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What is Assistive/Adaptive Technology?

BY: ALYCIA JACOBS

What is Assistive/Adaptive Technology? BY: ALYCIA JACOBS

Assistive/Adaptive Technology

Assistive/Adaptive Technology  This refers to any equipment, modification or accommodation that can improve a person’s
Assistive/Adaptive Technology  This refers to any equipment, modification or accommodation that can improve a person’s

This refers to any equipment, modification or accommodation that can improve a person’s capacity to learn, to communicate, to solve problems, or to complete a task through the use of a computer (39).

11% of children ages 6 to 14 have some form of disabilities. That is roughly 4 million children.

Many teachers use technology to help kids with disabilities in the classroom.

Visually Impaired

Visually Impaired  Those who are visually impaired have hard times accessing a graphical web. 
Visually Impaired  Those who are visually impaired have hard times accessing a graphical web. 

Those who are visually impaired have hard times accessing a graphical web.

You can increase the size of text on computers, but that doesn’t always help.

There are websites, like GW Micro’s Window Eye that automatically reads the text that appears on the screen.

Most are expensive software to download, but NV Access is free. This will read the screen or have braille.

Special Need Apps

Special Need Apps  Cell phones are seen to be a distraction, but there are apps
Special Need Apps  Cell phones are seen to be a distraction, but there are apps

Cell phones are seen to be a distraction, but there are apps now for those with special needs.

These apps help individuals practice communication, social, and motor skills.

Even students with cerebral palsy are also able to communicate with much greater ease.

These apps are either free or cheap.

Speech to Text

Speech to Text  This software is useful in the classroom to assist students with learning
Speech to Text  This software is useful in the classroom to assist students with learning

This software is useful in the classroom to assist students with learning challenges with capturing their ideas and producing written projects. As the student speaks the software will type what ever they are saying. The software will also learn the users voice, so if there is background noise it will ignore it.

Text to Speech

Text to Speech  This software will read anything on the computer, text, books, or documents
Text to Speech  This software will read anything on the computer, text, books, or documents

This software will read anything on the computer, text, books, or documents out loud.

This helps learners that struggle. Allows students to complete tests or homework.

Keyboards and Keyguards

Keyboards and Keyguards  Some students have limited mobility. Having a keyboard will help them several
 Some students have limited mobility. Having a keyboard will help them several different ways. 
 Some students have limited mobility.
Having a keyboard will help them several
different ways.
 Keyguard is an option. This will help
students from inadvertently pressing keys
and instead guides them to strike only one
key at a time. This helps students that
hands tremble too much to type. The
picture provided is a keyguard.
 Screen Displayed keyboard is a graphic of a
keyboard displayed on the students screen.
They use a pointing device to press keys on
the screen displayed keyboard.

Input Devices

Input Devices  Input devices help students with motor disabilities.  Joysticks and small trackballs that
Input Devices  Input devices help students with motor disabilities.  Joysticks and small trackballs that

Input devices help students with motor disabilities.

Joysticks and small trackballs that control with thumb or finger can be attached to a table.

Students with limited hand mobility can use a head mounted pointer to control the pointer or insertaion point.

Switches are made in a vast array of color, shapes, and sizes. They can be operated by a tap, kick, or swipe.

Most of these are connected to computer by USB.

Review

Review 1. What percent of children have a disability between 6 and 14? Answer: 11% 2.
Review 1. What percent of children have a disability between 6 and 14? Answer: 11% 2.
  • 1. What percent of children have a disability between 6 and 14?

Answer: 11%

  • 2. What does a keyguard help students with?

Answer: helps students from inadvertently pressing keys and helps them press them one at a time.

  • 3. What do apps help special needs students with?

Answer: Practice communication, social and motor skills.

  • 4. Should these softwares be available for all teachers?

Answer: Of course!

Work Cited

• • Work Cited Gunter, Randolph E., and Glenda A. Gunter. Teachers Discovering Computers . Eighth
• • Work Cited Gunter, Randolph E., and Glenda A. Gunter. Teachers Discovering Computers . Eighth

Gunter, Randolph E., and Glenda A. Gunter. Teachers Discovering Computers. Eighth ed. 2015. 39-179. Print.

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Criteria

Points Available

Points Earned

Equal Distribution of Mini- Presentation (information, interactive, keeps audience’s attention)

5

 

Mini-Presentation Length (minimum of 10 slides/windows/screens)

10

Use of Presentation Software (Presentation runs smoothly for viewers, all links work, all videos work, games are interactive & contain correct information)

25

 

Interactive Learning Opportunity (Video, Q & A, game, etc.)

10

Knowledge of Content (All information presented is correct and up to date. All sources used are cited on correct slide/window/screen as well as a works cited page at the end of the presentation)

30

 

Professional Presentation (This presentation contains appropriate use of language, images, videos, etc. Presentation could be used during a Professional Development Day at a local school, if given the opportunity)

20

 

Total

100