Emerging and Evolving Technologies: Support and Independence for Students with Asperger's
Wednesday, March 9 2:45 PM-3:05 PM Location: Oaklands
Presider: Karen McFerrin, Northwestern State University of Louisiana, United States
Abstract: Increasing numbers of persons with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS), an autism spectrum disorder, are identified each year. High functioning, AS students with average or above average intelligence may have special needs requiring a variety of supports to execute everyday life activities and achieve independence. Computer-based tools are being repurposed to address these special needs to level the field for AS learners who appear to have a natural affinity for technology. This research pursues and investigates technologies recently reported to be of assistance to Asperger’s students who need the support of teachers, technology directors and media specialists to discover and utilize the vast array of available technology tools in their educational setting. Creative minds are required to continue repurposing new technologies into assistive technologies.