Unlock the Possibilities in the Technology You May Already Own

Well-known tech tools such as the iPad and Chromebook have special settings that help visually or hearing impaired users. Look into enabling the Speak Selection on the iPad, and the Chrome Speak App for use with Chromebooks or a Chrome browser. For a comprehensive list of screen reader software and programs, check out this article from Teaching Students with Visual Impairments.

Guides to Resources

When researching the right technology for your students, you should discuss options with parents and investigate resources listed in the Special Needs Guide to Apps, by Common Sense Media. It includes instructions on how to access the assistive features on your smartphone or tablet, and provides an organized overview of special needs, by type and degree, as well as the apps that match those needs.

Teachers and administrators can use Tech-Matrix to find the right assistive technology choices based on subjects, age, and disability. It has a huge database of 400 products with searches based on unique parameters. Additionally, they have a handy Consumer Guide that is a good jumping-off point to address common concerns when selecting the right technology. Another great resource for finding technology to help students cope with disabilities in both school and everyday life is the National Public Website on Assistive Technology.

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