Webinar: ‘Wearables’ as Assistive Technology

Program Description

More smart watches including Apple WatchRecorded: July 10, 2019 – Executive functioning describes the skills that let people plan, organize and complete tasks. Executive challenges can make it more difficult for learners to accomplish their goals, but technology can help. In this session, participants will learn about a number of smartwatches and other ‘wearables’ in order to select the device(s) that best meet their executive functioning and other access needs. Following an overview of the built-in accessibility features of these devices, participants will learn about a number of apps that can assist in improving executive functioning capabilities, including apps for managing time and information, staying on task, and more.

Learning Outcomes

Participants learn about:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of a variety of smartwatches and other wearables.
  • Built-in accessibility features of wearables that can support learners in meeting specific access needs.
  • At least five (5) apps for smartwatches that support executive functioning throughout the lifespan.


Dr. Luis PerezLuis Perez, Ph.D. is a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST. In this role, he promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all learners. Dr. Perez holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s in instructional technology from the University of South Florida (USF). He is the current President of the Inclusive Learning Network of ISTE, which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator.



Photo credit: from CAST – used with permission

rev: 7/10/2019