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Assistive Technology

What is assistive technology???According to South Carolina Assistive Technology program, assistive technology is any tool that helps students with disabilities do things more quickly, easily or independently. It can be elaborate and expensive or simple and low-cost. Assistive technology services are supports for using assistive technology devices, such as assistive technology evaluations, equipment maintenance, technical assistance, demonstration or training.

The law says what???The 1997 reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) recognizes and mandates that children with a disability are to be considered for the use of assistive technology. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act says, if it is needed to assure equal access or to remove program and service barriers, students with disabilities can use assistive technology.

A sound field system used in the schools to help improve the sound environment.FrontRow Pro Digital

OCR is an assistive technology device for students that are blind or visually impaired. The OCR consist of 3 parts, scanning, recognition, and reading text. The selected text is scanned and then read to the student.Optical Character Recognition

This tablet can be used for students with learning disabilities. It come pre-loaded with all the content and curriculum from mobymax.com. The students take an assessment in the five academic subjects, and are assigned lessons based on their performance and academic needs.Moby Max Tablet

A mouth stick is for students that are physically impaired and cant use their hands. The stick is placed in the students mouth and they are able to type and navigate touchscreen devices.Mouth Stick

References http://www.mobymax.com/Tablethttp://www.phonicear.com/SF/Products/FrontRow_Pro_Digital.aspxhttp://www.sc.edu/scatp/cdrom/atused.htmlhttp://www.teachingvisuallyimpaired.com/video-magnifiers.htmlhttp://webaim.org/articles/motor/assistive#mouthstick