Thursday, 12 May 2011

Tutorial 8:Assistive Technology

Provide a definition for Assistive Technology:
Assistive technology refers to a broad range of devices, services, strategies and practices that are conceived and applied to ameliorate the problems faced by individuals who have disabilities.” (Cook & Hussey, 2000).
For me Assistive technology means any form of technology which helps an individual perform a task better.
Describe one piece of equipment introduced in the assistive technology tutorial:
Talking Photo Albums

a3Image from Star Educational Limited.

Record your stories, timetables or messages with our Talking Photo Album. Simply insert Drawings or photographs inot the plastic wallets and record up to a 5 min message per page
  • 20 pages that hold up a 5x7" image
  • Re-record your message as many times as you want
  • Built in speaker
  • Drawings or photographs can be changed as often as required and your messages can be re-recorded when needed.
  • Each individual voice message can be played back at any time, simply with a push of a button.
Price: $109.00

Combine literacy and ICT with this Talking Photo Album. It supports speaking and listening on the new literacy framework especially focusing on photo sequences, presentations, hiding and revealing pictures and word recognition.
Record your stories, timetables or messages with a Talking Photo Album. Simply insert drawings or photographs into the plastic wallets and record up to a 10 second message on every page to support the image / text


Cook, A. M. & Hussey, S. M. (1996). Assistive technologies: Principles and practice. USA: Mosby

Tutorial 6: The internet and online communities

Provide the Web addresses for the online communities:


Provide a breif description of each community:

1: Is an online community of you tube videos to provide accounts of helpful tips or personal stories.
2:  I a forum for people to read blogs on traumatic brain injury and post and recieve comments on posts.

Consider material presented in the online package:
  • People choose to contribute to each community to share and recieve information on traumatic brain injuries and share their stories and information they know hoping to help other who need it.   
The following video is a traumatic brain injury rehab session which I enjoyed watching.