Why Assistive Technology Matters
Assistive technology, whether something as simple as a pencil grip or as complicated as a communication device, has the power to change lives and opens doors of opportunity for people with disabilities. The TIKES Project helps to open these doors for parents and providers by educating them on and promoting the use of assistive technology with children and students with disabilities ages birth to 5. Assistive technology can support young children in building skills, increasing participation in activities, promoting development, enhancing learning, and boosting self-esteem.
Trainings on Demand
The TIKES Project provides hands-on trainings to parents and professionals on a variety of early intervention/early childhood and assistive technology topics. These trainings are being developed into training materials of value to both parents and professionals. Professionals can use the materials in peer-to-peer or teacher-to-parent trainings. Parents can use any of the materials to learn more about how assistive technology can help their child. Additional materials for each set, including handouts and short videos, are also being developed to support parents’ and educators’ understanding and use of assistive technology.