What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology is any device, software or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning disability.
Why use Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology can support meaningful accessibility and inclusion and provide students an equal opportunity to learn on their own terms. Assistive technology can empower students, provide greater independence, stimulate greater engagement and lead to improved learning outcomes and enhanced emotional and social development.
While technology and assistive technology do not replace effective teaching they can enhance the teaching and learning experience and enable engagement in ways that are not possible with conventional methods. When appropriately selected, assistive technology can be an effective tool to help bridge learning differences.
How LDS uses Assistive Technology
At LDS we are using assistive technology to enhance best practice in our teaching and student learning and to further the accessibility and inclusiveness of our support. We are carefully identifying and assessing potential assistive technologies for specific use in individual student’s learning plans to maximize the benefit to each student.
We recognize the complex nature of each student’s unique learning disabilities and related social and emotional challenges and we are carefully incorporating select assistive technology in our customized RISE programming. We are employing assistive technology to help our instructors teach more effectively, promote greater student engagement, and provide all students with equal opportunities for success.