The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2019-2020: Technology for Special Education

John F. O'Sullivan

Section 7 Voice Controlled Devices 

Technology for people with physical disabilities is a growing area. With an aging population and people without a disability wanting smart devices, the demand for certain devices is increasing. When you have a market and the technology is within reach only good things can happen. Over time we will see smart technology activated by your voice doing any number of tasks.

Voice-activated devices are an amazing technology that can help a number of people. For people with physical disabilities being able to control your home with your voice is a real need. If you cannot type activated voice devices are a great way to surf the internet. Voice-activated devices can be used with students that have a number of other disabilities. Many of these devices can answer important questions for a student. Some examples are how to spell words or add numbers. Many of these devices will set a timer, tell you your schedule, or set voice reminders. As we become a more connected world, the uses for these devices will increase to fill even more needs. 

Google Home 

Technology is going to voice. The day will come that you will talk to your home or a device and everything will happen. For most people, this is way cool. For people with physical disabilities that is life-changing. Converting a home into a smart home for someone with a disability for a reasonable price is in reach.


This product is made by Apple. You can control various aspects of your home with Siri.


You can control a number of items in your home with this voice controlled device. This is a developing technology that in time, will allow for voice control of more items in your home.

Echo Dot

The Dot is less expensive than the Echo but does most of the same features.

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