An Investigation of Various Types of Assistive Technology (AT) for Students with Disabilities
Susan Sze, Jacqueline Murphy, Michael Smith, Niagara University, United States ; Sanna Yu, York Region District School Board, Canada ; John Murphy, D'Youville College, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyze assistive technology literature for students with disabilities. The literature search rendered N=57 literature and n=17 manuscripts were identified in the special education technology field studies. Each source was evaluated according to the following criteria: types of disability, learning objectives and tasks, types of assistive devices available, application, and competency in matching the assistive technology with a specific disability. Results show (1) research in this field tends to be limited to faculty development and need assessment focus, (2) technological interventions appeared scattered, vague, incomprehensive and non-specific, and (3) pre-service teachers' comfort level of assistive technology in an inclusive classroom remain low. An updated list of various type of AT suggesting teachers to match each technological tool to a specific disability is summarized in Table 1 and it is also included in this study..
Sze, S., Murphy, J., Smith, M., Yu, S. & Murphy, J. (2004). An Investigation of Various Types of Assistive Technology (AT) for Students with Disabilities. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4959-4964). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 26, 2023 from https://www.learntechlib.org/primary/p/13217/.