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Assistive Technology: Student Needs
Funded by a Massachusetts Department of Education Assistive Technology Grant.

After evaluating a student's present level of educational performance, if you are concerned that the student may need assistive technology to help meet any of his/her goals in a particular area, you may want to try some of the following tools/strategies. (Please note that in some cases, specific products are not indicated as there are numerous products available.) These considerations are listed in order from low to mid to high-tech

 Learning/Studying

Student Need Solution/Strategy
Print a picture schedule
Aids to find materials
Highlight text
Record material
Voice output reminders
Electronic organizers
  • Various
Software for concept development
Software for organization of ideas
Top

 Math

Student Need Solution/Strategy
Math line tapes or stamps
Math grid work sheets
Money calculator
Tactile measuring devices
Talking clock
Talking calculator
Alternative keyboard
Math software
Top

 Motor Aspects of Writing

Student Need Solution/Strategy
Variety of pencils/pens
Pencil/pen with adaptive grip
Raised line paper
AlphaSmart
Talking calculator
Computer with word processing
Top

 Computer Access

Student Need Solution/Strategy
Keyboard with accessibility options
  • Training available at AT Center
Word Prediction Software
Key guard
  • Adaptable on computer
  • training available at AT Center
Track ball / Joystick
Alternative keyboard
Switch
Touch Screen
Top

 Composing Written Material

Student Need Solution/Strategy
Word cards/book/wall
Writing templates
Electronic/talking spell checker and dictionary
Word processing w/spell checker
  • Available on all computers
  • Training available at AT Center
Talking Word Processor
Top

 Communication

Student Need Solution/Strategy
Communication Board with pictures, words, objects
Boardmaker
Speaking Dynamically Pro
Voice output devices
Top

 Reading

Student Need Solution/Strategy
Magnifiers, page holder
Modify Diginal text
  • Training available at AT center
Scanner with OCR and Talking Word Processor
Electronic books
Top

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