The idea for an assistive technology lending library came from my little brother, Collin, who struggles with numerous learning disabilities. For years he struggled in school, falling far behind his classmates. My mom spent countless amounts of time and money trying to figure out ways to use assistive technology to help my brother struggle less in school. Through my Gold Award project, I hope that I can help other families to have an easier time finding assistive technology that works for their children with learning disabilities.
Click on the button below to learn more about the devices that are a part of my project, as well as the efforts taken to acquire these devices.
Click on the button below to learn about the apps that are a part of my project. The apps include (INSERT NAMES OF APPS HERE)
Click on the button below to learn about the Non-Tech Toolbox that is also a part of my project. The toolbox includes things such as slant boards, handwriting books, ear tubes, and many other essential tools.
Learning Disabilities that My Project Targets
Dysgraphia is a disability that affects one's writing and fine motor skills. People with dysgraphia may have "illegible handwriting, inconsistent spacing, poor spatial planning on paper, poor spelling, and difficulty composing writing as well as thinking and writing at the same time." Dysgraphia is a handwriting disability, but simply having bad handwriting does not mean that a person has dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is a processing disorder, and struggles relating to dysgraphia change over one's lifetime. Click on any of the links below to be redirected to other webpages to learn more about dysgraphia.
Dyslexia is a disability that affects one's ability to read, write, spell, and speak. Most people with dyslexia have trouble connecting the letters that they see with the sounds that letter makes. Dyslexic people often read very slowly, have trouble spelling, and often mix up words and letters. Dyslexia is different for everyone. While dyslexia cannot be cured, with the right tools, people with dyslexia can overcome their learning disability and go on to lead extremely successful lives. Click on any of the buttons below to be redirected pages to learn more about dyslexia.
Dyscalculia is a learning disability regarding math and numbers. People with dyscalculia often cannot remember numbers, mix up numbers, and have trouble with the directional sequences in long division, multiplication, and algebra. People that have dyscalculia also often have trouble with "visualization, visual-spatial perception, processing and discrimination; counting; pattern recognition; sequential memory; working-memory for numbers; retrieval of learned facts and procedures; directional confusion; quantitative processing speed; kinesthetic sequences; and perception of time." It is commonly referred to as 'math dyslexia.' Click on any of the buttons below to be redirected to pages to learn more about dyscalculia.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
CAPD is an auditory processing disorder, and it only affects about 5% of children in the US. When someone has CAPD, something interferes with the way that the brain hears and processes certain sounds, especially with speech. People with CAPD have trouble understanding certain parts of speech, especially when there is a lot of background noise. CAPD affects language learning and often leads to other disorders such as dyslexia. Click on any of the buttons below to learn more about Central Auditory Processing Disorder.