Whenever we, humans, talk about technology, one thing that symbolizes it is the comfort and eases it provides to us in our everyday life. It can range from anything as minuscule as a pen to something as humongous as an airplane. Like the technology in any field, there is “Assistive Technology” in the education sector which provides immense comfort to students with the learning process. “Assistive Technology (AT)” is defined as any item, object, or system of products that can be used to improve the learning abilities of a child. It encompasses a countless range of products such as pencils, computers, audiobooks, etc. for students. It bypasses the learning deficiency of students and strengthens them to increase their learning potential.
In today’s age, the education sector is gripped with the use of AT to a great extent. Think of something and you would realize that AT has become an indispensable part of student lives. The part of learning where the impact of AT can be felt and appreciated the most is with students with learning disabilities (LD). Today, Students with LD have started to feel comfortable and “regular”, with other students in their class, all due to the assistance provided to them by AT. A child with a reading disability uses audiobooks, a kid with dyslexia uses AT that can read aloud the texts to them and a person facing computing problems uses talking calculators to gather better learning techniques. Students with LD with different tools around them are no longer the second option in today’s DNA. Also, teachers use AT in forms of online courses, e-learning and computer graphics to inculcate better learning techniques in students which makes AT a two-way relationship and deepens its need in this field.
Use of AT makes a kid believe that his disability is not an albatross around his neck but more as a thing which doesn’t matter to him since it would not hamper his learning in any way whatsoever. In the USA, when the law related to it was passed in 1975, around 2 million students were excluded from schools. It has helped millions of kids to attain learning in the best possible ways. In all, whenever we use technology, its goal is to better our lives.AT in education is one such field which requires our attention more than ever.