Making Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

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INTRODUCTION 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 applying accommodations into student’s lives that have learning and physical disabilities (Bevan, 2003). For the purpose of this paper I will be addressing the available assistive technology for students with visual, motor, and hearing impairments. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY The term assistive technology may be defined as a device or service that can aid people with disabilities or a device that can be used to increase or continue a disabled person’s functional abilities. According to the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP), an assistive technology device is defined as any service that benefits a disabled individual obtain, select, and/or use an assistive technology (The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, 1997). Assistive technology devices can and do benefit individuals with visual, motor, and hearing impairments by allowing the individual to obtain a higher level of success that would otherwise not be reached. Students are able to acquire more educational opportunities and emerging adults can find more employment ... ... middle of paper ... ...e difficulties (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2010). However, it is important to note that not all assistive technology device or software program will work with all students. Furthermore, assistive technology can offer students with the capability to self-pace learning in the schoolrooms that would otherwise move to fast. The benefits to students are developed straight from assistive technology’s ability to recompense for the skill discrepancies of students with learning disabilities. Assistive technology allow students to by-pass their disability (Bryant & Bryant, 1998), to lessen the effect of the disability (Derer et al., 1996), or substitutes the ability that is either absent or weakened. For some students with disabilities, assistive technology offers a way through which students can successfully interconnect whether through communication, reading , and/or script.
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