No More “Assistive Tech” for Students with LD

As this article reminds us, the more kids have access to cool tools like iPads, Kindles and the like, and the more they can use embedded features that help them past momentary decoding hurdles, the more level the playing field.

When kids use devices that everyone else uses, there’s no stigma. What students with learning disabilities hate most of all is feeling different and being singled out.

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5 Responses to No More “Assistive Tech” for Students with LD

  1. marylyn wallace says:

    My granddaughter is a 17 year old junior in high school. She has been diagnosed with several learning disabilities:dysgraphia,ADHA, speech apraxia, and sensory disorder, to name them. She suffers from severe depression and has recently been diagnosed with “learned helplessness”. She’s beautiful and bright, but it breaks our hearts to see her embarassed into a corner because of LD. She’s in a private school, in a Talent Development class, funded by a Ga scholarship for the disabled. My daughter is a pre-school teacher, and we live together as a family. I have been very ill, can’t work and have no income. My daughter makes $(9,000 per year). Last week, we were informed by the school that she had to have a notebok or laptop, to assist in note taking, or she would not be allowed to stay in the school. She’s a junior and will have NO Hope of a future without this education.I have have called dozens of numbers, but can’t find any help for her. Do you know of any organization or charity that could help this child? She needs somethig to help her take notes, with access to the internet for research and in-class/homework projects. We have an old pc at home, but this nees to be portable. Thank you for any information you can pass on.
    Marylyn Wallace
    706-504-4813

  2. Emily OConnell says:

    Marylyn,
    You might try these folks, who appear to be in your area. At the very least, I assume they can refer you if they don’t have what you need:CFY-Atlanta
    www.cfy.org

    CFY-Atlanta
    1660 Chattahoochee Avenue, Suite E
    Atlanta, GA 30318
    Tel: 404-367-9990

    CFY is a nonprofit that helps students in low-income communities, together with their teachers and families, harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes.

  3. Sanford says:

    Great, Emily. Thanks for that suggestion.
    Do you have any experience with CFY?

    Sanford

  4. Katarina says:

    Indeed the playing field has been leveled. My child was offered a lot of assistive technology to use two years ago. My child was not interested as it did not look typical compared to the other studensts in the regular educattion classroom. What I did not realize is that he was using the speech to text and text to speech function with his phone as well as other features of the phone to do homework, projects, etc. We bought a MacBook Pro for our family and that opened up a whole new world for him. The child has to accept the assistive technology being offered. In my child’s case, he used his phone and figured out stuff on his own, the work will get harder in high school and assistive technology is always here for him. He is going into high school next year. he downloaded a speech app to work on some articulation, The less I push, the better he does. I guess it is all part of self-advocacy and self-discovery.

    • Sanford says:

      Katarina,
      Exactly! Your son is using appropriate technology to fit his needs. While he may benefit from having some coaching or support to learn about any specific apps that he’d like and use, it sounds as though he’s well on his way.

      Thanks for sharing.

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