September 14, 2005 12:00 a.m. CDT
Assistive Technology Supports: Making the most of information in the "anywhere" age
Corinne Holtz, Assistive Technology Program Coordinator, IT Services
In our information-rich, client-rich environment, specialized structures and tools are needed to organize information, use it, and learn from it. This discussion focuses on current tools and strategies for assisting students to make the most of information, given the special physical and cognitive challenges of the university environment.
Some of the supports covered include:
-- Reading supports: for students who struggle reading printed text
-- Writing supports: for students struggling to get their thoughts on paper
-- Organization supports: visual organizational tools to build a better outline
-- Physical supports: for students who struggle with standard computer hardware
In addition, there will be demonstrations of current speech recognition technologies. These technologies allow for the digitization of text into a usable audio format. The software is predominant is assisting disabled learners, and further research holds potential for all learners with specialized needs and environments.