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.

Founded by NFB, the Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access is a concentrated center of expertise, best practices, and resources that enables businesses, government, and educational institutions to more effectively provide accessible information and services to the blind community.

Source: National Federation of 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."  Download their free Guide to Assistive Technology.

Information on steps to CATIS certification, The Scope of Practice, Body of Knowledge & Competencies, History, and Code of Ethics.

Source: Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation & Education Professionals (ACVREP)

The Front Page Report is available for free without a subscription. Subscribers receive Solutions, a bi-monthly online newletters on new assistive technology, and full access to the comprehensive Resource Directory of AT products.

An overview of visual impairments, with tips on how to succeed in college, as well as information about scholarships and assistive technology for students with visual impairments.

Source: Online Colleges

Entitled "Teaching Computer Skills To Children with Visual Impairments: A Concept-Based Approach," the Carroll Center lists the computer skills a student needs to be fully in command of a PC and its assistive technology.

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

Ron Stewart describes the collaboration between Science Access Project and Technology Access Project at Oregon State University in "conducting the research and development of a variety of technologies that focus specifically on access to mathematical and hard science content for the print disabled."

Source: ATHEN (Access Technologists Higher Education Network)

Curricula & How-To Guides include Braille Note Takers, Web Navigation with Screen Readers, iOS and Apps (VoiceOver) and Smarter Balance/CAASPP Testing.

Source: California School for the Blind (CSB)

The Department of Justice shares questions for evaluating the accessibility software programs most used by its employees and many businesses.

Source: United States Department of Justice

Assistive Technology specialist Diane Brauner has a wide range of video tutorials on her YouTube channel and she frequently adds new topics.  Topics include Coding; iPad Accessibility for Teachers of the Visually Impaired; App Reviews; High Tech O & M; Bluetooth Keyboard with VoiceOver on the iPad; and Using a Refreshable Braille Device with an iPad.

Source: YouTube

The CEC's Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness advances the education of children and youth who have visual impairments or deafblindness. Browse selected articles and position papers here.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children

Enabling Devices is dedicated to developing affordable learning and assistive devices to help people of all ages with disabling conditions. This section of their website features toys suitable for children with visual impairments.

Keep the environment in mind when providing assistive technology for student use.  TSBVI provides a simple question-checklist for ensuring that all conditions enhance the student's ability to learn.

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

Short videos that give brief overviews about assistive technology in FSDB classrooms, showing how and why the devices support learning. Includes the Braille Notetaker, interactive whiteboards, and Mountbatten braille writer.

The mission of Flying Blind is to empower persons who are vision impaired with the necessary Adaptive Technology Solutions to make them independent and efficient in unlimited capacities.

e-Learning through webinars, downloadable documentation, and online training on JAWS screen reading software, MAGic screen magnification software, PAC Mate Omni accessible Pocket PC, and more.

Source: Freedom Scientific

The iCanConnect program distributes communication equipment to qualifying people who are deafblind. This page has a good introduction to the various forms of assistive technology.

Source: The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program

This list has been created for the purpose of discussing all aspects of the JAWS for Windows screen reader program.

Microsoft operating systems, Office Suite, browser tools, mobile devices, and other hardware and software can be accessed through their website Link the title above for information specific to accessibility, and explore their tutorials and user guides for people with visual impairments.

Source: Microsoft