Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive technology (AT) includes devices and software used by those with impairments of one type or another. This section lists sources for assistive technology as well as agencies that help set the standards for evaluation of AT, agencies that are helping to bring AT to a wider audience, and information about AT in general. User information and discussion groups may also be found here.

This Canadian website is mostly concerned with wheelchair use, and accessories and clothing for wheelchair users. This section links to a wealth of resources on a wide range of high- and low-tech devices and adaptations that can serve children of school age.

Source: 1-800-WHEELCHAIR.CA

This site provides a good overview on the effect of visual impairments on learning, types of assistive technology, and the kinds of accommodations provided at colleges. Includes a list of scholarships and grants.

Source: Affordable Colleges Online

ABLEDATA has a searchable datable of AT products and manufacturers, both domestic and international. The category AT Resources allows one to search for assistive technology grants and loans.

ABLEDATA has a searchable datable of AT products and manufacturers, both domestic and international. The category AT Resources allows one to search for assistive technology grants and loans.

Access World is an AFB publication with product comparisons and reviews of assistive technology for people with visual impairments; archives are fully searchable.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

This free downloadable podcatcher is a tool for finding, downloading, archiving, and sharing poscasts.

This free online resource provides information about accessibility, assistive technology, education policy, and more.

Source: American Printing House for the Blind (APH)

This free bi-monthly electronic journal reviews and critiques assistive technology products for people who are blind or visually impaired. The archives are searchable and downloadable.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

This free bi-monthly electronic journal reviews and critiques assistive technology products for people who are blind or visually impaired. The archives are searchable and downloadable.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

ADA creates child-specific adaptations in a model workshop in New York City. They also create guidelines, techniques, and devices that can be replicated in Adaptive Design Centers all over the world. Founder Alex Truesdell is a MacArthur Fellow and tells about her work in this video: https://www.macfound.org/fellows/948/

Source: Adaptive Design Association

This 7-minute video was created by Elina Mullen, Ed.D. and demonstrates different types of equipment for various sports, such as hockey, racquet games, and more.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

This site's state-by-state menu makes it easy to locate, in one place, agency contact information for Accessible Information Materials and National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard(NIMAS) for your U.S. state or territory.

Source: National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

The AFB Senior Site has information on numerous topics, such as Understanding Vision Loss, Changing Your Home, and Daily Living.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

An overview, including signs and symptoms, an online video exploring adaptive technology, and additional resources.

Source: VisionAware

The family of Ai Squared products includes ZoomText, ZoomText USB, the ZoomText Large-Print Keyboard, and ZoomText Express. Try out some of their user-support materials below:

The ALT-VI training module presents an overview of current vision technologies that can provide students, who are visually impaired or blind, with effective and independent means of accessing e-text.

Source: Special Education Technology, British Columbia (SET-BC)

Windows, Quicktime, and Flash format videos are provided for magnifiers, transcribing software, writing devices, tape players, talking book players, talking calculators, screen magnifiers and readers, OCR systems, PDAs, and optical devices. Browse for the desired brand on the AFB "Using Technology" area.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

This film, created by Cory Tomascoff, tells about two young women with disabilities who rely on assistive devices.

Source: Adaptive Design Association

A listing of accessibility features on Android-compatible smartphones, with Settings information for customizing a device.

APH has recently released a new math app!

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