Assistive Technology Low-tech" to
"Hi-tech" Considerations

Low-tech Examples
  • pencil grips (see section Writing and Spelling)
  • specialty paper (see section Writing and Spelling)
  • highlighting pens and tape (see section Writing and Spelling)
  • planners (see section Planning and Organization)
  • Adapt textbooks to meet needs of students by highlighting information in the book
  • Permit oral examinations, taped responses or provide a reader or scribe
  • Allow student to use math calculators, use talking calculators, word processors, dictionaries and spell checkers during examinations
  • Give student option to write exam in quiet room if needed
  • Provide extra time for student to complete test
  • Vary test format (e.g. Multiple choice or short answers)
  • NCR or non-carbon paper for making a copy of notes
  • If student has difficulty copying from the board eliminate board copying
    • Provide student with copy of peer or teacher's notes
    • Provide a photocopy of assignment
    • Provide copy of homework assignments
    • Have designated spot on board where assignments are noted well before the end of school day
    • Ask a fast writer to be student's homework assignment secretary
Mid to Hi-tech Examples
  • tape recorders (see section on Reading)
  • talking calculators (see section on Math)
  • portable keyboards (see section on Writing and Spelling)
  • electronic spell checkers and dictionaries (see section on Writing and Spelling)
  • reading systems that use a computer, scanner, and software to read scanned book pages out loud (see section on Reading and Optical Character Recognition)
  • speech recognition software that allows a computer to operate by speaking to it (see section on Writing and Spelling)
  • mind mapping / outlining software (see section Processing and Understanding Language)

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