What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology is any kind of technology and/or tool that can be used to enhance the functional independence of a person with a disability. Often, for people with disabilities, accomplishing daily tasks such as communicating with others, going to school or work, or participating in activities can be a challenge. Assistive Technology (AT) devices are tools to help overcome those challenges and enable people living with disabilities to enhance and have access to a quality of life, that may otherwise not be known, and lead more independent lives.

The mission of this blog is to serve as a voice of a constant researcher in the field of educational and assistive technologies so that the best products, strategies and services may be located easily, in hopes that they will then be delivered, taught and used to better the lives of people with disabilities.


Whether it is through the use of Universal Design or Differentiating Instruction, using the Multiple Intelligence Strategies or just plain teaching to student' needs, strengths and helping them through their weaknesses and having tools available to support them, we need to provide alternatives! The postings below are here to help teachers through this process.

Side note to all teachers: 
"But, it isn't fair!" Is it “fair” to:
  • Give children the opportunity to earn passing grades by allowing them to do work for extra credit?
  • Help children after school because they need extra assistance?
  • Give a passing grade to a child who is trying very hard, but is not earning one?
  • Send assignments to a child who is at home sick or in the hospital?
  • Let a child turn in an assignment late because the child was absent from school for a grandparent’s funeral?
  • Let a child who uses a wheelchair participate in another activity while other children must run laps?