Assistive Technology Basics in Education
Terence Cavanaugh, University of North Florida, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-44-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Currently in the USA about 150 million people are impacted by cognitive or physical disabilities in some form. And, according to some researchers, approximately half of the entire planet's population, which is an estimated three billion people, are affected by disabilities. Because of the large and growing number of individuals in schools who have special needs and the number of laws and rules that apply to assistive technologies, assistive educational technology is growing in importance. Assistive Educational Technology is the theory and practice of design, development, utilization, management, and evaluation of processes and resources that are used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals, with or without disabilities, for learning. As more regular education teachers teach mainstreamed students, they need understanding of how assistive technologies can support student learning.
Cavanaugh, T. (2002). Assistive Technology Basics in Education. In D. Willis, J. Price & N. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2002--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2236-2237). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).