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Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities

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Katelyn Lernihan

on 8 August 2014

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Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
What is Assistive Technology?
Screen Readers
Closing thoughts
Programs with bells and whistles may not be necessary
Accessible AT for Students with Learning Disabilities
Assistive Technology for Reading, Writing and Organization
Katy Lernihan & Janelle Ellis
Fairfax County Public Schools
Assistive Technology Services
Career and Transition Services
In simple terms...
Assistive technology (AT) is any tool that allows an individual with a disability do things more quickly, easily or independently. It can be elaborate and expensive or simple and low-cost.
Universal Design in Learning
You can find UDL all around us

Allows for the student to be in control of how they access information
Voice Dream Reader ($9.99)
Converts any given web page into a clean view for reading on your computer, smartphone, or tablet
Ability to bookmark websites to read later
Can be used across all platforms; tablets, phones, browsers
Voice Dream Reader

Only in the form of an app, but great for students on the go, who utilize a tablet for organization
Built-in integration with
Dropbox and Bookshare
Cost is $9.99
Citation Machine.net
Speech Recognition
Start small and expand to other AT tools
Interactive machine that
creates reference citations
for research papers


Offers various reference

Create and share
sources so
that you
never lose
Cloud all
of your
notes in
one place
Great tool to use with
other AT devices (screen readers)

Great for personal organization

"Accessory" for other AT tools
For iphone, ipad & android
Additional resources:
View Youtube video tutorials before downloading apps
Katy Lernihan
Check features and accessibility
settings on your mobile devices or
Built in
Ease of Access
Read and Write

to be used with
Google Docs
Free 30 day trial- $100
Open Dyslexic
to adjust font
Google Chrome
The key to UDL is to eliminate student barrier

Example of real world UDL: Siri, curb cuts
Read: Outloud
By Don Johnston
Kurzweil 3000
Program Overview
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Speech Recognition
is now a built in feature of Windows 7 and above.

Not as sophisticated
as Dragon but a great option to test the waters
Word Prediction
Co: Writer
Extension tool
for Chrome

Create a screen reader
built on to the browser
is Assistive Technology in FCPS impacting students?
AT Ambassador Program
Janelle Ellis
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