What are Supportive and Assistive Technologies?
Assistive technology refers to services and devices that support students in their learning using assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative devices. It also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
Students who require assistive technology may have cognitive or physical impairments that may interfere with learning. Assistive technology helps to make students more independent at school and can be an important part of the support system for many students with identified learning challenges. Students with learning disabilities who have difficulty with reading or writing can benefit educationally from using technology to assist them with word processing and reading of electronic text.
There has been an increase of tablet use for students with differentiated learning needs. The APPs available for use are easily accessible and offer a variety of choices for learning styles and needs.