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Mobile Assistive Technologies

Mobile assistive technology includes portable mobile technology devices (e.g., e-readers, smartphones, tablets, personal media players) and associated software applications (apps) used to support the learning and functional needs of persons with disabilities (e.g., sensory, communication, physical, cognitive). These mobile technologies compensate for or improve someone’s ability to do something he or she otherwise would have accomplished with great difficulty, ineffectively—or not at all. This entry discusses how mobile assistive technologies can help students with disabilities, the statutory foundations of mobile assistive technologies, and features and uses of mobile assistive technologies.

To understand how mobile technology can help a student with disabilities, consider a high school student with dyslexia who must read a science chapter for her biology class, outline key ideas, and post questions to classmates ...

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