Generally, when we think of edtech and students with disabilities, we think of assistive technology that helps individuals overcome challenges and provides access to areas of learning and independence.

However, technology is not always designed with people of all abilities in mind, and even something as fundamental as learning to type can become a barrier to overcome without proper instruction and understanding of the diverse needs of students with disabilities.

Related content: 3 digital developments for visually impaired students

Keyboarding as assistive technology for blind students

At the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB), we have a diverse population of students who represent every county in our state. They may not share the same abilities or needs, but they all seek to acquire the necessary skills to be creative, self-directed, and innovative in an ever-changing technological landscape. Students with sensory impairments will need to be able to interact with technology as effortlessly and naturally as their peers.

About the Author:

Micko Hughes is the assistive technology coach at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. She can be reached at

Add your opinion to the discussion.