Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Essay

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Assistive Technology for Individuals with Disabilities Assistive technology plays an important role in the learning process for individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology is defined as "any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." (Maushak, Kelley & Blodgett, 2001, p. 419) Assistive technology is very beneficial to individuals that have disabilities. For example, students with mental retardation benefit from extremely organized learning situations because of their limited cognitive abilities. Students who are hearing impaired, blind, or visually…show more content…
It is considered to be a “type and talk” device which is a wonderful tool for individuals with speech disabilities. Augmentative and Alternative communicators can depend on the DynaWrite to help them express what they are trying to say without hesitations. This has helped many individuals communicate to their family and friends. Imagine that you were able to understand what was going on around you and all you wanted to do is be able to have input into the conversation, but you were unable to contribute fast enough, therefore you were often forgotten. DynaWrite allows for communication to be much easier. DynaWrite has many features such as voice retention Technology. VRT lets the augmented communicators back up to an hour of digital recording time. DynaWrite`s function keys activate features common to all DynaVox devices, such as speech, word morphology, word prediction, transfer, spelling, system menu and more. It is lightweight and compact; the DynaWrite weighs just 1.0kg (2.16 lbs). It contains single and dual switch scanning. The keyboard options for scanners are Optimized, QWERTY and ABC arrangements. VeriVox voice technology provides the most natural sounding voices available in augmentative communication devices. This helps the individual to feel more “normal” when speaking to others. There have been many success stories of individuals that have adopted this technology into their lives.
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