Specialized equipment enables students to more effectively participate in class or demonstrate their knowledge. Such equipment can be purchased commercially or modified from existing equipment or products. Some examples of specialized equipment are alternative keyboards, large screen monitors, book holders, text magnification systems, filter screens, and assistive communication devices. Faculty can contact the services for students with disabilities office for assistance in providing specialized equipment for students; in some cases, the student will already have purchased their own specialized equipment (e.g. alternative communication devices).
- Lazzaro, J. J. (2001). Adaptive Technologies for Learning & Work Environments (2nd Ed.). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
- National Public Website on Assistive Technology
Related Functional Characteristics
Motor Skill (Fine) : Students may need an AAC device or specialized keyboard to operate a computer.
Low Vision : Specialized equipment to assist students with low vision may include text or screen magnifiers, and OCR readers.
Glare Sensitivity : Providing a filter screen for use on computers can reduce glare for students.
Blindness : Specialized equipement to assist students who are blind may include brailers, embossers and OCR readers.
Hearing Loss : Specialized equipment to assist students with hearing loss includes assistive listening devices and portable captioning displays.
Deafness : Specialized equipment to assist students who are deaf include portable captioning displays.
Word Finding : Students who have severe word finding difficulty may use an assistive communication device to prepare speeches and presentations in advance.
Intelligibility : Students who have difficulties with intelligibility may use augmentative or alternative communication devices or other specialized equipment.
Articulation : Students who have difficulties with articulation may use augmentative or alternative communication devices or other specialized equipment.
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