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ARPN Journal of Science and Technology

Assistive Technology Assessment: A Framework for Quality Assurance

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Author Lawrence A. Beard, Joseph Akpan, Linda B. Johnston
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 1038-1042
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 11
Issue Date December 01, 2013
Publishing Date December 01, 2013
Keywords AT, Assessment, Integration, Special Needs, Physical Challenges, Achievement, Strategies, Functional Capabilities, Learning Impaired, and Interventions.


Increasing availability of assistive technologies in schools creates opportunities for educators to increase the efficiency, accuracy, and scope of assessment of student progress and adaptation to their changing needs. Unfortunately, the needs for assistive technology (AT) devices are often poorly assessed and, because of poor assessment, these devices are sometimes abandoned. Some of the reasons AT devices are abandoned are:: (1) assistive technology selection is based on a mismatch between the individualís desires and/or needs and preferences; (2) the individual outgrows the capabilities of the device; and (3) the individual user of AT is not put at the center of the assessment process and thus loss of the desired outcome. Assessing an individual for AT use is an important part of the recommendation of IDEA (1997) and an essential support in the part to greater integration. Assistive technology can increase, maintain and improve the functional capabilities of any student with a learning problem. Assistive technology is used to bypass, work around, aide in dealing with a specific need of all students. Assistive technology can be used to help teachers get to know their students, to collect formative information during instruction, to assess outcomes of instruction, and to communicate with parents and guardians. AT can also help provide all students with greater access to test items, maintain records, explore data and maintain basic life tasks. Assessing a student's needs, strengths, abilities, and challenges increases the likelihood of specifying solutions that will improve performance.

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