Assistive Tech for Education
Assistive Technology can be highly beneficial for learners who live with disability.
Assistive Technology can support learning in various ways such as through adaptive workstations, note-taking, screen readers and real time captioning. Here are just a few examples of how assistive technology can support learners who live with physical and/or sensory disability.
Remote microphone technologies such as the roger pen can enhance student’s living with hearing impairments capacity to learn. This device is used by teachers and peers through them speaking into a microphone through a transmitter that is connected to a hearing aid or cochlear implant.
Live Remote Captioner: A person captions what the teacher is saying after hearing it through a microphone.
For other ideas around assistive technology to support learners with hearing impairment, visit:
Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training: https://www.adcet.edu.au/inclusive-technology/deaf-and-hard-of-hearing
Eye Gaze Technology: Eye Gaze Technology is used by people with significant physical disability. Eye Gaze Techhnology can be used by people living with physical disability to operate devices such as computers, ipads and phones with their eyes.
Keyboards, mice and computers: There are different ergonomic desks, mice and keyboards to support people living with physical disability
Dragon Software: Dragon Naturally Speaking Software is a speech to text software that allows the user to speak into the object for words to be written onto the screen.
For more information on assistive technology for physical disability visit: https://www.adcet.edu.au/inclusive-technology/physical-disability
Screen Readers: Screen readers such as JAWS can support people living with vison impairment through text to speech software, JAWS is a computer screen reader that support people living with vision impairment by reading what is on the screen.
Maginifiers: Computers and mobile cameras can be used to magnify photos and text to support people living with vision disability.
For more information on assistive technology for people living with vision impairment visit: https://www.adcet.edu.au/inclusive-technology/blind-and-vision-impaired
Want to use assistive technology such as apps, devices or programs? It may be beneficial to talk to your local service provider who may be able to support you with training.
In South Australia there are:
1300 043 837
104 Greenhill Rd
Unley SA 5061