AT and Learning Disabilities

Tablets and Handheld Devices

Tablets and handheld devices cost less than a computer, are durable and lightweight. They have batteries that are lightweight and often last longer than laptops. They can be a good alternative for students who can type well enough to use an on-screen keyboard, but for whom handwriting is not fast, neat, or functional. Some apps are typing tutorial programs or organizational programs. Other software or apps include spell checkers and word prediction, note takers, flash card makers, scientific calculators, graph software, word challenge games, and software to make spreadsheets, construct data bases, draw or paint.

With software and apps available in varying complexities to suit the specific needs of the student, tablets and handheld devices are very user-friendly, motivating, and require much less of a learning curve for an emergent reader and writer.