AT and IT: Where are we headed?

Rapid changes in technology will continue to shape the future of special education services and the integration of assistive technology and instructional technology. An understanding of the shifts in the technology landscape and possible future directions for the field is imperative for state education agency leaders and local education agency leaders. 

Use this infographic in combination with the full report, Future Ready Assistive Technology: Fostering State Supports for Students With Disabilities

Resource developed by the SEA and LEA team at CTD led by American Institutes for Research. 


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Think about it:

  1. What AT and IT did your students (and you) use 5 years ago?

  2. What is possible now that wasn’t possible then?

  3. What might be possible in the next 5 years?

Where are we headed next?

Game changers:

  1. Smaller, more affordable hardware

  2. Reduction in power needs

  3. Innovation in display technology

  4. Improvements in networks and broadband capabilities

  5. New developments in user interfaces and input options

  6. Open-source and social media driven community development

  7. Consumer-level access to tools of development and creation

What does this mean for states, districts, and teachers?

State and district leaders need support to:

  1. Break down silos between AT/IT

  2. Develop policies and guidance on implementation, accessibility, infrastructure, and best practices

  3. Gather data on what works and in what contexts

Classroom teachers need support to:

  1. Understand technology basics – how to’s

  2. Use technology to transform instruction for students with disabilities (AT and IT)

  3. Create and integrate accessible educational materials (AEM) and open educational resource (OER)