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Special Issue: Technology for Learning
I have been involved with clients who use technology for learning, communication, and mobility for over twenty years. Within the past few years, I have intensified my efforts to learn about the most recent tools available for those who have learning disabilities and other learning challenges.
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What is assistive Technology?
IDEA97 states "Assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a child with a disability"
Assistive Technology Tools
I am excited about the recent developments in applying assistive technology for use with children and adults with learning disabilities. These tools include:
Screen readers that read aloud from web pages, email, computer based encyclopedias, documents, and other software.
Software that can read aloud (from your computer) magazines, worksheets, and entire textbooks including pictures and graphics.
Dictation software that allows children and adults to say their ideas as quickly as their brain works rather than waiting for their body to catch up. This software can be used with learning disabled children as young as nine at home and in the classroom.
Tools that copy teacher and meeting notes directly to the computer and translate these notes into computer text. This text can then be read aloud by a screen reader
Software for students to dictate their mathematics work, eliminating the need to key and copy answers from a separate calculator
Where to start
If you suspect learning difficulties are holding you or your child back, you should:
My learning disabilities services include:
In addition to high tech solutions, I can help you tap into other low cost, low tech available resources
Sharing these AT solutions with parents, schools, and service organizations allows me share my enthusiasm with a wider audience. Recent events have included
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