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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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Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: Student Engagement and Identity with Science

In an increasingly complex world, all students need to be scientifically literate. While some students may go on to pursue advanced careers in the sciences, basic scientific literacy is critical for all students.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: Science Literacy, Vocabulary and Discourse

To be scientifically literate, students must be able to express themselves appropriately. Learn how to help struggling students master specific vocabulary and be able to use it in their science writing activities.

Using Technology to Support Struggling Students: "Doing" Science Like a Scientist

The type of physical tasks often present in many science lessons can present significant barriers for many students with learning disabilities or physical impairments. How can teachers find ways for these students to participate?

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 Laws

Assistive Technology and the IEP

On the Go: What Consumer Products Can Do For You (If You Know Where to Look!)

Common devices, such as PDAs, cellular phones, and handheld mp3 players can be assistive tools for learners with disabilities. Learn more about these devices and their applications in the classroom and beyond.

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.

New Electronics: Turn Them On for Learning

Many computer products have built-in accessibility options such as text-to-speech, screen magnification options, or voice input controls. Learn what some of these optional features are and how to integrate them into instruction and studying.

Assistive Technology Tools: Reading

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

Using Embedded Agents to Support Learning

Supporting Reading in Social Studies

Integrating the Arts with Technology: Inspiring Creativity

Learn how art helps students with disabilities, and find resources to include art in the content areas you teach.

Technology Supported Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Instruction for Students with Disabilities

This Info Brief provides an overview of technology-based academic supports and resources to help students with LD succeed in STEM-related K-12 courses to help prepare them for STEM studies in higher education and beyond.

Finding Alternative Sources of Funding for Assistive Technology

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA), students with learning disabilities have the right to be provided with appropriate assistive devices to help them succeed in school. This Info Brief provides information to help parents find and obtain alternative sources of funding for classroom- or home-based assistive technology when funds are not available through a child’s school.

Reading Software: Finding the Right Program

With the range and variety of commercial software products on the shelves today, how can an educator or parent choose a program that will most benefit a particular student? Where are product reviews that can inform the decision?

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.

Organizational Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities: The Digital Master Filing System

Summer is a great time to get organized! Students who have learning disabilities frequently struggle to keep track of their school work — especially digital files. When the information is lost in their computer, they waste valuable time looking for it, sometimes have to redo it, and then can't hand it in! Read this article by the Landmark School Outreach Program for a strategy that works.

Making the Written Word Easier for Readers with Print Disabilities

Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about accessing e-text through the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC). Find out how to obtain e-text so that LD students can get printed material in the format they need.

Teaching History to Support Diverse Learners

What is the best way to engage students with learning disabilities in learning history when the curriculum requires them to think like a historian- analyzing multiple sources and evaluating media such as diary entries, images, songs, and political cartoons. This article tells you how to include them in "Doing History" without watering it down. An extensive resource list is included.

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