輔助技術被定義為“一項或一件設備或產品系統，無論是商業上獲得的，現成的，修改的，或定制的，用于增加，維護，或改善殘疾人的功能能力。”特殊教育教師，尤其是初高中的教師，應該接觸能幫助學生克服學業弱點的技術工具。老師會幫助學生通過訓練他們使用便攜、廉價的工具,在大多數情況下,可以使學生獨立生活和行為更當他們離開高中,這將增加他們的機會最大化程度的成就和獨立,盡管它仍將落后于同齡人沒有殘疾(Blackorby &瓦格納,1996)。例如，訓練學生使用計算器可以比開始教初高中學生基礎數學更實際。此外,如果學生能正確使用計算器但有困難說數字,他們可以使用更高級的工具,如計算器,幫助學生正確地說數字,可以用來當或任何他們需要它是很重要的選擇一個適當的和有效的設備或工具,并不一定是一個昂貴的設備設計只是為了教育目的或殘疾學生;Stodden等人發現，與低科技設備相比，復雜而昂貴的設備(比如高科技設備)被使用得更少，對學生的吸引力也更小。有時，在正常的、現有的技術中尋找適合殘疾學生的有用設備或軟件要比僅僅專注于尋找專門為殘疾人設計的特定技術有效得多。例如，計算殘疾學生用iPod Touch替換智能板等許多設備所能節省的費用，即使不配備必要的電腦、揚聲器和掃描儀，也要3000美元;2) Kurzweil 3000軟件(專為有困難的讀者、誦讀困難者和有注意力障礙的學生設計)，售價約500美元;3)一臺筆記本電腦(可以運行Kurzweil 3000、計算器、電子記事本、日歷、多重鬧鐘和便攜式互聯網接入)，價格在800美元到2500美元之間;4)閃存盤數據存儲設備，價格在20到100美元之間。
<标题> Assistive technology is defined as “an item or piece of equipment or product system either acquired commercially, off the shelf, modified, or customized and used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capability for individual with disabilities”. Special education teachers, especially in middle and high school, should be exposed to technological tools that can help students to bypass their academic weaknesses. Teachers will help students by training them to use portable and cheap tools that, in most cases, could make students live and behave more independently when they leave high school, which will increase their chances of maximizing their degree of achievement and independence, though it will still be behind their peers without disabilities (Blackorby & Wagner, 1996). For instance, training students to use a calculator can be more practical than beginning to teach middle and high school students basic math. Furthermore, if students can use the calculator but have difficulty saying numbers correctly, they can use more advanced tools, such as a talking calculator, which helps students to say numbers correctly and can be used whenever or wherever they need it It is important to choose an appropriate and efficient device or tool, which does not necessarily have to be an expensive device designed just for educational purposes or for students with disabilities; Stodden et al. found that complex and expensive devices (e.g., high tech devices) have been used less and appeal to a smaller percentage of students compared to low tech devices. Sometimes it is much more effective to look within the normal, existing technology to find useful devices or software for students with disabilities than to just concentrate on finding a specific technology designed specifically for people with disabilities. For example, calculated the cost that can be saved by using an iPod Touch for students with disabilities to replace many devices such as 1) SMART Boards, which can cost 3,000 dollars even without the necessary computer, speakers, and scanner; 2) Kurzweil 3000 software (designed for readers who face difficulties, dyslexics, and students with attention disorders), which can cost around 500 dollars; 3) a laptop (capable of running Kurzweil 3000, calculators, electronic organizers, calendars, multiple alarms, and portable Internet access), which can cost from 800 to 2,500 dollars; 4) a flash drive data storage device, which can cost from 20 to 100 dollars.