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Assistive Technology 101



Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as talking with friends, going to school and work, or participating in recreational activities is a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help to overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance their quality of life and lead more independent lives.

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What's New

Help Your Child with a Learning Disability Be More Independent with Assistive Technology

Tips and strategies for using AT to encourage the independence of a student with learning disabilities while in school and as they transition to college or work.

New! Education Technology

Technology is proving to be valuable in support of reading and writing instruction, universal access to instructional materials, assessment, professional collaboration, and home-to-school communication. Some parents, educators and researchers say that technology is a game changer in how we teach and how children learn.

Center on Technology and Disability

Center on Technology and Disability Find a wealth of free webinars, articles, guides, training materials, and more — all about assistive technology to support students with learning disabilities.

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Today's Blog

"Aiming for Access" with June Behrmann

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More Highlights

Multisensory Teaching Strategies

Multisensory teaching is effective for all students. The strategies in this article offer sugges-tions to spark thinking about how to layer in multisensory instruction without losing valuable time.

Connecting Word Meanings Through Semantic Mapping

Semantic maps (or graphic organizers) help students, especially struggling students and those with disabilities, to identify, understand, and recall the meaning of words they read in the text.

The Difference Between IEPs and 504 Plans

Both Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans can offer formal help for K–12 students with learning and attention issues. They’re similar in some ways but quite different in others. This chart compares them side-by-side to help you understand the differences.

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Renegade Rooster, Everglade lke, by Dylan, age 10

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Today's First Person Essay

I'm never sure what to expect anymore by Michelle Sarabia

My son sits up at 9 months. He speaks at 15 months. The doctor says, "Some children take longer." Other doctors examine him. Our son is behind, they say, but it's nothing serious. They say, "Don't worry." No one says, "Developmentally delayed."

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