The use of assistive technology to minimise educational learning barriers for learners with cerebral palsy

Keywords: Assistive technology, Cerebral palsy, Content, Learning barriers, Pedagogy


Learners with Cerebral palsy (CP) experience many barriers to learning in classrooms. Due to these barriers, learners are often deprived of quality education. This study aimed to explore how Assistive Technologies (ATs)  can be used to minimise the barriers to learning that learners with CP experience in the classroom. Semi-structured interviews and classroom observations were conducted with educators teaching at a CP school and learners that have been diagnosed with CP. The findings illustrated that learners with CP experience many barriers to learning but with the use of ATs by learners and educators, these barriers can be minimised. Recommendations include more training for learners and educators on the use of ATs and a more supportive environment. More research is also needed on the training programs needed to educate learners and educators on ATs and how educators can use ATs to bring about transformation in their lessons.


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