Technology is everywhere and beneficial to everyone. Technology is various in uses and pricing, but generally accessible to people with libraries now offering free service and checkout of technology. Assistive Technology helps those with learning disabilities by using their strengths to work around their disabilities. Stanberry et al. defines Assistive technology as such," Assistive Technology for kids with Learning disabilities is defined as any device, piece of equipment or system that helps bypass, work around or compensate for an individual's specific learning deficits." Stanberry et al. (2009) AT helps to encourage a student's self-reliance and self-independence.
AT can support children in numerous areas, math, listening, reading, writing, organization, and memory. There are several assistive technology tools available to teachers. This is especially important for kids who struggle with learning—whether in reading, writing, math, or another subject. AT can help these kids thrive in school and in life. And that can help grow their confidence and independence.
Personal FM listening systems help to transmit a speaker's voice directly to the user's ear. The device enables the listener to focus on what the speaker is saying. The speaker wears a wireless transmitter and microphone, and a receiver using an earphone worn by the listener make up the FM listening device. This listening device is excellent for those who struggle to hear clearly In loud environments like a classroom. These devices give hearing aids a break and reduce the mental fatigue associated with drowning out all that background noise and pick up on speech. This device drowns out background noise, reduces mental fatigue,
improves clarity, and hearing from a distance. This device is perfect for people of all ages.
Audiobooks or publications are "Recorded books allow users to listen to a text and are available in various formats, such as audiocassettes, CDs, and MP3 downloads. Special playback units allow users to and search and bookmark pages and chapters. Subscription services offer extensive electronic library collections." Stanberry et al. (2019) Audiobooks are proven to help students with reading disabilities become better readers and learners. They can be a powerful tool to support comprehension, boost confidence, save time on schoolwork, and ultimately lead to better outcomes.
Audiobooks allow students to hear clear sounds of letters and letter patterns that form words. Audiobooks also help students engage in text and gain exposure to more words, ultimately improving vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Audiobooks can be used for children and people of all ages. The only issue would be the purchase cost for each audiobook; however, now, libraries offer the check out of these audiobooks, so they do not have to be purchased. Companies like audible now make it even easier to listen to these audiobooks on any smart device the user already owns, and at very affordable pricing.
Some may consider the use of Assistive technology as cheating. This is not true; these devices are solutions that level the playing field for those who would otherwise, the tasks at hand would not be possible. AT is also not more work for the teacher; it helps the teacher free up time. It merely takes incorporating this technology into the curriculum, much like a teacher would include assessments.
Assistive technology levels the playing field. It promotes independence and helps those with disabilities to compensate for their impairments. This technology decreases the need for support and allows individuals to care for themselves and their family members.
Stanberry, K., & Raskin, M. H. (2019, September 26). Assistive technology for kids with learning disabilities: An overview. Reading Rockets. https://www.readingrockets.org/article/assistive-technology-kids-learning-disabilities-overview