Assistive Technology for Writing

Assistive technology (AT) is any tool that helps students with disabilities accomplish something that they could not do without it. This definition encompasses tools ranging from low-tech options such as pencil grips to high-tech options such as apps, and it is understandably sometimes challenging to determine if a student needs AT, who to turn to for guidance regarding AT, and what AT options are suitable for addressing a student’s specific needs. Although educators frequently refer to AT for content areas, such as English, social studies, or math, AT should be considered in terms of developmental, functional, and learning needs. In this CTD resource, we focus on a functional area of concern that comes up frequently for classroom teachers: writing.