Assistive Technology and Learning Disabilities

Conduct an evaluation of a commonly used AT device to assist students who have a specific learning disability using the “Assistive Technology and Learning Disabilities” article as a resource for this assignment.    Analyze three assistive technology tools/devices that address the same area of need (e.g., reading, writing, speech, math, hearing assistance, or vision assistance).  For each device, address the following in your evaluation: Assemble Specifications: Identify the price of the device, how to purchase it, the licensing fee, required training, and additional required materials (software, apps, adapters, etc.) Audiences: Identify the age, grade, or specific population for whom this technology would be most appropriate and explain why.Advantages/Disadvantages: Evaluate the technique /device according to its advantages or disadvantages in addressing challenges within the designated area(s) of need. UDL Application: Explain how it can applied individually or class-wide as a UDL tool, and if it is transportable (i.e., can also be used from home). Comparison  Complete a cost/benefit analysis to compare and contrast all three devices.  Make sure to include any additional purchases needed for these devices (e.g., apps for an iPad).Critique What are the pros and cons of each AT device?How could each device be improved to appeal to a wider population?If you had to suggest just one technology/device to your administrator for purchase, which would it be and why? Consider factors such as AT for an individual and a whole class/school purchase. How would you design an evaluation to determine the effectiveness of each technology/device over one school year? Your evaluation should be four to six pages in length, excluding title and reference pages, or you may choose to create a PowerPoint presentation that is 20 to 25 slides.

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