When a learner with special needs has difficulty accessing the world around them, educators can assign specific assistive technology (AT) devices to support the learner. AT devices are used to participate and accomplish specific tasks that should otherwise be difficult or impossible. This allows the learner to be successful in school, at home, and in the community. Assistive technology is “…the utilization of adaptive, assistive, and rehabilitative devices for the people, having certain learning disabilities” (Fteiha, 2017, pg. 36).
In the world of AT devices, there are high-tech and low-tech equipment. High-tech devices are generally range in expense and are electronically operated. High-tech devices can assist in the areas of communication, academics, and independent living. Here are some examples for each of these three areas.
Low-tech devices are equipment that do not require much training and are generally less expensive. Low-tech devices can assist in the areas of communication, academics, and independent living. Here are some examples for each of these three areas.
Fteiha, M. A. (2017). Effectiveness of assistive technology in enhancing language skills for
children with autism. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 63(1), 36–44.