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Overview of assistive technologies: 1. What are assistive technologies

1. What are assistive technologies

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Assistive or teaching?

This section will focus on assistive technologies rather than teaching technologies. Although, there is some overlap, the difference is fairly clear.

Assistive technologies

  • Help you with daily tasks;
  • stay with you forever;
  • don’t solve underlying issues.

Teaching technologies

  • Used for limited time;
  • discarded when learning is complete;
  • try to solve underlying problems.

To hear more about what assistive technologies are, watch this interview with expert Ian Smythe.

Types of help

Assistive technologies can help you with different types of tasks. People with dyslexia and related difficulties will find them particularly useful in these areas.

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Organisation
  • Maths

Types of device

Assistive technologies can be software you install or a specialised hardware device. People with dyslexia will most commonly be using:

  • Software on a Computer/Laptop to write or read texts or prep.
  • Apps on Tablet/Phone to read texts, communicate and organise their work and learning.
  • Specialised devices such as scanner pens, calculators, organisers or talking dictionaries to help with various tasks.

Did you know?

Assistive technologies can help you with daily tasks including reading, writing, organisation and maths. 

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