Cognitive and Learning Disability Solutions
ATLA focuses on cognitive and learning needs including communication, reading, writing, math, study skills, memory and organization.
What is a Cognitive Disability?
Cognitive disabilities affect a person’s ability to reason, understand, and learn. An individual with a cognitive impairment may have difficulties with processing information, decision-making, and communication. Cognitive limitations can be found in varying degrees in individuals who have been classified as having learning disabilities, mental retardation, autism, multiple disabilities or those who have been diagnosed as having acquired brain injuries.
Individuals with cognitive disabilities often times have difficulties with functional skills, such as communication, self-care, daily living skills, social skills, self-direction, health and safety, recreation, school and work.
Assistive Technology for Cognitive Disabilities
Individuals with cognitive disabilities can benefit from a wide array of assistive technologies ranging from Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices, adapted technology, daily living aids, adapted seating, and mobility aids.
What is a Learning Disability?
“Assistive technology, sometimes referred to as adaptive or access technology, includes a whole realm of high and low technology devices designed to increase the independence of individuals with learning disabilities by enabling them to compensate for deficits, enhance self-confidence, and participate more fully in all settings – work, school, home, and leisure. While not exclusively so, these technologies tend to be electronically sophisticated and largely computer-based. Assistive technology can enhance the quality of life for a person with a learning disability by enabling the individual to circumvent specific deficits, while capitalizing on given strengths.” –Riviere, Adrienne. “Meeting the Needs of Adults with Learning Disabilities.” LD Online. WETA. 20 Dec. 2005.
Assistive Technology for Learning Disabilities
ATLA strives to bridge the gap by offering a range of tools that can be used to meet learner’s unique needs and best fits the learner.
A few important points:
- There are many types of cognitive and learning disabilities and an even wider variety of interests and capabilities of users who have these disabilities.
- This population is larger than those with all other physical and sensory disabilities combined.
- Because needs vary across these disabilities, it’s difficult to make definitive recommendations that will universally help all users with cognitive and learning disabilities. Despite this, there is much we can say that is useful.