In today’s society, there are many developments in technology that is making communication and educational learning easier for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities are now accomplishing more due to developments in technology. However, students with learning disabilities still have difficulty creating ideas, physically writing, difficulty communicating, and difficulty spelling. Assistive technology can help students-thrive in this world- that have learning and physically challenged disabilities. It brings a feeling of normalcy and maintaining self-respect because it allows students to function independently at school, work, and home. A new door will open by ...view middle of the document...
There are various types of assistive technology devices that have been designed to assist disabled persons.
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPARIED STUDENT
Screen reading technology provides a visually impaired student a way to retrieve information from a computer screen through audial abilities. It is through this technology that students are able to control the areas on the computer screen that they want to be spoken. Screen reading technology also allows an individual to have complete control over the rate of voice, tone, pitch, and even switch languages. What does this mean for a visually impaired student? This new technology will allow an individual to be capable of reading emails, search internet sites, Excel, Microsoft Office documents, or any database for that matter. Screen reading technology consist of two apparatuses, the screen reading software and a speech synthesizer. The software is an application that reads the data shown on the screen via audio by means of passing data onto a speech synthesizer (Huijgevoort, 2002). This assistive technology is just one of the many new advancements that have been designed to assist students with visual impairments. More devices worth mentioning is magnification software, braille printers, and optical character scanners. Additionally, new advancements in technology allows students with motor impairments to access and process data.
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
A major barrier for the hearing impaired differs significantly from those with visual or motor impaired disabilities. The hearing impaired has a barrier of audio or hearing spoken words. However, there has been many advancements for the hearing impaired within the last century. Schools are now using amplification systems in the classrooms. Many homes are equipped with text telephones (TTYs), and with the advancements in cell phones the hearing impaired can now use applications such as text messaging and emails.
Amplifications systems have been around for quite some time. These systems can enhance the clearness and volume of what a teacher is saying for those with limited hearing impairments. Amplification systems can vary from hearing aids to special devices that are easily carried in one’s pocket. Many school systems are now including new amplification systems in the classrooms for those students with hearing impairments. This has shown to assist those and increase their educational opportunities (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2010).
Students who have hearing impairments are very capable of communicating via cell phone or internet. This communication can come from text messaging to e-mailing. Each of these communication devices has greatly bridged the gap between those that was not otherwise capable of communicating with a hearing impaired individual.
TECHNOLOGY FOR THE MOTOR IMPARIED
A major barrier for those with motor impaired disabilities is the computer keyboard and mouse. However, with the new developments in assistive...