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Intro to Assistive Technology

Learn what assistive technology (AT) is, how it's categorized, and how it's used.

Anna Colley

on 15 July 2011

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Transcript of Intro to Assistive Technology

Introduction to
Assistive Technology What if a student does not have easy access to the input or the output? Input Processing Output Typical Teaching Instruction Child behavior Oversimplified translation: What's the difference between assistive technology and plain-old technology? They may look exactly the same. What differentiates technology from assistive technology is its function.
Is the technology used as an enhancement, or a necessity? The assistive technology continuum What can AT devices help people to do? Aids for daily living attipscast.wordpress.com What is Assistive Technology (AT)? Assistive technology, or AT, is “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.”
Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 AT helps students receive the input or deliver the output. No-Tech Assistive Technology No-tech solutions make use of procedures, services and existing conditions in the environment that do not involve the use of devices or equipment.

These might include services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy or the services of other specialists.
Low-Tech Assistive Technology Low-tech items are less sophisticated and can include devices such as adapted spoon handles, non-tipping drinking cups and Velcro fasteners.
Medium-Tech Assistive Technology Medium-tech devices are relatively complicated mechanical devices, such as wheelchairs.
High-Tech Assistive Technology High-tech devices incorporate sophisticated electronics or computers.
Q: What are you likely to see in schools? A: Low-tech AT is everywhere, and many teachers are using it without even realizing it's AT. In the realm of medium- to high-tech AT, you can expect to see switches, AAC devices, and software most often. Assistive listening and amplification devices
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Computer Access Recreation and Leisure
Environmental Control Mobility Seating and Positioning Aids for vision impairments A: Check out the A.T.TIPScast for lots of AT ideas and a super-easy staff development solution. Q: How can I learn more? Q: What should I do if I need help? LSTC's you can call:
Jill Coyle & Kathy Tunning (Buice School) Charles Ellison (Oakland Meadows)
Anna Colley (Monarch School)

Contact the AT Department at the ISC: Debra Mastin (Implementation)
George Amon (TST) For people with typical abilities, technology makes doing things easier. For people with disabilities, technology makes doing things possible. -Mary Pat Radabauer Cause and effect Any questions? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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