Assistive Technology for Quadriplegic Students

Instructor: April Gwen Ellsworth

April has a master's degree in psychology and has experience teaching special populations from preschoolers to adults.

Advances in technology provide quadriplegic students with a wealth of opportunities for leading more independent lives, as well as excelling in school and beyond. Read on to learn about assistive technology available for quadriplegic students.

Assistive Technology for Quadriplegic Students

With the rise in the use of smartphones and the development of faster and smaller computer processors, more and more liberating assistive technologies are available to quadriplegic persons, individuals who have limited to no use of their extremities and torso. Assistive technology is any device, equipment, or service that gives a person increased independence. For quadriplegic students, available assistive technology makes it more than possible to earn a degree, start a business, and even drive a car. Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.

Forms of Assistive Technology

Tecla Shield

The Tecla Shield provides quadriplegic students with full access to iPads, iPhones, and Android devices through wireless technology controlled by the same adaptive switches students normally use. These include simple buttons pushed by the head or shoulder or by blowing into a straw or blinking. The Tecla Shield uses Bluetooth to connect to an iPad or other device, allowing students to open and use apps, fully navigate a device, and type or dictate notes and messages. They can also watch videos, navigate the Web, read e-books, and more. All apps are fully accessible, not just those created for Tecla, so students can make and receive calls and control smart-home hardware for air conditioning units and televisions.

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