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.

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)

To learn more about the various devices available for deafblind communication, including communication with hearing and/or sighted individuals, view this tutorial from Perkins and Perkins Products.

Source: Perkins eLearning

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

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.

MacArthur Fellow Alex Truesdell tells about how adaptive devices can change lives.

Source: PBS News Hour

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

A partnership of libraries and research institutions dedicated to the digital preservation of the cultural record. Public domain materials are freely accessible to all, using the home page's catalog-stye or full-text search. A User's Guide to HathiTrust is here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Descriptions of non-optical devices, such as flexible-arm task lamps, full spectrum light bulbs, closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), and much more.

Source: VisionAware

TSBVI Outreach VI Consultant Scott Baltisberger demonstrates how to make a cardboard calendar box.

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

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

Independence Market is an online resource for products such as canes and directional devices that are available through the National Federation of the Blind.

Source: National Federation for the Blind (NFB)

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

Description of general, near-, and distance-vision optical devices, nonoptical aids, and instruction in their use.

Source: Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Information on low vision, visual acuity, legal blindness, light perception, light projection, total blindness, and reading with low vision optical devices.

Source: VisionAware

International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI), Overbrook School for the Blind, and The Nippon Foundation collaborated on this teaching methods manual that includes use of the traditional abacus and Nemeth braille code.

Source: A Publication of ON-NET/ICEVI

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