Assistive Technology

Speld Qld offers Assistive Technology (AT) advice to schools, teachers, organisations, parents, parent groups and individuals.

 

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) is the hardware and software used by a student with Learning Differences which enables them to achieve their potential and beyond.   

  

Who benefits from Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) benefits individuals with Learning Differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia, memory difficulties, language disorders and auditory processing disorder.  AT lightens the load for students with Learning Differences and those who support them.

 

What are examples of the various types of Assistive Technology?

  • Text-to-speech
  • Phonetic Text-Prediction
  • Voice  Recording
  • Speech Recognition

 

How can Assistive Technology be accessed?

AT Hardware

  • iPads and Tablets
  • Kindles and eBook Readers
  • Digital Voice recorders
  • Reading Pens
  • Recording pens

AT  Settings, Software,  Apps and Programs 

  • Simple changes can be made to the settings of iPads, tablets andsome PCs that greatly improve the learning experience of those with Learning Differences.
  • Many Apps are now available that have been designed to assist those with Learning Differences.
  • Specific programs have been created for PCs which assist those with Learning Differences.
  • Those with Learning Differences often benefit greatly from the use of audio books and e-books.

 

How can Speld Qld help me with AT?

  • Advisory Line : Telephone advice, generally between 5-15 minutes.
  • AT iPad Consultation : A 1 hr face-to-face advice session for between 1 and 3 people. 

For more details view the flyer here

  • Student iPad Course : A six week course which assists students with using their iPads to research, take notes, form plans and to complete written tasks and presentations independently, confidently and with originality.

For more details about the next available iPad Class

  • AT Professional Development and Parent Information Sessions : Suitable for larger groups. Sessions are individually tailored to meet client needs.  Sessions may be held at your school, workplace or at the Speld QLD office.

For more details view the flyer here

 

Printable Assistive Technology brochures

A Guide to Educational iPad Apps

Making the iPad Friendly for Students with Learning Differences

 

How can I find out more?

Call our Advisory Line on 07 3391 7900 to speak to an Education Advisor or an Assistive Technology Advisor or make a booking by email: ainsleyr@speld.org.au