Development of Assistive Technology - When Learning Disability is no Barrier

Onintra Poobrasert, Waragorn Gestubtim


Assistive technology does not cure a specific learning disability. These tools are allowing a student with learning disabilities to demonstrate their intelligence and knowledge. Assistive technology for the person with learning disabilities is a made-to-fit implementation. Trial and error may be required to find a set of appropriate tools and techniques for a specific individual. Therefore this paper is aimed to attest the use of assistive technology: Thai Spell Checker program which enhanced students with learning disabilities in their writing. This paper will also depict the details of the design and development of assistive technology tool, including information on the experiment with real users. The results from the study show that the assistive technology tool has a correct rate of 89% for detecting misspelling words. Additionally results indicate that the students have writing improvement in Thai language as 75%, 15%, 30%, 70%, and 35%.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Poobrasert O. and Gestubtim W. (2014). Development of Assistive Technology - When Learning Disability is no Barrier . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2014) ISBN 978-989-758-010-9, pages 159-165. DOI: 10.5220/0004719201590165

in Bibtex Style

author={Onintra Poobrasert and Waragorn Gestubtim},
title={Development of Assistive Technology - When Learning Disability is no Barrier},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2014)},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2014)
TI - Development of Assistive Technology - When Learning Disability is no Barrier
SN - 978-989-758-010-9
AU - Poobrasert O.
AU - Gestubtim W.
PY - 2014
SP - 159
EP - 165
DO - 10.5220/0004719201590165