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Assistive Technology

For students with IEPs

Definition: Assistive technology (AT) is clearly relevant to achievement of student’s postsecondary goals and will explicitly foster skill development and achievement of those goals. Staff and students are specifically trained on the use of the student’s assistive technology.


Elements:

  • Assistive technology is any tool that helps students with disabilities do things more quickly, easily, or independently
  • Students need practice and experience with assistive technology before leaving high school
  • Training for staff and students

Overview resources

Assistive technology services and resources at the UNH Institute on Disability (IOD). The IOD has several projects to improve access to AT solutions and services. They also offer a variety of AT training and education programs.

The AssistiveTECHNOLOGYCenter is New Jersey’s online resource for information and equipment. They help people with disabilities, their families, teachers and employers identify and learn to use the technology that will be most effective in meeting their goals.

The National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) provides a comprehensive set of tools and resources for ensuring accessible educational materials (AEM). It’s got good introductory material plus tools and resources for all levels of educators and administrators.  It’s a vast site – this seems to be a good starting point: QuickStarts. Also check out:

  • AIM Explorer is a free software simulation tool that combines grade-leveled digital text with access features common to most text readers and other supported reading software. 
  • AEM Navigator is an online interactive tool to help with decision-making around accessible educational materials for an individual student. The four major decision points in the process include 1) determination of need, 2) selection of format(s), 3) acquisition of format(s), and 4) selection of supports for use.

AbleData is a comprehensive, unbiased database for products, equipment, solutions, and resources to improve productivity and ease tasks.

Blog on assistive technology for people with reading disabilities, dyslexia, low vision, blindness and other disabilities that make reading, writing, and other tasks difficult.

Assistive technology annotated bibliography, from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition. Its purpose is to summarize research and resources to update families, educators, and researchers on current knowledge related to assistive technology and secondary transition. PDF, 20 pages, 2016

Microsoft overview of AT with Microsoft products

iPhone and iPad accessibility tools

Executive Function Skills at Work: How Technology Can Help (PDF, 5 pages, 2016) helps parents and students learn about tools and strategies for skills needed on the job such as time management, completing tasks, and organizing. From the Center on Technology and Disability.

Recommended software and apps

Keene State College’s Free and Low-Cost Assistive Technology resource is easy to use. It suggests AT useful for college work and those aiming at college work.

Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities is an online guide from EdSmart with suggestions for mobile apps and desktop software.

Videos

ATinNH is a New Hampshire statewide assistive technology program with the Institute on Disability at UNH. They have their own ATinNH Youtube channel with many short how-to assistive technology videos on subjects ranging from how to create an iPad stand to tips for simple wheelchair maintenance. Watch an interview with Therese Willkomm, director of ATinNH and creator of most of the videos on the YouTube channel: Build Better Accommodation Solutions for Less.

New Jersey’s AssistiveTECHOLOGYCenter has a video series of people with disabilities living better lives with a little help from assistive technology.

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) provides assistive technology to federal employees with disabilities and wounded, ill and injured military service members. Check out their assistive technology demonstration videos on Youtube.

Training for educators and families

The Center on Technology and Disability has free resources – personal and professional development (PPD) webinars, articles, guides, training materials and more. Useful whether you’re brand new to assistive technology or an experienced user wanting to remain on the leading edge.

Related framework pages

This area overlaps with other areas of the Framework. See the pages below, depending on your area of interest.

Self-determination and self-advocacy

Transition assessment