How can Assistive Technology help Students?
Under Equality Act 2010, schools have a continuing duty to provide auxiliary aids and services to help disabled students to interact with the provided information and materials to access the curriculum. Students, who face interaction barriers require special support and Assistive Technology (AT) is one of the key tools to overcome these obstacles that are beyond a pupils’ control (Cook, 2015).
“For students without disabilities, technology makes things easier. For students with disabilities, technology makes things possible.” M.P. Radabaugh
The more fully AT is integrated into the classroom activities, the more it helps students to learn, rather than just merely to “perform”. Making AT a part of the everyday classroom experience, as a natural part of learning, can help to improve students’ performance. Applying AT to real-life issues also can help to motivate and challenge students in a positive way (SCATP, 2015).
OFSTED (2015) noted a number of ways in which AT was supporting the learning of pupils with special and additional needs, observing that the use of AT generated considerable improvement in attitude, concentration span and motivation. Moreover, pupils were helped to overcome barriers to learning, thereby raising achievement, increasing self-esteem and encouraging participation in class activities.
Actions to take
- Contact us to help you to setup a package of Assistive Technology to cover all needs.
- Download free trial and try WordQ SpeakQ with your students.
- Other areas: see Inclusive Education.
Cook A. M., Polgar J. M., (2015), “Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice”.
OFSTED, (2015), “Using science and engineering to support the achievement of students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties”. Download.
SCATP, (2015), “Curriculum Access through Assistive Technology”.