Educating College Level Students on Asssistive Technology

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Scheduled at 8:00am in Lakehouse on Wednesday, November 14 (2018).



  • James Fleming, Beacon College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


There is an increasing need for understanding and incorporating assistive technology in education and in the workplace. Recognizing this need, a college level course was designed (Introduction to Assistive Technology) to help students’ learn the practice of and incorporating assistive technology. The outcomes of the course also help to develop an interest in the field as well as improving their personal needs.


Beacon College is an institution exclusively for students with Learning Disabilities. In the spirit to the inistution and its mission, an Introduction to Assistive Technology course was designed and required for the Computer Information Systems major. The course addresses assistive technology especially working with those with cognitive disabilities. The course is designed for students to understand the definition, governmental, medical, educational, and application of assistive technology. Students in this course have studied the concepts related to assistive technology and then they apply their concepts to designing their own prototypes to help those with disabilities. This presentation will discuss the design of the course and show examples of student projects.


  1. Incorporating assistive technology in technology majors.
  2. Awareness of assistive technology among college level students.
  3. Using hands-on experiences to learn about assitive technology.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Assistive Technology, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

James Fleming

Have worked at Beacon College since 1999. Completed doctorate degree in 2005 with dissertation examining assistive technology use and programs offered at U.S. private colleges and universities.