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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

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January 2016 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Succinct, yet comprehensive, Assistive Technology is designed to help educators better understand assistive technology and how it can support students with disabilities from early childhood through the transition into adulthood. This practical book is organized around the purpose of technology and the support it can provide rather than a student’s disability categorization. Grounded in research and filled with engaging case studies and activities, author Emily C. Bouck offers an unbiased depiction of the advantages and limitations of technology. Readers are exposed to a full range of assistive technology including  up-to-date coverage of low- and high-technology, as well as free and for-purchase options that can be used to support students with disabilities.

Chapter 1: Assistive Technology Background
Assistive Technology  
Universal Design for Learning  
Perspectives of Assistive Technology in this Textbook  
Chapter 2: Assistive Technology Frameworks
Assistive Technology Decision-Making  
Assistive Technology Selection Tools and Resources  
Assistive Technology and the IEP  
Chapter 3: Assistive Technology for Communication
AAC Categorization  
AAC Decisions-Making  
Research on AAC  
Chapter 4: Assistive Technology for Mobility and Positioning
Assistive Technology for Mobility  
Assistive Technology for Positioning and Seating  
Chapter 5: Assistive Technology for Computer Access
Assistive Technology for Computer Access  
Assistive Technology for Mobile Devices  
Built-In Accessibility  
Web 2.0 and Apps  
Chapter 6: Assistive Technology for Vision and Hearing
Assistive Technology for Vision  
Assistive Technology for Hearing  
Assistive Technology to Support Students Who are Deaf-Blind  
Web 2.0 and Apps  
Chapter 7: Assistive Technology to Support Behavior and Organization
Management and Monitoring  
Social Skills and Social Emotional Development  
Web 2.0 and Apps  
Chapter 8: Assistive Technology as Instructional Aids
Science & Social Studies  
Study Skills  
Online and Hybrid Education  
Web 2.0 and Apps  
Chapter 9: Assistive Technology to Enhance Independence and Transition
Assistive Technology for Transition & Post-School Experiences  
Chapter 10: Assistive Technology for Young Children
Technology for Young Children  
Assistive Technology for Young Children  
Apps for Young Children with Disabilities  


Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Carefully selected, video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights. 
  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. 
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • The Instructor Teaching Site includes complete answers to all in-text questions.
  • Carefully selected, web-based video links feature relevant interviews, lectures, personal stories, inquiries, and other content for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics. When relevant, related questions for discussion are included.
  • Web resources are included for further research and insights. 

“Practitioner oriented with many great resources”

Yeunjoo Lee
California State University, Bakersfield

“Breakdown of topics is logical and useful”

Scott Sparks
Ohio University

“Well written, good solid foundational information related to AT”

Mike Marotta
Felician College

We will use this as reference for our course and to support students looking for intervention strategies.

Mrs Jan Beechey
Education and Training , Dyslexia Action
December 13, 2016

A very handy and comprehensive text; the associated website is also very useful

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester University
May 6, 2016
Key features


  • An emphasis on using existing mainstream technology for assistive technology reflects the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) framework.
  • Case studies provide real-life examples of assistive technology used by teachers to support students.
  • Perspective sections in every chapter focus on a range of different facets, such as Research-to-Practice of a particular technology, developing a Technology Mind Set, and connecting the technology to a curriculum.
  • Extension Activities encourage further exploration, such as watching a video – in class or on their own – that is relevant to the technology presented in the chapter.
  • Hands-on Application Activities encourage readers to engage with the different technology resources referenced in each chapter.
  • Suggestions for Web 2.0 and app-based assistive technology inform readers to a range of assistive technology options to consider given the current (and predicted future) trend toward more mobile and personalized technology.

Sample Materials & Chapters

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