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Assistive Technology

  • The Lebanon School District is committed to all students having the tools that they need to access the curriculum and share their knowledge.
  • IDEA 2004 includes the directive that every IEP team should “Consider whether the child needs assistive technology devices and services.”
  • If your child has a documented disability that you believe requires the use of assistive technology please contact their case manager to discuss the options. 
  • This page is a collection of information and resources related to assistive technology and how it might support children with disabilities to access content and demonstrate knowledge. 
  • It is important to understand that The Lebanon School District can provide the training, support and access to assistive technology, but that ultimately each student is responsible for its use. 
  • While there are many options for assistive technology in the world today. The Lebanon School District has worked hard to establish the use of software that is available across the country at the college level. In doing so we hope to make the transition to college as stress free as possible for our students with diagnosed disabilities. 

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology is any additional tool that a student uses to support their learning or life activities. From using a ruler to help track where they are reading on a page to using a screen reader to read aloud their textbooks. 
For a list of examples please see the Understood Website on assistive technology. 

According to IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) 2004:

(1) Assistive technology device.--

(A) In general.--The term 'assistive technology device' means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

(B) Exception.--The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.

Reading Statistics


Assistive Technology for Reading

Many children who have documented disabilities need to have text presented to them in an alternative format. This might mean that they use digital books or mp3 recordings of books. 
The State of New Hampshire Accessible Educational Materials website has a great deal of information on how New Hampshire has joined with national initiatives to provide accessible text to all students in a timely manner. Please visit the NHAIM website for details. 

Dyslexie Font is a typeface designed for readers with dyslexia in which each letter is clearly unique and spaces are increased between letters and words. Individual users can download a free program for home use which allows them to view the text on software programs and websites in Dyslexie font. For more information please visit http://www.dyslexiefont.com/en/dyslexie-font/


How to access Alternative Media Books through Lebanon School District: 
Once a student has an established need for alternative media formats their case manager, in conjunction with the parents, can set up a Bookshare Account that will travel with the student through college, at no charge. This membership provides access to Braille, digital and audio copies of textbooks, novels, magazines, and study guides.  Bookshare has an entire youtube channel with many how-to videos to support parents and students in the use of their website. Visit the Bookshare website for more information.

Bookshare Experience



Assistive Technology for Writing

Many students, yes, even strong readers, have written language disabilities. These can interfere with their ability to share their thoughts and knowledge with others in a written format. For students with dysgraphia the act of physically writing the words may be a challenge. For others who have language based learning disabilities it might be about finding the right words, formulating the sentences, connecting the thoughts logically or simply initiating the process. 
Whatever the reason behind the written language disability, there are assistive technology supports available for students within the Lebanon School District. 

Options for Lebanon School Students: 
1. Organizing written language can be accomplished with the use of the Kidspiration or Inspiration Programs. Please see the videos available at Inspiration.com to learn more about this amazing tool. This is also a very affordable tool to purchase for home use. 

2. All students in the Lebanon School District have school Google accounts. When logged into their accounts in the Chrome browser, students can create Google documents using Google's speech to text tool. From the toolbar near the top of the page, click on Tools and then Voice Typing.  The program will need to access your computer's microphone.

3. Texthelp Read and Write Gold has some amazing tools that are available for reading, writing and study skills across the Middle and High school settings. This Read and Write Gold link will take you to a list of features and how-to videos. Please take some time to explore them. Below is a link to one feature that many students with written language disabilities find invaluable. 

Word Prediction



4. Another option for writing that is available in the Lebanon School District is the Dragon Naturallyspeaking Program which allows students to speak into a microphone, after training the software, in order to produce typed work. It turns voice to text. 

Student uses Dragon!




Typing Supports

There is significant research to support the need for students to be competent typers. Writing draws from a student's working memory in many ways. If a student is struggling to find the keys this takes away some of that working memory and makes the writing process more difficult. 

There are many ways to practice typing. The Lebanon School District uses the Keyboarding Without Tears program in grades K-4. This program is also available for home use by our students. Typing.com is a free program you may also find useful.