Assistive technology for individuals with disabilities: A review and synthesis of the literature

Despite the emphasis on technology and the rapid proliferation of assistive technology devices, little is known about the specific uses of assistive technology with persons who vary in disability type, severity, and age. The present study conducted a comprehensive review and a systematic analysis of published reports of assistive technology and skill acquisition of persons with disabilities. Uses of assistive technology, its benefits and obstacles, are reviewed. The results provide indications why technology is often abandoned. Implications for practitioners and researchers are discussed.

Author: 
Alper S. & Raharinirina S.
Year: 
2006
Source: 
Journal of Special Education Technology, 21(2), 47-64.
Type: 
Related Research
Grade Level: 
transition
IDEA Disability Category: 
autism
deaf-blindness
deafness
emotional disturbance
hearing impairment
major-other health impairment
intellectual disability
multiple disabilities
orthopedic impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
traumatic brain injury
Instructional Support: 
multiple formats of text and notation
opportunities to learn concepts
practice and reinforcement activities