Assistive Technology

See also:

Differentiated Materials and Programs – All Subjects
Differentiated Math Materials and Programs
Differentiated Reading and Language Arts Materials and Programs
Math Templates and Tricks

Apps for iPhones and iPads, etc. – Lists for Special Needs Students

Apps for Children with Special Needs
Comprehensive site for information, featured companies, search categories, reviews, and videos on how to use apps.

Apps for Special Education – for iPad, iPod, and iPhone
Good lists of apps for: AAC, communication/speech and language, sign-language, story-telling, reading and writing, spelling, handwriting, organizing and scheduling, math, music and more.

Capable Kids Clubhouse – Complete Guide to Special Needs/Educational Apps
Has Apps nicely organized by categories such as: auditory memory, auditory processing, behavior management, communication devices, executive functioning, music, sensory processing, and many more categories.

Capable Kids Clubhouse
iPAD Apps for Kids with Special Needs
A downloadable list organized by subject categories of math, reading, writing, communication skills, music, art, games, accessibility, and organization skills

Gadgets DNA – 10 Revolutionary iPAD Apps to help Autistic Children
Links, images and descriptions of these recommended apps.

Proloquo and Proloquo2go
Proloquo is a multilingual speech and communication solution for Mac OS X that provides: a computer communication system (AAC) for people who cannot speak, which can be used to create a complete personalized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system using simple drag and drop (or copy and paste) of phrases with icons into lists organized by topic. Proloquo2go is a system for IPOD and I-Phone use.

Speech Language Pathology Sharing – iPad apps for Special Needs
Good basic list of useful apps for all areas (math, speech, communication, writing, organizing, games and more.)

Super Duper Publications
Order products for special needs students for use at home, school, or by speech therapists, for all areas of special needs, including auditory processing programs.

See their iPad and iPhone apps here:

Tap to Talk
Relatively low cost program for Nintendo, i-Phone, i-Pad, and Android systems help people with apraxia, autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other speech challenges, to communicate more easily with family and the public.

AT General Help

Accessibility – A Guide for Educators (by Microsoft)
Free downloadable booklet with overview of accessibility issues, with illustrated product solutions for specific needs. Once on the site, look for the Guide link to download.

ADA and IT Technical Assistance Centers
Provides resources and information on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Accessible Information Technology and links to centers and programs.

AT Basics
Site includes AT basics; lists of, and tutorials on how to use different AT devices, (such as Intellitalk, etc.) how to choose the appropriate AT; lists of accommodations; and other resources.

AT Network
Works to promote “accessibility of tools, resources and technology that will help increase independence, improve personal productivity and enhance the quality of life for all Californians” with sections on law and advocacy; how to find, fund and use AT devices; their database for devices and services in your area (including repair) and for AT News and Events.

CalSTAT Technical Assistance and Training
Supports and develops partnerships with schools and families by providing training, technical assistance and resources to both special education and general education. Offers online trainings, RiSE library, podcasts, research articles on best practices for special education, list of Parent to Parent organizations, & downloadable guide to transition services for teens and young adults at

Livescribe: Echo “Smart Pen”
This “smartpen” lets you capture words, scribbles and diagrams and syncs everything to what is said.”  Then you can tap the pen onto your notes and it plays back the audio recording for you.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability Assistive Technology
Offers resources, organizations, newsletters, online discussions, success stories, law and technology terminology, and other links related to disability and technology.

GoQ Products
WordQ, SpeakQ and WordQ+SpeakQ programs offer struggling writers options for word-prediction and voice recognition plus spoken feedback, as they write.

Great Schools Assistive Technology Links Read articles about using Assistive Technology for Ld, as well as click on the links below to find specific lists of resources for each area of need.




Organization and Memory


Shelley Haven, ATP – RET: Assistive Technology Consultant
Consultant who matches individuals who have LD with the tools and strategies which can improve their academic performance, increase independence, and instill self-confidence, as well as trains them and their providers on operational and integration strategies.

Hearing Aids – local Santa Cruz County Providers
Google search for hearing aids

PHP (Parents Helping Parents) iTECH Center for Assistive Technology
Offers parents of special needs children and professionals who work with them the chance to preview AT high and low tech assistive devices and instructional software before making a decision on which ones best suit their needs.  Also find out about upcoming workshops or go to the center to check-out their ‘Learning Disabilities Toolkits’ to use at home for a few weeks on a trial basis for free.

Strategies for Assistive Technology Negotiation (article by Wrightslaw and Dave Edyburn, Ph.D.)
Easy to view chart with sections of possible responses by school officials, response by parent, and the information and citations to back up the parents’ requests.