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Technology

Assistive technologies have long enabled people with disabilities to participate more fully in all aspects of life: think of canes, wheelchairs, and hearing aids. According to the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, “The term assistive technology device means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” Along with the mandate from the federal government to provide appropriate assistive technology devices to students with disabilities, we have also seen a proliferation of technologies developed either for education, or that can be used in education: Think of SMART boards, computer learning games, and now ipads.