The global Special Education Software market is projected to reach US$3.4 billion by 2024, driven by the growing need to address the educational needs of an expanding population of children with special needs; sustained increase in funding for special education and growing use of technology for learning purposes.
About 15% of the world's population is known to suffer from some form of physical or mental disability, with children especially confronting considerable difficulties in pursuing normal school education. The growing need to address the specific learning needs of children with physical and mental disabilities is driving demand for special education products including special education hardware and software solutions. Special education software consists of computer software programs that provide education as well as assistive solutions to children suffering from various disabilities - physical, behavioral and emotional to name a few. The software products are capable of providing assistance for a variety of activities ranging from language and vocabulary to offering guidance on numbers, matching, shapes, sizes and colors. Such products have various applications such as for assistance in school work, reading local and global news, reading personal letters or notes among others.
Clinics, parents, hospitals and schools generally use these types of software programs for teaching critical concepts such as cognitive, language and reading skills. As special education for students with disabilities gains attention across the globe, educational institutions are spending more on technologies and software that assist in furthering the dissemination of learning to students with special needs. Gradual improvements in education standards and increasing investments in the special education market also favor market growth. Also driving growth are factors such as rising demand for digital education, the ease of use associated with the products and the availability of enhanced connectivity.
With educators using assistive technology for imparting education to special needs' children, there is a shift towards using varied online tools for learning and teaching. Driven by the rapid pace of development in education technology, companies and educators are coming together to create software solutions that will aid educational pursuits of children with physical and mental disabilities. The enormous potential of this market is pushing innovative software and hardware companies to focus on developing products designed to meet the specific requirements of special educational and special needs' children.
The United States represents the largest market worldwide supported by the growing number of children with autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, blindness, and ADHD; government initiation of mandatory special education programs; high levels of awareness and the resulting establishment of advocacy groups to help children with disabilities; strong government support through public funding and reimbursement of educational expenses for children with qualifying disabilities; and growing management of special needs in mainstream schools.
Major players in the market include Crick Software Ltd., Excent Corporation, Kurzweil Education, Merit Software, MindPlay Inc., Monarch Teaching Technologies Inc., Oasys LLC, Tobii Dynavox, Tyler Technologies Inc., and Widgit Software Ltd., among others.