What is Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology tools are all around us.  In fact, if you use technology at all, then you are likely using something commonly referred to as Assistive Technology.  Speaking for myself, these tools are part of my everyday life.  Tools such as Google Now, touch screen devices, voice to text and text to voice tools make my daily life that much easier.  The goal of my time in this class is to explore the plethora of assistive technology tools and see which ones I can apply to my JumpStart program that I am hoping to see funded by the end of this cohort.

In terms of supporting students with disabilities, this blog with be focusing on Assistive Technology Tools and services as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004, 20 U.S.C. § 1401. I will be posting and gathering resources as I find/learn them and apply that knowledge to the practical application for classroom usage in JumpStart.  Over the next eight weeks, I will also be working with Special Education teachers to provide access to and evaluate AT tools best fit for their students.  At the conclusion of the course, I plan to use this blog as a resource tool, not only for myself, but for anyone that is looking to explore AT tools for their classroom or program.