The Assistive Technology Corner
Assistive technology (AT) is a support that student’s with IEPs may benefit from to help them access learning in the school environment. AT can be any piece of equipment, technology, software, or product that is designed to help an individual with a disability. There are many items that can qualify as assistive technology that help a wide array of disabilities that may require unique or highly specialized equipment. This quarterly article will highlight an AT product or a new advancement in AT that may greatly improve your student’s access to their school environment.
As technology advances professionals look for new, innovative ways to provide therapy and support for individuals with disabilities. Breakthroughs are being made all the time and these creative technological applications may benefit someone you know. This time at the AT corner, I’m highlighting the use of Google glasses augmented reality as therapy for students with Autism. The link below is about a research team from Sanford University who are researching augmented reality and using that technology for behavioral therapy. The best part is that the name of this technology is called “superpower glass.” It helps individuals with Autism better understand emotions and social interactions and in the initial phases has shown some positive results. The benefit of augmented reality is that students can get real time information with the help of google glass that will help them navigate social situations and allow for a new approach to teaching student’s socialization skills.