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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is designed to reduce barriers to learning for students with a variety of special needs and challenges. We've put together a collection of resources that we hope will help!

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Maurice Elias gives 8 suggestions on how to become a socially inclusive school.

Maurice Elias gives 8 ways that schools are working to be more inclusive. Read about these ideas and see which ones could work at your school.

Five Minute Film Festival: The Power of Assistive Technology

See Edutopia's resource roundup for blogs, articles, and videos all about assistive technology.

George Lucas discusses how technology can transform lives and help all people to overcome barriers and reach their full potential.

This article discusses how access-enhancing technology tools are not only useful for those with identified special needs; these tools can be a means of personalizing instruction for all learners.

AT and UDL work together, but do not replace each other. For a better understanding on the two, check out this illustration from Maryland Learning Links.

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The Park Hill School District assistive technology team supports students who need a little extra help to communicate, see, work and learn in the classroom. This video follows two brothers who communicate using AT technology.

What is the role of technology in UDL? Learn about it in this article.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. Learn more about UDL on the National Center for UDL website.

Assistive technology, including speech-generation devices and joystick technology, makes it possible for students with physical and mobility challenges to participate more fully in class and school activities.

Thanks to some ingenious assistive technology, this high school student played euphonium in his school's award-winning marching band from his wheelchair.

Barney, a college student, discusses how he has used various technology tools to help him overcome barriers caused by a learning disability.

Author Dana Reinecke discusses how technology can improve post-secondary outcomes for students with autism, increasing their access to jobs and education.

Teachers and parents from Lux Middle School, in Lincoln, Nebraska, talk about how technology can level the playing field for kids with special needs.

Sara Ring discusses how AT helps visually impaired students thrive at one Brooklyn school.

See how assistive technology helps Albano Berberi, a blind computer science student and devoted gamer, to pursue his passions.

Brann, Gray, and Silver-Pacuilla discuss several of the technologies that Albano Berberi -- a blind Advanced Placement computer science student, devoted gamer, and violin prodigy -- uses throughout his day.

In this article, Lisa Wahl provides several examples of how technology can be used to support the learning experiences of students with unique challenges.

Edutopia blogger Andrew Marcinek, in a story about Burlington High's 1:1 program, describes one student's easy use of the iPad as assistive technology.