Assistive Technology

  •  For most people, technology makes things easier.

    For children with disabilities, technology makes things POSSIBLE.

    During the school day, students at Paul B. Stephens School benefit from using a wide variety of technology and assistive technology devices (depending on their individual abilities) to participate in activities and to communicate with others.

    Assistive Technology is a system of tools, strategies and services that enable a person with disabilities to function to his/her maximum potential educationally, vocationally, socially and in their daily living activities.

    Assistive technology enhances:

    • Learning
    • Independence
    • Communication
    • Mobility
    • Environmental Control
    • Choice Making
    • Play and Recreation
    • Hearing and Vision
    • Seating and Positioning
    • Access to Computers

    For our students, this means . . .

    • Adapted toys and books
    • Switches and switch toys
    • Computer adaptations like touch screens, switch interfaces, adapted keyboards, screen magnification
    • Adapted tools for eating, writing, food preparation, etc.
    • Adaptive positioning equipment
    • Augmentative communication devices like picture symbols, picture schedules, photographs, voice output devices
    • Environmental control devices
    • Amplification devices like microphones, speakers, headphones, hearing aides, FM systems
    • Tactile symbols and braille
Student using leap pad
Student riding a bike