One of my aims for this blog is to voice opinions on tablets for assistive technologies for kids, especially kids with disabilities.
Assistive technology is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them. Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.
Obviously this covers lots of other devices such as walking frames, wheelchairs, hearing aids, even glasses. But increasingly computers especially tablets are providing new ways to help people accomplish tasks.
I do not claim any expertise in this area. I taught for many years but not in this area. I also do not have any health science qualifications. I am just offering my opinion on articles I have come across on the net, and maybe making some of this information a bit more accessible to parents and carers.
This will probably form a series of posts. I am going to start with an Australian site that has a wealth of information…
The site Spectronics – Inclusive Learning Technologies can be found at https://www.spectronics.com.au
It offers a range of products in both hardware and software categories, plus consultancy services and training as well as a comprehensive multi-author blog.
More to be added shortly.