Assistive technology can be defined as any object or system that increases or maintains the capabilities of people with disabilities. The guide Assistive Technology for Children with Learning Difficulties, by Marshall Raskind and the YouTube video, Assistive Technology: Powerful Solutions for Success Preview, describes what AT is and some examples of AT we can find in classrooms. Most importantly, AT helps students become more independent. Student who may not have gone to school before, can now go and participate with everyday life with the use of AT. For example, a student who has mobility impairments can still go to school with the use of a specialized wheelchair.
As a special education teacher, I’ve seen AT used up close and I’ve seen the tremendous benefits it beings to both the student, the teacher, and peers. For example, I have many students who are non-verbal and use AAC devices (augmented and alternative communication) to communicate. These students, who before could not communicate, can now interact with their peers and teachers. AT also be as simple as a slant board or a pencil grip. With that being said, AT devices are not just for students with disabilities. Many students, whether they have disabilities or not, can be more successful when AT is implemented.