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Low-Tech Super-Power: Empowering Learners with Simple Tools

Updated: Jun 7

Assistive technology (AT) is a powerful ally for creating inclusive classrooms, but it doesn't have to mean expensive gadgets and complicated software. Sometimes, the most effective tools are readily available, affordable, and require no batteries! Enter the world of low-tech AT and learn how everyday items can be transformed into powerful learning enhancers.

But if you're looking for high-tech, computer-based technology, here's more info!

Simple Tools, Big Impact… Just a couple of examples!

Reading Rulers: These handy tools are more than just measuring devices. They can be used to:

  • Improve focus and tracking by guiding students' eyes along lines of text.

  • Block out distractions on the sides of the page.

  • Underline key points or vocabulary words.

Highlighter Tape: Not just for highlighting! Here are some creative uses:

  • Categorize information by color-coding different sections of text.

  • Create visual boundaries on worksheets or assignments.

  • Flag important sections for easy reference.


Ready to take the next step towards creating an inclusive classroom? We're hosting a FREE neurodiversity education training event in Pinellas Park, FL on July 8-12th! This immersive workshop will equip educators with practical strategies to unlock the potential of ALL students. Scholarship spots are limited, so register today!


The Power of Personalization

The beauty of low-tech AT lies in its adaptability.

  • Choice and Control: Let students select the tools that work best for them, fostering a sense of ownership and engagement in their learning process.

  • Creative Combinations: Combine different tools to address specific needs. A reading ruler paired with colored highlighters can create a dynamic learning experience.

Beyond the Basics

Start thinking out of the box! These aren't AT, but can come in handy with kids that benefit!

  • Timers: Visual timers can help students manage time expectations and transitions.

  • Fidget Tools: For students who benefit from tactile input, fidget tools can improve focus and reduce anxiety.

  • Chewelry: Chewelry can provide a safe outlet for students who need sensory input.

The key to successful low-tech AT implementation is collaboration. Talk to students, parents, and specialists to identify individual needs and preferences. With a little creativity and these simple tools, you can unlock a world of learning potential for all your students!

Inclusiveology and Florida's Unique Education Learning Support (F.U.E.L.S.) are bringing inclusive workshops to the Tampa area.

By embracing neurodiversity and fostering a truly inclusive environment, we can unlock the potential of every learner. Join us for our FREE neurodiversity training event on July 8-12th in Pinellas Park, FL. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and empower your students!

Limited scholarship spots are available, so register now!

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