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Technology can open doors and break down barriers for children, youth, and adults with disabilities. Whether in the classroom or workplace, assistive technology (including devices, software, recordings, and much more) can increase, maintain, or improve the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Also, technology that is used by everyone, such as spell check, can be particularly helpful to people with learning disabilities. Here we explore new developments in technology that can accommodate people with learning disabilities.

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Adolescent Literacy: What's Technology Got to Do With It?

Learn how technology tools can support struggling students and those with learning disabilities to acquire background knowledge and vocabulary, improve their reading comprehension, and increase their motivation for learning.

Assistive Technology 101

Assistive technology is any kind of technology that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Learn more about Assistive Technology and ways your students might benefit from it.

Assistive Technology and the IEP

Assistive Technology Assessment: More Than the Device

Assistive Technology at Work

Read about the uses of assistive technology (AT) for people with learning disabilities in the workplace. The obligations of the employer and learning-disabled employee are summarized. Job Accommodation Network (JAN) can play a role in facilitating the process. Suggestions are given for commercially available and specialized devices that have an AT function. Links to additional information on AT are also provided.

Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview

If your child has a learning disability, he or she may benefit from assistive technology tools that play to their strengths and work around their challenges.

Assistive Technology Glossary

It is important for parents to understand the "language" of assistive technology so they can be informed advocates for their child's technology needs. The following glossary of terms can help parents learn about the kinds of assistive technologies that are currently available and how they can be used.

Assistive Technology Laws

Assistive Technology Tools: Reading

Learn about assistive technology tools — from audiobooks to variable-speed tape recorders — that help students with reading.

Be an Empowered Consumer: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Do you ever want to tell the people who make assistive technology products exactly want you think? Options for communication range from calling tech support to being a beta tester. Find out how to be an influential voice in product development. Help make products serve people with learning disabilities well.

Beyond "Getting the Answer": Calculators Help Learning Disabled Students Get the Concepts

When should a teacher allow students to use a calculator? Here is a look at what research shows about the when a calculator should be used- and when it should not be used. A flow chart is provided to help teachers make a choice about classroom calculator use.

Blogs, Wikis and Text Messaging: What are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities

Blogs, wikis, and text messaging can help students with learning disabilities. Find out how to use them.

Boosting Inclusion in After School Activities with AT and Supplemental Services

IDEA 2004 mandates that supplemental services and assistive technology (AT) be provided when necessary to students who receive special education services. This article provides suggestions for how supplemental services can contribute beyond the realm of academics by helping to make activities outside the regular school day more inclusive for students with special needs.

Building Fluency: A Fundamental Foundational Skill

Learn about specific strategies you can use to differentiate instruction to help your students overcome fluency problems, as well technology tools that can support development of fluency skills.

Captioning to Support Literacy

Captions can provide struggling readers with additional print exposure, improving foundational reading skills. Presenting information in multiple ways can help address the diverse needs of learners in the classroom and engage students on multiple levels.

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.

Considering Your Child's Need for Assistive Technology

Customizing Technology Solutions for College Students with Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia and High School

An expert shares her observations of a dyslexic student struggling to learn at school. Also included are numerous proven examples of differentiated instruction and accommodations that can help a student to succeed.

Dyslexia and the Challenge of Using Today's Technology

How do people with dyslexia learn to use technology? Learn to solve the problems caused by dyslexia such as remembering passcodes and learning complicated tasks. Find out how to save time doing your work and find files in the computer

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