Assistive Technology

  • Edgerton Assistive Technology Logo of a tree and a ladder next to it. 

    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

    -Parents                                        -Students

     

    Internet Links

    -Microsoft's Accessibility Guide

    www.microsoft.com/enable  

    -Trace Research and Development Center

    http://trace.umd.edu/

    -National Center to Improve Practice in Special Education

     http://www2.edc.org/NCIP/ 

    -Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

    www.resna.org 

    -Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)

    www.cast.org 

    -Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI)

    www.wati.org 

    -Technology and Media Division of CEC

    www.tamcec.org 

    -Technology Integration

    www.lburkhart.com 

    -Augmentative/Alternative Communication

    www.aacintervention.com 

    -Learning Disability Resources

    www.ldresources.com 

     

    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.