What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology is 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 children with disabilities.
Examples of Assistive Technology
Problem Area: Example: 1. Physical difficulty with writing Slant Board 2. Unable to use a mouse Track Ball 3. Composing written material Talking Word Processor 4. Unintelligible speech Communication Board/Book 5. Turning pages in a text book Adapted book with page spacers 6. Manipulating a calculator Calculator with large keys 7. Following a schedule Picture schedule
Who needs to think about Assistive Technology?
-Regular Education Teachers -Administrators
-Special Education Staff -Transition Coordinator
-Paraprofessionals -Transition Agencies
-Microsoft's Accessibility Guide
-Trace Research and Development Center
-National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education
-Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
-Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
-Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI)
-Technology and Media Division of CEC
-Learning Disability Resources
For more information on Assistive Technology in the Edgerton School District, contact Lori Van Himbergen, Director of Special Education, or a member of the Assistive Technology Team: Beth Appel, Christi Gansen, Julia Garczynski, James Haas, Michelle Huber, Daphne Knox, Georgia Paulson, Lisa Pemper, or Nicole Spang.