I count myself lucky to be a special education teacher because I get to work with some of the most amazing students and teachers EVER! That may seem a little biased, but I’m pretty sure it’s true haha! The teachers at my school are amazing cheerleaders for our students, they give a voice to the voiceless. As special education teachers we are always looking for ways to even the playing for our kiddos in comparison to the “typical” student.
One of the ways we are able to accomplish this goal is through assistive technologies (AT). These are low-tech and high tech devices that allow our students to; read, write, speak, creatively think, and so much more. These devices make it easier for our students to gain their independence. I recently used the program VoiceThread to create a presentation on assistive technologies. In this presentation I have highlighted: uses for AT, different types of AT, what the future of AT looks like and more.
Here is a link to view the presentation: Assistive Technologies Presentation
I have also created a script for the video if you would like to follow along with that as well.
While researching more about assistive technology, I came across some pretty amazing websites and resource that you should check out when you can:
- If you don’t have time to look at any other resource this article from Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATiA) is your go to, it pretty much answers any and all questions you could ever have about AT.
- The website Autism Helper is a great website with plethora of free resources.
- This webpage from American Council of the Blind, is an extensive list on different resources and organizations that will help with AT funding.
- If you’ve never even heard of AT and are thinking what is this crazy women rambling about, well here is a very simplified informational video.