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.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc. (APH) maintains an archive of webcast and video presentations on assistive technology devices, including some discontinued products. Most webcasts are available in Powerpoint, Word transcripts, or audio. 

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

Apple features the assistive technology built into its products as standard features — at no additional cost. For more information, visit the AppleVis website for blind and low-vision users of Apple's range of Mac computers, the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

Source: Apple

This site is designed to empower users of Apple products who are blind or visually impaired.  This includes the range of Mac computers, iPads, iPhones, iPods, and related applications.

Download the complete text of this resource by Chapters in Word or PDF. Chapter 12 is specific to Blindness and Low Vision.

Source: WATI (Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative)

The Perkins Assistive Device Center is a workshop that creates customized materials for children with disabilities. Custom-made items meet the unique needs of individuals while being affordable, durable and attractive.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Looking for a template for assessing students with visual impairments? TSBVI provides an example for download, which can be modified as needed. Includes assessment of accessing and producing written communication, physical requirements for computer use, and recommendations.  Other templates are available in PDF and RTF form for the major types and brands of assistive technology for users who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

In this 25 minute video, Presley shares the strategies involved in conducting an assessment to choose the right assistive technology tool for the learner.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcasts

A self-paced online course for teams assessing the assistive technology needs of students with visual impairment. Includes videos to demonstrate assessment techniques and student interaction with the potential equipment..

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

These guidelines for Michigan teachers are useful for any educator whose student needs instruction in assistive technology. Includes downloadable checklists in Word and PDF format.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

ATIA is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of assistive technology devices and/or services.

The University of Buffalo's Assistive Technology Training Online Project focuses on information on the use of AT for children with disabilities in elementary classrooms. Tutorials are provided specifically for JAWS, BrailleNote, ZoomText, and other products useful for students with visual impairments.

Batten's is an inherited fatal neurodegenerative disease which includes loss of vision. Resources, support, and advice for accommodations.

Source: Advance for Nurses

Blind Cool Tech is produced by computer users who are blind, and has everything from computers to house cleaning, including how to use software, find interesting websites and download MP3 files for free.

Downloadable manual for 1.0 (2012)

Visit YouTube for this brief preview of the Braille Institute - Santa Barbara's iPad class designed for people with low vision. For more information, contact www.brailleinstitute.org

Paths to Literacy provides a portal page to various resources for braille technology, refreshable braille, and other electronic devices that incorporate braille.  Screen readers and talking devices are also addressed.

Source: Paths to Literacy

AFB outlines the variety of specialized braille equipment, including braille displays, printers, and electronic notetakers; includes short videos about braille transcribing software, embossers, and accessible PDAs.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

This federally funded resource offers a wealth of information, "designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services."

This federally funded resource offers a wealth of information, "designed to increase the capacity of families and providers to advocate for, acquire, and implement effective assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) practices, devices, and services."

Subscribers receive Solutions, a bi-monthly online newletters on new assistive technology, and full access to the comprehensive Resource Directory of AT products. Non-subscribers can search the directory with less detail.

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