(Infographic) Assistive technology (AT) and Learning Disabled Children
Here Are Some Tips to Guide You as You Explore AT Options for Your Child, brought to you by BestEducationDegrees.
Make sure you understand the basics—what AT can and cannot do.
Review your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan to see if it includes provisions for assistive technology.
FACT: Federal law includes a mandate for IEP teams to consider assistive technology.
FACT: There are two laws for K-12 students in public school that may offer supports and services: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 plan. Schools that receive federal funding are obligated to serve students under Section 504.
If your child doesn’t have an IEP or 504 plan (or even if one is in place), use The Family Center on Technology and Disability’s “Assistive Technology Solutions Fact Sheet” to identify AT devices that may best suit your child.
Make sure the technology really addresses his or her needs, and that it’s easy to use.
For students who struggle with a reading disability such as dyslexia, audio or digital books can make a huge difference! Learn how reading technologies can help..
Try the AIM Explorer, a free simulation tool that combines grade-leveled digital text with features common to most text readers and other supported reading software.
New “apps” for smartphones and tablets are being developed all the time. Learn how to evaluate them.
Review the standard features and functions that your existing computer hardware and software provide.
Don’t forget to consider low-tech (and low-cost) options such as highlighters, color coding files or drawers or a different paper color.