Thursday, January 28, 2010

Assistive Technology

Computer-based technologies can help students that can’t have a traditional educational because they have a disability that keeps them from participating in a regular class. Computer technology can help widen the range of educational activities by meeting the needs of students with mild to severe learning disorders so that they can become active learners in class. Using computer technology for word processing, communication, research, and multimedia projects can assist millions of students that have certain learning and emotional disorders to be on the same level as their peers who do not have these disorders. The problem is that untrained teachers do not know how to use the computer assistive technology correctly in class and the technology is too expensive for most schools. Computer technology has many benefits for students with disabilities, but the lack of training and the cost have to be addressed before they can be used more.

I think that schools should make it a priority to train teachers and set aside money for computer based technologies.

This video does a great job summarizing assistive technology. Her description of the assistive technology in her school district is clear, concise, and to the point.

Do the people who are involved with policy decisions know about computer technology use issues for disabled students?