Friday, April 5, 2013

High Impact Low Tech

Many times we end up focusing on the higher technology available because of the greater impact it can have for some individuals with significant access needs. We should not lose sight of the wonderful low tech options we can create using simple materials. Therese Willkomm provides incredible useful workshops on how to use simple materials to create sturdy assistive technology tools at a low cost. Please take a look at all of this information at the University of New Hampshire. There are videos included to demonstrate how to make these things. Modular Horse provides materials associated with these projects but you do not have to purchase them through their site. hardware stores, electronics stores etc. have these parts available. Making some of these low tech devices with your students as a learning activity or vocational activity will involve them in designing their own accommodations. We can also have our students assess and give feedback on what is created and how effective it is. Here are some pictures of an adapted iPad stand and stylus.

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  1. The higher the technology, the higher the need for personal touch. Babies (and business) will die without human interaction and touch. Machines and technology are wonderful but alway remember we are not machines – we are human and need each other. To see more info please visit