Assistive technology can benefit even the littlest folks with disabilities. These sites focus on the use of assistive technology for children and students. Be sure to check the Assistive Technology Section Index for related topics, such as freeware and funding.
Prepared by the Frostig Center in Pasadena, California, which is devoted to children with learning disabilities, this easy-to-read booklet discusses the types of assistive technology currently available, and helps parents decide which ones are appropriate for their child. Technologies covered include those for written language, reading, listening, organization and memory, and math. On the Schwab Foundation web site.
DREAMMS is a nonprofit organizaton “committed to increasing the use of computers, high quality instructional technology, and assistive technologies for students with special needs in schools, homes and the workplace.” Its web site includes articles and links relating to assistive technology and children, funding, state assistive technology products, and more.
This section of the EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) web site includes resources and links relating to Department of Education support for adaptive technology, K-12 science, engineering and math resources, adaptive technology hardware and software solutions, links for kids, parent resources, resources for teachers, and online workshops.
Geared for educators, this section of the SELDS web site discusses different types of assistive technology (augmentative communication, adaptive computing, assistive technology for students with learning disabilities) and provides information about school’s legal responsibilities, the funding process, finding resources, and more.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC)
Information about a United Cerebral Palsy project that “assist[s] organizations and programs who serve families of children with disabilities by providing information and support on accessing and using assistive technology.”
From the World Institute on Disability, this online resource book is aimed at helping teachers use the Internet as a tool to educate all students in their classrooms, including students with disabilities, auditory and visual learners, students from rural areas, and those who do not speak English as their first language. Covers computer specifications, success stories, resources for finding, assistive technology, education technology, funding, and web resources.
Many good articles about the use of technology for people with learning disabilities. Included are general information, technology reviews, classroom applications, and making the right decisions when integrating technology.
A model demonstration project at the University at Buffalo Center for Assistive Technology, the Let’s Play Project looks to provide families of children with disabilities with ways to play through the use of assistive technology. This excellent web site features informative, illustrated sections on the role of play, families, assistive technology, success stories, and resources. The web site includes fact sheets on toy characteristics, adapting toys, favorite electronic and non-electronic toys, and toy catalogs for children with special needs. There is also an excellent resource guide with links to web sites, vendors, and more. Also listed under Toys for Kids with Disabilities.
NCIP “promotes the effective use of technology to enhance educational outcomes for students with sensory, cognitive, physical and social/emotional disabilities.” Its excellent web site includes facilitated discussions about technology use for students with disabilities, online workshops, exemplary early childhood classrooms, a section on voice recognition, an extensive library of resources about technology and special education, videos of students using assistive and instructional technologies, and more.
This Canadian-based web site offers interactive and educational learning opportunities about special education and technology in the classroom, including online courses, discussion forums, links, and more.
An information packet that was sent by the Secretary of Education to state and local education agencies to inform them of their obligations to consider the technology needs of disabled students when purchasing hardware, software, and other technological devices. The packet includes information about the technical aspects of access, legal obligations concerning technology and individuals with disabilities, and a list of resources for further information and assistance. It can be downloaded in WordPerfect 6.1, WordPerfect 5.1, Adobe Acrobat, and ACSII text.
Linda J. Burkhart provides practical information on using the Internet in elementary and middle schools, and “Simplified Technology for Children with Disabilities in the Areas of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication.”