Edyburn, D. L. (2006). Assistive technology and mild disabilities. Special Education Technology Practice8(4), 18–28. https://doi.org/10.1177/105345129403000203


A review of research, policy, and practice concerning the use of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities is provided. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 requires that assistive technology be considered when planning the individualized education program for all students with disabilities. However, the current system of assessing and delivering assistive technology does not seem to be able to meet the demands that will be made of it as students with high-incidence disabilities require access to services and devices. Some new directions that offer promise for capturing the potential of assistive technology for students with mild disabilities include recognizing the contributions and limitations of technology for enhancing performance, reconceptualizing the forms of assistive technology, redesigning assistive technology service delivery systems, and responding to the need to document the impact and effectiveness of assistive technology. Implications for research, policy, and practice are considered.