Although much work still needs to be done to make schools more accessible in terms of architectural design, many public schools (especially rural schools) have integrated assistive technology into their special education programs. Assistive technology has to quite an extent leveled the playing field between students with disabilities and those without because the technology helps students with disabilities to improve, expand, and extend their capacity to interact with their environment and to function independently.
New developments have mostly been made in various computer technologies, which have expanded the potential for students with disabilities to improve upon their interactions, independence, and quality of life. Using these technologies in schools to quite an extent reduces the need for an altered curriculum or different teaching methods for some students. In some cases with students who have severe disabilities, assistive technology allows these students to participate more in mainstream schooling and allows them to also interact with their classmates and teachers in a way that would have otherwise been impossible. I feel the greatest benefit is that assistive technology in public schools increases the potential for students with disabilities to learn how to live independently, to engage in employment and to enjoy an improved quality of life.