The term “assistive technology” is usually applied to electronic devices and computer hardware and software that increase or maintain the capabilities of an individual with a disability. Assistive technology (AT) includes those devices that assist all individuals, regardless of the presence of a disability, and those devices that have been specifically designed to assist individuals with a disability (adaptive technology).
All individuals, including those without a learning disability, can benefit from using some of the assistive technologies available. AT can be used in a variety of ways within the classroom to support the general teaching process and to provide additional remedial support, as it allows for repetition and rehearsal of learnt skills. As with other classroom accommodations, the purpose of using AT is not to provide the student with an advantage but rather, to reduce some of the burden of lower literacy or numeracy proficiency. AT use for general classroom instruction also allows for multisensory teaching opportunities that will not only benefit the student with a learning disability, but all students within the classroom.
Some examples of assistive technology include: