Students Working on Tablet ComputersThe growth of technology is widespread in our everyday lives and is used extensively in the classroom. It can be an invaluable tool for individuals with learning disabilities (LD). Here we explore current and new technologies for individuals with LD who often have difficulty with tasks that others take for granted– like reading, listening, organizing information, or writing. Assistive technology (AT) provides them with resources for living, learning, working and playing.

The Highs and Lows of Classroom Technology

Whether it’s an advanced reading and writing application, or a portable electronic spell-checker, technology in the classroom has the potential to enrich and enhance academic skills for kids with learning differences. In many ways, classroom technology hasn’t changed that much in 10 years. Many applications we have today were around back then; they were just slower and less accurate. For example, there was spell check, but now there’s auditory spell check with pop-up definitions and the ability to recognize homonyms. Ten years ago, it was rare to see any assistive technology devices in the regular classroom, unless one was specifi… Read More »

Tools for Life

Researching and locating new apps can be an overwhelming task. The Tools for Life AppFinder database helps make your app search much easier. The Tools for Life AppFinder has hundreds of apps for living, learning, working and playing. Search for apps by disability or multiple disabilities, price ranges and device types. See reviews and comments from apps users across the country to help you make informed decisions before purchasing and using an app. Get links to other app databases that were designed for specific disabilities. Every Tools for Life AppFinder app has been used and/or tested by one or more… Read More »