Autism and Assistive Technology Term Paper by Master Researcher

Autism and Assistive Technology
A review of the research on the use of assistive technology and autism.
# 37690 | 1,150 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 19, 2003 in Education (Special) , Computer and Technology (General)

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This paper evaluates the findings in professional journals about communication devices which will aid the autistic child in the classroom and in life in general. The paper provides a definition for autism and assistive technology (AT) and shows how there is a plethora of AT's available. The paper argues that it is imperative for the school to find out which one will best serve the autistic child.

From the Paper:

"Perhaps it is best to begin by providing a definitions for autism and assistive technology (AT). In her article, "The Autistic Spectrum," Lorna Wing writes that "autism describes a spectrum of development disorders...characterized by impaired social interaction, communication and behavior. Autistic children may seem aloof from others, have limited or disordered speech, and engage in repetitive behavior" (Wing, 1997). She goes on to hypothesize that "structured education and assistance may improve the social function of autistic people" (Wing, 1997).
"While keeping the above definition in mind, we may now move to consider a definition of assistive technology. "Assistive technology can be broadly conceptualized as any technology with the potential to enhance the performance of persons with disabilities" (Lewis, 1998). Lewis cites the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 as she provides a narrower definition for AT: "any item, piece of equipment, or product system...that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" [Part A, Sec. 602 (1)]." (Lewis, 1998)."

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