Enhancing what students can do: Assistive technology devices can help students with special needs fully participate in the classroom

Appropriate accommodations can include the use of assistive technology devices.Thirty years ago, fewer than 100 such devices were commercially available. Today, more than 29,000 assistive technology' devices exist for individuals with disabilities and for aging adults (Bausch & Hasselbring, 2004), Too often, people think of these devices in temis of expensive laptop computers and sophisticated software. In fact, assistive technology includes a wide variety of devices that range from low-tech pencil grips (25 cents) to high-tech augmentative communication systems ($2,500) as well as services provided by assistive technologists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and physical therapists.

Poel, E. W.
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IDEA Disability Category: 
emotional disturbance
hearing impairment
intellectual disability
major-other health impairment
multiple disabilities
orthopedic impairment
specific learning disability
speech or language impairment
traumatic brain injury
Instructional Support: 
alternate access devices and systems
multiple formats of text and notation
opportunities to learn concepts
practice and reinforcement activities