Assistive Technology And Instructional Technology

1551 Words May 18th, 2016 7 Pages
“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn 't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” –Steve Ballmer Technology can be very empowering especially for children who are exceptional. In understanding both Assistive Technology and Instructional technology one may begin to see how they can both beneficial to student with disabilities.
To understand Assistive technology (A.T.), we first should defined it. Assistive technology is defined as, as any gadget/equipment for and exceptional individual that helps to counter-balance their specific disability(s). (Stanberry & Raskind, 2009, para.4) In clearer terms A.T. is any device that is used to help someone with a disability complete daily tasks. The devices enable children with disabilities to function more independently in their environment. Assistive devices are considered to be useful in improving a child’s quality life.
Assistive Tech. devices can be classified as low-tech, middle-tech, or high-tech. Low-Tech are non-electronical devices. Assistive Technology low-tech devices includes items such as adaptive spoons handles, story boards, and picture boards. Middle-Tech devices are simple mechanical devices. Middle-tech A.T. devices consist of gadgets such as word processors, audio books, and manual wheel chairs. Lastly you have…

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