Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology are tools used to help a student learn. Many kinds of Assistive
Technology is used at Dr. Oakley School. Please remember that if your student is coded
with a Learning Disability, the purchase of this equipment is a tax deduction. If you
purchase through the school, you will get a better price.
This is a free text to speech program.
Alberta Education and Assistive
Learning Disabilities Association of
Canada and Assistive Technology
University of Toronto Adaptive Technology Resource Centre.
The Special Needs Opportunity Windows or SNOW Project is a provider of online
resources and professional development opportunities for educators and parents of
students with special needs.
The Learning Disabilities Resource Community (LDRC) has been developed to provide
knowledge-building and communication tools for individuals and groups involved in the
education of those with learning disabilities and to support research and development in
associated fields.
Assistive Technology Centre promotes education in the area of technology solution for
individuals with a disability.
Assistive Technology:
both high tech and low tech tools
to help individuals with learning disabilities reach their full potential
 become independent
 experience success
 increase confidence and
self esteem
 removes barriers
need to find the right tool and
support the learner while they
learn how to use the technology
Tools to help with organization
 Highlighters
 index cards
 color-coding
 graph paper
 beepers/buzzers
 headphones or earplugs to shut out distractions
 PDAs, mini pocket recorders
Tools to help with auditory/listening skills
 Using carbonless paper (where a fellow student writes notes and gives the
student with a learning difference a copy), or a copy of the notes ahead of time
from the teacher so that the student may concentrate on the information rather
than getting down the information
 Amplification device
 Laptop computers for note taking
 Recorder
 Audio books
 iPods
 Multi-Media Centers in the library used for animation
Tools to help with visual processing skills
 Recorder
 Using colour overlays or changing background colours on the computer
 Making text size larger
 Text to speech software such as Read and Write Gold
 Audio books
 Flip Video
Tools to help with Math skills
 Use of graph paper or color coding for columns
Calculators and talking calculators
Tools to help with reading skills
 Text to speech software
 Audio books, e-books
 Colour overlays
Tools to help with writing skills
 Text to speech software to read back written work when editing and revising
 Speech to text software (Dragon Naturally Speaking)
 Word processor with spell and grammar check
 Webbing programs such as Inspirations
 Word prediction program such as in Read and Write Gold
 Paper with raised lines
 Laptop computer