Assistive Technology: Supporting Learners in Inclusive Classrooms

For Assistive Technology (AT) to be effective in the classroom, the teachers and students need to learn who to use it correctly. AT’s can be used to promote independence and academic success. Today, there are over 29,000 different AT devicesĀ available.

AT devices can be used to aid in feeding and dressing. AT’s can also assist in an individuals mobility. Helping an individual navigate the school building or walking down the street. There are devices that can be used to assist in communication. This is of great help in the classroom allowing students to participate in discussions and complete assignments.

When choosing which AT’s should be used in the classroom, one must take into account the instructional goals as well as the individuals needs. The teacher must think about what barriers the AT will put on the student and classroom. The teacher needs to think about how much training is going to be need to implement the AT and whether or not it will provide a wide range of communication for the student. AT’s are not a one size fits all.

New technology is constantly being produced. It is important for the teacher to be aware of these new technologies and use them when necessary.

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(Simpson, McBride, Spencer, Lowdermilk & Lynch, 2009)

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