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Assistive Technology for Education

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.

Fact Sheet

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