Assistive Technology

Definition of Assistive Technology Device

Assistive technology devices are identified in the IDEA 2004 as:

Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.

(Authority 20 U.S.C. 1401(1))

The following are examples of assistive technologies that could be used for students with disabilities:  
  • Read Please 
    • Free download online:
    • This program can be installed on any number of computers; features include adjusting font size, reading speed and voices.
    • This website could be helpful for students with difficulty in the area of reading.
  • Natural Reader
    • Free download online:
    • This website will read documents and websites to your students.
    • This website could be helpful for students with difficulty in the area of reading. 
  • Reading Pen
    • This is a pen that you can purchase for your classroom.
    • The pen scans the text and then reads it aloud to the student.  The student can also obtain definitions and correction pronunciation of words from the pen.
    • This pen is available from WIZCOM Text Solutions. 
  • Webmath
    • This website is a math-help website that generates answers to specific math questions and problems.  It also provides the student ways figure out the problem they are working on. 
    • The website is:
    • This website would be helpful for a student struggling in mathematics.
  • Books without Barriers
    • The website is:
    • The service is free to students with qualifying disablities
    • You can order books for your students from this website.