Assistive Technologies

Assistive technologies

Assistive technology is any device, software, or equipment that helps people work around their challenges.

Lesson goals and objectives

In this lesson you will learn:

  • the devices used to assist learning
  • the different forms Assistive Learning can take
  • examples of what you can do in the classroom and online to support those with additional learning needs

Assistive technologies support learning by:

  • enabling students aspirations to be met
  • supporting higher success rates amongst students
  • meeting the needs of the widest possible range of students
  • providing the opportunity to support special educational needs, re-engage the disengaged and those who are hard to reach

Before we consider the different forms of Assitive Learning, using technology, what are some of the devices that could help?

Below you’ll see a full spectrum of Smart Devices that can support learning and make it more accessible to those who need additional support.

Assistive Technologies will help a diverse range of students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and those students who require support may be:

  • Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Students with Speech Disabilities
  • Students with Learning, Cognitive and Developmental Disabilities
  • Students who need Mobility Assistance

So what can you do to help? Below you can see examples of the different ways you can use Assistive Technology to empower students with disabilities, adapted from

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people in need have access to assistive products

Globally, more than

1 bn

people need 1 or more assistive products

In the UK,

of students have SEN or Disabilities