Rowland Assistive Technology Academy

    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines assistive technology (AT) devices and services and specifies that they must be considered for every child with an IEP, regardless of type or severity of disability. An assistive technology device is any tool or tool system used to maintain or improve a child's functional capabilities. An assistive technology service is any service that directly assists the child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device

    The positive impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) on the school success of a student with special needs is a given. Students with handicaps, learning difficulties or who have difficulties adjusting to school benefit from ICT possibilities to learn, sometimes better, and sometimes in a different way. In order to do so, they generally use the same technological tools as students without special needs.

    Sometimes, however, some students with special needs must have access to dedicated technological aids or assistive technology that is more appropriate to address specific needs such as physical or sensory needs, needs in terms of school or social maladjustment or needs linked to the acquisition of competencies. This assistive technology, mainly used by the students, is called a learning aid.

    At other times, school resource teams will have to resort to some kind of assistive technology to maximize their pedagogical intervention and adjust it to address the specific needs of a student or of students. This technological aid, mainly used by school resource teams, is called teaching aid or remediation aid.