Top 10 Assistive Technologies

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6. SpeakQ:

The program is compatible with speech recognition. Students, who are physically disabled or slow at writing, can use this program to dictate what they wish to write. Overall, it is an excellent assistive technology; however, the computer takes time to get used to the voice speaking to it. The computer may unintentionally make errors.


7. Kidspiration:

The program helps, young students with learning disabilities and language learning issues, organize their thoughts, material and ideas. The pictures, texts, numbers and spoken words are used to advance students’ vocabulary, word recognition, comprehension, reasoning and problem solving skills.


8. Inspiration:

The program is similar to Kidspiration but is appropriate for students in intermediate and senior levels in education. Both programs can be used by adolescents, but Inspiration will be more useful.


9. PDA/Mobile Learning:

Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) is used for digital note taking purposes. It also features an organizer which helps keep students manage and organize their time effectively. Textbooks are now offered on many PDAs to eliminate the need to carry heavy textbooks.


10. “Step-by-Step Communicator”:

Students with disabilities often have trouble interacting or around social situations. They get lost in words trying to say what is on their mind. This program allows them to record 75 second messages they can use as a means for communication.


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