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Using Assistive Technology - Chapter Summary
This chapter allows you to study details about how assistive technology is used for different types of individuals and disabilities, such as special needs students, orthopedic patients and the elderly. Text lessons provide detailed descriptions and examples to ensure that you fully understand the applications of assistive technology.
In addition, you will review the history of assistive technology as well as methods for assessing the best tools to be used in particular circumstances. After your complete review of this chapter, you should be able to:
- Relate key events in the history of assistive technology and identify categories of assistive technology devices
- Describe assistive technologies used for students with autism, learning disabilities and Down syndrome
- Discuss how assistive technology is used for students with multiple disabilities
- Describe confidentiality and informed consent in medicine
- Provide details about assistive technology device used for mobility and orthopedic impairments
- Explain how assistive technology is used in the workplace, for the elderly and in occupational therapy
- Understand how to assess assistive technology devices
Short lessons offer an accessible and flexible way you can learn more about this topic. Each lesson provides expert instruction and a self-assessment quiz you can use to determine how much you have learned and your possible need for further review. Track your progress as you move through this chapter on your handy Dashboard.
1. History of Assistive Technology
This lesson provides a timeline and brief description of each important event in the history of assistive technology, as well as an introduction to the three categories of assistive technology devices.
2. Assistive Technology for Students with Autism
Today, there are many resources available to help students with autism, particularly in the classroom. Learn about cutting-edge assistive technologies that will enhance learning for students with autism.
3. Assistive Technology for Students with Learning Disabilities
This lesson will define assistive technology. It will provide examples of assistive technology and outline the benefits of using assistive technology with students with disabilities.
4. Assistive Technology for Students with Down Syndrome
Assistive technology can be a tremendous help in facilitating learning and breaking down barriers in the classroom. Here you will learn about various types of assistive technology for students with Down syndrome and their benefits.
5. Assistive Technology for Multiple Disabilities
Students with multiple disabilities have unique and severe educational challenges. Let's look at how assistive technology can help them gain better access in the classroom.
6. Assistive Technology for Mobility Impairments
Mobility impairments can affect one's balance, coordination, and movement of extremities. With a plethora of assistive technology devices available, this lesson will explore the options to increase independence.
7. Assistive Technology for Orthopedic Impairments
Students with orthopedic impairments may require the use of assistive technology to have full access in a classroom setting. Read on to learn more about options for students with orthopedic impairments.
8. Assistive Technology in the Workplace
People with disabilities are often just as qualified to hold a job as anyone else, but they often need accommodations and assistive technology to ensure equal access in the workplace.
9. Assistive Technology for the Elderly
Assistive technology can help the elderly lead more independent lives. It can also reduce the need for home healthcare services or a move to a nursing home. Read on to learn more about assistive technology for seniors.
10. Occupational Therapy Assistive Technology
Assistive technology for occupational therapy purposes provides more autonomous living for persons with disabilities at home, school, work, and in the community. Find out about some specific devices and adaptations by reading on.
11. Assistive Technology Assessment: Tools & Examples
Conducting an effective assessment can help to choose the best assistive technology tools to meet a student's needs at school, home, or other setting. Learn about the process and examples of assistive technology assessments here.
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