Assistive technology for educational use

Below you will find an outline representing a continuum of assistive technology for educational use in several major curricular areas.  Depending on the task, students will likely use a variety of technological tools.  In general, the outline is organized from low to high assistive technology; students may require tools across the continuum to complete different types of tasks.  Proper implementation of assistive technology is key to student success.

  • Computer Access
    • Color Scheme
    • Large operating system features
    • Built-in magnification
    • Fully featured magnification
    • Magnification with screen reader
    • Screen reader
    • Screen reader with Braille device
  • Technology for Academic Areas
    • Reading
    • Writing
      • High contrast pen
      • Portable word processing device
      • Typing with audio support
      • Braillewriter
      • Typing with Braille support
      • Electronic Braille notetaker
      • Voice recognition
    • Math
      • Large print measuring tools (rulers, protractors)
      • Large key calculator
      • Tactile measuring devices
      • Abacus
      • Talking calculator
      • Models or 2D & 3D geometric shapes
      • Tiger embossed, PIAF Tactile representation
  • Expanded Core Curriculum
    • Pictorial Information
      • Enlarged format
      • CCTV
      • Models or objects
      • Tactile graphics
      • Tactile-audio graphics
    • Note-Taking
      • Slate and stylus
      • Tape or digital recording device
      • Computer-based recording software
      • Electronic Braille notetaker
    • Mobility

Excerpted and adapted from the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative’s “Assessing Students’ Needs for Assistive Technology” online publication.

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