Types of Assistive Technology

Types of Assistive Technology

"Low" Technology: Visual support strategies which do not involve any type of electronic or battery operated device - typically low cost, and easy to use equipment. Example: dry erase boards, clipboards, 3-ring binders, manila file folders, photo albums, laminated PCS/photographs, highlight tape, etc.

Examples of Low-tech
- pencil grips (see section Writing and Spelling)
- specialty paper (see section Writing and Spelling)
- highlighting pens and tape (see section Writing and Spelling)
- planners (see section Planning and Organization)
- Adapt textbooks to meet needs of students by highlighting information in the book
- Permit oral examinations, taped responses or provide a reader or scribe
- Allow student to use math calculators, use talking calculators, word processors, dictionaries and spell checkers during examinations
- Give student option to write exam in quiet room if needed
- Provide extra time for student to complete test
- Vary test format (e.g. Multiple choice or short answers)
- NCR or non-carbon paper for making a copy of notes
- If student has difficulty copying from the board eliminate board copying
- Provide student with copy of peer or teacher's notes
- Provide a photocopy of assignment
- Provide copy of homework assignments
- Have designated spot on board where assignments are noted well before the end of school day
- Ask a fast writer to be student's homework assignment secretary

"Mid" Technology: Battery operated devices or "simple" electronic devices requiring limited advancements in technology. Example: tape recorder, Language Master, overhead projector, timers, calculators, and simple voice output devices.

"High" Technology: Complex technological support strategies - typically "high" cost equipment. Example: video cameras, computers and adaptive hardware, complex voice output devices.

Examples of Mid to Hi-tech
- tape recorders (see section on Reading)
- talking calculators (see section on Math)
- portable keyboards (see section on Writing and Spelling)
- electronic spell checkers and dictionaries (see section on Writing and Spelling)
- reading systems that use a computer, scanner, and software to read scanned book pages out loud (see section on Reading and Optical Character Recognition)
- speech recognition software that allows a computer to operate by speaking to it
- mind mapping / outlining software