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.

TSBVI offers an overview specific to student use, including technology assessments, training materials, lesson plans, and other technology-related information.  Additional links provided by TSBVI are available in their Resources section.

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

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

Source: VisionAware

Practical tips, resources, and innovative ways to help students who are blind or visually impaired make the transition to digital classrooms.  Includes section for and by students to share ideas and ask questions.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Perkins offers AT tutorials and webcasts that are eligible for professional development credits. Subscribe to this collection to receive updates as topics are added.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

Within educational settings, and the language of IEPs, "assistive technology" has specific legal definitions.  Learn more about the terminology of assistive technology and guidelines for educational settings from TSBVI.

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

The mission of QIAT is to guide the provision of quality assistive technology services to improve the educational achievement of students with disabilities. This organization created Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A Comprehensive Guide to AT Services,

Section 508 requires that electronic and information technology used by federal agencies be accessible to people with disabilities. This website has tutorials, a guide to understanding the law, advice for managers, a marketplace for buying and selling IT equipment, find training, and more.

These self-paced tutorials can be taken to earn professional development credit.  Assistive Technology topics include 3D printing, AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication), AT Assessment and Accessibility, CATIS, Deafblind Technology, multiple disabilities, and more.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Resources offered by SET-BC, a program of the Canadian Ministry of Education, include Tech Tutorials on Access, Communication, Differentiation, Learning, and Vision.

Source: Special Education Technology British Columbia

CWU supports video tutorials to assist instructors and users on assistive technology and augmentative communication. This material is focused on K-22 special education students.

In this 26-page PDF document, the Coalition sets out the basic standards for audio description, with adaptations for description of live events, video, and museums and exhibits.

Source: Audio Descriptions Coalition

This section of the AFB website features descriptions of adaptive equipment, user tips, and advice on making web sites and computer applications accessible to people who are visually impaired.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind

Educator Denise Robinson shares many dozens of videos of hands-on assistive technology lessons. Some lessons are basic, others at the mastery level. Use the search field to find the product for which you need tutoring.

Source: Denise Robinson YouTube Channel

WSSB’s Distance Learning Project provides digital/online curriculum for WSSB students, with additional programs for students outside of WSSB. The program also provides training for teachers and others in the field who work with students with visual impairments, and is a comprehensive resource for families and others for information about assistive technology.