By Linda Baldwin, Branch of the Vine Software

Assistive technology is widely used in the K-12 school setting to improve learning and to help students compensate for disabilities. But in the church? Not very often. And yet, if assistive technology helps individuals learn, comprehend, communicate and interact in the school setting, isn’t it equally important to offer the same tools to individuals in the church setting, where learning has eternal value.

The Assistive Technology Industry Association offers the following definition of assistive technology:

“Assistive technology (often abbreviated as AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

Assistive technology helps individuals compensate for disabilities.  Those who have difficulty reading will comprehend better when text is highlighted and read aloud.  Others will benefit from pictures to supplement the message.  Those who cannot speak may…

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