Assistive Technology in elearning

How does Assistive technology help the impaired?

Learning is now enabled for all.

Thanks to assistive technology, learners can easily grasp the information from e-learning materials.

But the question arises, what is this assistive technology?
There is an assistive computer technology through which a disabled learner can talk to a computer. This technology has created audio and visual aids for learners with disabilities.
E-learning material helps those learners who are unable to go to places for taking the training. Apart from being impaired from traveling, e-learning also helps those who are unable to hear the sound in this material. Besides hearing and seeing disabilities, learners also have understanding problems due to which special eLearning material needs to be designed for them.

  1. Software for Text-to-speech -It is quite useful for those learners who are visually impaired and can’t read the subtitles on the screen. Such software is a part of most of the elearning tools as of now. Apart from being a part of elearning software like Captivate, such software can also be installed on the PCs of the visually impaired. This way, they can hear any document on the screen, be it in PDF or word format. Such software reads the document word-by-word for the learner. Android has a text synthesis engine that can read text from a PDF making it easier for visually impaired learners.
    This text-to-speech software can even read text from chats in instant messengers. This software is an example of assistive technology in education. There are many kinds of speech generator software available in the market.
  2. Speech generating devices-They have also become quite useful for those who can’t type. Through this software, the visually impaired just need to utter the words they want to type, and their work is done for them. The best part is that such software also requires punctuation in sentences and includes it in the typed text. Through speech generating devices, everyone can type text.
  3. Visual aids- Visual assistive technology is also useful in terms of those readers who can’t see things on screen properly due to sight impairment. It can convert a certain portion of the text into Braille. So, the users can touch such text and understand it.
    The users can also have a certain portion of the text increased in scale for them so that they can see all the portions of the text clearly.
  4. Audio assistive technology: It’s also available for the users who cant hear things. Therefore, to make them put more emphasis on something, it’s important to show them flashlights. Transcripts are also given with elearning tools to make sure that hearing-impaired can understand the text written on the screen because it is shown as closed captions.
    So, this is how assistive technology can be used by sight and audio impaired people.
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