Assistive technology in education is any device that helps students to participate in learning and other activities at school. This can range from "high tech" technology, such as electronic devices, hearing aids or power wheelchairs, to "low tech" devices such as pencil grips, a supportive seats or an alphabet board.
Assistive technology can support teachers to provide teaching and learning that is accessible to all students. Assistive technology supports students with diverse learning needs by:
In schools, specialised equipment is one form of assistive technology which helps to reduce or remove the barriers to curriculum access.
Teachers and others in the education team may recommend assistive technology as a reasonable adjustment for students with disability to access and participate in the curriculum, classroom learning activities, school-related activities and the educational environment. Specialist staff, including occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech-language pathologists and advisory visiting teachers, may assist with assessing students' needs and recommending appropriate items. Consultation with families is an important part of this process. In addition, some children have their own equipment which they may bring with them to school.
This page was last reviewed on 02 Aug 2017