Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology
Maggie Adams
Danielle Danaher
What is assistive technology?
O “Any
item, piece of equipment or
product system… that is used to
increase, maintain, or improve
functional capabilities of
individuals with disabilities”
Understanding Assistive Technology
O Pellerino Turri’s typewriter
O Braille
O Pre-computer technology
O Education for All Handicapped Children Act
O Assistive Technology Act of 1998
O There are an array of devices for each need,
O visual impairment
O hearing impairment
O communication disabilities
O learning disabilities
O motor-skill related disabilities
Don Johnston
O Don Johnston had a reading disability that
was never helped
O 32 years, 32,000 schools
O Make assistive technology for many reading
and writing disabilities, especially autism
and dyslexia
Our Opinion
The benefits far outweigh the negative
consequences. Using assistive
technology is more than worth it! We
should continue to use it in the
classroom, further the research, and
improve the technology.
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