Assistive Technology for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities

  • Russell Lang
  • Sathiyaprakash Ramdoss
  • Jeff Sigafoos
  • Vanessa A. Green
  • Larah van der Meer
  • Amy Tostanoski
  • Allyson Lee
  • Mark F. O’Reilly
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


This chapter reviews research involving the use of assistive technology (AT) to support and empower postsecondary students with disabilities. Three areas of research related to AT for postsecondary students are reviewed, specifically: (a) survey research aimed at identifying the types of AT options available, (b) intervention studies designed to evaluate the potential benefits of AT, and (c) research aimed at identifying obstacles to the provision or continued use of AT. The chapter concludes that a wide array of AT options for students with varying disabilities exists. However, intervention research evaluating the potential benefits of the various forms of AT is sparse, precluding firm conclusions regarding the effects of any specific form of AT on postsecondary students’ educational outcomes. Furthermore, students with disabilities may struggle to obtain AT support from their institution of higher education, and even when AT is readily available, some students stop using it over time. Recommendations regarding AT for postsecondary students with disabilities are presented and directions for future research are offered.


Reading Comprehension Learning Disability Intervention Research Assistive Technology Attention Deficit Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russell Lang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sathiyaprakash Ramdoss
    • 3
  • Jeff Sigafoos
    • 4
  • Vanessa A. Green
    • 4
  • Larah van der Meer
    • 4
  • Amy Tostanoski
    • 5
  • Allyson Lee
    • 1
  • Mark F. O’Reilly
    • 6
  1. 1.Clinic for Autism Research Evaluation and SupportTexas State UniversitySan MarcosUSA
  2. 2.The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational RiskThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.New Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA
  4. 4.School of Educational PsychologyVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand
  5. 5.Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  6. 6.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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