Did you know that:
- Assistive technology, when needed, helps students receive a free appropriate, public education in the least restrictive environment, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
- IDEA ensures that children with disabilities (birth-age 21) receive early intervention, special education and needed related services.
- Educators must consider assistive technology for all children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
- Educators must provide assistive technology to students with an IEP who require it.
- Students transitioning to postsecondary education should understand how their rights differ from high school
- Assistive technology may be as simple as a pencil grip or as complex as a voice-activated computer.
Examples of Assistive Technology for Education
Assistive technology is often used to help students participate in school, enabling them to reach their educational goals. Below are a few examples of assistive technology used in school:
- Alternative keyboards (e.g. ergonomic keyboard, one-handed keyboard)
- Voice recognition software
- Talking calculator
- Height adjustable desk
- Portable reader (converts text-to-speech)
- Handheld video magnifier
- Specialized educational materials including software to assist students with tasks such as reading, writing, and math
- Pencil grips
- Handwriting guides
- Communication devices
If you would like to learn more about assistive technology for education, contact STAR or check out the resource section below.