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Article: Guide to Assistive Technology

General Product Information

Table of Contents
  1. General Product Information
  2. Assistive Technology in Education
  3. Assistive Technology in the Workplace
  4. Computer Accessibility
  5. Funding Assistive Technology
  6. Tools for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  7. Tools for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  8. Mobility
  9. Speech and Language Tools

Assistive technology devices enable individuals with disabilities greater independence and more control over their lives. These devices allow individuals to participate more fully in their communities by providing them with more options and opportunities.

Assistive Technology devices are specially designed or modified items or pieces of equipment for people with disabilities. These tools help individuals to function at home, school, work or play. Everyday tasks are easier. Individuals have more choice and independence. These devices are often the answer to many unique problems.

Some of these devices can be simple tools such as adapted utensils, magnifiers, or modified clothing. There are also more complex items such as computers, environmental control units, and hand controls for vehicles.

Ability Hub
This site lists assistive technology products and adaptive equipment for computers. There is information on speech recognition tools, screen readers, touch screens, keyboards with large print keys, and other computer tools.

ABLEDATA is an online database of assistive technology products and resources.

The Alliance for Technology Access
The Alliance for Technology Access is a community of resource centers, developers, vendors and associates. The Alliance is dedicated to "connecting children and adults with disabilities to technology tools." The website provides resources related to standard, assistive, and information technologies. features a search tool for assistive technology devices. The site can help you find assistive technology solutions to meet your needs. You can also order directly from vendors and participate in discussion forums.


Last Updated on 8/22/2017