is. Many students with disabilities struggle in the academic world. AT helps students to achieve IEP objectives and participate in a regular classroom setting as much as possible. Assistive Technology or AT (Region 13 Education Service Center, n.d.) (State of Arizona Adaptive Aids & Devices, 2014) 5. Examples of Assistive Technology For the hearing and seeing impaired, and for those with learning and physical disabilities 6. Hearing Assistive Technology (HATS) HATS help in everyday communication. Their goal is to make hearing easier. They can be used with or without hearing aids. Easier hearing=Better Listening=Greater Communication (Oticon, n.d.) Amigo T30 is a body-worn transmitter for use in educational settings. FM receivers are attached to the childs hearing aid or worn on the body. Transmitters and Receivers The teacher wears the transmitter and the student wears a receiver. The transmitter has a microphone that sends the teachers voice directly to the pupils receiver. This helps the teachers voice to be heard over distances and other noises. 7. Assistive Technology for the Visually Impaired Magnifying glasses Braille Audio Books High Contrast Keyboards Screen Readers Magnifying Glass (Shot in the Dark Mysteries, 2014) Braille High-contrast Keyboards GeekAlerts, n.d., 8. Assistive Technology for Learning Disabilities One example is using Electronic Math Worksheets. They help to: Process math problems Helps with aligning math problems Problems online can be read aloud 9. Assistive Technology for Physical Disabilities A manual wheelchair can help student who have trouble walking or moving to be more mobile. (Dedicated motion, n.d.) 10. Laws Concerning Assistive Technology challenge is not to educate the children we used to have or want to have, but to educate the children who come to the schoolhouse door." -- H. G. Wells 11. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or the IDEA, are federal laws concerning special education. IDEA guarantees that children have the right to a free, public education in the least confining environment. The IDEA amendment of 2004 requires that assistive technology be considered when planning a students IEP. IDEA also mandates that schools provide AT training not only for the teacher, but also for the student and his/her family. (Wrightslaw, 2010) 12. References Dedicated motion (n.d.). wheelchair [image]. Retrieved from http://dedicatedmotion.com/index.php/prospin- x4.html GeekAlerts (n.d.). high contrast keyboard [image]. Retrieved from http://www.geekalerts.com/high-contrast- keyboard/ Oticon (n.d.). Amigo T3 [image]. Retrieved from http://www.oticon.com/products/wireless-accessories/amigo-fm/transmitters.aspx Region 13 Education Service Center. Retrieved from http://www4.esc13.net/assistivetech Shot in the Dark Mysteries (2014). backyard sleuths [photograph]. Retrieved from http://www.shotinthedarkmysteries.com/backyard-sleuths/ State of Arizona Adaptive Aids & Devices (2014, January 3). . Retrieved from http://www.nextlevelat.com Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (2014). Assistive technology. In Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved March 27, 2014, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assistive_technology Wrightslaw (2010, June 30). Assistive Technology - Wrightslaw. Retrieved from http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/atech.index.htm 13. Whats Your Message?THANKS FOR READING