Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities

Ways Assistive Technology Supports Students with Disabilities

Tech giants find new ways to support students with disabilities.

Every K-12 school across the country is dedicated to educating all students – regardless of their background or ability. For students with a learning disability, even the simplest of classroom activities can be a challenge. Learning disabilities come in many shapes and forms and can affect any number of children. This is why it is so important to provide the right tools and materials to assist each child in their education.

These students have benefitted from technology in the classroom to create a personalized learning experience. From continually emerging assistive technology to updates in the existing classroom technology, today’s classroom is now much more accessible.

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft has made big strides in recent years with updates to its popular digital note-taking app, OneNote. The tech giant recently launched Learning Tools in OneNote to support students with learning disabilities through features such as text to speech, speech to text, and text spacing assistance. Microsoft has expended this feature to be included in Word on tablets and on its Edge browser.

Assistive Technology

For students with disabilities, achievement may come in many forms. Under the tenets of Universal Design for Learning, educators create flexible lessons that let students of all abilities play to their own strengths when completing assignments. Assistive technology is often a big part of making these flexible classrooms effective. Speech-to-text tools, such as Dragon NaturallySpeaking, can effectively help students who struggle to get their ideas out. Instead of focusing on how difficult writing is, these students can explore their creativity.

We expect to see many more advancements in supporting children with learning difficulties. Contact D&D Security by calling 800-453-4195 or by clicking here.