What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is any tool or device that a student with a disability uses to do a task that he or she 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.
Why is it important for all educators to be aware of assistive technology?
Assistive technology has the powerful potential of impacting significantly upon a student with disabilities by contributing to his or her learning, independence, self-esteem, and quality of life.
Who benefits from assistive technology?
Any student with a disability from mild to severe may benefit from the use of assistive technology. There is assistive technology to help an individual with reading, writing, remembering, walking, sitting, seeing, hearing, and communicating. Any student who needs help with any of these life functions may benefit significantly from the use of assistive technology.
What are some of the things assistive technology can do for students?
- Help a student learn
- Make things easier to turn on
- Hold things steady or in place
- Help a student get dressed or eat
- Make playing or recreational activities possible
- Allow communication or improve communication
- Help a student see or hear better
- Help a student control things such as a television, radio, computer or lights
What does the Murray Assistive Technology Team do?
The Murray School District Assistive Technology Teams serve as a resource for assessment and development of assistive technology systems for students who have limited ability to fully participate in school and life activities. Teams serve as a resource for assessment and development of assistive technology systems for students who have limited ability to fully participate in school and life activities.