Effectiveness and Application of Assisted Technology in Italian Special Psycho-Education: A Pilot Study

Abstract :

Assistive technology allows to remove a number of obstacles to the complex psycho-educational needs of students with disabilities. The purpose of this research is to collect information on the knowledge, skills and perceptions of assistive technology among teachers in the context of Foggia, as a pilot study for a wider national reflection. The data were collected through consultation of official databases and through a survey, submitting to a sample of teachers a questionnaire used in an international context, translated in Italian. The results suggested that teachers do not have an adequate level of knowledge and skills in the use of assistive technology and require pre-service and in-service training to increase their general knowledge on assistive technology implementation and to plan effective actions for students with disabilities.