By Zoe Allen-Lewis
Over the the past few months, I interviewed Mr. Byrd, the principal of George Mason High school, Ms. McKee, the speech-language pathologist at George Mason High School, and Mr. Lands, the technology specialist and Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) teacher at Mary Ellen Henderson middle school. We talked about assistive technology and what it means for my classmates.
Assistive technology is technology that helps people do things that they may not be able to do. Mr. Byrd said, “Assistive technology can be any piece of equipment or item or something that’s going to be used to help a student to maintain or improve the level of functionality of their capabilities within any given class. It’s for students with disabilities.” Assistive technology can help students do everyday things. Mr. Lands said, “So for example ... a wheelchair is technically assistive technology because it allows people who have difficulty walking to be able to move.” Being able to move around and do everyday things is important.
Mr. Byrd says there has been a rise in assistive technology. He used to teach self-contained special education classes at Yorkt...