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DCS 860F Topics in Computing and Information Technology: Assistive Technology

Course Description: Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment or product system whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

The course is intended to facilitate an understanding of how assistive technologies are used as well as how they function. The emphasis of this course is on determining appropriate technology supports that can be used to increase functioning of school age children with disabilities. The course covers the range of AT supports for children with learning disabilities in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling; access for children with physical disabilities; strategies for children with sensory impairments, and communication options for children with severe expressive communication disorders. Additionally, we will discuss the legal mandates and funding issues.


2 - 3 credits